• Accident Causes

    Nearly 1 in 4 Serious Accidents Caused by Impaired Driving

    Statewide (June 11, 2020) – Data obtained from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) indicates that nearly 25% of all fatal and serious injury traffic accidents in the state this year were caused by drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

    Of the 869 reported fatal or serious injury accidents, 52 involved a drug-impaired driver and another 162 involved an alcohol-impaired driver. At least 38 fatalities have resulted from impaired driving in Washington this year.

    The Seattle personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys remind Washington motorists to stay safe and drive sober. Injured by a drunk driver? Contact us today. Source: WSDOT

    What Causes Heavy Truck Crashes in Washington?

    Statewide (May 21, 2020) – Data obtained from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is shedding new light on the common causes of heavy truck accidents throughout the state. 

    WSDOT reported 173 serious injury or fatal accidents involving heavy trucks in 2019. Speeding was the most common factor in these accidents, contributing to 27.7% of all crashes. 

    Distracted driving followed not far behind, contributing to 26.5% of all heavy truck crashes last year. In addition, as many as 41% of heavy truck accidents involved drivers who were impaired by drugs, alcohol, or lack of sleep. 

    Injured in a heavy truck accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer today. Source: WSDOT

    30% of Traffic Fatalities Caused by Distracted Driving

    Statewide (May 7, 2020) – According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), almost one in three deadly traffic accidents in Washington are caused by distracted driving.

    In addition, distracted driving is responsible for 23% of all serious injury accidents statewide.

    Texting and driving is the most common type of distracted driving, with 70% of observed distracted drivers using their cell phones. 

    As part of Washington’s Target Zero initiative, distracted driving cameras have been proposed to begin tracking and analyzing data regarding distracted driving behaviors. The cameras would not be used by law enforcement, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

    The Seattle personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourage Washington drivers to stay safe and drive distraction-free. Source: West Seattle Blog

    Seattle Bridge Closure Causes Headaches for Commuters

    Seattle (April 16, 2020) – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced that the West Seattle Bridge will be closed indefinitely, with no chance of reopening before 2022.

    Rapidly spreading cracks in the center of the bridge caused officials to unexpectedly close it last month. The announcement has left many Seattle residents anxious about what will happen when coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are driving to work again. 

    Without the bridge to divert traffic, West Seattle neighborhoods may become inundated with cars trying to cut through residential areas during rush hour traffic, leading to traffic jams and an increase in car accidents, bike accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Source: Seattle Times

    Suspended WSDOT Construction Could Cause More Accidents

    Statewide (March 26, 2020) – Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) construction crews are the latest employees to be impacted by the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. 

    WSDOT announced today that most state construction work will be suspended for the next two weeks as the agency works to find a way to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health and safety guidelines. It ordered contractor partners to secure all unfinished construction sites by the end of the day on March 26, 2020.

    For some, the suspension raises safety concerns for those traveling on state roadways. Although traffic has decreased significantly in recent weeks due to the novel coronavirus, unmanned, haphazard construction zones could potentially lead to an increase in Washington car accidents. Source: WSDOT

    Speeding, Impairment Causes Five-Car Collision on I-5

    Thurston County (March 5, 2020) – A 31-year-old man was arrested yesterday after causing a five-car accident on southbound Interstate 5 during rush hour traffic. According to eyewitnesses, the man was driving at speeds of at least 100 miles per hour and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the accident.

    The sports car the man was driving collided with two other vehicles, sending one of them rolling into a ditch. The driver of that car, a 28-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital with a broken pelvis but is expected to recover. 

    Washington State Patrol believe that the man may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He has since been arrested and charged with vehicular assault. Source: The Olympian

    Teen Drivers Not the Only Ones Distracted by Cell Phones

    Statewide (February 12, 2020) – Cell phone usage contributed to approximately 608 car crashes in Washington in 2019, according to data released by the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). 115 of these accidents (about 18.9%) were caused by teens distracted by cell phones.

