The Seattle Times reports that two people were killed in a collision on the West Seattle Bridge in the early morning of Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.
Who was involved?
According to Seattle police, the two individuals who were killed were a man and a woman, both 18 years of age, who were driving together in a sedan on the West Seattle Bridge. The vehicle they collided with, a white pickup truck, was driven by a man.
According to a Seattle police department online blotter post, witnesses saw the white pickup truck traveling the wrong way on the West Seattle Bridge and called the police. They then saw the pickup collide with another vehicle. When officers arrived, both vehicles were found in a westbound lane.
Though the teenagers in the sedan both died at the scene, the male pickup driver survived the collision and was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.
Why did this collision occur?
Police said that the male driver of the white pickup who was driving the wrong way on the bridge showed signs of impairment. As such, he is now being investigated for vehicular homicide.
How common are tragedies like this?
An automobile collision occurs approximately every 10 seconds somewhere in the United States, so it is no surprise that automobile accidents give rise to many of the personal injury law claims filed in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. According to WSDOT, the total number of car crashes in Washington state declined in 2022 compared to 2019-2021; however, the number of fatalities increased. This is a disturbing trend causing serious concern among pedestrians and motorists alike. GLP Attorneys offers high-quality legal and trial services for victims of serious automobile collisions.
What should I do if I have been involved in a car accident?
In all collision cases, it is essential that measures be taken immediately to preserve evidence, investigate any facts in question, and enable physicians or other experts to thoroughly evaluate any injuries promptly. Personal injury cases from an automobile accident injury can be complex, and it is important that injured persons understand the variety of different liability and insurance coverage issues that may apply to their cases. If you think that someone was at fault in causing a collision that you, a family member, or a friend was involved in, you should have the facts of your claim reviewed by a lawyer as soon as possible. If you have been involved in a car accident, please call 206.448.1992 or email our attorneys at firstname.lastname@example.org.