Ferndale WA Rollover Accident Causes Heavy Damage
About 1 p.m. October 7, 2018, police and aid crews responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident on Barrett Road in Ferndale. The site of the crash was between Main Street and W. Smith Road, near U-Haul Moving & Storage of Ferndale.
Ferndale WA rollover accident causes heavy damage
Ferndale Police who arrived on scene believe that the black Honda was likely traveling southbound when it overcorrected after veering off the right side of the road. It then hit one of the three U-Haul company vehicles that were parked along the road before rolling at least once and landing on its tires.
The Honda vehicle suffered heavy damage including a caved-in roof on the driver’s side and the right-rear tire folded under the car. The U-Haul vehicle sustained damage to the front right corner.
According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, they transported the driver to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
What are rollover accidents?
Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof, often caused by a sharp turn made at high speed. More than in other types of car accidents, rollover accidents involve the driver’s handling, the road and environmental factors that affect road conditions.
What are the causes of vehicle rollover accidents?
According to NHTSA data, almost 85 percent of all rollover accident deaths are the direct result of single-vehicle crashes. What this means is that the vast majority of rollover accidents only involve one vehicle.
Approximately 40 percent of fatal rollover car accidents involve excessive speeding. Fatal rollover car crashes more often involve speeding than other types of fatal car accidents. Of particular note is that almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers took place on roadways with a posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or higher.
Driving while intoxicated
Almost half of all fatal rollover crashes involve a drunk driver. Even a slight impairment can be enough to reduce muscle coordination and reflexes and blur vision, which increases the chance of losing control of your vehicle.
Roads with clear divisions and barriers help to decrease the risk of rollover accidents but rural roads tend not to have these safety measures. As a result, almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers happen on rural roads and in rural areas with a typically posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour or higher.
NHTSA data suggests that more than 90 percent of fatal, single-vehicle rollover crashes involved a driver doing routine driving maneuvers like driving straight ahead and taking a curve or turn in the road. From this finding we may be able to infer that driver behavior such as distracted or impaired driving, type of vehicle and road conditions play the biggest roles in the risk of rollover accidents.
Type of vehicle
While any type of vehicle could be part of a vehicle rollover, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans are at increased risk because of their height and shape; they are taller and narrower than most other types of vehicles. The higher center of gravity that accompanies the height and shape puts these drivers and passengers at increased risk for a rollover accident if they are involved in a single-vehicle crash.
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