Ferndale WA Single-Vehicle Crash Sends Driver to Hospital
A single-vehicle crash occurred this morning on Barr Road just north of Mountain View Road. Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Whatcom County Fire District 7 responded to the accident where they found an SUV in the ditch.
The WSP report stated that the vehicle had been heading south in the 5700 block of Barr Road when it crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic before leaving the road, bouncing off a power pole and landing in a ditch nose down and in a rotated position. The accident caused a power outage in the area and Puget Sound Energy crews came on-site to inspect damage to the power pole.
Ferndale WA single-vehicle crash sends driver to hospital
The 16-year old driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and it is believed that he fell asleep at the wheel, causing the accident. The driver suffered cuts to his feet and hands and a possible concussion or other head injury. He was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for diagnosis and treatment of possible head injury.
The driver was the only occupant at the time of the crash. The cause of the accident appears to be the driver falling asleep as neither drug nor alcohol impairment were identified as a cause.
What is a single-vehicle crash?
A single-car crash has occurred when only one vehicle is involved in an accident. Often, a single-vehicle accident is a runoff-road (ROR) crash. A ROR accident is when a vehicle leaves the roadway and moves onto the shoulder, median, roadside or parking lane, etc. and then crashes into an unmoving object like a tree, pole, wall or fire hydrant. In some cases, a pedestrian is hit. In a single-car accident, property damage and personal injuries are the typical outcome. Perhaps surprisingly, single-car collisions carry a higher fatality rate then head-on or side-impact collisions. About 70 percent of fatal single-vehicle crashes are ROR crashes.
How does age affect rates of single-vehicle crashes?
Those at the beginning and end of their driving lives are at vastly increased risk of being involved in single-car accidents. Drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 have a 75 percent higher risk of being part of a ROR crash while senior drivers over the age of 65 have an increased risk of 72 percent compared to other age groups. With youth, the issue appears to be inexperience while declining peripheral vision, reflexes and depth perception increase the risk for senior drivers. Overall, older drivers are involved in more car crashes than teen drivers: according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), fatal car crash rates increase starting at age 75, and then increase sharply after age 80.
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