A 20-year-old man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital last week after an early morning car accident on Highway 525 in Freeland, Washington.
The man, of Clinton, Washington, was reportedly driving a 1995 Ford Taurus just before 6 a.m. when he rear-ended a semi-trailer truck that was carrying a full load of logs. The truck had reportedly just pulled out onto the highway before it was hit.
The Taurus was totaled in the accident and the driver was airlifted to a Seattle hospital with what has been reported as pelvic injuries. He was later reported to be in satisfactory condition.
The 67-year-old driver of the truck was not injured in the collision.
Traffic was diverted for several hours as the Washington State Patrol continued its investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the State Patrol said that the semi-trailer truck did not yield the right of way when it pulled out onto Highway 525 at Scott Road. The Ford Taurus then hit the back of the truck, and the front of the Taurus went underneath the truck.
Criminal charges are not expected, according to the news report. It was not reported whether the victim will pursue any civil litigation.
When a truck accident victim pursues civil litigation, truck accident attorneys typically conduct an independent investigation, separate than that of the State Patrol. Such investigations often include making sure the driver met the requirements to obtain a proper license, that truck maintenance and inspections were up to date as well as analyzing the accident scene among other things.
If an investigation reveals that negligence contributed to the accident, it is often possible to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses related to the accident.
Source: South Whidbey Record, “Highway reopens after logging truck crash, driver identified,” Brian Kelly, Jan. 25, 2012