Fatigue-Related Crash Causes Serious Injuries

A 24-year-old man who was involved in a two-car crash Thursday night claims to have fallen asleep behind the wheel, according to news reports.

The head-on crash occurred on Highway 2 near the Spokane/Pend Oreille County line. Authorities closed the highway in both directions for several hours Thursday night as they investigated the crash.

The 24-year-old driver of a Ford Explorer ran into a pick-up truck with a pop-up camper attached. The driver of the pick-up truck a 35-year-old man, and his 15-year-old daughter were on a camping trip.

While neither of the drivers were injured, the girl was flowen to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries. She had to be cut out of the truck. According to authorities, she is expected to survive.

The accident is still under investigation.

As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I hope the girl’s injuries heal quickly. I wish her strength during this difficult time. As a personal injury attorney in Everett, I see a lot of fatigue-related crashes. These crashes are particularly tragic because they can be easily avoided. If you are driving and begin to feel sleepy, please pull over and rest or switch drivers until you feel you are safe to drive again. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and feel you were not at fault, it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn how you should proceed legally.