• Accident Causes

    Medical Episode May Have Caused Deadly Accident

    Kent (October 8, 2020) – A young girl died after being pinned between two vehicles on Saturday afternoon while on a walk. The accident occurred in the Panther Lake area of Kent, where she was walking in the 10800 block of Southeast 208th Street.

    12-year-old Miranda Bhattacharyya succumbed to catastrophic injuries, despite life-saving efforts taken by medics and responding police officers.

    It remains unclear exactly how Bhattacharyya ended up trapped between the two vehicles, but police do not suspect drugs or alcohol played a role. However, one of the drivers reportedly may have been experiencing some kind of medical emergency at the time of the deadly pedestrian accident.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys extends its deepest condolences to Bhattacharyya’s family and friends during this difficult time. Source: Kent Reporter

    Distracted Drivers Responsible For 14% of WA Crashes

    Statewide (September 17, 2020) – More than 7,000 Washington car accidents have been caused by distracted drivers in 2020, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). This number represents about 14% of all accidents reported this year.

    As many as 60 people have suffered wrongful death throughout the state as a result of driver distraction and negligence this year alone. At least 220 others have suffered serious injuries due to these crashes.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages drivers to develop safe driving habits free of distractions like cell phones, eating and drinking, and rowdy passengers.

    If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you may have legal recourse. Contact a Seattle personal injury attorney today. Source: WSDOT

    Alcohol Likely to Blame in Deadly Head-On Crash

    Chelan County (September 3, 2020) – Two adults and one child are among the victims of a deadly car accident on Highway 97 near Blewett Pass last week. 

    Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently investigating the driver believed to have caused the crash. 43-year-old Marjorie A. Acevedo is suspected of having been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. 

    Acevedo was attempting to pass other vehicles on the two-lane highway when she struck a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. The occupants of the pickup were killed in the collision, along with Acevedo’s 11-year-old passenger.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys extends its deepest sympathies to the families of those killed in this senseless drunk driving accident. Source: NCW Life

    Drinking and Driving Causes Deadly 3-Car Crash

    Lake Morton (August 13, 2020) – Seven people were injured and one man died last week following a three-car collision near Lake Morton, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

    The man who caused the accident was arrested and has since been charged with driving under the influence. It appears that he struck another vehicle head-on at 160th Avenue SE and Kent Black Diamond Road. A third vehicle was also involved.

    All seven injured passengers were transported to local hospitals where they are reportedly in stable condition. No identifying information has been released about the man who died at the scene. Source: Q13 Fox Seattle

    Failure to Yield Leads to Deadly Car Accident

    Freeland (July 23, 2020) – Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers say failure to yield caused a fatal car accident near Freeland this past Monday.

    Seventeen-year-old driver Taylor Daniels succumbed to injuries he sustained in a two-car collision at the intersection of State Highway 525 and Bush Point Road.

    Daniels reportedly turned left in front of a truck hauling a flatbed trailer, failing to yield the right-of-way.

    Taylor Daniels and his 19-year-old passenger, Nevin Daniels, were transported to a Seattle hospital where Taylor died. Nevin was injured, but survived. No other injuries were reported.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages teenage drivers to drive with caution and follow all traffic laws. We extend our sympathies to the Daniels family during this difficult time. Source: South Widbey Record

    Impairment, Speeding Cause Fatal Teen Crash

    Puyallup, WA (July 2, 2020) – Two teenage passengers were killed last week when the car they were traveling in struck a ditch and rolled, according to local authorities. 

    The car, driven by a 15-year-old girl, reportedly became airborne around 3:30 a.m. last Friday near the intersection of 31st Avenue SW and South Fruitland. The vehicle landed in a ditch and rolled, ejecting and killing the two teenage passengers in the backseat, 17-year-old Yarey Ibanez-Aguilar and Carlos Vargas-Dopson.

    The unnamed driver and another 15-year-old front seat passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police say that intoxication and speeding likely led to the tragic car accident. Source: The News Tribune

    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

  • Accident Statistics

    Teen Driving Fatalities in Washington, Year to Date

    Statewide (October 15, 2020) – According to the most recent crash data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there have been 43 fatal car accidents involving teen drivers across the state in 2020. 

    An additional 2,386 teen crashes have resulted in serious, minor, or possible injuries this year. Distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driver inexperience are among the top causes of teenage motor vehicle accidents.

    Year to date, there have been a total of 8,205 Washington traffic accidents in which a teenage driver was involved, out of nearly 60,000 reported accidents. In support of Teen Driver Safety Week, our Seattle personal injury attorneys remind parents and teens to always drive safe, sober, and distraction-free. Source: WSDOT

    Seattle Metropolitan Area Traffic Accidents, Year to Date

    SMA (September 24, 2020) – The most recent data released by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) indicates that there have been 128 fatal traffic accidents in the Seattle Metropolitan Area (SMA) this year.

    SMA traffic deaths throughout King, Sonomish, and Pierce County make up nearly 35% of all deadly accidents in Washington in 2020. There have been an additional 3,144 Seattle auto injury accidents in the region since January.

    If you have lost a loved one or been injured in a Washington car accident because of another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call 844-977-1900 to get in touch with a Seattle personal injury lawyer today. Source: WSDOT

    Over 48,000 Crashes on Washington Roads This Year

    Statewide (August 27, 2020) – The number of traffic accidents across Washington is expected to pass 50,000 in the coming months. As of publication, there have been 48,189 crashes throughout the state in 2020 according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

    While the vast majority of these accidents (more than 33,000) have resulted in no reported injuries, thousands resulted in minor to life-threatening injuries and at least 303 accidents have been fatal.

