News sources reported that a head-on collision on Interstate 90 Sunday morning in Snoqualmie Valley injured two residents.
According to Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Julie Startup, the accident occurred as a 20-year-old North Bend resident was traveling westbound in the eastbound traffic lanes on I-90 in her Nissan XTerra, when she changed lanes and struck another vehicle head-on. Startup stated that driving in the wrong direction occasionally happens by accident, and typically drivers pull to the side quickly or turn around. Usually, if a driver continues to head in the wrong direction, drugs and alcohol are involved.
“It definitely happens more often than we’d like, because it’s potentially a fatal mistake,” Startup said.
Troopers say that both drivers sustained injuries in the accident, especially the 20-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seat belt and believed by the WSP to be driving under the influence at the time. The 20-year-old driver was transported Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for the treatment of serious injuries. The 43-year-old driver of the vehicle that was struck suffered only minor injuries, despite their Lexus LX4 catching fire as a result of the crash.
As an Renton car accident attorney, I’m relieved to learn that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. I hope both victims enjoy speedy recoveries so that they may put this incident behind them that much faster. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of another driver’s negligent actions, speak with a car accident lawyer in your area.