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South Bend, Washington – One Injured After Boat Fell Off Trailer

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Posted on May 7, 2019

South Bend, Washington (May 4, 2019) – A motorcyclist was injured after hitting a boat that fell off a trailer and landed on the southbound lane of the Highway 101 about four miles south of South Bend. The motorcyclist was taken to the Willapa Harbor Hospital for treatment. The driver and passenger of another car which hit the boat were not injured, but were also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of the trailer was heading north on the Highway 101about 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. When the loose boat fell off the trailer, the motorcyclist heading south could not avoid the boat in time and hit it. The driver of the car tried to avoid the boat, but was unable to, and ended up hitting it as well. The accident impacted the traffic in the area for over two hours.

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. There are several types of collisions that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation where passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all driver to remain cautious on the streets. Vehicle accidents of any type can result in loss, damage, injuries and death not only to the driver, but to passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians on the street. If you have been a victim of a similar accident, do not hesitate to reach out for aid.