Updated on: 11/22/2019
At least one man was hospitalized in a serious car accident that occurred at an uncontrolled intersection in the North Admiral neighborhood of West Seattle on Wednesday.
According to reports about the incident, two vehicles crashed at the intersection of 46th St SW and SW Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon. First responders arrived at the scene to find two vehicles with heavy physical damage in the middle of an uncontrolled intersection. One man was reported trapped inside one of the vehicles and had to be extricated by emergency crews.
The injured man had to be taken to a nearby hospital with what police described as non-life threatening injuries, and it was unclear if anyone else was injured. Police did not release any details about what may have contributed to the collision, but it’s safe to assume they are investigating.
Liability In Accidents At Uncontrolled Intersections
Of course, the main goal of any motor vehicle collision investigation is to determine who is responsible for causing the collision and whether they should be held liable on a criminal or civil level. In Washington state, establishing liability determines who can be held legally and financially responsible for the damages that result from negligent actions.
Uncontrolled intersections can be tricky, as they lack the clear indication of right-of-way for motorists which is often established by traffic signals or stop signs. Liability for accidents at uncontrolled intersections is much more likely to be disputed by the parties involved and/or the insurance companies who provide liability coverage for those motorists.
Approximately 60 percent of all intersections in Seattle are uncontrolled intersections, which means that accidents like these are prone to happen often. If you’re injured in an accident at an uncontrolled intersection, it’s important to have an attorney on your side advocating for your legal rights and conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances about your accident.
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