Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash on US 97 [Wapato, WA]

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash on US 97 [Wapato, WA]

Vehicle Collision on US 97 Results in Injuries

Wapato, WA (December 24, 2021)– On Wednesday, a 29-year-old Yakima woman, and two others sustained injuries in a vehicle crash on US 97.

The authorities received the crash report at 3:41 p.m. at the intersection with Parker Street.

Investigating officers said an 83-year-old Toppenish man in a ’96 Ford Mustang approached the intersection while driving eastbound on Parker Street.

When at the same time, the Yakima woman drove southbound on US 97.  

The Toppenish man entered the roadway. Officers said he failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic and crashed with the woman’s Jeep.

Immediately, the emergency responders took the Toppenish man and his 23-year-old male passenger to Astria Toppenish Hospital. Then, they took the Yakima woman to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for emergency medical care.

Moreover, each of the vehicles sustained damages, but neither of them was totaled due to the incident.

Officers said impairment from alcohol or drugs did not play a factor in the crash. They said the Toppenish man was responsible for not yielding the right of way to the oncoming traffic.

When driving, better to scan the road 1/2 mile to a full mile ahead in order to look out or recognize potential hazards in time. Our bodies weren’t designed to travel at 50mph. We were designed for speeds of less than 10mph. Thus, you need to learn to consciously break that natural instinct and focus farther ahead.


Dealing With Injuries in Collision

Moreover, driving is essential for many in order to move about in their lives, however, it is one of the most dangerous activities we do every day. As often these accidents happen, many people do not know what follows in the event of a car accident.

Furthermore, according to the United States Department of Transportation, there are approximately 300,000 merging accidents every year.

So, in case of accidents like this one, it is crucial that everyone remain calm in order to properly handle the immediate aftermath of an automobile collision.

Meanwhile, here are some of the things that we can do to practice defensive driving and prevent accidents:

– Always drive at a controllable speed.

– Never assume you know the other driver’s intention.

– Also, be ready to positively react to other drivers.

– This one, we should never neglect: yield at intersections, even if you have right of way.

– Most importantly, stay focused on the road. Remove all distractions such as mobile phones unstrapped toddlers, etc.

Immediately call our attorneys at Sweet Lawyers if you were injured in an accident.

Our hotline is (800) 674 7852. Similarly, you may also check our website and chat with our live agents.

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