Seattle, WA- The American Automobile Association estimates that hit-and-run drivers are responsible for 1,500 traffic fatalities annually, and represent 11 percent of crashes reported to police. Hit-and-runs are more common among passenger vehicle motorists, but there are instances where the fleeing party is in an 18-wheeler.
Washington State Woman Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash, Truck Driver Flees
A recent crash in Kittitas County left one person dead and sent police on a hunt for a truck driver who fled the scene. The accident occurred on September 27, 2017, on Interstate 90 around 5:30 a.m.
Police told KOMO News that a man was driving in the eastbound lanes of the highway when he swerved to avoid an unidentified animal in the road. The man lost control of his pickup truck and overturned. His truck was then struck by a Mazda Tribute driven by a 20-year-old woman.
The tailgate of the overturned truck went through the Mazda’s windshield and became lodged, according to the TV station. The Mazda traveled a short distance and hit a fence along the roadside before coming to a stop. Soon after the initial crash, a blue tractor-trailer rear-ended the Mazda and took off.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
Police noted that the semi driver was not responsible for woman’s death, but all drivers are required to stay at the scene of an accident. Drivers who leave the scene of an accident face criminal charges.
Police are still investigating the accident, but do not think drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. The semi a few days after the crash, but are still trying to locate the truck driver.
What if a Hit-and-Run Truck Driver Hurts Me?
Most truck drivers realize there are severe legal consequences for leaving the scene of an accident, so it isn’t common practice, but it does happen. Recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is complicated when the driverLet a truck accident lawyer in Seattle negotiate with an insurer on your behalf. They know how to get the settlement you deserve.
cannot be identified or they don’t have insurance. USAttorneys.com recommends you speak with a lawyer in Washington and let them handle your insurance claim. With legal assistance, you can overcome the challenges of negotiating with an insurance company.
The minimum amount of insurance you are required to carry in Washington is $25,000 in liability coverage. Motorists also have the option of purchasing uninsured or underinsured coverage, but many drivers opt out of this coverage. Even if you do choose to purchase uninsured or underinsured insurance, it’s likely you’ll encounter difficulties getting the amount of compensation you deserve from an insurer. Our truck accident lawyers in Seattle know how to work with insurers and can negotiate a generous settlement. Call and arrange a case evaluation today.