Although 2021 is only partially over, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports that 1,795 fatal and suspected serious injury crashes have occurred so far. These crashes involved 2,931 vehicles, with 311 crashes resulting in fatalities. These chilling numbers underscore the fact that anyone is subject to be involved in a car accident on Washington’s roadways, and many accidents are serious enough to lead to death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, reach out right away to a competent Lynnwood, WA car accident attorney for help. Our team has helped thousands of car wreck victims navigate the claims process in the aftermath of serious car accidents.

Car Accident Causes

No one ever thinks that they may be involved in a car wreck, but they happen in the blink of an eye and often result in injuries ranging from deep cuts, lacerations, and bruising to whiplash, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. A list of car accident causes can be quite long, but the most common among them include:

  • Defective auto parts or equipment: When automakers and others involved in the manufacturing process equip cars with defective parts, serious injuries can result. This can also open the door for a defective or dangerous product liability claim.
  • Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way: Motorists who don’t follow the rules of the road are often the cause of serious car wrecks that lead to lifelong injuries and disabilities.
  • Impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Of the nearly 1,800 serious and fatal accidents on Washington State’s roads in the first three quarters of 2021, approximately 280 of them were the result of alcohol impairment, and 11 of them were the result of drug impairment.
  • Inattentive drivers texting or talking on cellular devices: Distracted driving and inattentive driving resulted in 378 car accidents in the first eight months of 2021, WSDOT reports.
  • Sleepy or fatigued drivers: Drivers who are sleepy can be as dangerous on the road as drivers who are drunk or impaired by drugs. In 2021 so far, crashes involving drowsy drivers accounted for 58 serious car wrecks.
  • Speeding: A large number of serious and fatal car crashes on Washington’s highways and bi-ways in 2021 involved speeders—416 accidents in total.
  • Driving as a senior or teenager: Crashes involving older drivers (65 or over) numbered 295 in 2021 so far, and young driver crashes numbered 561. Both of these age groups are more apt to be involved in serious crashes.

Reckless driving, road rage, and poorly designed or poorly maintained roads are also common culprits of serious car accidents.

A Voice for the People – Your Lynnwood, WA Car Accident Attorney

The car accident claims process is a tedious and complex one, especially in the tumultuous days following a serious wreck when victims are struggling with medical appointments, dealing with property damage, and fielding calls from the insurance company. Our caring and compassionate team of Lynnwood, WA car accident attorneys understand the many nuances involved in car accident claims and are ready to help.

Reach out to Russell & Hill, PLLC right away to preserve your right to collect damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to injuries sustained in a serious car accident. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.

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