    Teenage drivers are often criticized for higher rates of distracted driving, but this data suggests that distracted driving—and cell phone use in particular—is a major problem across all age groups. Using your cell phone behind the wheel is especially dangerous because it creates manual, visual, and cognitive distractions.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages all drivers to avoid texting while driving. Be sure to also check out our parents’ guide to teaching driving to help teenagers learn how to drive safely. Source: WSDOT

    More Than 1,700 Crashes Involving Wildlife in 2019

    Statewide (January 23, 2020) – Data released by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) indicates that 1,712 car crashes were caused by wildlife throughout the state in 2019. 

    Fortunately, there were no reported human fatalities due to wildlife-involved accidents, although as many as 177 people were injured over the course of the year. Overall, accidents involving wildlife were down by 14.8% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages drivers to practice these wildlife driving safety tips to help prevent car accidents involving deer and other animals in Washington. Source: WSDOT

    Snow, Ice Contributed to Fatal I-90 Wreck

    Spokane (January 2, 2020) – A 57-year-old man was killed last Friday after his vehicle struck a guardrail on I-90 and tumbled down an embankment separating both directions of traffic. The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene.

    Washington State Patrol troopers believe that the accident was likely caused by inclement weather. In addition to below-freezing temperatures, light snow fell in the Spokane area that morning and led to slick road conditions.

    Bad weather has caused multiple accidents since November on I-90, including the largest pile-up in Spokane’s history. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys urges Washington residents to drive with caution in winter weather and to always buckle up. Source: KREM

    Hit-and-Run Driver High on Meth Kills Two Pedestrians

    Seattle, WA (December 3, 2019) – Methamphetamine likely played a pivotal role in a fatal pedestrian accident that killed two people and injured two more last Friday. A 23-year-old woman under the influence of meth allegedly closed her eyes while behind the wheel before intentionally hitting four pedestrians in Seattle near Aurora Bridge, according to authorities.

    An eyewitness said the driver struck a pole after ramming into the pedestrians, climbed out of the wreckage of her vehicle, and fled the scene. The same eyewitness then chased down the suspect and detained her until police arrived. Once in custody, the woman behaved erratically and reportedly stated that she ran down the victims on purpose.

    The driver now faces charges of vehicular homicide, which is a class A felony and carries a potential life sentence. Drugged driving accidents have killed or seriously injured 70 people in Washington this year, according to the Department of Transportation (WSDOT). 

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds drivers to drive sober and safely, and to report suspected impaired drivers to police. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a drug-impaired driver, contact us today. You may be eligible for compensation. Source: The News Tribune

    Nearly 500 Crashes Caused by Cell Phone Use in WA

    Statewide (November 12, 2019) — According to the most recent crash data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), 471 car crashes have been caused by drivers distracted by their cell phones in 2019. Of these crashes, 4 have resulted in fatalities. While most of this year’s cell phone-involved crashes did not have any reported injuries, texting and driving remains a grave threat to motorists across the country. 

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds drivers that it is illegal to hold a cell phone or mobile device while driving in the state of Washington. Stay safe, and avoid being ticketed by leaving your phone alone when behind the wheel. Source: WSDOT

    More Teen Driver Accidents than Drunk Driver Accidents in WA

    Statewide (October 21, 2019) — Teenage drivers have been involved in just over 13% of all reported car crashes in Washington in 2019, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s current year crash data summary. There have been 9,529 accidents involving a teen driver as of October 21. Total drinking driver involved accidents came in at just under 7% of this year’s accidents.

    Data collected by the state revealed that year to date, 514 of those crashes were fatal or were suspected serious injury crashes. 26% of these crashes involved a young driver who had been drinking. 

    Involved in a drunk driver or teenage driver-involved car accident? Contact Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys to learn about your options. Source: WSDOT

  • Accident Statistics

    Pedestrian and Bicyclist Accidents, 2010–2019

    Statewide (June 18, 2020) – Data obtained from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) shows that almost 1,000 pedestrians and bicyclists lost their lives in Washington traffic accidents between 2010 and 2019.