    Pedestrian accidents have accounted for almost 19% of fatal crashes this year, and motorcycle accidents another 17%. Heavy truck accidents have contributed to about 9% of deadly collisions, while the majority of the remaining fatalities stemmed from car accidents. Source: WSDOT

    Over 1,100 Seriously Injured in Car Accidents This Year

    Statewide (August 6, 2020) – Nearly 1,000 auto accidents have contributed to 1,155 serious injuries sustained on Washington roads this year, according to recent crash data. 

    Nearly one in four of these serious injury accidents occurred in King County. Year to date, 269 have died in traffic accidents throughout the state, an average of more than eight deaths per week.

    The data also suggests that speeding, alcohol impairment, and young drivers under the age of 25 were significant contributing factors to the overall number of serious and fatal accidents reported so far this year.

    Injured in a car, bike, or motorcycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Seattle personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Source: WSDOT

    King County Traffic Fatalities, Year to Date

    King County (July 9, 2020) – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports that there have been 40 traffic accident deaths in King County since the beginning of 2020. Ten of these fatalities occurred inside Seattle city limits.

    An additional 240 people are believed to have sustained serious injuries in accidents throughout the county this year. The most frequent contributing factor to serious and fatal traffic accidents has been speeding, followed by drug or alcohol impairment and distracted driving.

    While car accidents made up the bulk of serious and fatal accidents, this data includes 28 motorcyclists, 65 pedestrians, and 16 bicyclists. If you’ve been injured in an accident, a Seattle auto accident lawyer may be able to help. Contact us today to learn more. Source: WSDOT

    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

  • News

    Wintry Weather Forecasted in Eastern Washington This Weekend

    Eastern Washington (October 22, 2020) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising travelers headed towards Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass to be on the lookout for snowy and icy roadways this weekend. As much as 6 to 12 inches of snow is in the forecast from midday Friday to early Saturday.

    If you’re planning a weekend getaway, make sure you prepare accordingly for the weather. Wintry conditions may be present along I-90, even past Snoqualmie Pass. The NWS reminds drivers to slow down their speed and increase their following distance to help prevent car accidents during this time.

    If you have been injured in a traffic accident due to another driver’s negligence, compensation may be available to you. Contact our Seattle personal injury lawyers to get a free consultation. Source: KOMO News

    Scooter Share Pilot Program To Launch in Seattle

    Seattle (October 1, 2020) – A new mode of shared transportation is making its way to Seattle. Lime, along with two other e-scooter operators, will be setting up shop as early as the end of the month. 

    Riders pay a small fee via an app in order to borrow the powered scooter and return it to the scooter station closest to their destination. Similar pilot programs have been launched in cities like Phoenix and Nashville in the past three years, with mixed reviews.

    While many rave about the convenience and sustainability of e-scooters, others worry about the potential for injuries—namely, scooter riders hitting pedestrians and scooter riders being hit by cars.

    Should you or someone you know suffer an injury after a scooter accident, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. Source: Seattle.gov

    One-Year-Old Killed in Cold Spring Fire

    Omak, Washington (September 10, 2020) – A couple was seriously injured and their one-year-old child died in an eastern Washington wildfire over the weekend. 

    Jake and Jamie Hyland were camping in a remote area with their son Uriel when they were caught off-guard by the fast-moving flames of the Cold Spring Fire. While the Renton couple were able to survive three nights outside, their son died before they could be rescued. 

    Both Jake and Jamie Hyland are currently being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for significant burn injuries. Meanwhile, investigators believe the Cold Spring Fire was caused by a person and are investigating the child’s death as a homicide.

    Those responsible for deadly wildfires can and should be held responsible for their negligence. Contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys to learn more about fire victim rights. Source: KUOW

    Shoreline Woman Charged with DUI, Vehicular Assault

    Snohomish (August 20, 2020) – A 54-year-old woman from Shoreline will be charged with driving under the influence and vehicular assault after a bad car accident last Saturday along State Route 522.

    Washington State Patrol (WSP) received multiple reports of a woman driving erratically and officers were attempting to intercept her vehicle when she crossed over the centerline, colliding with another car. 

    The woman sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Harborview Medical Center. The passengers of the other car were transported to local hospitals.

    If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Seattle car accident attorney today for a free consultation. Source: Komo News

    Three-Year-Old Child Killed in Madison Valley Crash

    Seattle (July 30, 2020) – A three-year-old child died Sunday afternoon after a Seattle car accident in Madison Valley, according to detectives.

    The child was allegedly playing in a parked van on the 1800 block of 30th Avenue when another vehicle struck the van. The child was thrown from the car and sustained a serious head injury. Responding officers performed CPR, but the child died on scene.

    A drug recognition expert dispatched to the scene had no reason to believe the driver who struck the van was intoxicated at the time of the fatal accident. Investigation into whether negligence played a role in the crash is ongoing. Source: SPD Blotter

    Wrong Way Driver Hits WSP Trooper Head On

    Bremerton (July 16, 2020) – A Washington State Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries last week after being involved in an accident with a wrong way driver on State Route 3.

    Trooper Jessica Schob was responding to reports of a white sedan driving on the wrong side of the highway and had positioned her vehicle in the northbound lanes to try to intercept the driver and slow down surrounding traffic. 

    The white sedan eventually slammed into Schob’s police vehicle head on. Schob had to crawl through a window to escape but suffered no serious injuries. The driver, a 39-year-old Quilcene woman, was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. Source: KOMO 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