Though many grumble about speed limits, right of ways and slow traffic lights all of these are put into place for safety reasons and to prevent fatal auto accidents. In spite of these laws and rules, however, thousands of people die every year in fatal auto accidents which simply following these laws could have easily prevented. After working on these tragic Seattle fatal auto accident cases for several years as a Tacoma personal injury lawyer I am still shocked to see the fatalities continue at a ridiculous rate every year.
Just last night another fatal auto accident happened because of a failure to comply with the basic rules of the road. On Monday, March 7th a pickup truck with two people inside crashed into a utility pole in Graham, Washington. Around 6:15 p.m. the pickup was driving East on 260th Street East in Graham and turned in front of another vehicle making a legal left-hand turn. The truck had to swerve in order to avoid hitting the other vehicle and instead veered off the road and into a utility pole.
The 42-year-old driver along with his 41-year-old passenger died instantly when the vehicles engine was smashed into the cabin of the truck. The impact was also great enough to knock the utility pole down, removing it from the 8 foot concrete foundation it sat in.
The Washington state patrol is currently investigating the fatal auto accident. Empty beer cans were found in the truck bed, but it is unknown whether or not alcohol played a role in the incident- a toxicology report will be performed by the corner and the findings will be released within 14 days.
Our condolences go out to the families of the two victims. It is never easy to lose a loved one especially when it is so sudden.
As with most fatal auto accidents, it appears this horrible incident could have been prevented had the driver been paying better attention to the other vehicles on the road.