Spokane Car Accident Attorneys
Passionately Fighting for Your Rights
Car accidents are the primary cause of catastrophic injuries and death
in Spokane. Every day, people are killed and injured on our roads. Countless
people walking, riding, biking, or driving to school or work, as well
as children crossing the street or families setting out on long trips,
will never return home. Thousands of people in Spokane each year will
spend weeks in the hospital after severe crashes. Many will never be able
to live, work or play like they did before.
The statistics are worse than you might think:
- Every 4.5 minutes a car crash occurs in Washington State
- Every 11 minutes a person is catastrophically injured in a car accident
- Every 12 minutes a car accident is caused by an inattentive or distracted driver
- Every 27 minutes a car accident is caused by a speeding driver
- Every 2.5 hours a pedestrian or bicyclist is hit by a car
- Every 4 hours a motorcycle is involved in a wreck
- Every 1 ½ days an impaired driver kills someone
- Every 4 days a pedestrian or bicyclist is killed in total
- Car accidents kill approximately 600 people in Washington State each year,
while injuring approximately 50,000 more
This is too many people dying on our roads and being left disabled for
life--caused by spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, fractured
and broken bones, nerve damage, or torn joints requiring surgical intervention.
Certain types of car accidents are more dangerous than others. Data shows
car crashes involve lane departure and intersections are particularly
perilous--especially if a driver fails to yield, runs a stop sign, or
runs a red light.
Why, then, do some people drive like this? Presumably, it’s not because
of their intent is to cause harm to others or themselves. Yet when they
deliberately speed, drive under the influence, or pay closer attention
to their phone than to the road, they are behaving in ways which reveal
their indifference, whether they like what that says about them or not.
They have chosen unsafe driving behaviors.
Car accidents are preventable, and safe driving is no accident. However,
safe driving does not just happen. The civil justice system is in place
to hold accountable those responsible for car crashes. By enforcing the
traffic safety rules, Sweetser Law Office does our part to keep people
safe on the road every day. Consider this: over half of traffic deaths
involve an impaired driver; 2 in 5 involve a speeding driver; 1 in 3 involve
a distracted driver or pedestrian. In 9 out of 10 traffic fatalities,
human behavior contributes to the crash. Often, we term these events “accidents,”
when, in fact, they result from driving behavior, including negligence,
willful recklessness, and blatant disregard for traffic safety laws.
The physical, psychological, emotional, financial, and societal loss for
every person killed or injured in car crashes is enormous. Car accident
injuries leave behind shattered families. More than half the people killed
in traffic crashes are healthy adults between 15 to 44 years of age--often
the breadwinners in their family. The loss of even one family member,
co-worker, or friend due to another’s negligence is devastating.
This is why Sweetser Law Office is dedicated to enforcing the traffic safety
rules to protect the community, because every life counts. Over the past
30 years, our firm has been a voice for those injured in Spokane car accidents.
Each of these deaths and injuries is not just a number, but an actual
person--one who lost his or her life or suffered a severe trauma, and
each of those deaths or injuries ripples out to dozens of family members,
friends, and loved ones.
At Sweetser Law Office, we put a face behind the figures. Behind each statistic
there is a story of a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister,
grandchild, colleague, classmate or friend whose life was transformed
in an instant. We know of the shock which shatters a seemingly ordinary
day with disbelief, denial, panic, and rage. We see whole families left
with the overwhelming realization that life will never be the same. Those
affected often struggle to come to terms with a new reality, one comprised
of intolerable grief and loss. There are times that no amount of compensation
from the responsible driver can make sense of the senseless. Sometimes
no words can adequately convey the profound feeling of helplessness, even
years later, a car accident can leave behind.
Car accident stories and experiences do not discriminate. Victims come
from all income ranges, all races, colors, creeds, or religions, from
rural to urban areas, from residents to tourists, adults and children
alike. Their stories serve as a painful reminder of dreams unrealized,
hopes unfilled, and the enormous suffering that could have been avoided.
If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a negligent driver,
please don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience