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.
With regard to the motorists involved in fatal crashes, there were 817 in 2017. Of these motorists, 67 were between the ages of 15 and 21 and 732 were over the age of 21. That year, there was a total of 80 motorcycle fatalities in Washington; 78 were wearing helmets.
A fatal crash can look vastly different from another crash. They can also impact a wide range of motorists and occupants. Thus, it is important to consider the factors and details involved in the accident. The aftermath of a fatal car accident can be overwhelming for surviving loved ones. Family members likely have many questions and may be confused about what can be done to overcome the damages suffered. By seeking legal guidance, one could understand what legal actions could be taken, such as a wrongful death claim. Taking steps to seek legal recourse could help address the losses and hold a negligent party liable.