Four people had to be transported to Washington hospitals after a head-on collision on Oct. 12. Three of the individuals involved were transported to Olympic Medical Center. A fourth was also transported to a hospital in Port Angeles. The full extent of their injuries was not known, but police believe that the accident may have been the harmful result of a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The accident occurred on US-101 near Sequim. The allegedly intoxicated pickup truck driver, a 59-year-old man from Port Angeles, was traveling in the westbound lane of US-101. He was said to have failed to yield to stopped traffic ahead of him, and according to reports, he swerved to the next lane and into the path of eastbound traffic. The pickup truck subsequently struck a sedan head-on.
One of his passengers, a minor, suffered injury. The driver of the truck suffered no injuries and was taken to the Clallam County jail. He is being investigated for vehicular assault. After the accident, traffic was stopped for approximately 2.5 hours before the road was reopened.
Though there was no information available on the extent of the victims' injuries in this case, the combination of vehicle speed and potential intoxication in head-on collisions make them some of the most dangerous. In incidents such as this, medical bills can quickly pile up and lasting injuries might affect accident victims for years. However, it is possible for victims of reckless driving to recover fair compensation with potential help from a personal injury attorney.
Source: KOMO, "4 hurt in head-on crash in Sequim, DUI suspected", October 12, 2014