Semi Truck Drives Off Freeway In Benton City

A semi truck left the roadway and crashed on Webber Canyon Road in Benton City on Thursday night, leaving two people injured, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Photos from the scene show a semi truck crashed into the side of a hill after it had apparently crossed the median of Interstate 82 and went over an embankment. Police say that the cause of the accident was inattention, and that the driver of the semi truck was cited for second-degree negligent driving.

The driver of the semi and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were sent to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland as a precaution.

The accident remains under investigation.

Negligent Driving Is A Serious Charge

The term “negligent” means “failure to exercise ordinary care and is the doing of some act that a reasonably careful person would not do under the same or similar circumstances or the failure to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under the same or similar circumstances.”

In Washington state, Negligent Driving 1 is a criminal traffic offense. The offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Negligent Driving 2 is a non-criminal traffic infraction and carries a fine of $250 and an aggregate total fine of $550.

Unlike DUI convictions, there is no mandatory jail time requirements for Negligent Driving, so community service, work crew, and electronic home detention are all alternatives if you are convicted of negligent driving.

Negligent driving charges are often filed when there is not enough evidence to support a DUI charge. In Washington state, drunk drivers facing a DUI charge may have their punishment reduced to Negligent Driving during the negotiation process.

Those that are charged with Negligent Driving 1 face serious consequences outside of the court system. Violators face possible loss of employment and probation.

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Image: Benton County Sheriff's Office

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