A family of four narrowly missed serious injury or death when a brick-sized chunk of concrete went through the windshield of the family’s Volvo as they were driving in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Seattle on Saturday night.
Henry Jessop, who was riding in the front passenger seat, suffered laceration injuries to his jaw and mouth along with bruising when the chunk came through the windshield.
Luckily, Jessop’s wife, who was driving, and his children in the back seat were not injured.
Besides the injuries to Jessop, the family is understandably traumatized by this close brush with death.
Jessop hopes that his accident will bring awareness to the necessity for the government to keep the roads maintained.
Duty of government to maintain roads
The county, city or the state, depending on jurisdiction, has a statutory duty to keep the roadway in proper repair. We all depend on the state and local governments to keep our highways and streets safe for travel. Unfortunately, defective roads can cause serious car, motorcycle, bicycle or truck accidents making it necessary to file Washington defective roadway claims.
In this case, the accident was caused by a chunk of concrete that had come loose from some where in the roadway or on an overpass. Other defects that can contribute to car, truck, bicycle, or motorcycle accidents include:
- Lack of proper signage indicating construction zones, merging traffic, etc.
- Unsafe shoulders.
- Inadequate roadway maintenance.
- Poor intersection or freeway on/off ramp design.
- Improper Washington roadway construction.
Advice for those involved in a Washington defective roadway motor vehicle accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident in which a defective roadway was a factor, you should contact 911 to obtain proper medical treatment. Responding authorities can document the cause of your accident.
We recommend, if possible, to record the defective roadway conditions.
If you’ve been involved in a defective roadway accident, contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firms with offices in Bellevue, Washington. We represent accident injury victims in Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond, Renton, Tacoma and the surrounding areas. To schedule a FREE consultation, call us Toll Free at 1-800-244-9087, or thru our contact form.
Source: KOMO News: ‘I didn’t expect to have a rock through my windshield on I-5′