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Possible drunk driving accident injures 2

The Washington State Patrol suspects that a drunk driver caused an Aug. 23 crash in Spokane Valley. The 21-year-old driver faces charges for vehicular assault after a DUI-related crash. Authorities said the wreck resulted in serious injuries, and two people were extricated from the damaged vehicle.

The accident occurred south of Spokane Valley on State Route 27 at around 3:00 a.m. when the driver lost control of his Subaru Impreza. The vehicle went off the roadway, and the driver and his 18-year-old male passenger both suffered injuries. They went to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment.

The WSP reported that the accident was caused by high speeds and drunk driving. A road in south Spokane County was closed for almost three hours after the crash.

Car accidents can cause broken bones, back or neck problems and additional issues that may require time off work. Those who were injured because of the negligent actions of a driver may be entitled to compensation for an accident. Filing a personal injury claim in civil court may result in recovering damages from a court ruling or a settlement from a liable driver's insurance company.

Many accidents happen when drivers demonstrate distraction or recklessness on the road. When a driver is suspected of being under the influence at the time of an accident, they may be liable for punitive damages in additional to compensation in a civil court. An attorney may be able to review witness statements and police reports in order to determine if a party should be held legally liable for the injuries caused in an accident.

Source: KHQ, "Two hospitalized in suspected DUI crash", Josh Pflug, August 23, 2014

Source: KHQ, "Two hospitalized in suspected DUI crash", Josh Pflug, August 23, 2014

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