The Washington State Patrol reported that an 86-year-old allegedly drunk driver caused a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 while going the wrong way. The incident occurred on Nov. 10 around 10:35 p.m. in Tacoma.
According to reports, the man managed to enter the southbound interstate lanes while heading north in his SUV. While near the Tacoma Dome, he first struck a southbound minivan. His vehicle then careened head-on into a sedan that had four occupants.
A 36-year-old female passenger in the sedan was injured in the wreck. She had to be transported to St. John's Hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other reports of injuries. When police arrived, they suspected that the elderly man was intoxicated. He was placed under arrest and taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and vehicular assault charges. The accident forced the closure of two southbound lanes of the interstate for several hours while police conducted their investigation and cleaned up accident debris.
Unfortunately, many people drink and drive each year in Washington. When a person is injured as a result of an accident caused by a drunk driver, the injured person may be able to hold the at-fault driver civilly liable, regardless of any criminal charges the driver might face. Those who are injured may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. Through such a lawsuit, people may be able to recover damages for their losses, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, income lost from missing work, property damage and more. A personal injury attorney may be able to help by identifying all potential claims and recoverable damages and then then filing a civil complaint for his or her clients.
Source: KOMOnews.com, "WSP: Drunk wrong-way driver, 86, triggers crash on I-5", November 11, 2014