Construction zones in Washington will always be hazardous areas for the workers and the passing traffic. The slightest distraction of a driver can cause major crashes, and when there are big rigs in the picture, consequences could be catastrophic. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits following construction zone accidents are not unusual.
One such a calamity occurred on U.S. Highway 195 shortly before noon on a recent Tuesday. According to a report by the Washington State Patrol, a construction worker flagged a stop in the construction zone. A 55-year-old Spokane man who was operating a semi truck failed to reduce speed and smashed into the rear of one car. This caused a chain reaction that involved three cars.
Reportedly, one car caught fire, and two people suffered injuries of unknown severity. An 81-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man were transported to two different hospitals. The truck driver and the driver of the remaining car were both uninjured. Law enforcement says impairment played no role in this crash, but officers cited the truck driver for negligent driving.
Rear end collisions can cause severe whiplash injuries that might cause long-term medical problems. Those and other injuries could lead to mounting medical bills for injured victims. In cases in which another party's negligence caused auto accidents, victims can pursue financial relief. An experienced Washington personal injury attorney can assist with the navigation of civil lawsuits to recover financial losses such as medical expenses and lost income. Furthermore, noneconomic damages like emotional pain and suffering can also form part of the documented claims.