The Pickett Law Firm strives to help people in the Yakima Valley community one case at a time, which is why we handle a wide array of legal issues. We work with a large amount of car accident victims, many of whom are unable to work or enjoy life because their injuries are so severe.
In our efforts to advocate for people who have been affected by these devastating crashes, we have created this car accident guide.
In this guide, we will discuss the importance of safe driving, the prevalence of car accidents, and why you need an experienced attorney to represent you in these matters. Car accident cases are extremely complex, and you need a compassionate attorney on your side who understands the specifics of Washington law to get the best results possible.
While some people think that car accidents “won’t happen to them,” this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Regardless of how experienced you are behind the wheel, accidents happen. You can’t control the other drivers on the road. Coincidentally, a large percentage of car accidents happen within just a few miles of your home. Often times, drivers and passengers will forgo buckling their seatbelt on residential streets. This is a grave mistake, mainly because you truly never know how other cars will react to your vehicle—no matter what type of road you may be on.
Additionally, it would be false to assume that car accidents only happen to other people because of how often they occur right here in the state of Washington. First, let’s look at some car accident statistics from around the country.
Nationally, there were 30,057 fatal car crashes in 2013, taking the lives of 32,719 people.
An average of 6,337 people were injured in car accidents per day that year, with 2,313,000 total injuries being reported.
In Washington alone, a car crash occurred every five minutes in 2013. As a result of these crashes, a person was injured every 12 minutes, with another person dying every 20 hours. When you break these statistics down by the cause of each crash, the results are even more surprising. Crashes caused by distracted drivers occurred every 15 minutes in 2013 in Washington, which encompasses everything from texting and driving to applying makeup behind the wheel. Speeding caused a crash every 30 minutes, which begs the question: is your life worth arriving to your destination two minutes earlier?
Yakima’s statistics are certainly reflected in the numbers above, but it’s beyond upsetting to hear the names of people in your own town lose their life to a car accident. For example, consider the two young men who experienced a harrowing rollover crash on Interstate 82 in May 2015. Think about the nine adults and one child who were also injured on I-82 in 2013. Altogether, there were 23 car accidents resulting in injury or death in Yakima from March 2013 to May 2015. We think this is far too many, and we want to make a difference in this community by providing this information.
We hope that this guide gives you a new perspective into car accidents. Our goal is to provide you with an informational resource to learn more about how you can avoid car accidents, as well as the steps you need to take when you or a loved one is involved in a crash. If you have been involved in this type of accident, do not hesitate to contact The Pickett Law Firm today to get started.