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Seattle, Washington – Car-Truck Collision on I-5

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Posted on May 16, 2019

Seattle, Washington (May 15, 2019) – A car and a box truck struck collided on the Interstate 5 under the Washington State Convention Center on Wednesday morning. According to the report from the Seattle Fire Department all off the occupants of the involved vehicles were able to escape safely. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The cause of the accident has not been identified, but the car collided with the box truck shortly before 9 a.m. The resulting collision was a rollover collision, but no one was harmed. The accident however caused a lengthy delay in the traffic in the area. The ramp onto the Interstate 5 on University Street was closed for investigation, and northbound lanes were initially blocked. By 9:45 a.m., the main lanes have reopened.

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 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.

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