We want to bring you a story from nearby Burien about a recent accident that took place because it highlights one of the many dangers drivers in and around Seattle face each day. Several people were injured the other day after a suspected drunk driver of a pickup truck caused an accident with a Metro bus.
Witnesses said that the driver of the truck was speeding and ran a red light before the crash. When deputies arrived, they arrested the driver under suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for serious injuries. None of the bus passengers sustained serious injuries, but this incident could have been much worse.
This accident shows that drunk driving can cause serious accidents. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we know that the last thing you think about when you hit the road is getting injured due to another person’s negligence. If you need a Seattle car accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.
From The DOT
If we look at the statistics for Washington from the latest reporting year, we can see that there were:
- 117,053 total collisions
- 49,505 total injuries
- 551 total fatalities
Thankfully, most vehicle accidents only cause minor injuries of property damage, but we need to point out that even minor injuries can lead to major medical bills. A simple X-ray or MRI can cost thousands of dollars, a price too high for most people if insurance does not cover the expense.
For the following injuries, the costs can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damages
- Internal bleeding
- Lacerations and amputations
Why Accidents Happen
The DOT also gives us some numbers that show what the main concerns are for law enforcement officers when it comes to traffic incidents. There were:
- 416,699 speeding citations issued to drivers in the state.
- 33,697 people were cited for cell phone and texting violations.
- 26,363 people were charged with DUI.
It is no secret that drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and those who speed are the main causes of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on state roadways. In and around the city, the problem is more compounded.
The Next Steps To Take
After an accident that causes harm to you or a loved one, we know you will have many questions, especially if someone else is at fault. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we will sit with you and explain the steps you need to take moving forward.
Our qualified and experienced team is ready to deal with the insurance and other parties involved so you can focus on healing and being with your family. We will work to secure:
- Coverage of your medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- As well as possible punitive damages