The loss of a loved one is a devastating situation. The emotional pain can be even more severe when the negligence of another causes the person's death. Sadly, this situation is all too common with fatal motor vehicle accidents. People's lives are shattered in an instant when a drunk driver, distracted driver, speeding driver or otherwise negligent driver causes a fatal accident.
Car accidents are such a common occurrence that people may not even realize how deadly they are. People may just think about fender benders and other minor events when they think about car accidents. However, deadly accidents can occur at any time in Seattle and throughout Washington. These deadly accidents have the potential to destroy families and leave them in financial ruin. In fact, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the number one killer of children and young adults, and the number two killer of toddlers and people 25-years-old and older.
A sudden and fatal accident can change the course of a Washington family's life forever. Any number of motor vehicle accidents can suddenly take a life. And in these cases, families are left devastated and heart-broken.
A truck accident in Washington recently led to the death of one man. The authorities are still trying to determine exactly what happened in the case and who is at fault.
Whenever a person gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, there is the risk of injuries. The risk increases exponentially when a driver is drunk. A drunk driver is like a loaded weapon, and others can easily be killed by the drunk driver's negligent behavior. Fatal drunk driving accidents can happen in any number of motor vehicles including cars, trucks or even boats.
A car accident can cause a lot of headaches for all those involved. It can cause property damage, insurance claims and minor injuries; but, in many cases car accidents are much more serious than this. Fatal car accidents can occur at any time in Washington and turn a family's world upside down.
No one likes to imagine that their families will be affected by a fatal car accident. However, fatal car accidents are common in Washington and after often preventable.
Large trucks are dangerous not only because of their size, but also because they often carry dangerous materials. While many trucks carry consumer goods, others carry chemicals, construction materials and other hazardous things that can compound the damage caused by a truck in an accident. With the presence of this dangerous load, a truck accident can easily turn deadly.
Drivers need to be in complete control over their vehicles at all times -- day or night. Many accidents occur simply because drivers take their mind or eyes off the road for a few seconds. Simple tasks like texting, eating, chatting or reaching for something can all become deadly if done behind the wheel of a moving car or truck.
There are so many things that can distract Washington drivers. There are other drivers, billboards, lights, the weather, the radio, passengers, food and cell phones. Seattle area drivers need to be particularly careful to not let any of these distractions take their attention away from the road when they are driving. Even momentarily lapses in attention can have devastating effects -- as the family of a 57-year-old woman understand.