Ferndale, Washington – One Passenger Killed, Two Injured in Truck Rollover CrashRequest Free Consultation
Ferndale, Washington (June 9, 2019) – One passenger was killed and two others injured when the pickup truck they were riding crashed on Red River Road on Sunday evening. The passenger, identified as Justin Zollner, was pronounced dead on the scene. Another passenger and driver were also injured and taken to a Bellingham hospital, though the extent of their injuries has not been provided.
The accident happened after 6 p.m. The truck was heading southbound and as it neared a curve, the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to roll over twice and strike a power pole. Troopers are suspecting the involvement of drugs or alcohol in the case, and have also noted that the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The accident under investigation.
About Vehicle Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.
As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.