A woman 64 year old woman was driving an Acura SUV eastbound on State Route 512 lost control and crossed over the median, through a cable barrier, and collided with a semi-truck. The impact of the crash forced the semi into the path of a Toyota pickup truck, causing it to roll.
The woman died at the scene. The man driving the pickup truck was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma with serious injuries and his 4 year old son was taken to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital also with serious injuries. The driver of the semi truck was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup for broken bones.
This is the third fatal crossover accident along this stretch of road since the cable barriers were installed a year and a half ago.
If the woman suffered a sudden and unforeseeable illness like a heart attack, her insurance company may deny liability based on the "sudden illness" defense. You will need to investigate whether she had any prior history of illness and should have known of her condition before getting into a car. You will also need to investigate whether the State installed proper barriers sufficient enough to prevent a car, truck, or other vehicle from crossing the median into oncoming traffic and causing serious injuries to the pickup truck occupants and semi-truck driver.
If you have any questions about whether you can make a claim against the driver claiming a sudden illness defense or the State for defective or improper design of highway safety cable barrier, you can contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC at 1-800-636-3676.
Category: Car Accidents
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