    Of the over 34,000 reported pedestrian and bicycle accidents during this period, an additional 4,300 people were seriously injured. In total, about 15.5% of bicycle and pedestrian accidents between 2010 and 2019 resulted in fatal or serious injuries, while 80.8% resulted in less serious or unconfirmed injuries. The remaining 3.7% of crashes reported no injuries.

    The most recent data from 2020 reveals that there have been 946 pedestrian and bicycle accidents in Washington so far this year, with at least 42 deaths. Source: WSDOT

    Railroad Crossing Accident Fatalities, 2011-2020

    Statewide (May 28, 2020) – Data published by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) indicates that over 200 people have died in railroad crossing accidents throughout Washington since 2011. 

    These statistics include pedestrian accidents and vehicle-train accidents at designated railroad crossings as well as accidents in areas where crossing the tracks is not permitted.

    The data shows that the majority of railroad crossing accident fatalities involve pedestrians hit by oncoming trains in non-designated areas.

    Yearly fatalities have varied considerably since 2011, ranging from as few as 12 deaths in 2012 to as many as 31 deaths in 2015. 2017 saw the highest number of deaths at designated railroad crossings, with 10 fatalities. 

    To date, there have been 8 people killed in Washington railroad crossing accidents in 2020. Source: UTC WA

    2020 Washington Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

    Statewide (April 30, 2020) – Just four months into the year, there have already been 437 victims of pedestrian accidents throughout Washington. Among these accidents, there have been 31 fatalities and 396 reported injuries, ranging from minor to life-threatening.

    There have been an additional 121 bicycle accidents, resulting in 2 fatalities and 114 injuries. 

    Pedestrians and bicyclists are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to sharing the road with much larger vehicles. Although they must follow many of the same traffic laws as motorists, driver negligence is often to blame for bicyclist and pedestrian injuries.

    If you’ve been hit by a car while walking or riding your bike, contact a Seattle personal injury lawyer at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for a free consultation regarding your case. Source: WSDOT

    Impairment Responsible for Over 100 Crashes This Year

    Statewide (April 10, 2020) – Approximately one in five serious or fatal traffic accidents so far in 2020 have involved drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the latest data published by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). 

    Of the 498 reported serious or fatal traffic accidents this year, 105 crashes have involved someone who was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

    Alcohol was by and far the most common impairing factor, with 85 drunk driving crashes recorded. 27 additional crashes involved someone under the influence of drugs. 

    If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, justice is just a phone call away. Contact a Seattle car accident attorney to schedule a free consultation. Source: WSDOT

    Coronavirus Death Toll Continues to Rise in Nursing Homes

    Kirkland (March 20, 2020) – At least 35 people have died after contracting COVID-19 at Life Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington.

    In a disturbing report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health authorities who surveyed long-term care facilities in the Seattle area found that staff members went to work while they were sick, failed to follow safety protocols when interacting with sick patients, and lacked personal protective equipment like hand sanitizer. 

    As victims’ family members reel from the loss of their loved ones, the new report raises questions about the role nursing home neglect may have played in the outbreak. Source: CDC

    2019 Washington Traffic Fatalities

    Statewide (February 21, 2020) – Almost 500 people lost their lives in Washington car crashes last year, according to a report published by Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT). 22 of those fatalities occurred within Seattle city limits.

    Nearly 2,000 people suffered serious injuries related to 2019 car crashes, with another 7,000 suffering from minor injuries. Overall Washington traffic fatalities have remained relatively steady since 2015, averaging a little over 500 car crash deaths per year.

    WSDOT’s Target Zero initiative seeks to prevent as many traffic fatalities as possible by reducing the number of drivers who drive impaired, speed, or engage in distracted driving. Source: WSDOT

    Motorcycle Accidents On the Rise Across WA

    Statewide (January 30, 2020) – Serious and fatal traffic accidents involving motorcycles increased significantly between 2018 and 2019, a new report by Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) finds. 

    The concerning data includes all motorcycle accidents on state, city, and county streets and highways. In 2018, there were 452 serious or fatal motorcycle wrecks.

    In 2019, however, that number grew to 486 accidents, an increase of more than 7.5%. Seattle accounted for 28 of these crashes, averaging at least two serious or fatal motorcycle crashes per month in 2019.

