A major crash in Clayton on July 21, 2018, resulted in the death of one male driver. Although police are still investigating the cause of this crash, they believe DUI was a major factor.
Reports from KHQ-Q6 say this crash happened on SR-395 close to the 185-mile marker. The two cars involved in this crash were a Chevy Cruze and a Mazda MZ3. Allegedly, the female driver of the Chevy swerved into oncoming traffic. Sadly, the Mazda driver was hit while attempting to avoid the crash on the southbound shoulder.
When first-responders arrived on the scene they discovered the Mazda driver had died from his injuries. The Chevy driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. As mentioned above, police believe DUI played a major role in this crash and the driver is in custody for vehicular homicide.
Fast Facts On DUI In The USA
Sadly, DUI accidents aren’t uncommon in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that DUI crashes kill 29 American drivers per day. 800 additional drivers are injured every day in DUI-related accidents. Two out of every three people in America will be impacted by a DUI crash at some point in their lives.
Although we often associate alcohol impairment with DUI crashes, statistics now show a steady increase in DUI cases that involve cannabis, illegal drugs, and prescription medications. Believe it or not, 13 percent of motorists on weekend nights nowadays are driving under the influence of marijuana.
In the State of Washington, a DUI is defined as any adult operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08. Since 2012, Washington law enforcement also recognizes any inhaled chemical that impairs reaction time as DUI.
CCD Law: A Helping Hand After A DUI Crash
We hope you and your loved ones will never have to deal with the stress of a DUI accident. If you do get involved in a DUI crash, however, you should know that the lawyers at Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, PS have years of experience dealing with DUI cases. Whether you are seeking compensation for a traumatic injury or a wrongful death, we can help you fight for your rights.
You can call Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, PS at (509) 926-4900 or send us an e-message on this webpage. All calls to CCD Law are free and confidential, so never hesitate to contact us if you have legal questions.
Here’s additional information on Wrongful Death Claims after a car accident.