Bellevue man critically injured in I-5 highway shoulder accident

Patrick Franklin, 40, of Bellevue, was critically injured in a highway shoulder accident on Sunday. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.

According to the report by, Franklin had run out of gas and had pulled his pickup truck off of the Interstate 5 and onto the shoulder in SeaTac and was filling the tank when a 24-year-old Auburn man drifted off of the roadway and hit him with his minivan.

The Washington State Patrol have charged the Auburn man with Vehicular Assault, believing him to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. They also think he may have been distracted due to the use of a cell phone.

There have been several devastating highway shoulder accidents in the Seattle-metro area during the past week or so. Annually, there are about 2,000 fatal highway shoulder accidents. If at all possible, motorists should try to maneuver their car completely off of the highway even if it means ruining a tire or rim in the case of a flat tire.

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 car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering.

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