Man falls asleep, rear-ends semi on I-82

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One person injured in Ellensburg car accident
Car vs. Semi Truck collision caused by driver falling asleep

Date: February 1, 2011, 02/01/2011
Location: Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Semi Truck accident
Outcome: One injured

Around 4:45 am on Tuesday morning, while driving on westbound Interstate 82 near Ellensburg, Gregory A. Myers, 37, fell asleep at the wheel and rear-ended a semi truck trailer. The semi-truck continued driving but Myers' car came to a stop in the westbound lanes.

Myers' suffered a broken arm and leg and was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he was listed in satisfactory condition. He will receive tickets for second-degree negligent driving and driving with a suspended license.

The crash is still being investigated, authorities do not yet know if alcohol or drugs were involved. The Peterbilt semi truck did not stop after the wreck and police are trying to locate the driver and any other witnesses that saw the collision. Anyone with more information should call Washington State Patrol at 509-925-5303.

Sleeping and Car Accidents
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 100,000 police-reported crashes annually involve drowsiness and/or fatigue as a principal causal factor. Those crashes result in an estimated 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries each year, and an annual monetary loss of approximately $12.5 billion.

Negligent Driving- Second degree
A person is guilty of negligent driving in the second degree if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property.

Driving with a suspended license
It is unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle in this state while that person is in a suspended or revoked status or when his or her privilege to drive is suspended or revoked in this or any other state.

Seattle Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis can help you. The Davis Law Group understands the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident and are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.

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