One hospitalized, Five more injured in Moses Lake crash

Story Highlights:
Six injured in Moses Lake accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by failure to stop



Date: July 17, 2011, 07/17/2011
Location: Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motorcycle accident
Outcome: Six injured

Six people were injured in a collision near Moses Lake on Sunday evening.


While riding south on Highway 17, 49-year-old Donald J. Janzen failed to stop his motorcycle at a stoplight at Pioneer Way and collided with another vehicle. The vehicle was driven by Jamie Yanez, who had four other passengers.

Janzen was taken to Samaritan Hospital. Yanez and his passengers suffered only minor injuries.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and charges are pending.

Moses Lake Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 2
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 3
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 2
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 4
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

National Car Accident Statistics
  • There were more than 5.5 million car accidents in the United States.
  • Nearly 31,000 were fatal, and more than 2 million people were injured.
  • The majority of fatal crashes involved only one vehicle (61 percent).
  • Nearly half of all fatal crashes occurred on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or higher.
  • The deadliest month for car crashes was August.
  • More than 2,864 fatal crashes occurred in 2009.
  • Most crashes happened between 5 and 5:59 p.m. on weekdays, and between 2 and 2:59 a.m. on weekends.

Yielding Right-of-way (RCW 46.61.190)
Preferential right-of-way may be indicated by stop signs or yield signs except when directed to proceed by a duly authorized flagger, or a police officer, or a firefighter vested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering a marked crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the roadway, and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or withinthe intersection or junction of roadways.

Seattle Car Accident Victim Attorneys
A motor vehicle accident is when a road vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, road debris, or man-made object. These collisions can result in personal injury, property damage, or death. Motor vehicle accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, semi or tractor trailer trucks, delivery vehicles, passenger vans, motorcycles, etc. If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington state, Seattle motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, DUI accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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