A Washington State trooper and two other people were seriously injured in a Bellevue car accident caused by drunken drivers at the Interstate 405 and State Route 520 interchange on Friday night around 11:45pm.
According to the Bellevue Reporter, the trooper had stopped a 32-year-old Bellingham man driving a silver BMW on suspicion of driving under the influence when the accident occurred. The trooper was in the process of arresting the motorist when an Acura, driven by a 26-year-old Shoreline woman, hit the patrol car which then pushed it into the BMW. The driver of the BMW, the driver of the Acura and the trooper were all taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue with serious injuries.
The driver of the Acura may be charged with Vehicular Assault because troopers suspect she was driving intoxicated. Washington State motor vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 states that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Assault if he or she seriously injures another person while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
It is not uncommon for a motorist driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to hit a parked or stopped car. While troopers take every precaution by having motorists move onto the shoulder, flash their lights and angle the car to protect both themselves and the other driver, a drunken driver often mistakes the stopped cars for a moving lane of traffic.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.
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