By Pendergast Law on August 28, 2012
A head-on car accident on Highway 97 near Brewster, Washington recently caused three deaths and left two people injured, according to an article at HeraldNet.
The accident occurred as one driver, an Okanogan woman, was traveling north on Highway 97 when her vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a vehicle traveling south. Two Bridgeport residents, the driver and the front seat passenger in the southbound vehicle, lost their lives in the accident, as did the driver from Okanogan. Two passengers in the southbound vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators are still examining the causes of the Washington fatal auto accident. Reports have stated that everyone was wearing a seat belt at the time, but it has not been determined whether alcohol, speeding, or distracted driving were factors in the crash.
Head-on collisions are less common than rear-end collisions, but they can cause serious injuries or deaths when they do occur, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Head-on crashes are more likely when visibility is poor, pavement is badly marked, or drivers are asleep or distracted at the wheel. Speed and alcohol or drug use may also be factors in head-on collisions. Passengers in smaller vehicles are more likely to suffer serious injury or death in a head-on crash, although injuries and fatalities occur in head-on crashes of all sizes.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our skilled Seattle head-on car crash attorneys can help you with everything from filing an insurance claim to holding negligent parties accountable in court. Call us today at 888-539-9211 for a free and confidential case evaluation.