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Five Injured in King County Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 24, 2013

A sheriff’s deputy and four others were injured in a King County van accident involving three vehicles. According to The Associated Press, the injury accident occurred on State Route 162 near the Pierce County town of Orting. Officials say a minivan collided with a vehicle that was turning left as well as the vehicle in which the deputy was traveling. The deputy and four people from the van were taken to a nearby hospital. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Some of the most devastating intersection accidents involve drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way while turning left. According to Washington Statute 46.61.185, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

A motorist does not, however, have to be cited for failing to yield the right-of-way in order to be held accountable for an accident. Victims of intersection accidents must prove that the other driver’s negligence contributed to the crash. Was the other driver speeding, distracted, or otherwise reckless? A skilled attorney will speak with eyewitnesses, review the police report, and work with investigators to get to the bottom of how the accident occurred.

For intersection auto accidents caused by negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault driver can be held accountable for all of the victim’s losses. In such cases, compensation may be available for medical bills, hospitalization costs, rehabilitation services, lost wages, and other related damages.

The King County personal injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., help injured victims get fair compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

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