Drunk Driving Accident
The 71-year-old veteran, a Belfair resident, was rear-ended on State Route 16. The impact forced the veteran’s vehicle into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with another vehicle. Read the rest »
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According to Washington Statute RCW 46.61.520: “When the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle…in a reckless manner, with disregard for the safety of others or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Read the rest »
A woman was injured in a Tacoma car accident when the 2004 Honda Accord in which she was riding was struck head-on by a 2011 Toyota RAV4 that was going in the wrong direction. According to a KOMO News report, the wrong way accident occurred on the Interstate 5 in Tacoma. Officials say the 86-year-old driver of the Toyota was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into a 2008 Dodge Caravan and the Honda Accord. The Tulalip woman in the Accord suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The 86-year-old driver was arrested and booked for DUI and vehicular assault.
Under Washington Statute RCW 46.61.522, “a person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle…in a reckless manner and causes bodily harm or while under the influence of liquor or with disregard for the safety of others and causes harm.” Vehicular assault is a class B felony with serious criminal penalties. Read the rest »
Impaired driving is a serious problem in Washington State. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 156 people were killed in alcohol- related car accidents in the United States in 2011. Furthermore, a study by the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia found that one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes nationwide tested positive for marijuana. Read the rest »
A 40-year-old Tukwila man was killed when a driver who officials say may have been impaired crashed into his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred in the 400 block of Southwest 156th Street in Burien. Officials have not released information on how the motorcycle and car collided. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The car’s driver was treated for minor injuries before being booked for vehicular homicide. A second motorcyclist sustained minor injuries trying to avoid the collision.
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in Washington State. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that Washington ranks 25th in the nation for the highest number of drunk driving fatalities. Furthermore, there were 156 traffic deaths involving alcohol in Washington in 2011. Read the rest »
A 34-year-old Tacoma woman has been killed in a Washington car accident, which officials believe involved an impaired driver. According to a KOMO news report, the fatal drunk driving accident collision occurred on Highway 167 south of 44th Street East in Tacoma. Officials say the 48-year-old male driver of a Dodge pickup was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when his vehicle crashed head-on with the taxi.
The woman in the back of the taxi was killed, her 36-year-old boyfriend was treated at a nearby hospital, and the 52-year-old taxi driver sustained severe injuries that required multiple surgeries. The driver of the pickup sustained only minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. He was arrested and booked. Read the rest »
It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Washington. When a drunk or impaired driver causes a fatal crash, he or she may face vehicular homicide charges. According to Washington Statute 46.61.520, “When the death of any person ensues within three years as a proximate result of injury proximately caused by the driving of any vehicle by any person, the driver is guilty of vehicular homicide if the driver was operating a motor vehicle … while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.” Read the rest »
The family of an elderly couple and a mother has filed a $45 million claim against the city of Seattle after a driver with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit drove his pickup into a family as they crossed the street. The elderly couple died and the mother and her newborn were injured in the accident.
According to a report in The Seattle Times, the driver at the time was under supervision of Seattle Municipal Court because of a previous drunk driving arrest. The plaintiffs have filed claims totaling $45 million against the city for failing to prevent the crash. Read the rest »
A 43-year-old man was killed when the truck in which he was traveling struck a car and rolled over. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal accident occurred at Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Kenyon Street in West Seattle. Officials say the 43-year-old driver was under the influence when he drove through a red light and struck another vehicle. The passenger in the bed of the truck was thrown from the vehicle and killed. The article states that the driver is a repeat DUI offender who was driving on a suspended license. He is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Drunk driving is a serious issue that continues to plague the state of Washington. In the year 2011, there were 156 alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounting for approximately 34 percent of all total traffic deaths that year. Many of those incidents involved repeat offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are 19,783 three-time DUI offenders in Washington and 2,103 drivers who are five-time offenders. Read the rest »