Whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you have the great responsibility of keeping yourself, your passengers and others sharing the roadways safe. Modern safety features in cars and trucks along with safe, defensive driving significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

However, vehicular collisions in Washington state are still all too common. Victims of crashes can sustain injuries ranging from mild to fatal.

Accident on state highway injures children

Peninsula Daily News recently reported on a car accident on State Highway 112 at Salt Creek that resulted in a five hour closure of the road in both directions. Multiple agencies assisted the seven injured people. The serious conditions of a 5-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl required an airlift to Seattle. The other child and four adults involved remained in Port Angeles for medical care.

According to the State Patrol, the accident occurred because of a motorist driving left of the centerline. A driver did not slow with traffic as the motorist ahead of him slowed to make a left turn. Instead, he tried to move around the vehicle by entering the westbound lane. Another driver attempted to avoid a collision but a guardrail prevented him from moving over. A third car narrowly avoided the crash by stopping right before hitting the other two vehicles.

Vehicular assault arrest made

Authorities arrested a 44-year-old man for investigation of three counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of vehicular assault. According to the State Patrol, it is unknown if there was any involvement with alcohol or drugs.

It remains unknown if the family members of the injured parties may pursue any legal action for compensation in the matter.