For the second time in less than a month, a stretch of State Road (SR) 202 near Sammamish has claimed a life in an automobile-truck accident. According to a state trooper who responded to reports of the most recent accident, this stretch of road is "kind of notorious." According to the trooper, the road in this area has several blind corners and narrow driving lanes, and accidents on this stretch are "not ever easy little fender-benders." The latest accident proves both points.
A sedan was heading east on SR 202 when the driver veered to the left as he entered a severe curve. A semi-trailer truck heading in the opposite direction collided head-on with the sedan. The impact broke the steering mechanism on the semi, and the large truck careened toward the side of the road. The truck smashed through the guardrail and toward a 25-30 feet drop into a creek.
The truck driver suffered only minor injuries. The driver of the sedan was not so lucky. His car was nearly destroyed by the semi, and the man died at the scene. A line of trees appears to have prevented a more calamitous outcome by halting the truck before it reached the drop-off.
People who live near the scene of the accident said that they have been working for years in an effort to make this stretch of road safer. They have urged the state of Washington to lower the speed limit, straighten the road and add turn lanes. Perhaps two accidents in a month will get the state's attention.
In the meantime, the family of the man who died will be pondering whether they can recover damages for the loss of companionship caused by the accident. More information is necessary, including the respective speeds of the two vehicles, condition of the road way and visibility. In such cases, an experienced personal injury attorney can provide an evaluation of the evidence and an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages.