Prescott, Washington – Woman Taken to the Hospital After Vehicle Collides with Elk
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Prescott, Washington (December 17, 2019) – A woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle struck an elk on State Route 124 near Prescott on Tuesday evening. The driver was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. A passenger in the vehicle was unharmed in the incident. There has been no further word given regarding the condition of the woman or the elk that had been struck.
According to the report from the Washington State Patrol the crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. The circumstances of the crash has not yet been determined, but it was reported that the woman was driving eastbound when the incident occurred.
About Vehicle Accidents
Because roads can cross so many types of environments, an encounter with wildlife is very possible, especially in rural areas. Animals can move very fast and come bursting out onto the road in an unpredictable manner, and as a result a vehicle crash is a very common outcome out of unplanned encounters. Deer are common culprits for wildlife collisions, and because of their relatively big sizes, they can cause considerable impact. Domestic animals can also be a cause for accident if they get onto the road. Pet owners as well as owners of farm animals should take care not to let their animals wander onto roads.
Depending on the animal that the vehicle comes in contact with, the amount of damage done can be very high, and in some case big animals are known to break through the windshield of cars. Apart from damage to vehicles, collision with animals can also result in injuries such as cuts from broken glass and other blunt force injuries. Because of this, we would like to urge people to be more careful on the road, especially on roads that are known to intersect with the territory of wildlife. Drivers are warned to be especially cautious when driving on roads late at night, as animals are known to be active during this hour. Apart from the danger of colliding with an animal, there is also the danger of some drivers swerving to avoid collision and crashing their vehicles in the process. To this, drivers are recommended to brake if the animal is smaller, and to swerve if the animal is bigger and has a chance of crushing the vehicle should a collision occur.
If you have been injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one to the reckless actions of another, the Seattle personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee are poised to help you fight back. We have helped numerous people through the legal process and are ready to aggressively represent you as well. Contact us at (206) 899-5415 or online to speak with an attorney today.
Note: The attorneys with The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee send our hearts out to the victims of serious accidents. Even though we see the pain and suffering accident victims endure through our daily work, it never becomes easier to hear such tragic news. We compose our blog using publicly available news sources. Sometimes stories are updated as more details surface. If our post becomes outdated or inaccurate, please let us know so that we may update it.
Disclaimer: This blog's aim is to increase awareness of severe injuries and their effects so that fewer individuals and families go through the painful and traumatic process of seeing a loved one hurt or killed in an accident. These are difficult topics, but we hope that our readers can use the information found here to help them avoid being involved in an accident. The information presented here does not construe legal advice.