    Motorcyclists injured in these wrecks are often at the mercy of other vehicles due to their small size. If you have been injured on your motorcycle due to another driver’s negligence, contact a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney today. Source: WSDOT

    2019 Seattle Drunk Driving Accidents

    Seattle (January 9, 2020) – There were 532 alcohol-involved crashes in Seattle in 2019, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports—down 25.6% from 2018. A large number of these accidents occurred on freeways, particularly the I-5, and most commonly on weekends after 10:00 p.m.

    Across the state, 2019 marked the lowest number of alcohol-involved motor vehicle accidents in at least a decade. Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds Seattle drivers to always drive unimpaired and arrange alternate transportation if you’ve been drinking.

    If you have been injured in an accident caused by an impaired driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation. Source: WSDOT

    Nearly 26,000 Potential Injury Crashes in 2019

    Statewide (December 18, 2019) – With less than two weeks left in the calendar year, the number of injury crashes throughout Washington state is expected to surpass 26,000. This is in addition to the 449 traffic fatalities that have occurred in 2019. 

    Of the more than 86,000 crashes reported by WSDOT this year, 9.4% of these crashes have resulted in confirmed minor, serious, or fatal injuries to Washington motorists. Another 18,000 crashes were reported as “possible” injury crashes.

    Target Zero, a program enacted by Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, aims to reduce and ultimately eliminate traffic fatalities related to impaired driving, excessive speeding, and distracted driving by 2030.

    Injured in a car accident in Washington? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today to find out more about your legal rights. Source: WSDOT

    Over 500 Injury & Fatal Crashes in King County This Year

    King County, WA (November 26, 2019) — Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports that there have been 552 fatal and suspected serious injury crashes in King County in 2019 to date. This data includes 77 deaths and 553 suspected serious injuries. 

    Last year, King County reported a total of 117 fatalities and 570 suspected serious injuries spanning 600 crashes overall. With a little over a month left in 2019 and the winter holidays still before us, injury and fatal accidents in and around Seattle are expected to rise.  

    Stay out of harm’s way this season by engaging in safe driving and planning ahead for any long road trips. If you have been injured in a car accident in King County or elsewhere in Washington, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for a free case evaluation today. Source: WSDOT

    WSDOT: Pedestrians More Likely to Die in Accidents than Bicyclists

    Statewide (November 5, 2019) — Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported that 71 people have died this year due to pedestrian-involved crashes throughout Washington state. In contrast, just 7 bicyclists have died on our roads in 2019. The vast majority of pedestrian accidents occurred at intersections and involved only one vehicle.

    Of the 329 pedestrian accidents this year, inattentive drivers and pedestrians were the number one cause. Drug or alcohol impairment has been responsible for a little under 13% of all pedestrian-involved crashes, while driver or pedestrian inattention was the culprit for more than 32% of crashes. Bicyclist-involved crashes, too, have been more likely to have been caused by inattentive drivers or cyclists than any other single factor.

    Inattentive driving is an act of negligence. If you have been injured by one of these drivers as a pedestrian or bicyclist, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today to learn about your rights to compensation. Source: WSDOT

    Alcohol Involved Crashes Decline in 2019

    Seattle, WA (October 15, 2019) – Data from WSDOT suggests that alcohol involved crashes in Seattle may be on the decline. In 2018, there were 715 crashes in which law enforcement officers reported alcohol to be a factor. As of October 15, there have been only 401 alcohol involved crashes this year. That’s an average of 18 fewer crashes per month in 2019.  

    Alcohol and driving never mix, yet every year in the U.S. as many as 10,000 people die due to drunk driving accidents. Especially as we head into the holiday season filled with parties and family get togethers, it is more important than ever to make sure you and your loved ones make it home safe. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of a drunk driver in Seattle, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys can help. Source: WSDOT

  • News

    Washington State Patrol Cracking Down on Motorcyclists

    Statewide (June 25, 2020) – Extra surveillance by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) is expected on I-90 from Snoqualmie Pass to Spokane this weekend. This traffic safety initiative will focus on curbing illegal driving behaviors by motorcyclists and other drivers.

