2 Drivers Injured, One Suspected of DUI in Crash on WA-17 Near Moses Lake
Two drivers were injured in a head-on collision on state Route 17 on Friday night, approximately 11 miles south of Moses Lake. Washington State Patrol troopers believe that one of the drivers was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to the Washington State Patrol, 29-year-old Joey Flores was driving a 2019 Chevy Silverado southbound on WA-17 shortly before midnight and crossed the center lines, colliding head-on with a northbound 2020 Freightliner semi-truck.
The driver of that semi-truck, 56-year-old Kevin Ott, tried to slow down in an attempt to avoid the crash, according to troopers.
Both Flores and Ott were injured in the crash and transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for treatment.
Troopers are continuing to investigate this crash and believe that Flores was driving under the influence.
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Financial Compensation for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Washington
Attorney Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents victims of drunk driving crashes in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some thoughts on the financial compensation available to those who have been hit by drunk drivers in Washington state:
When a drunk driver causes a crash and other people are injured, those injured should be aware of their legal rights and options for financial compensation. In all 50 states, people injured by drunk drivers may have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. Additionally, Washington and most other states have dram shop laws, which allow these victims to file lawsuits against alcohol vendors under certain conditions.
According to Washington’s dram shop laws, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if the vendor served alcohol to someone who was either under 21 years old or was “obviously intoxicated” at the time the alcohol was served.
For example, let’s say Tina goes to B-Bar and orders several drinks. She starts to show obvious signs of intoxication, such as slurring her speech and stumbling when she walks. However, the bartender at B-Bar continues to serve her alcohol. Tina then leaves the bar in her car and crashes into a vehicle driven by Ben, seriously injuring him. Ben may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Tina and also a dram shop lawsuit against B-Bar for serving an “obviously intoxicated” customer.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your right to financial compensation by discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
Washington State Route 17 in Moses Lake, WA
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