Three people were injured in a major crash on I-90 only 11 miles away from Ritzville Washington on April 1st, 2018. While the investigation into this crash is still ongoing, police believe DUI was potentially to blame.
According to the latest reports from KHQ-Q6, this crash happened around 4AM in Adams County. Apparently the drive or a Subaru Impreza lost control of his vehicle as he was driving eastbound on I-90.
Police say the driver allegedly drove his car towards the shoulder, attempted to correct his position, and then went flying off the right side of the highway. Eyewitnesses say the Subaru was airborne for a few seconds before it landed in a grassy area close to Exit 231 on I-90’s southbound side.
Rescue crews immediately got the driver and the car’s two passengers out of the vehicle and brought them to local hospitals. Although one of the passengers had life-threatening injuries, doctors say they are all expected to live.
As mentioned above, police believe drugs and/or alcohol might have been partly to blame for this accident. Troopers will release more detailed information in the ensuing weeks.
A Few Tips On Washington’s Passenger Laws
Passengers involved in single-car crashes should know that they are usually not liable for the negligence of the driver. This seems obvious, but insurance companies often try to convince psychologically vulnerable victims that they were also partly responsible for the accident just to save a few bucks.
While it’s true that a few states have laws that forbid passengers who didn’t wear seatbelts at the time of an accident from attempting to get legal compensation, this isn’t always the case in Washington State. Even if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for damages as a passenger in a single-car crash.
Of course, we’re not suggesting you don’t wear your safety belt while traveling around Washington by car. Quite the opposite; it’s just common sense to wear your safety belt for your safety. We only mention Washington’s policy on safety belts so you won’t feel intimidated by insurance companies after an accident like the one listed above.
Injured In A Single-Car Crash? Give CCD Law A Call
The best thing you could do while you’re recovering from crash-related injuries is to get in touch with a respected Car Accident Lawyer for a free consultation and case evaluation. We have helped accident victims obtain millions of dollars in compensation for medical, pain & suffering, lost time at work, and much, much more.
Your call to CCD Law is completely free and confidential, so don’t worry about insurance companies’ claims while you’re chatting with us. With one of our attorneys by your side, you’ll better understand what you’re entitled to no matter what situation you find yourself in.