One person was killed in a crash involving a semi truck near Othello on Monday night, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The incident occurred at 5:27 p.m. at the intersection of SR 26 and South Booker Road, about six miles east of Othello in Adams County.
Police say a Freightliner semi with trailer driven by a 66-year-old Carson man was heading south on Booker Road. At the same time, a Ford Escape was heading east on SR 26. The semi failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the Escape.
The driver of the Escape, a 35-year-old woman from Connell, was killed. The semi driver was not injured.
The semi driver was charged with a failure to stop at stop sign.
Location of the Collision
The Unique Challenge of Semi Truck Cases
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 33 percent of all motor vehicle related fatalities are caused by semi truck accidents. Particularly troubling is the fact that semi trucks make up a rather small piece of registered vehicles.
And because these accidents are so devastating, it’s important to have an attorney on your side to protect your legal rights. The stakes are high — you and your family deserve a law firm that specializes in defending semi truck accident victims.
These cases are much more complex than your typical auto accident. Reasons include:
- Regulations in the trucking industry. Semi trucks and trucking companies are governed and regulated by strict state and federal laws. These include safety, maintenance, driver, weight and load regulations. Unfortunately far too many truckers and their employers fail to follow these laws in order to make a profit. This puts people at risk.
- Trucking company tactics. These multi-million dollar companies have a team of investigators and lawyers standing by to either deminish or deny potential claims. When an accident happens, you can bet that the trucking company has already jumped into action. Having an attorney on your side to even the playing field can make the difference.
- Multiple at-fault parties. In simple auto accident cases, it’s likely that just one person's responsible. But in accidents involving semi trucks, there may be several people or parties at fault. That might include the truck driver, the trucking company, the maintenance company, etc.
Washington State Truck Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Washington state trucking accident, we welcome you to contact the experienced legal team at Davis Law Group so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options.
Attorney Chris Davis and his legal staff are committed to seeking the best possible recovery for clients. Our attorneys represent clients in Seattle and throughout central and eastern Washington. We frequently travel outside these areas.
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