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Ferndale, Washington – Rollover Crash on Interstate-5

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Posted on April 14, 2020

Ferndale, Washington (April 9, 2020) – A rollover crash occurred on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 when a vehicle attempted to avoid a collision. According to an article from My Ferndale News, an Acura swerved in the median to avoid colliding with a Ford hatchback that merged with the left lane from the right lane. The Acura ended up rolling over, but the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, was able to get out on their own. The driver was treated on the scene by the aid crews and released.

The crash occurred on the southbound lanes south of Main Street around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. The southbound Acura was in the left lane of the Interstate 5 when the Ford merged into the left lane from the right lane. The Acura swerved in the median to avoid collision, returned to the roadway, and crossed both lanes until the vehicle left the roadway on the west side. The vehicle ended up snapping off a single post sign and rolled over, ending on its side. Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman stated that they are investigating the scene as a hit and run but conceded that the driver of the Ford was possibly unaware of the crash when they left the scene.

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 and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.