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Hoquiam, Washington – Rollover Collision at the Base of Simpson Avenue Bridge

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Posted on April 11, 2019

Hoquiam, Washington (April 9, 2019) – A two vehicle collision at 10th Street and Simpson Avenue caused a pickup truck to spin 180 degrees up and over the concrete barriers on the south side of the Simpson Avenue Bridge. The passenger and driver of the pickup truck were found alert and were able to climb out of the cab through the passenger window, with assistance from the Hoquiam Fire Department. The passenger was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for a minor, non-life-threatening injury. No other people were reported to be injured in the incident.

The exact cause of the crash has not been given, but the driver of the pickup truck, a 2007 Dodge Ram, was struck by the driver of the other vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Scion. The Hoquiam Police Department and Hoquiam Fire Department responded to the scene just before 8 p.m.

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As this accident is a rollover collision, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. It is fortunate that no one suffered serious injuries, however not all victims are as lucky. 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. If you have been a victim of an accident involving these types of vehicles, we extend our sympathy and compassion.