The Yakima Herald.com reports that Christopher W. Beaver, 29, of Prosser, was critically injured in a multiple vehicle collision that was attributed to a trailer losing a wheel, setting off a chain-reaction of accidents.
According to the report, the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 195, just south of Colfax when a horse trailer lost a wheel. The wheel struck a car traveling in the opposite direction, causing that driver to lose control and hit Beaver’s vehicle.
Beaver’s vehicle was totaled in the collision. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho with undisclosed injuries.
Two other drivers were injured in the accident.
When a vehicle traveling at high speed loses a wheel, the result can be a serious accident. Sometimes a lost wheel will crash through a vehicle windshield. When the accident involves a commercial vehicle, authorities look at the trucking company’s safety and maintenance records to insure the vehicle passed appropriate inspections as wheels do not normally come off of vehicles.
Wheels ordinarily do not come loose from vehicle. At this point, one can not chalk up the accident to “bad luck.” The injured parties should ask to see maintenance records of the trailer and find out the cause which resulted in this failure.
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