Sunnyside might be small, but it sees its fair share of traffic. Residents who live in Sunnyside and nearby Toppenish often commute northwest on I-82 to get to work in Union Gap or Yakima, or southeast to their jobs in the Tri-Cities area.
This daily commute — especially when paired with wet, foggy, or snowy weather — increases the risk of car accidents for Sunnyside and Toppenish residents. Motorists passing through this area after a night in the city or on family trips are also at-risk.
Car accidents can be scary, especially serious ones caused by another driver’s negligence. If you suffered injuries in a crash in Sunnyside or Toppenish, The Pickett Law Firm can help you determine the strength of your case, explore your legal options for compensation after an accident, and collect evidence to prove your claim. Give us a call: 509-972-1825.
Where do accidents commonly occur in and around Sunnyside?
While I-82 is one of the most dangerous interstates in Washington State, the section that passes near Sunnyside sees a high number of serious crashes each year.
Many of these accidents are the result of fatigue, drunk or distracted driving, and speeding.
How can I reduce my risk of a Sunnyside car accident?
Single-car accidents are common along the I-82 corridor near Sunnyside and Toppenish. You can reduce your risk of causing one of these accidents by following all traffic laws, practicing good driving habits and following these tips:
- Never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Always wearing a seat belt
- Limiting distractions inside your vehicle
- Stowing your cell phone while driving
- Pulling over — safely — to answer cell phone calls
- Obeying the speed limit
- Driving at an appropriate speed for conditions, including in heavy traffic, rain, dust, and snow
- Paying careful attention to other drivers
- Driving defensively when necessary
Wrong-way crashes occasionally occur along I-82 near Sunnyside, as well. Because of the extremely dangerous nature of these accidents, it is paramount to double-check and ensure you only enter I-82 via the proper ramp.
If you spot another motorist driving the wrong-way, flash your lights and honk your horn as a warning. As the other driver approaches you, safely pull to the shoulder and stop to avoid a collision.
If you suspect the driver has been drinking, you can call to report him or her. Just remember to pull over first.
What can I do to recover compensation after a Sunnyside auto accident?
By taking the proper precautions, you can reduce your risk of causing a crash. When another motorist is careless or negligent, however, you can still become a victim of a Sunnyside car accident. If you do, and you can prove the other driver was responsible, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your injuries.
Proving negligence is often simple, especially if the other driver committed a grievous breach of the law such as excessive speeding or driving while intoxicated or distracted.
The police report about your accident or eyewitness statements may be enough to demonstrate fault. In other cases, however, determining causation and proving fault is more complex.
Bill Pickett of The Pickett Law Firm knows what defenses the other driver’s insurer may use to deflect fault and how to beat those defenses.
With the right evidence and the right attorney on your side, you can collect a wide range of damages after a car accident in Sunnyside. Depending on the type and severity of your injuries, this may include:
- Medical bills
- Inpatient rehabilitation costs
- Outpatient therapy expenses
- Other treatment-related costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Long-term care facility expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
How can The Pickett Law Firm help me?
At The Pickett Law Firm, we understand the importance of knowing how to protect your legal rights in the days and weeks immediately following a crash. For this reason, we provide a number of resources to help auto accident victims collect the proper evidence and explore their legal options under Washington State law. Our FAQs page and free car accident guide are a great place to begin.
Once you begin recovering from your car accident injuries, you may want to discuss your options for compensation in more detail with a Yakima Valley attorney.
At The Pickett Law Firm, we can help you navigate the process of filing a third-party claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Call us today at 509-972-1825 to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about our services.