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2 Washington men dead following Highway 9 crash

Two men were killed in a car accident that occurred during the foggy, early morning hours of Oct. 7. A pickup truck carrying two men swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid a deer and collided a second truck, killing its two occupants.

According to authorities, a 23-year-old driver and a 28-year-old passenger told officers that a deer darted out onto the road in front of their Ford F-350 as they drove north on Highway 9. The driver reportedly veered into the left lane and slammed head-on into a 2000 Toyota Tundra.

Both the 56-year-old driver and 50-year-old passenger of the Toyota were not wearing seat belts at the time. The two occupants of the Ford, however, were wearing seat belts and were said to have escaped the incident without injury. Authorities believe that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the collision, but the accident still remains under investigation.

Car accidents claim lives every year, and the overwhelming majority of these collisions are preventable. While weather conditions and wildlife cannot be predicted, negligence may still be determined if actions still lead to injury or death.

While charges in this case are unknown, drivers owe a certain duty to their passengers. A failure to wear a seat belt may demonstrate a degree of negligence, and a deceased party may still be served a civil lawsuit against their estate. Cases like this one can be difficult to navigate for victims and their families, but a personal injury attorney may be able to help plaintiffs gather police reports and any other necessary proof they need to potentially work out a fair settlement for their pain and suffering.

Source: The News Tribune , "Two men dead in crash on Highway 9 near Van Zandt identified ", Wilson Criscione , October 07, 2014

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