Gig Harbor, Washington - Rollover Crash on SR 16
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Gig Harbor, Washington – Rollover Crash on SR 16

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Posted on June 17, 2019

Gig Harbor, Washington (June 15, 2019) – A rollover crash which occurred on State Route 16 on Saturday morning is being investigated as a case of DUI. There were no reports of injuries from the incident.

The crash happened before 6 a.m. on westbound State Route 16, approaching Wollochet Drive Northwest. While traveling, the driver crossed to the right shoulder, causing the vehicle to roll over and end up on its roof. Fortunately no other cars were involved in the crash. The driver is being investigated for DUI.

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.