33 undergraduate students from the UW Foster School of Business were traveling to California to attend a conference and they were caravanning in three vans when two of the vans collided.
After the vans collided, one van hit the center divider, causing it to rollover.
Two students suffered moderate to serious injuries when they were ejected through a broken window from a van; these two students were taken by helicopter to a trauma center.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the cause of the accident.
The investigation of this accident may determine whether driver inexperience, driver inattention or drowsy driving were perhaps factors in the van accident.
The ejected students may have not been wearing seat belts or their belts may have failed. Passengers thrown from a motor vehicle accident are four times as likely to be killed and 14 times more likely to suffer a serious spinal injury than those that remain in the vehicle.
We are pleased to hear that there were no critical injuries in this accident. Often times rollover car accidents result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Estimates are that nearly 8,000 people are killed annually in rollover collisions. Rollover collisions can occur if two vehicles traveling at high speeds collide or if a vehicle has a tire blow out.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a rollover collision, contact The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm who specializes in representing people with injury claims after a motor vehicle accident.