    WSP hopes to reduce the number of motorcycle accident fatalities along I-90 in light of the record-breaking number of motorcyclist deaths that occurred in the area last year. Officials say an average of 35-40 riders die every summer throughout the state.

    Patrol officers will focus on dangerous behaviors such as driving under the influence, speeding, and failing to negotiate curves in the highway. Source: News Radio 560KPQ

    Temperatures and Motorcycle Accidents On the Rise

    Statewide (June 4, 2020) – As temperatures rise across Washington state and COVID-19 restrictions ease up, more and more motorcyclists are taking to Washington roads to enjoy the weather. Unfortunately, Washington State Patrol has noted that motorcycle accidents are on the rise, too.

    Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports that 25 people have died in motorcycle accidents across the state this year. 12 of those fatalities occurred in April, while another 8 occurred within the span of just one week in May.

    With Ride to Work Day quickly approaching, motorcyclists should remember to slow down and wear a helmet, while other motorists are reminded to share the road with motorcycles. Source: Komo News

    Traffic Increases as Seattle Reopens

    Seattle (May 14, 2020) – After nearly two months of a COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Washington, like many other states, is finally beginning to slowly reopen— and Seattle traffic is on the rise.

    Data from the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) shows a slow but steady traffic increase in key areas of the city.

    Traffic on Interstate 5 near Northgate, for example, was down 50% from the same time last year in late March, when the shutdown was in full effect. Now the same area is down just 30% compared to this time last year.

    Ferries and Amtrak trains have also reportedly seen significant increases in passengers in the past few weeks. Overall, traffic remains quieter than usual, with Seattle traffic accidents reportedly down 50% in April. Source: My Northwest

    Seattle Traffic Signals Help Pedestrians Social Distance

    Seattle (April 23, 2020) – There aren’t many good things about the COVID-19 pandemic, but increased pedestrian safety might be one of the few upsides.

    In response to a 60% decrease in traffic on city streets, the city of Seattle has shortened wait times for pedestrian crossing signals.

    In doing so, they hope to reduce the number of pedestrians congregating on sidewalks and make it easier to practice social distancing.

    In addition to helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this initiative also makes city streets more easily walkable, which may reduce instances of jaywalking and pedestrian accidents

    Other measures, like closing some streets to cars to allow for more bicyclists to exercise while social distancing, have helped many Seattle residents cope with the shutdown. Source: My Northwest

    Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run on Aurora Avenue

    Seattle (April 2, 2020) – One man is dead and another is in custody following a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Aurora Avenue on Wednesday night. 

    A 70-year-old pedestrian was crossing the street near North 125th Street around 8:00 p.m. last night when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the vehicle left the scene without stopping, and abandoned the car several blocks away. The unnamed pedestrian died at the scene, in spite of resuscitation efforts.

    The 21-year-old driver of the Corolla was located and taken into custody. Police suspect drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash. The suspect is now under investigation for vehicular homicide in addition to hit-and-run. Source: Kiro7

    Seattle Roads Emptier Than Usual Due to Coronavirus

    Seattle (March 12, 2020) — A little over a week since King County officials urged Seattle residents to work from home in response to the coronavirus outbreak, roads in and around the city remain eerily quiet. Traffic has consistently decreased since last week, becoming less and less each day as more and more workers telecommute.

    At least 30 people in Washington have died after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Those who are elderly or immunocompromised are more susceptible to severe symptoms.

    While the lack of traffic congestion may seem like a silver lining amidst the coronavirus outbreak, residents should remain cautious on Washington roads to avoid Seattle car crashes. Source: My Northwest

    Police Investigate Unusual Rollover Crash

    Fife (February 27, 2020) – South King Fire and Rescue were called to a two-vehicle car accident and rollover this morning only to find that there were no drivers or passengers at the scene. 

    Around 6:30 a.m., it was reported that a pickup truck hit a van parked on the shoulder of I-5 just off of 70 Avenue East. The truck then reportedly rolled into a ditch beside the highway. 

