Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, and those who are culpable of such negligence may endanger everyone around them in the process. Those who encounter an impaired driver may find it challenging to react in time to prevent a collision, and they may wind up being the one who suffers the consequences. A recent car accident involving an impaired driver in Washington has left two individuals with injuries and claimed the life of another.
According to law enforcement agents, the incident occurred at around 11:40 p.m. on a recent Wednesday as a driver lost control of her vehicle and veered into the opposite lane. After entering an oncoming lane, her vehicle proceeded to collide with a nearby truck. Police have advised that both vehicles were totaled in the accident and that a passenger in her vehicle was pronounced dead soon thereafter.
The driver of the truck reportedly suffered serious injuries in the collision, and he was taken to a medical facility for treatment. Upon speaking with the driver of the car, authorities stated that she exhibited signs of impairment and admitted to using methamphetamine prior to getting behind the wheel. She was taken into custody and is reportedly facing charges for vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.
Individuals who suffer serious harm or lose someone in a car accident involving an impaired driver may wish to hold the responsible party accountable through the civil justice system. However, even with the presence of criminal charges, the process can be complex, and seeking assistance from a personal injury attorney may be advisable. An attorney can examine the situation thoroughly and assist a client in Washington in pursuing the compensation entitled through a claim against the party deemed at fault.
Source: komonews.com, "Driver in custody after 1 killed, 2 injured in S.R. 18 crash in Maple Valley", March 22, 2018