Updated on: 7/8/2020
Interstate 5 is a 1,381-mile highway that stretches from Mexico to Canada. It's the busiest road in the state of Washington, with an estimated 240,000 motorists using the road daily. Interstate 5 serves the cities of Vancouver, Kelso, Chehalis, Centralia, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Mount Vernon, and Bellingham, and it is the main route between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia. I-5 stretches the whole north–south length of Washington, making it a major trucking route.
In 2015, there were 38 fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles/large trucks in Washington state. That's out of 6,091 collisions involving large trucks. Large trucks were involved in 85 serious injury collisions and 1,352 minor injury collisions.
We hope this report makes the public realize how dangerous large trucks are on the Interstate 5 corridor through Washington state. Davis Law Group updates this map monthly to identify accidents trends. The data serves as a reminder that accidents are unpredictable and occur every single day all around us.
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Washington Semi Truck Accident Map
The map on this page shows the location of each injury collision from Jan. 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018.
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Most Dangerous Mile Posts on I-5
We determined the most dangerous parts of I-5 by assigning weight to different types of accidents: fatal accidents (x 10), serious injury accidents (x 5) and minor injury accidents (x 1).
1. Milepost 140-177, King County
The most-populated area in Washington state produces the most truck crashes on Interstate 5. King County and its cities along I-5 — Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, Seattle and Shoreline — saw 66 commercial vehicle accidents during the studied time period, by far the most of any area.
While 60 of the reported accidents with large trucks were minor, there were five serious accidents and one fatality accident. The fatality occurred near Spokane Street in Seattle, when a semi truck driver died in a single vehicle accident.
Heavily traveled routes in the area merging with other major routes such as I-90 and I-405 make for a treacherous passing through this metropolitan hub. Combine those factors with occasional bad weather, steep grades and an influx of passenger vehicles and you can see why this is the most dangerous stretch in Washington.
2. Milepost 115-139, Pierce County
This stretch of highway south of Seattle is also a major spot for large truck crashes. Home to Tacoma, DuPont, Lakewood and Fife, Pierce County had 42 total truck crashes in the 15 months observed for this project.
Tacoma is home to a large industrial sector, with I-5 twisting and turning through the city. Trucks entering the exiting the highway present a serious danger, and that's evidenced in the rate of fatalities and serious injuries on this part of Interstate 5.
Three fatal accidents occurred in this area of highway, all three taking place in Lakewood, just south of Tacoma. Two other serious collisions to go with that make it a major hot spot for accidents in the Evergreen state.
3. Milepost 178-217, Snohomish County
Snohomish County is on the northern edge of the Seattle metropolitan area and also has I-5 run through it. Though not as dangerous as King County, Interstate 5 through Snohomish can be congested with traffic from the Boeing Company plant and Naval stations in the area.
Everett, the main city in Snohomish County, is a connecting point for eastern Washington via Highway 2, which combines with I-5. So it's no wonder that Snohomish County had three fatal wrecks involving large trucks and another three serious injury accidents from Jan. 2017 through March 2018.
4. Milepost 55-87, Lewis County
While just 15 collisions involving large trucks occurred in Lewis County, four of them involved serious injuries. There was also one fatality. The fatality involved a 57-year-old motorcyclist killed in a three-vehicle crash. A 44-year-old man in a pickup was cited for felony hit-and-run.
5. Milepost 88-114, Thurston County
The state capital Olympia is located in Thurston County, another point along I-5 that sees significant freight traffic throughout the year. This stretch of highway — which also goes through Tumwater and Lacey — had 17 large truck accidents during this time period, including two fatalities.
One fatality involved three semi trucks in a seven-vehicle collision. The driver of one of the semi trucks was distracted, causing the crash. A 61-year-old man was killed.
The other fatality happened when a semi truck driver under the influence of drugs — cited for vehicular homicide — killed an 80-year-old woman.
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