A van left the roadway and rolled over injuring four people, and one had to be airlifted to the hospital. The accident happened Wednesday morning, October 9, 2019, on Highway 2 west of Fairchild AFB. The Washington State Patrol says that the driver of a van carrying school bus drivers saw a truck approaching them at a high rate of speed and was forced to leave the highway to avoid a collision.
Upon hitting the terrain, the van rolled over several time injuring all four occupants. The WSP closed SR-2 while the accident scene was being investigated and cleared and reopened a few hours later. The accident investigation is ongoing, and the identity of the driver of the speeding truck is unknown.
The rollover accident is the deadliest of all accidents and accounts for 35 percent of all fatalities while only making up two percent of all crash types, according to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The NHTSA goes on to say that there are several factors that are present in a large number of fatal rollovers or those with serious injury:
- Avoidance maneuver by driver
- Increase in popularity of SUV
- Multi-Car accidents
- Chain-reaction accident
- No restraint
Fault in a Rollover Accident
In around 40 percent of all rollovers, the driver attempted an avoidance maneuver right before the crash. In these cases, determining liability is difficult because there was no actual collision. However, Washington law doesn’t require there to be contact between cars for a driver to be at fault in an accident.
If a driver is negligent in any way, then he or she is responsible for all damages and injuries that come from the negligence. When the driver of a vehicle has to turn suddenly or leave the road to avoid hitting another car, then the car that was being avoided could be the cause of the accident.
In many cases, the driver that caused the other car to serve will leave the scene because hey conclude that since there was no collision, then they aren’t required to stick around. However, under Washington law, if someone leaves the scene that is involved in an accident with injuries, they could face a felony hit-and-run charge.
Contact a Spokane Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you should at least talk to an attorney who can advise you of your rights and can inform you of the insurance coverage available to you. At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we offer a free consultation so you can make an informed decision.
We serve clients in Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and surrounding communities. They can go toe-to-toe with the insurance companies and their lawyers to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Call them at (509) 926-4900, or send them a message by clicking here.