• July 15, 2022

Two Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 12 in Yakima County, WA

Yakima County, WA -- July 13, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a truck crashed with his pickup on US 12.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:45 a.m. along US 12 west of Naches.

According to officials, a pickup was traveling along the westbound lanes of the highway. From oncoming lanes, a semi-truck reportedly crossed the center line, hitting the pickup head-on.

Due to the crash, both drivers had to be transported to multiple hospitals for serious injuries. Authorities identified the semi driver as 64-year-old Danny Williams, against whom charges may be pending, reports say. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on US 12 in Yakima County

Just to be clear up front, it's important to take early reports with a grain of salt. As open-and-shut as the details may seem, there could always be extenuating circumstances to consider. For all we know, the semi-truck had an unavoidable tire blowout police initially overlooked. Independent investigations are so crucial in part to keep things like that from slipping through the cracks. But those important details could even apply when a driver's mistake does lead to a serious accident. Victims and families need to ensure they have the tools and allies necessary for bringing that information to light.

Yakima County, WA Truck Accident Injures 2 on Highway 12

A while back, for example, I handled a situation in which a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel after driving for over 20 hours straight. That was obviously a serious mistake, but we made sure to be thorough in our investigations. What ultimately came to light was that the trucker's employer would coerce drivers into meeting unreasonable deadlines. If they didn't cut every possible corner to meet the deadlines, they risked losing their jobs. Naturally, workers trying to put food on their family's table will take risks if they feel their back's against the wall. It was just a matter of time before people got hurt.

So why exactly does that change things? Well, for one, it's important to understand nuanced situations, especially with commercial drivers. Even if they make a mistake, they, too, can be victims of circumstances not necessarily within their control.

Beyond that, however, making sure consequences are adequate is as much a priority as getting people the help they need. If a potential jury hears a truck driver was being reckless, that could result in certain consequences. If they instead hear there's an entire company that could still be putting the public in danger, those consequences are likely going to be a lot more significant. Of the hundreds of people I've assisted with commercial vehicle accidents, seeing just consequences for actions causing them harm was as much help to them as the direct assistance for their injuries. Having the tools and experience to pursue both is what makes true professionals stand out from those who would simply take the path of least resistance.

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