Washington drivers, like all others, are obligated to use caution when changing lanes. If a driver notices a vehicle in front of him or her slowing down, it might mean the other driver is about to make a turn. On a recent Thursday, a collision took place between a truck that was hauling produce and a utility vehicle. Police later said the driver of the truck may have acted a bit impatiently.
Preliminary investigations determined that the utility truck driver was trying to make a turn. Before he could complete the maneuver, the truck driver behind him attempted to pass. Rescuers transported the utility truck driver to a nearby hospital after the collision to seek medical attention for his injuries. He was reportedly suffering head and neck pain.
In similar cases, head and neck pain is often attributed to whiplash. While such injuries may seem minor at first, it is possible to experience long-term pain or disability because of a whiplash injury. This is one of many reasons it is so important to seek medical attention following a collision. Doing so also creates written documentation of a collision, which can come in handy down the line, especially if a recovering victim chooses to seek financial recovery for his or her losses in court.
Police say the Washington truck driver in this case was issued a citation for an improper and unsafe lane change. Being involved in a truck accident can be emotionally upsetting as well as physically and economically damaging. It is understandable that an accident victim may feel stressed or overwhelmed, which is why most people consult with experienced personal injury attorneys before filing a legal claim.