Baby Ejected After Tire Blowout Car Accident in Snohomish County
Four Whatcom County residents were involved in a tire blowout car accident in northern Snohomish County on the afternoon of April 26, 2018. Three of the four people involved in the car crash were injured, including a one-year old child who was ejected from an SUV. Three people were taken to local hospitals for injuries they sustained in the car crash while the fourth person was uninjured. The crash caused a lengthy backup on both northbound and southbound I-5 when lanes were closed while the airlift helicopter landed.
Washington State Patrol report: tire blowout car accident
The accident report revealed that Caterina Roy, 19, of Sumas was driving an SUV southbound on Interstate 5 near the Stanwood-Camano Island exit with a one-year old girl from Ferndale seated in a car seat in the back and another adult woman in the front passenger seat. About 12:33 p.m. the SUVs rear left tire blew out, crashing into the vehicle driven by 65-year-old Judy Bush of Lynden. While Judy’s vehicle was pushed to the shoulder and stopped there, Caterina’s SUV rolled down an embankment before landing on its passenger side. Roy was initially trapped inside her vehicle but was later removed. Car crash witnesses helped Roy’s passenger, Celena Roy, 21, of Ferndale out of the vehicle. Both women suffered serious injuries and were taken to Providence Hospital in Everett. The one-year old passenger was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being ejected from the vehicle. She was listed in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit as of Friday at 3:15 p.m. Celena is the baby’s mother and was later transferred to Harborview where her condition was listed as satisfactory as of late Friday afternoon.
Bush was not injured in the accident and was able to drive her vehicle away from the scene.
Impairment is not suspected in the crash, and the reason for the toddler’s ejection is still being investigated. According to State Patrol, charges are not expected at this time.
Tire blowout car accident statistics
Data from a 2003 NHTSA report revealed an estimated 414 fatalities, 10,275 non-fatal injuries, and 78,392 car crashes each year as a direct result of flat tires or tire blowouts before tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were installed in vehicles.
The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey that reviewed car accident data between 2005 and 2007 recorded 5,470 crashes, which translates to 2,188,970 motor vehicle accidents at the national level. Nine percent of these crashes involved one or more vehicles that had tire problems leading up to the crash.
Tire blowout car accident claim
For many people, tires are an expense they wish to avoid but as tires become worn and bald through wear and tear; the risk of a tire blowout while driving on the highway increases dramatically. In heavy traffic or when a vehicle with a blown tire is not able to get onto the side of the road safely, a tire blowout car accident is a serious possibility.
If you were the victim in a tire blowout car accident, contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as you are able. They may be able to help you fight for a fair settlement; in many cases more than five times what a person could negotiate on their own.
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