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Lakewood, Washington – One Person Injured in Suspected DUI Crash

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Posted on October 16, 2019

Lakewood, Washington (October 10, 2019) – One person sustained a broken nose in a two-vehicle rollover crash that occurred on southbound Interstate 5 near State Route 512 on Thursday evening. No other injuries were reported in the crash, and the causing driver has been arrested for investigation of DUI.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident happened around 8 p.m. Both vehicles involved were southbound on Interstate 5, when a suspected impaired driver collided with the victim’s vehicle. This caused the victim’s vehicle to go over the center jersey barrier and collide with a light pole. The victim’ vehicle ended up in the northbound lanes. No road closures were included in the report about the incident.

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.