    When first responders arrived, the truck was flipped over and thermal imaging cameras were used to try to spot crash victims. However, no occupants could be located in or around either vehicle. Investigation into the accident remains ongoing. Source: K5 News

    Man Injured in Freight Train Crash

    Edmonds (February 5, 2020) – An 82-year-old man sustained injuries yesterday morning when the truck he was driving was sideswiped by a freight train. The man was driving on a private access road alongside the tracks when the collision occurred.

    Commuter trains and ferries were closed for around two hours Tuesday morning while the accident was investigated by local police.

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a Seattle train accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys today for a free case evaluation. Source: Kiro7

    Snowy, Windy Conditions Across Western WA

    Seattle (January 15, 2020) – Unprecedented levels of snow and wind have been making their way across northwestern Washington, prompting snow days and winter weather advisories. 

    Although Seattle received only flurries Wednesday afternoon, surrounding areas have been all but pummeled by snow and wind. Port Angeles reportedly received between 18 and 22 inches of snow last night, with some of the most notable snowfall across Skagit and Whatcom counties.

    Meteorologists predict that more wind is on the way, with gusts of up to 60 mph expected tomorrow afternoon in North Bend, Enumclaw, and Monroe. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds Washington drivers to drive with caution in inclement weather and beware of icy road conditions in freezing temperatures. Source: Seattle Times

    Flood Warning Issued for Grays Harbor County

    Grays Harbor, WA (December 24, 2019) – The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Grays Harbor County this morning, effective until at least 3:25 p.m. The flood stage was reported at 47.1 feet at 5:45 a.m.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cautioned Washington residents in the Grays Harbor area not to drive vehicles through flood waters, avoid the nearby Chehalis River, and to monitor developments closely via National Weather Service reporting.

    Grays Harbor County’s Department of Emergency Management has also warned of an increased risk of landslides this week. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages Washington residents to drive safely and avoid flooded areas. Source: Kiro7

    4-Year-Old Twins Escape Deadly Car Crash in WA Wilderness

    Langley, WA (December 11, 2019) – Authorities on Whidbey Island are still piecing together the events that led to a fatal single vehicle accident on a remote road last Friday. It is unclear what caused Corey Simmons, 47, to veer off Bob Galberath Road around 6:00 p.m on December 6.

    The car traveled more than 100 feet down an embankment into a ravine, striking several trees before coming to a halt. Simmons, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, died instantly due to head trauma.

    Simmons’ 4-year-old daughters, Aurora and Rosaline Crider, had been secured in the back seat in their booster seats and suffered only minor injuries.

    When the sisters found their father unresponsive, they climbed from the wreckage of the 2017 Nissan Sentra through a broken window and proceeded to climb up the steep embankment through the dark in search of help. 

    Together, the twin sisters reached the roadside and flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911. Investigation into the accident is ongoing, with Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Heather Axtman speculating that the accident may have been caused by a medical episode, drowsy driving, or an animal running across the road.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds Washington drivers to always drive safely, buckle up, and pull over if you get sleepy. Source: New York Times

    Interstate 5 Closed for 13 Hours Due to Semi-Truck Fire, Crash

    Seattle, WA (November 19, 2019)—A strange scene unfolded near Lakewood this past Monday when a Cheesecake Factory semi-truck carrying shrimp and cheesecake caught fire on Interstate 5 around 1:00 a.m.

    To make matters worse, a driver in an SUV who was fleeing from Seattle police later plowed into several emergency response vehicles and a civilian passenger car as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Only the SUV driver and their passenger were reported to have sustained any injuries in the crash, which happened around 4:00 a.m. according to authorities.

    Although the highway was partially reopened around 9:00 a.m., all lanes were not cleared until nearly 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. Area schools were forced to open two hours later than usual and traffic jams on the I-5 reportedly stretched for 13 miles before the highway was reopened. 

    At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers have seen it all, from semi-truck accidents to hit and runs. Contact us today for a free review of your case. Source: seattletimes.com