Four people were hospitalized last month following a two-vehicle crash in Spokane Valley. Law enforcement responded to the crash, which occurred at University Road and Valley Avenue around 10:45 in the morning. The caller informed law enforcement that two vehicles were involved and that one of the vehicles had rolled into the front yard of a home. Law enforcement arrived at the scene to discover a Chevy S-10 truck on its side on the front yard of a home, while a Dodge Caravan with substantial front end damage was still in the road. It was soon determined that three occupants in the Caravan as well as the sole driver in the truck were injured. Spokane Valley Fire workers as well as medical personnel responded to the accident scene to provide medical care. All four injured individuals were transported to the hospital for care and evaluation.
Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators investigated the scene and determined that the S-10 was traveling on Valley when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign on University Road and traveled into the intersection. The Caravan was traveling north on University Road when it collided with the side of an S-10, which caused the vehicle to roll into the front yard of a home. Also, due to the crash, a piece of debris flew from the truck and ended up breaking the window of a nearby home. The S-10 driver later admitted to using illegal drugs. Drug paraphernalia was also located in the S-10 driver's vehicle. According to law enforcement, the suspect could end up facing charges including vehicular assault after he receives medical care.
The Federal Highway Administration has found that 40% of all motor vehicle accidents and 20% of deadly crashes occur at intersections. It should come as no surprise that intersections are the most dangerous place on the road, which is why drivers should approach them with caution.
How to Reduce the Risk of Ending Up in an Intersection Accident
Fortunately, by following some helpful strategies, drivers can greatly reduce the risk of ending up in intersection accidents. Some of the best ways to reduce the risk of accidents include:
- Always look for cross traffic when approaching an intersection. This means that even if you have the right-of-way, you should not assume that every driver will stop.
- When turning right on a red light, make sure that the vehicles ahead of you are clear.
- Avoid changing lanes while passing through an intersection. Another vehicle might end up turning from a cross street into your lane.
- Faulty traffic light systems can lead to chaotic intersections. Always approach intersections with the understanding that such a situation might occur.
Obtain the Assistance of an Experienced Accident Attorney
It is often confusing to decide how to respond after a car crash. Remember, an experienced accident attorney will remain committed to fighting for the results you deserve. Contact West Law Office today to schedule a free case evaluation.