A 53-year-old Puyallup man faces charges of vehicular assault after he drove his across the centerline and collided head-on with a car driven by an Auburn woman. Police believe the Puyallup man was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred early Sunday morning on State Route 162 near South Hill.
According to Tacoma’s The News Tribune, the Auburn woman was injured in the car accident. She was taken two Tacoma General hospital with undisclosed injuries. All four of the woman’s passengers –including three minor children — were taken to the hospital as a “precaution.”
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also taken to Tacoma General.
Head-on collisions are some of the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents because of the forces
involved. Often, victims in this type of accidents suffer serious, if not fatal, injuries. Head-on collisions, or accidents caused when one driver drifts over the centerline, are often caused when a driver is intoxicated or inattentive.
Vehicular Assault Charges
Washington State vehicle code provides that a driver can be charged with vehicular assault if a person is seriously injured in a Washington motor vehicle accident and the negligent driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with out regard to the safety of others or driving recklessly.
When a driver is charged with vehicular assault, he or she faces criminal penalties. In addition, victims may obtain compensation in civil court for damages including property loss, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.
How a Washington Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, an experienced personal injury attorney will work to obtain you maximum compensation that you deserve. A personal injury attorney will investigate your accident to determine whether someone else besides the driver might also be held liable for the accident. This occurs in cases where a driver has been over-served alcohol at a bar or restaurant or if the driver was in the course of their employment.
This information is provided by Seattle car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group.
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