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Two-car crash in Seattle injures infant and child

Much like the word suggests, accidents are not planned or prepared for. Anyone could fall victim to an accident, and the aftermath of a crash can be devastating. While there are many causes of car accidents, negligence is one of the most common. And, when a driver is speeding, distracted, intoxicated or reckless, it is likely that a serious car accident could result, harming those involved.

According to recent reports, a two-vehicle collision occurred in Seattle. Authorities believe that an impaired driver caused the crash. The accident happened when a minivan traveling northbound on Airport Way attempted to make a left turn. A speeding vehicle then tried to pass the minivan when the two vehicles collided.

How common are pedestrian accidents?

While it may not always be apparent, most drivers in Seattle and elsewhere are also pedestrians at some point. Once parked, a motorist will need to walk from their vehicle to get to their destination. This subjects the pedestrian to new and different dangers, which are related to traveling by foot where automobiles are also traveling.

How common are pedestrian accidents? Based on current statistics, there were a total of 5,977 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2017 in the U.S. While this is a 1.7% decrease from the 6,080 recorded in 2016, this is still a concerning rate. This amounts to roughly one pedestrian fatality every 88 minutes. It should be noted that this does not account for pedestrian kills on private property, such as parking lots and driveways. It also does not include those struck by a vehicle while using skates, a skateboard, baby stroller, a motorized device, a wheelchair or other similar devices.

Current rate of fatal car accidents in Washington

Driving a vehicle can seem very routine. This is especially true for those who rely on their vehicles to get to and from work, school, stores and other locations. Driving can feel very automatic; however, each time a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, it is a new experience. While one may be completely attentive and follow traffic rules, this does not change what other drivers choose to do. A driver's safety is compromised when a driver is distracted, negligent and intoxicated, and no matter how safe one drives, this does not protect them from a fatal accident caused by a negligent driver.

Based on current data, the number of motor vehicle fatalities has increased since 2013 in the state of Washington. In 2013, there were a total of 436 fatal crashes, which increased to 565 in 2017. Of those 565 fatal accidents, 319 took place in urban areas, 178 involved alcohol, 172 were due to speeding and 183 involved restrained occupants.

Justice for Ride the Ducks Victims As Appeal Is Dropped

ducks.jpgIn September 2015, my two clients from Wisconsin arrived in Seattle expecting to have a fun vacation with their friends. Instead, they experienced terror and tragedy when the Ride the Ducks vehicle they had boarded lost control on the Aurora Bridge and crashed into a charter bus.

Recovering compensation after a motorcycle crash

When the weather is nice, you can expect to see more people doing things outside. Motorists also enjoy the warm and pleasant weather by rolling down their windows, opening their sunroofs, putting the top down on their convertibles or riding a motorcycle. While it is common to see motorcyclists on the roads during the spring and summer months, motorists may not always be aware of their presence. Because of their small size, it is easy for motorcycles to hide in blind spots. Thus, motorists should check these areas before making any maneuvers. The failure to do so could result in a serious motorcycle crash.

A motorcycle accident can have some of the worst injuries. Because a motorcyclist does not have the same safety features enjoyed by motorists, there is nothing to absorb the force of the collision or keep the rider on their bike. Thus, many crashes result in a motorcyclist being thrown from their bike. This could cause injuries such as road rash, lacerations, trauma to the head, neck or back, broken bones and internal injuries.

Join us in supporting the Brain Injury Alliance

BIAWA walk.jpgOccasionally I am called upon to meet an injured person in his hospital bed. These people are usually pretty banged up. They may have recently undergone surgery and they are probably on heavy doses of narcotics. Hopefully they are surrounded by family and friends who can provide necessary support following a catastrophic injury.

Is the rate of drunk driving crashes getting worse?

On a daily basis, motorists share the road with other motorists. While many of these drivers decide to follow the rules of the road, some of these drivers fail to do so. In some cases, this may amount to traveling too fast or failing to signal a turn. However, this could be much more severe, such as getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A drunk driving accident could have serious affects, causing a victim of the crash to suffer serious harms or even death.

Is the rate of drunk driving crashes getting worse? When looking at data going as far back as 1982, it was found that the rate of drunk driving fatalities in the country has decreased by 48%. Additionally, the total number of traffic fatalities since then has decreased by 16%. While progress has been made, this does not negate the fact that drunk drivers continue to wreck havoc on the roadways.

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