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Semi Truck Spills Lumber in Downtown Seattle I-5 Crash

Updated on: 3/9/2020

interstate 5 washington state trucking accidentA semi truck spilled a load of lumber on Interstate 5 just south of the Interstate 90 exit in downtown Seattle, a crash that involved multiple vehicles, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The crash blocked all southbound lanes of I-5. Video from the scene shows lumber spilled on the road from a semi, as well as other damaged vehicles. One vehicle was flipped over.

A mother and baby were inside the vehicle that rolled over. They were taken to the hospital.

One lane of I-5 northbound was also closed. The highway reopened around 1 p.m.

Commercial Trucks With Loose Loads

Semi trucks with improperly secured loads can cause major damage and delays on United States highways. The AAA Foundation reported that 25,000 accidents occur annually due to improperly secured truck loads, accidents that lead to 80 to 90 annual deaths. If you or a family member have been involved in this type of accident, then you know how devastating and scary the experience can be.

For example, in the accident above, the collisions and injuries may be caused by the falling lumber from the semi truck. Objects that come loose from a truck can become projectiles that can fly into windshields of cars or trucks and cause unsafe road conditions. Whether the cargo falls off of a pickup truck, a flatbed truck, a semi trailer, a box truck or a dump truck, loose loads can cause a frightening and hazardous driving experience.

The results can be wide ranging. It could be as small as a cracked windshield or a significant crash involving serious damage and injuries. At highway speeds, loose loads can even be fatal.

Since these kinds of semi truck accidents have more impact than passenger vehicle accidents, victims may be facing a mountain of medical bills, extensive damage to property, a long rehab process, short-term or permanent disability, or even the death of a family member. If you have been impacted by a semi truck accident, it’s important to contact a Washington state trucking accident attorney who is experienced with the complexities of cases like yours and can hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Attorney Chris Davis and the team at Seattle-based Davis Law Group, P.S., has a deep understanding of the rules and regulations regarding the loading, securing, and transportation of truck cargo. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident with a loose load — or any type of large truck crash — you do not have to handle the pain and suffering of this accident alone. 

Contact Davis Law Group today at (206) 727-4000, use the chat feature below or fill out the form on this page. 

Washington Truck Accident Map

The map on this page shows the location of each truck injury collision from Jan. 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018. 

📌 Fatality    Serious Injury    Minor Injury    Unknown Injury  |  Disclaimer: Davis Law Group, P.S., is not liable for errors and omissions or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above. The accident location and crash data are approximations based on available information. Please report errors to [email protected]

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