Vehicle accidents on highways are incredibly dangerous and may lead to serious physical injuries. The high rate of speed on the road and careless drivers are a mixture that results in the injury and death of too many people.
Interstate 5 (I-5) is the primary north to south route through the state of Washington. It travels a total of 277 miles, running from the Oregon state border through the Seattle metropolitan area and into Canada. It runs through some of the most densely populated parts of Washington, especially in the Seattle area.
Accidents happen on I-5 every day, many of which are caused by the negligence of another person. When that negligence causes you injury, experienced personal injury attorney Quinn Posner of Quinn Posner Law Office, P.C. can fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
Car Accidents on I-5
More than 35,000 car accidents happen in the state of Washington every year, a large number of which happen on I-5. As a busy highway, it is inevitable that accidents will occur, especially in more populated areas. Congested traffic makes car accidents a near certainty, and much more likely that serious injury will occur. In many accidents, an impaired driver may have been the cause of the accident.
28-Year-Old Woman Killed
In July 2018, a 28-year-old woman from Oregon was killed because a man drove into oncoming traffic on I-5 near Arlington. He collided head-on with her car, killing her. The crash occurred near the intersection of I-5 and State Route 530, stopping traffic and causing major delays. When a person is killed as the result of another person's negligence, such as the unfortunate victim here, her family can file a wrongful death action to obtain compensation for their loss and suffering.
One Killed, Three Injured in I-5 Accident
On July 18, 2018, near Conway in Skagit County a semitruck was traveling northbound on I-5 when it struck the first vehicle, which forced the first car into another. A 64-year-old Washington woman was declared dead, and her 62-year-old passenger was injured in the crash. A 71-year-old Washington man was also hurt as a result of the accident. Individuals injured by the negligence of another can file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible, their employers, and their insurance companies.
Truck Accidents on I-5
A large number of trucks pass through the I-5 corridor every day, and accidents which involve semitrucks can be incredibly serious, even deadly. Their heavy weight makes them incredibly difficult to stop and even more dangerous. In truck accidents, the crash may be the fault of the truck driver or even the truck company.
Semi Driver Killed, Others Injured
A driver of semitruck was killed in an accident that caused wide destruction along I-5 at the South 72nd/74th Street interchange in May 2017. The semitruck rear-ended a box truck traveling in front of it, which caused the box truck to spin out and hit an SUV. The drivers of the other vehicles were injured in the accident. Those injured by the semi truck driver's negligence can file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain financial compensation.
Motorcycle Accidents on I-5
Nearly 4,000 motorcyclists are killed every year in traffic accidents in the United States. There are as many as 70 fatal motorcycle accidents and almost 300 serious injury crashes each year. Because motorcyclists are unprotected by the car's frame and a seat belt, accidents lead to very serious injuries or even death.
Motorcyclist Killed on I-5
A motorcycle accident occurred on I-5 on May 28, 2018, in the southbound lanes near the State Route 20 interchange. Two riders were aboard the motorcycle, and both sustained injuries as a result of the crash. When motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they face serious injuries from being thrown from the bike and having no protection from the impact with a car. They may suffer such serious injuries as:
- Back Injuries,
- Permanent Disability,
- Soft Tissue Injuries,
- Organ Damage,
- Traumatic Brain Injury, or
- Broken Bones.
Pedestrian Accidents on I-5
As a major highway, I-5 is an incredibly dangerous place to be for any pedestrian. Pedestrians typically account for around 14% of all traffic-related deaths in Washington. Many of these accidents occur in urban areas, where populations are higher and more people walk on busy and congested streets. Even impacts at low speeds (15-30 mph) can cause very serious injuries to pedestrians.
Pedestrian Hit by Dump Truck
A Washington man was hit and killed by a dump truck on July 11, 2018, as he was running across I-5 in downtown Seattle in the early morning near Seneca Street. The pedestrian died at the scene of the accident. As a result, the family of the pedestrian can file a wrongful death claim against the dump truck and that driver's employer. They can also file a claim against the employer's insurance company.
With the help of an experienced Washington personal injury attorney, the complex and difficult process of filing these lawsuits can be made easier so that the families and victims can focus on healing.
Bicycle Injuries on I-5
When a bicyclist is struck by another vehicle, serious injuries are often the result. Head injuries are some of the most serious and common injuries that occur, especially when the bicyclist has failed to wear a helmet. Under Washington's personal injury laws, those injured by another's negligence are entitled to recover
- Medical bills,
- Hospital bills,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earnings,
- Bike replacement,
- Pain and suffering, and
- Loss of consortium
Bicyclist Critically Injured Near I-5 Exit
A bicyclist riding near an exit off of I-5 was critically injured after being hit by a dump truck on June 3, 2016. She had been riding on the right shoulder near the exit to Lakeway Drive in Bellingham. The bicyclist suffered a severe head injury and multiple broken bones.
Consult a Washington Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries as the result of an accident on or near I-5, you need an experienced attorney who understands the personal injury process and how to effectively prove that another person caused you harm. You do not have to face this process alone.
Experienced personal injury attorney Quinn Posner represents clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.