With a population of over 7.6 million people, the roads of Washington are filled with cars. Unfortunately, taking a drive anywhere can be risky with this many cars traveling.
A car accident can put a hold on many people’s plans, derailing their whole day having to figure out what actions to take after the accident. An Everett car accident attorney can help navigate the victim through the aftermath of a car accident. Stressful situations should not have to be done alone.
The Details Behind The Test Drive Crash
A 42-year-old woman took a Hyundai Elantra out on the road to test drive with a dealership employee, a 39-year-old man. The 42-year-old woman recklessly test drove the car causing it to hit two cars. She rear-ended a Chevy Silverado, who had a 54-year-old man and his 10-year-old daughter, at a right turn. The impact of the Hyundai Elantra forced the Chevy Silverado across the intersection, where it struck a utility pole and then flipped into a parking lot. The utility pole then struck a parked, unoccupied car.
The 54-year-old man and his 10-year-old daughter only sustained minor injuries that were treated on-site of the accident. However, the 42-year-old test driver and the 39-year-old were transported to the hospital for serious, life-threatening injuries.
Police officials determined that speed was a factor in the crash.
Washington Crash Statistics
According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the latest reporting year shows that 86,245 crashes occurred. Out of those crashes:
- 524 fatalities
- 2,080 serious injuries occurred
- 8,145 minor injuries occurred
In the city of Everett, 2,303 total crashes took place. Out of these accidents, there were 14 fatalities, 44 seriously injured, and 172 minor injuries.
Cars typically weigh more than 2,800 pounds or more and can leave debilitating injuries when a collision occurs. The following are common crash injuries:
- Internal organ damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Tissue, ligament, and tendon injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck or back trauma
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
Car accidents leave more than just physical wounds and injuries. It can cause severe mental impairment. Victims often suffer from emotional distress and psychological trauma afterward. The three most common mental health issues a victim may face include:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Persistent Anxiety
- Major Depressive Disorder
While cars are heavy-duty with protection, they can also cause a great deal of harm. It is both a weapon and a shield.
Our Team Is Equipped With The Tools To Take On Your Case
Finding a knowledgeable and compassionate car accident lawyer will be essential in helping your case. Before contacting your insurance, we recommend reaching out to a skilled Everett car accident lawyer, so insurance companies do not prey on the victims’ vulnerability. Time is of the essence. At Russell and Hill, PLLC our mission is to thoroughly investigate your case and secure the compensation that you are entitled to.