Driver Causes Fatal Crash in Seattle While Looking at Cell Phone Photos
A 20-year-old Federal Way woman was killed and four others were critically injured in a Seattle car accident that may have involved a distracted and impaired motorist. As reported by The Seattle Press Intelligencer, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Prosecutors say the driver was given a phone displaying a photo of a scantily clad woman shortly before crashing. Officials report that he also displayed signs of intoxication and that he had been drinking vodka earlier in the evening.
Distracted driving, particularly driving while looking at a cell phone, computer, or other electronic device, can be extremely dangerous. These types of devices take the driver’s eyes off the roadway and attention away from the act of driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, 3,331 people were killed and 387,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
A 20-year-old passenger was killed. The driver and three others suffered life-threatening injuries. Two passengers remained on life-support a week after the accident. Prosecutors are contending that alcohol and driving while distracted by electronics were contributing factors in this fatal distracted driving crash. The 24-year-old driver has been charged with vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment.
The family of a deceased Washington car accident victim would be well advised to discuss their legal rights and options with a skilled personal injury attorney. Financial compensation may be available for their tragic losses. In such cases, monetary support should be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, lost future wages, loss of companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Seattle car accident lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.