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Everett, Washington – Car Collision Lead to Truck Spill

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Posted on April 15, 2019

Everett, Washington (April 12, 2019)  – A car collision caused a truck to roll over and spill its cargo over the southbound Interstate 5 near Pacific Avenue o Friday morning. Two people were injured, including the driver of the semi truck. The injuries sustained by the victims were non life-threatening .

According to preliminary investigation, the chain reaction which led up to the crash began with one vehicle changed lanes and clipped a pickup truck. This initial vehicle which caused the collision then spun and hit another passenger car. The semi driver tried to avoid the crashed cars and ended up plunging over the embankment and down onto the on-ramp from Pacific Avenue to southbound I-5, spilling its cargo of lumber on the road. The accident closed down two lanes. Troopers and medics responded to the site around 6 a.m.

About Truck Accidents

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. Truck accidents can have many causes, and due to the size and road performance of these vehicles, the involvement of one in an accident can lead to heavy losses. Unlike other vehicles, truck accidents can involve many people other than the driver, such as the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of parts, the company which handles it, and so on and so forth. Truck accidents also have a varied list of causes. Weather and road conditions are two situation-based factors. There are also of course driver errors, as well as lack of training in operating the truck. Additionally, due to the type of job, both drivers and vehicles can experience fatigue.

This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on their side can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation where a vehicle turns onto its side or roof. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Injuries from these accidents can include conditions as serious as brain and spinal injury. Whether operating a truck or seeing one on the road, all drivers must follow regulations to avoid incurring damages and injuries to themselves and people around them.

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