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Lakewood, Washington – One Adult, Five Children Injured in Rollover Crash

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Posted on June 5, 2019

Lakewood, Washington (June 3, 2019) – One adult and five children sustained injuries in a rollover crash at Onyx Drive Southwest and 76th Street Southwest on Monday evening. The adult was said to be seriously injured and was taken to a local hospital. The five children, all of whom were under the age of eight, sustained no serious injuries, but were also taken to the hospital.

The incident happened before 8 p.m. According to police reports, the driver of the car was speeding, and while swerving to avoid pedestrians and another vehicle on the road, he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a rock wall. This caused the vehicle to flip over to its side. It is believed that the driver was impaired and will be booked after he is released from the hospital.

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.