While the majority of drivers are cautious not to do anything that might cause a car accident to occur, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, car accidents do often happen, which can lead to numerous devastating injuries for either a driver or their loved ones in the vehicle. However, our car accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC have experience with these situations and would provide an explanation of the effects of a car accident on victims.
Spokane car accidents occur often
According to a recent news article in Spokane, a car accident occurred that caused the death of a teenager just a few weeks shy of his 17th birthday. The deceased was reported to have been in the backseat of the vehicle, which then proceeded to drive off into a river embankment.
However, the driver of the vehicle, another teenager, was assisted by a few bystanders and was able to leave the scene safely. Unfortunately, the driver was unable to inform anyone that there was someone else in the backseat. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. Authorities have reported that, due to several of the conditions at the scene, they were not able to investigate the car for other people until later on.
It has also been stated by authorities that the incident was possibly caused by speeding and intoxication, while also colliding with a parked car down nearby.
The impact of a car accident
With the information provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation, we can see that car accident have a significant impact on the citizens of the state. From the latest reporting year of data available, we can see that there were:
- 11,561 total accidents
- 500 fatal accidents
- 23,521 accidents resulting in injury
With the frequency of car accidents, those who have survived a car accident have the possibility of experiencing several injuries, which can include the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Traumatic brain or open head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, with possible paralysis
- Amputations or severe lacerations
- Whiplash injuries and concussions
While many of these injuries can cause extensive medical care and cost for victims, there is the additional factor of vehicle repair of modifications, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and more to consider. Victims of these incidents can also experience intense emotional and physical pain and suffering from the inability to return to work or participate in activities they could do before the accident.
Let us secure the compensation you deserve
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury as a result of the negligent actions of another driver on Spokane roadways, contact Russell & Hill, PLLC today. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys is ready to work on your case and investigate on your behalf so we can secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include:
- Medical costs related to the accident
- Lost income or benefits from being unable to work while recovering
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver