The Washington State Patrol reports that Monica M. Malcolm, 22, was injured in a rollover car accident on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie pass on Sunday morning.
According to a report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, Malcolm was about 24 miles west of Cle Elum when she lost control of her vehicle. She was taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue where her condition was listed as stable.
The article said that she will be cited with RCW 46.61.670 “Driving with wheels off roadway.” It is not uncommon for a driver who has been involved in a single car accident to be cited.
In an accident like this, the cause is often driver inattention. Often, a driver will drift off the highway and then over-correct causing the vehicle to roll.
Studies show that over four percent of fatal car accidents in 2011 were caused by over-correcting. Often younger and inexperienced drivers are involved in these types of accident.
Causes of leaving the roadway
The most common factors involved in leaving the highway are:
- driving under the influence
- distracted driving
- driving at a high rate of speed.
It is recommended that young drivers be trained in what to do if their vehicle leaves the roadway. They should take their foot off of the gas pedal and continue driving straight until they slow down. Once their speed is down, they should find a safe place to re-enter the roadway watching for traffic. It is important to stay calm and not to overreact.
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