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Drunk Driving Accident | Seattle Personal Injury & Accident Blog - Part 2

Meth Use Suspected in Fatal Bellevue Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 17, 2013

Seattle Wrongful DeathA 22-year-old man was killed in a Washington car crash involving a driver who may have been under the influence of methamphetamine. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal DUI crash occurred on Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Officials say the 27-year-old driver of an Audi RS4 was traveling at about 100 mph when he crashed into the victim’s BMW and a Honda Ridgeline. The BMW struck a 2000 Saturn and burst into flames, trapping the driver inside. The 22-year-old driver of the BMW was killed and two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. According to the report, the driver of the Audi will potentially face vehicular homicide charges.

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 »

Family Seeks Compensation Following Tragic Wedgwood Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 19, 2013

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 »

Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide after Fatal Seattle Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 6, 2013

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 »

Man Who Lost Parents in Seattle DUI Crash Speaks Up Against Drunk Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 7, 2013

A man who lost his parents in a recent Seattle car accident, which also resulted in life-threatening injuries to his wife and newborn son, addressed the media for the first time since the tragedy. According to a King 5 news report, the fatal crash occurred in Seattle on March 25. Officials say the driver responsible for the fatal collision may have been under the influence when he struck the four pedestrians.

The man’s parents were killed in the crash. His wife is unable to speak and may never communicate normally again and his newborn son is recovering but may lose his vision. In his statement to the media, the man says that this accident was preventable and he pleaded for people to refrain from drinking and driving. Read the rest »

Teenagers Severely Injured in Puyallup DUI Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 10, 2013

Five teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 17 were injured in a Washington car accident involving underage drinking. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the crash occurred along Highway 167 north of Puyallup. Officials say the 17-year-old driver may have been under the influence when she struck a power pole, trees, and a fence. The driver sustained minor injuries. One passenger suffered a broken arm and the rest of the passengers sustained bumps and bruises. The driver faces charges of vehicular assault and drunk driving.

A recent King 5 News article reminds all parents to speak with their teenagers about the dangers of driving drunk, especially since spring break is now under way. It is common during this time of year to see a significant spike in teenage DUIs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 31 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents are impaired. In the state of Washington, one out of every 10 high school senior has admitted to drinking and driving. Furthermore, one in five students has said that he or she has been in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Read the rest »

Pedestrians Killed in Seattle DUI Collision

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 3, 2013

Two pedestrians were killed and two others were injured in a Seattle car accident, which officials believe involved a drunk driver. According to a Fox News report, the fatal driving under the influence (DUI) car accident occurred in a North Seattle residential neighborhood.

Officials say a 50-year-old Seattle man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he struck four pedestrians who were crossing the street. An adult male and one adult female were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A 25-year-old mother and her two-week old infant were critically injured. The driver was taken into custody. Read the rest »

Child Killed in Washington State DUI Crash

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 29, 2013

A 9-year-old was killed in a Washington car accident, which authorities say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal accident occurred on Highway 16 in Gig Harbor. Officials say the 26-year-old driver may have been drinking and smoking marijuana when he lost control and rolled his car. The driver and the 9-year-old boy were ejected during the crash. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a nearby hospital and the driver may face homicide charges. An 8-year-old girl in the backseat who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured.

The number of impaired driver accidents in Washington has decreased in recent years, but drunk driving continues to be a serious problem. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation: Read the rest »

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 12, 2013

Washington Drunk Driving Stats Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are much more likely to cause an accident. Drunk drivers show delayed reactions, impaired skills, difficulties focusing, and a proclivity for making poor decisions. Washington State has strict laws in place to deter drunk drivers, and the number of driving under the influence (DUI) accidents has decreased in recent years.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the number of DUI fatalities in Washington has decreased from 301 in the year 2006 to 230 in 2010. The number of serious injuries suffered in Washington DUI accidents has decreased in recent years as well. In the year 2006, 631 serious injuries were suffered in Washington DUI accidents and 468 people were seriously injured in the year 2010. Read the rest »

Help Lower Washington’s Drunk Driving Rates, Know When You’re Intoxicated

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 27, 2013

Washington Drunk Driving RatesThe state of Washington consistently ranks among the worst in the country for drunk driving incidents. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Washington is ranked 41st in the country when it comes to efforts to curb drunk driving. In the year 2011, there were 156 driving under the influence (DUI) fatalities in Washington accounting for 34 percent of all traffic deaths. MADD further reports that Washington has a serious issue with repeat offenders. In the year 2011, there were 19,783 three-time offenders and 2,103 five-time offenders in Washington State.

Why is drunk driving so dangerous? As you consume alcohol, your ability to drive safely decreases. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a driver becomes more impaired as he or she consumes more alcohol: Read the rest »

Protect Yourself from a Washington New Year’s Eve Car Accident: Drive Safely

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 26, 2012

WA New Years Drunk Driving AccidentNew Year’s Eve offers many Washington residents the chance to celebrate, whether it’s a small party with family or friends or a giant bash in downtown Seattle with thousands of excited partygoers. Unfortunately, an increased consumption of alcohol during the New Year also increases the number of drunk drivers on Washington roads, multiplying the risk of an accident.

You can help reduce this risk of a serious car accident ruining your New Year or the holidays of those you love by keeping in mind a few safety tips this December 31:

  • If you’re the host: Help your guests have a safe holiday. Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options, close the bar at least an hour before the party is scheduled to end, and be prepared to call a cab or offer guests space to “crash” if they don’t seem able to drive safely. Read the rest »

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