A 28-year-old man was killed and another person suffered serious injuries in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 5 near Lacey on Sunday morning.
According to news reports about the multi-car accident, the man was driving the wrong way on I-5 just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he crashed head-on into a SUV being driven by a 16-year-old girl from Chehalis.
Washington State Patrol troopers say they are still investigating the collision and working to determine why the man was driving the wrong direction on the freeway. There was no information available about whether troopers suspect drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
Officials say that the 16-year-old girl suffered significant injuries in the accident, though they are not expected to be life-threatening.
Legal Challenges In Wrong-Way Car Accidents
While on the surface it might seem obvious who is responsible for causing a crash that involves a wrong-way driver on the freeway, a thorough investigation is always a crucial component to any motor vehicle collision.
In addition to documenting and preserving important evidence, a complete investigative report should identify what possible factors may have led the man to be driving the wrong direction of a major freeway.
While insurance companies will sometimes challenge the findings of a police officer’s investigation when it comes to liability, it’s difficult to imagine a solid defense against liability when the driver was driving the wrong direction, regardless of the reason behind his actions.
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