Was a loved one killed in a fatal car accident? Learn about how negligent drivers cause these deadly collisions in Washington State.

Top Causes of Fatal Auto Collisions

Losing a loved one in a car accident caused by another driver can be a devastating experience. Unfortunately, the danger of this happening is significant. There were 37,133 fatalities nationwide and 565 deaths in Washington State in car accidents in 2017. If you lost a family member in an auto wreck, you may be able to receive compensation from the negligent driver in a wrongful death action.

Major Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

Deaths in auto collisions are completely preventable when they are caused by obviously negligent driving practices. Here are some of the common causes:

  • Distracted driving. When a driver is talking on his cellphone, texting, eating and drinking, or reading a GPS, his mind is not on his driving, his hands are not on the steering wheel, and his eyes are not on the road. This can lead to running a red light, drifting over the center line, speeding, or other dangerous actions that can cause a crash.
  • Intoxication. Being intoxicated due to alcohol or drug use is a common cause of fatal car accidents despite all the public awareness campaigns to educate drivers. It significantly impairs a driver’s vision, reaction time, ability to determine distances, and judgment—all necessary to avoid causing a wreck.
  • Speeding. When a driver is speeding, it will take him longer to slow down or stop to avoid or prevent a collision. In addition, the force of impact in a crash will be greater, increasing the likelihood that the driver or passengers in both vehicles will be killed.
  • Weather. Weather conditions, like heavy rain, snow, ice, and fog, can make driving more treacherous. Drivers who fail to slow down and drive more cautiously can cause a deadly accident, sometimes resulting in multiple deaths and serious injuries in a multi-vehicle collision.

Call Us for Help If a Family Member Was Killed in an Auto Crash

Did you lose a loved one in a fatal car accident? Our experienced car accident attorneys are here to take over the details of filing your claim and fighting for the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on grieving. Call our office to schedule a free consultation to get your questions answered and learn about your legal options.