Woman hospitalized after being hit by wrong-way driver near Mill Creek

Story Highlights:

One woman injured in Mill Creek car accident
Motor vehicle accident caused by driver going wrong-way on highway


November 24, 2010, 11/24/2010
Mill Creek, King County, Washington  
Type: Car accident, Motor Vehicle Accident
Outcome: One injured. One arrested.

A 21-year-old man from Arizona was driving the wrong-way in a northbound lane of the Bothell-Everett highway near Mill Creek around 2 a.m. Thursday morning when he struck another vehicle at 173rd Street Southeast. The driver, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to an Everett hospital for treatment. Her condition is unknown.

The wrong-way driver was also taken to the hospital for treatment before he was booked by State Patrol into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. Drugs or alcohol are not confirmed as the cause of the crash.

Wrong-way Driving Statistic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes. In the four-county area of King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties 136 wrong-way crashes between 1997 and 2000 resulted in 81 injuries and 9 fatalities. On average about 350 people are killed each year nationwide in wrong-way freeway crashes, according to an analysis using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System. From 1996 through 2000, 1,753 people died in wrong-way crashes on the Nation's freeways.

A study also revealed that between 50 and 75 percent of wrong-way accident involve an impaired wrong-way driver who had been drinking or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The majority of wrong-way crashes occur in major urban areas and are more prevalent during non-daylight hours, particularly the early morning.

Washington State Driving 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 Injury Trial Lawyers

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways and unfortunately these kinds of accidents are more common than you'd think. If you have been a victim of a car accident, Seattle injury trial lawyer Chris Davis of the Davis Law Group has over 15 years of experience  and can get you the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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