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Arlington, Washington – Car Slides Under Semi Truck on Interstate 5

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Posted on January 6, 2020

Arlington, Washington  (December 3, 2019) – A sports car slid under the trailer of a semi-truck in a collision on the Interstate 5 at 268th Street Northeast. According to KOMO News this caused the driver of the car to be temporarily trapped in his vehicle, but he was later able to get out by himself. Both the driver of the car and the truck were unhurt in the crash.

According to the report the crash occurred just after 11 p.m. The car was heading north on the Interstate 5 and was driving in heavy rain. Due to the road conditions the car hydroplaned at 268th Street Northeast and came to slide under the trailer of the truck.

About Vehicle Accidents

In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.

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