Is Washington State a Dangerous Place to Drive?

A Seattle Injury Lawyer Has Answers

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More Americans are driving than ever. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are close to 211 million licensed drivers on the roads of our country. Each and every driver has an obligation to behave responsibly behind the wheel in order to keep themselves and their fellow motorists safe. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Some drivers choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and others while occupied with a cellphone—despite driving at extremely high speeds. These kinds of dangerous and thoughtless driving habits inevitably lead to automobile accidents.

If you’ve suffered a terrible injury due to a car accident, our Seattle injury attorney is prepared to fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need to move on with your life.  Attorney representation is important.  A 1999 Study from the Insurance Research Council found that 85 percent of all the dollars that are paid out by insurance companies for bodily injury claims are paid to clients who have hired an attorney to represent them. Furthermore, the IRC found that insurance payouts are, on average, 3.5 times higher for clients who have hired an attorney than for those without one.

Washington Traffic and Car Accident Statistics

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission diligently gathers data on motor vehicle accidents that occur within the state. According to its results, Washington drivers:

  • Experience close to 500 traffic-related deaths every year;
  • Suffer serious injuries in an average of 1500 crashes;
  • In fatal crashes, more than half were caused by an impaired driver;
  • The age range most affected by impaired drivers was 23-25, accounting for close to half of the overall fatalities caused by impaired drivers;
  • 77% of impaired drivers died in the collisions they caused.

Clearly, impaired driving is very much a dangerous threat on Washington roadways.

National Traffic Statistics

The US Census Bureau is one of many government agencies that collect data on car collisions in the country. For Washington, the data notes that:

  • The state saw a decrease in traffic fatalities (compared to the national average) over the past decade;
  • Low-speed (under 35 miles per hour) collisions caused the majority of fatal accidents;
  • The overall level of traffic fatalities in Washington was close to the national average.

Consequences of Automobile Accidents

Whether you are a driver, a passenger, a fellow motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian, the dangers of a car accident cannot be understated. Victims can suffer from:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Fractured and broken limbs
  • Organ puncture
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Vision impairment
  • Permanent disability
  • Personality changes
  • Death

A Seattle Injury Lawyer is Available to Help Today

Our Seattle injury attorney has over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases just like yours. Michael Whitey understands the pain you may be suffering because of a negligent driver, which is why he’s prepared to take the fight to an insurance company that hasn’t given you what you’ve rightly claimed. As the data shows, the roads of Washington can be dangerous. There’s no need to suffer from your injuries simply because of a corporation’s unwillingness to do the right thing. Contact our office today to take the first step towards getting your life back on track after a car accident.