A pickup truck carrying two people hit a deer in Mesa on Thursday, according to recent news reports.
Both the passenger and the driver of the pickup were injured. The crash occurred on Highway 395 at about 8 o’clock in the evening when the two collided.
The driver, a 57-year-old man, was traveling north. He and the 48-year-old passenger were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, according to reports by the Washington State Patrol.
Reports also stated approximately $5,000 dollars in damage was done to the Mesa Highway.
The condition of the deer, and whether or not the accident proved fatal to the animal, is currently unknown.
As an auto accident attorney in Federal Way, I’m hopeful that the injuries to both of the individuals in the pickup were not serious, and that they are able to make a speedy recovery. As a car accident lawyer, I know that deer are involved in about 1.5 million accidents a year, killing about 200 people. I urge drivers to be cautious in areas where deer are prevalent, especially at night, as deer are nocturnal. If you do see a deer, it’s important to not swerve into other cars or trees. The best thing to do is to pay attention on the roads at night, and apply your brakes if one comes into your path.