The state of Washington is full of great fruit and vegetable produce, making slow-moving farm equipment on the highways a familiar sight. It is also not uncommon for impatient drivers of other vehicles to pass the large machines when it is unsafe. One such an accident recently caused personal injury to three people and sent them to the hospital.
A Washington State Patrol accident report indicates that first responders were called to the crash shortly after noon on a recent Friday. Officers say a farm equipment vehicle was slowly making its way south on the shoulder of Highway 395, a short distance from Chewelah. A 29-year-old driver in a pickup truck that was also southbound moved into the northbound lanes as he attempted to pass the farm vehicle.
It appears as if this driver failed to notice an oncoming pickup truck, and the two vehicles crashed head-on in the northbound lane. Both pickup trucks had to be cut open to extricate the occupants before they were airlifted to a hospital in Spokane. Reportedly, only the 62-year-old driver of the second pickup and a child passenger wore their seat belts. The severity of the injuries is unknown.
Washington motorists and their passengers who have suffered car accident injuries that were caused by the negligent driving of other parties are entitled to seek financial relief. However, navigating a civil lawsuit will not be easy, and securing the services of an experienced personal injury attorney makes good sense. A lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings in pursuit of recovery of financial and emotional damages.