On my birthday in 1989 I got the terrible news that my friend Tina Middleton was killed in a car accident. Tina was a single mother, a full-time student, and she was working a full-time job. When the accident happened Tina was on her way home from work. She fell asleep at the wheel of her car and drove into a tree. The impact killed her instantly.
Cars, trucks and other motor vehicles are dangerous machines. These have to be operated with precision and care in order to avoid serious injuries and fatalities. Sadly, not everyone treated motor vehicles like this. Many people fail to recognize their danger since they are used so frequently in everyday life.
A car accident can cause more than few bumps and bruises. In many cases, car accidents cause serious and fatal injuries that can affect the members of a Washington family for the rest of their lives. Not only are there the emotional and physical wounds, but car accidents can cause serious financial issues. For a family that is grieving the loss of a loved one, these financial issues can be an unwanted and added stress.
The world can present a lot of dangers to humans. Humans are quite fragile without certain protections. While car companies try to make motor vehicles safer, people are still put at risk when they get behind the wheel. Truck accidents, pedestrian accidents and other fatal motor vehicle accidents are frequent and devastating.
Washington drivers may not always realize just how dangerous driving can be. People tend to just think about driving as just another mode of transportation. Since it is done so frequently, people can forget the dangers that lurk on the roadways. In particular, people may not realize how dangerous negligent drivers can be. A driver that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a driver that ignores driving rules or a driver that is busy on the person's phone can cause serious damage in a matter of seconds.
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.
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.