The family of two pedestrians killed by a DUI suspect in March of this year has filed a $45 million suit against the City of Seattle. The devastating crash happened when the victims were crossing the street with their daughter-in-law and their 7-week-old grandchild. As the family was crossing the street, a DUI suspect crashed into the family. In addition to the deaths, the daughter-in-law and the newborn baby were seriously injured.
According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 42 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the Independence Day holiday weekend. As people across Seattle and the nation celebrate Independence Day, the likelihood of impaired drivers on the roads also increases. In fact, in 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents. In general, every driver has an on-going duty to obey traffic laws, be attentive and exercise caution on the roadways. Despite all the precautions a driver may take, accidents resulting from the negligence of another driver still happen.