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.
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.
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.
The sudden death of a loved one can be extremely difficult for a family to deal with. When the death was caused by a negligent driver, families can feel even more anger, sadness and pain. This was the case recently for one Washington family. As this blog post highlighted, the family lost the family's breadwinner -- a husband and father -- in a fatal drunk driving accident. In addition to the man's death, three other family members were seriously injured in this accident.
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.
When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, there is always the possibility of serious injuries. While cars and trucks have a lot of safety features, they cannot prevent against every possible scenario. Unfortunately, many accidents result in fatalities. This leaves Washington families trying to pick up the pieces after their loved one unexpectedly passes away.
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.
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.
Less than six weeks ago an attorney was killed while riding her bicycle down Second Avenue in Downtown Seattle. Since that time that intersection has changed dramatically, and in my opinion not at all for the better.