An Oregon man was killed when his pickup truck drifted off the road near White Salmon, Washington, struck a tree and burst into flames. State Patrol officials think the man most likely died of severe injuries before the blaze started, according to the Yakima Herald, but the news report did say what caused the truck to leave the highway in the first place.
When the sole occupant is fatally injured in a single-vehicle collision it is often impossible to determine with certainty the reason for the accident. However, we do know some common reasons that cars veer out of their lanes and strike other vehicles or roadside objects:
- Distracted driving – Distracted driving has always been a leading cause of collisions; however, over the past decade it has become an even greater concern because of the increased use of cellphones and navigation devices.
- Drowsy driving – Fatigued or drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 collisions a year. Many experts equate the dangers of driving drowsy to those of driving drunk. Despite this, a recent survey found that more than 4 percent of the respondents admitted to causing or almost causing a collision within the preceding month as a result of driving drowsy.
- Impaired driving — We all know that alcohol can cause a serious accident; however, drugged driving is also a serious concern. Illegal drugs, prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs can cause a driver to nod off at the wheel.
- Medical problems — A heart attack, stroke or other serious medical condition can cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle and cross over the center line.
If you have been injured in a Yakima Valley area car accident, or have lost a loved one as a result of one, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries or your loss. The Yakima Valley car accident attorneys at Mariano Morales Law can help you get through the legal process and make sure that the party responsible for your injuries or loss is held accountable. Call (509) 853-2222 or use our online contact form for your free initial consultation.