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Wrong Way Driver Crashes Into Motorcyclist

By Pendergast Law on May 19, 2015

Seattle Head On Motorcycle AccidentA 55-year-old man was seriously injured in a Seattle car accident when a wrong-way driver struck his motorcycle. According to a KOMO news report, the motorcycle crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near Safeco Field in Seattle during the early morning hours of May 15, 2015. Officials say the motorcyclist was traveling north when a southbound car struck him head-on. He suffered life-threatening injuries. The woman behind the wheel of the car was arrested by the authorities, but it is unclear what caused the crash or what charges she may face.

Motorists are required by law to remain on their side of the road. Under Washington statute 46.61.150: “Whenever any highway has been divided into two or more roadways…every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand roadway.” Motorists who cross over into oncoming traffic can face traffic citations and be held liable for any damages they cause. Read the rest »

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Six Injured in Head-On Collision Involving Bridal Party

By Pendergast Law on December 17, 2013

Seattle Auto AccidentSix people suffered serious injuries in a violent head-on collision. According to a KOMO news report, the incident occurred on Juanita Drive in Kirkland. Police say five women in a bridal party were driving north along Juanita when another car going south on Juanita crossed the centerline and slammed head-on into their vehicle.

The woman in the other car was ejected from her vehicle and transported to a Seattle hospital with a brain injury. The members of the bridal party suffered broken bones and other non-life-threatening injuries. Officials suspect that the other driver was under the influence. An investigation is ongoing. Read the rest »

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Washington Head-On Collision Caused by Sleepy Driver

By Pendergast Law on December 9, 2013

Seattle Auto AccidentA head-on collision that left two women hospitalized with injuries was caused by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel, The Spokesman-Review reports. Washington State Patrol officials say that a 19-year-old woman driving a 2004 Chevy Cavalier crossed the centerline while traveling south on state Highway 27 south of Freeman. Investigators said the woman fell asleep. Her vehicle drifted into opposing lanes of traffic and struck a sedan driven by a 56-year-old woman. Both women were transported to area hospitals. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Fatigued driving is driving while tired or sleepy. This could have serious consequences because fatigue impairs your ability to safely perform basic driving tasks such as staying in your lane. Fatigue also decreases reaction time, affects judgment, and can result in erratic driving – putting everyone on the roadway in grave danger. If you are feeling sleepy or tired and are unable to keep your eyes open, then you should pull over to a safe location and rest before you get on with your journey. Read the rest »

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Head-On Collision Involving Diabetes Patient Causes Injuries in Washington

By Pendergast Law on August 27, 2013

Two drivers were injured in a Washington car accident involving a head-on collision between a black Audi and a white van. According to a KHQ news report, the crash occurred on Cheney-Spokane Road north of Fish Lake. Officials say the driver of the Audi had a medical episode caused by diabetes before the crash. The Audi crossed the centerline and struck the van head-on. The driver of the van was airlifted to a nearby facility and the driver of the Audi was hospitalized as well. Both have been listed in stable condition.

When someone suffers an injury in a Washington auto accident, it must be determined if negligence was a contributing factor. Drivers who are speeding, intoxicated, or distracted can be held accountable for the damages they cause. Determining liability can become more complicated when the at-fault driver was behaving reasonably safe before suffering from a medical condition. Read the rest »

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Gig Harbor Head-On Crash Claims Woman’s Life

By Pendergast Law on October 23, 2012

A woman and her dog lost their lives in a head-on accident in Gig Harbor, Washington recently after her car crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, according to an article in The News-Tribune. Two people in the second vehicle suffered injuries in the crash.

Washington State Patrol troopers report that the accident took place on state Route 302 North, a few minutes before 10:00 in the morning. The woman, a 47-year-old Gig Harbor resident, was driving along Route 302 with her dog in her lap. Her vehicle crossed the road’s center line and hit another vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction. Both the woman and the dog suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Read the rest »

Head-On Car Accidents on Maple Valley Highway Leave Driver, Dog in Critical Condition

By Pendergast Law on October 11, 2012

A driver and his dog are both in critical condition after multiple head-on collisions on the Maple Valley Highway in Renton, according to a recent article by The Renton Patch.

Investigators say the crashes began when the driver crossed the center line on Maple Valley Highway, not far from the site of the Henry Moses Aquatic Center. His vehicle crashed into a red pickup truck, then continued down the wrong side of the road for a short distance before also crashing head-on into a black car. A third vehicle in the immediate vicinity managed to swerve and avoid a collision. Read the rest »

Police Vehicle Collides with Wrong-Way Driver, Prevents Additional Collisions

By Pendergast Law on October 2, 2012

A wrong-way driver on Highway 520 recently posed the risk for a serious or even fatal car accident – until a Washington State Patrol trooper placed his own car directly in the driver’s path to prevent another crash.

The trooper had been dispatched to Highway 520 to help two drivers who had collided with one another while trying to avoid the wrong-way driver, who was heading west down the eastbound lanes of the highway. As the trooper approached the scene, he saw the wrong-way driver coming and realized that he would soon be boxed in and unable to avoid crashing with the wrong-way vehicle. Instead of moving, however, the trooper engineered a collision with the other vehicle, stopping it and preventing more Washington highway accidents and injuries. Read the rest »

Head-On Crash on Washington’s Highway 2 Claims Man’s Life

By Pendergast Law on September 10, 2012

A 65-year-old Washington man lost his life and one other person was injured in a head-on car accident on Highway 2 recently, according to a news report from KOMO.

The man was traveling along Highway 2 in the family’s minivan, along with his adult son, when the van crossed the center line. It sideswiped one car traveling in the opposite direction, then crashed head-on into a second vehicle. Read the rest »

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