Assisting Car Accident Victims in Spokane
Car accidents and collisions are the primary cause of catastrophic injuries
and death in Spokane.
Every day, people are killed and injured on our roads. Men, women and children
walking, riding, biking, or driving to school or work; children crossing
the street; and families setting out on long trips may never return home.
Each year, thousands of people in Spokane 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. Too many dying on
our roads. It is too many people left disabled for life – caused
by spinal cord injury,
traumatic brain injury, fractured and broken bones, nerve damage, or torn joints requiring surgical
Certain types of car accidents are more dangerous than others. The data
shows that car crashes involving lane departure and intersections are
particularly perilous – especially if a driver fails to yield, runs
a stop signs, or runs a red light.
Why, then, do some people drive like this? Presumably, it’s not because
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 that reveal their indifference,
whether or not they like what that says about them. They have chosen unsafe
Car accidents are preventable. Safe driving is no accident. But 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; two in five involve
a speeding driver; one in three involve a distracted driver or pedestrian.
In nine out of ten traffic fatalities, human behavior contributes to the
crash. Often, we term these events “accidents,” when, in fact,
they result from poor driving behavior, including negligence, willful
recklessness, and/or blatant disregard for traffic safety laws.
Statistics cannot tell the full story. 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 a family.
Their presence and contributions are greatly needed by their family and
community. The loss of even one family member, co-worker, or friend as
the result of another’s negligence is devastating. That’s
why Sweetser Law Office is dedicated to enforcing the traffic safety rules
that protect the community, because every life counts.
Over the past 30 years, Sweetser Law Office 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 co-workers.
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 that can shatter 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 can 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, that a car accident can leave behind.
Car accident stories and experiences do not discriminate. Victims come
from low-, middle- and high-income, no matter the race, color, creed,
or religion, from rural to urban area, 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