Forks woman in serious condition after DUI collision


Story Highlights:
Woman seriously injured in Highway 101 accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by speeding/DUI
Victim airlifted to Harborview Medical Center



Date:
December 4, 2010, 12/04/2010
Location: Olympic National Park, Clallam County, Washington
Type: Car accident, DUI collision
Outcome: One in serious condition

A Forks woman was seriously injured after being struck by a drunk driver while she was headed west on Highway 101 through the Olympic National Park on Saturday. Authorities have confirmed that the other driver, a 56-year-old man from Bainbridge Island was speeding and under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

The woman suffered multiple broken bones as well as internal injuries. She was initially taken to Olympia Medical Center but had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where she was reported to be in serious condition. The other driver was not seriously injured.

Since the accident happened at a National Park, the vehicular assault charges will be handled in federal court.  The at-fault driver was booked into a county jail and is awaiting charges.

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics
In 2008, 255 people in Washington State lost their lives in fatal alcohol related motor vehicle collisions. One hundred eighty-two (182) of those accidents involved a drunk driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08 or higher. In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol.

Washington State Vehicular Assault Law
A person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle:
(a) In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(b) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or
(c) With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another.

Seattle Drunk Driving Accident Victim's Rights Attorneys

In Washington State, 34% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involve a driver that was under the influence of alcohol. The drunk driving victim lawyers at Davis Law Group have experience dealing with collisions that were caused by someone who was under the influence of alcohol. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to drunk driving crash Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has a team of dedicated and experienced lawyers that will fight for the highest possible compensation for you.

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