Officials with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) expect to cite a Yakima man for following to close after he allegedly caused a collision that injured a man from Ellensburg Monday evening.
According to news reports about the incident, 29-year-old Eduardo Cuevas was driving northbound on State Route 823 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday when he crashed his 2008 Chevrolet Impala into 89-year-old Beneitta Eaton’s 2011 Dodge Avenger. Eaton, who is from Ellensburg, had stopped to yield to traffic when her vehicle was struck.
It is unclear how severe Eaton’s injuries were, though she was taken to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. Both people were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, and Cuevas was reportedly not injured.
How Police Citations Affect Liability
In most cases, a driver who rear-ends another driver that had stopped for traffic is usually going to be held liable – and therefore financially responsible – for causing the collision. That means he or she will not only be susceptible to punishment in the form of a citation, but also can be held responsible for any injuries and other losses that the other driver may suffer as a result.
The availability of insurance is key in these cases, and therefore it is very important to collect as much information as possible about the other driver involved in the collision. In cases where an injured victim is transported to a hospital from the scene, the police report may be the best way to gather the necessary information in order to file a claim.
In cases where an injured victim’s injuries are particularly serious, it is often in the victim’s best interests to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Lawyers who have experience handling car accident cases can assist you with the claims process while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs and we only get paid after your case is successfully resolved.