Most automobile accidents in the Vancouver area happen in a few seconds. Persons who may be in one of the vehicles do not have enough time to form accurate memories of every facet of the accident. Even witnesses may not be able to recall the event with precision. In such cases, the services of an accident reconstruction engineer may be needed to determine which parties were at fault.
Employees in the Clark County Public Utilities were grief stricken by the death of a fellow employee in a three-vehicle traffic accident on Friday, Sept. 14. Police have not released any details about the accident, but the basic sequence of events is undisputed.
The Washington State Patrol is currently looking for an explanation for a fatal collision between a pickup truck and two motorcycles. Having ruled out alcohol or drugs as a cause, the police are now investigating whether the driver of the pickup may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Distracted driving is a dangerous problem for drivers in every state of the country, including Washington. It is a behavior that involves a driver allowing a distraction, such as a phone or a passenger, to consume their attention. When a driver is focused on something other than driving they put themselves and others at risk of serious motor vehicle accidents.
Car accidents happen in many different circumstances. Some even occur when the vehicle is not moving. A recent chain reaction car accident that involved several stationary vehicles was initiated by a single driver in Wahkiakum County. Several people were injured in the accident, with at least one person suffering serious injuries.
The widespread use of cell phones and other mobile devices seems to be the cause of an increasing number of vehicle collisions that are blamed on inattentive drivers. A recent car accident on the I-5 bridge in Vancouver has been tentatively blamed on "driver inattention."
During this past summer, the state of Washington implemented a tougher distracted driving law. A recent newspaper analysis of the results of the law seems to indicate that the law has had only mixed results in improving safety on the state's highways and reducing the number of truck and car accidents.
Alcohol often causes a driver to lose control of his vehicle or fail to remain in the proper lane. A recent head-on car accident in Portland appears to have been caused by one driver losing control of his vehicle, and police suspect that alcohol was involved.
Portland police are trying to untangle the course of events that led to a catastrophic head-on collision that killed two people, including a 12-year-old girl. The preliminary police report says that alcohol and excessive speed probably played a role in causing this violent car accident.
Most drivers in Oregon understand that they must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles whose sirens are sounding and whose lights are flashing. A recent car accident in Tualatin, a Portland suburb, raises difficult questions about whether a motorist improperly failed to yield the right-of-way to an ambulance.