A head-on crash on State Route 28, south of the Rock Island Dam, left multiple people injured on Wednesday afternoon. The crash took place at approximately 3:30 pm.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the collision involved a 2008 Ford Focus and a 2002 Ford Explorer. The Ford Focus, driven by 20-year-old Alexander Cervantes from Morrow, Georgia, was traveling toward Quincy when it was struck head-on by the Ford Explorer. The Explorer, driven by 46-year-old Jermaine Allen of Cashmere, was heading towards East Wenatchee but crossed the center line after the vehicle suffered a sudden tire blowout.
Both Cervantes and his passenger, 60-year-old Carmen Blanquetochoa of Quincy, sustained injuries in the crash and were transported to Confluence Health Hospital Central Campus for medical treatment.
Investigators determined the crash was caused by the sudden tire failure, and no tickets were issued. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. No further information was immediately available.
The cause of the tire failure should be determined
Sudden tire blowouts are extremely dangerous and result in crashes such as this one across the country on a routine basis. Unfortunately, many of these crashes result in serious injury and death. I am grateful those here survived.
Motorists injured in crashes caused by tire failure have a right to investigate the accident to determine what caused the tire to fail. Tires can suddenly blow for a number of reasons. Some of these reasons are within the control of the driver responsible for maintaining the tire. In such cases, the driver should be held responsible for the harm suffered by the innocent motorists injured.
Other blowouts are caused by conditions and factors outside the control of either party. When a tire is defective when it leaves the manufacturer or when a tire is not properly repaired or replaced by a service shop, the injured motorists may have a right to recover compensation from the responsible company.
Our firm is currently handling many crashes very similar to this one. In one such case, our client’s son was returning from an extended work trip with his cousin. After stopping for gas, they regained highway speed when the rear tire on their Ford Explorer blew out. The cousin was driving and was unable to control the SUV. The Explorer rolled over, killing the young man. After investigating the crash, we determined that the tire had signs of defects and brought a lawsuit against the tire manufacturer, alleging that a preventable tire failure caused the crash that resulted in the death of the young man.
Thankfully, no one was killed in this crash, and the extent of injuries is unknown. However, those injured may be interested in having the crash investigated to determine what caused the blowout and if there is an avenue to recover the financial assistance they need to pay medical expenses and all other damages suffered because of the crash.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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