It is important for everyone to understand that driving an automobile has the potential to be very dangerous. Driving while intoxicated is one very well known mistake that can increase the risk of serious injury for both the driver and others on the road. As an Issaquah car accident lawyer and Seattle personal injury attorney, I have seen numerous lives forever changed by a drunk driver, and it disturbs me that this is still happening despite so much information showing how much it affects one’s ability to drive. Unfortunately, alcohol consumption is responsible for thousands of deaths every year in the Unites States. In fact, in 2008 the state of Washington alone had recorded 521 auto accident fatalities, 43% of which were alcohol related.

In current news, alcohol is suspected to be the cause of an auto accident that occured in East Olympia early Monday morning, February 7th. 18-year-old Wesley V. Davis was seriously injured after he lost control of his car on Spurgeon Creek Road Southeast right after midnight. The teenager was driving a 1992 Acura Integra with an 18-year-old friend in the passenger seat. After leaving the road, the vehicle collided with a utility pole causing serious damage to the vehicle and critically injuring Davis. It took Troopers 15 minutes to extricate the driver from his vehicle. He was then transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The passenger in the car sustained a minor concussion and was taken to St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

Olympia Auto Accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any kind of drug is extremely reckless. Since 2002, all 50 states have passed the law that no driver may operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. Law enforcement officers take drunk driving very seriously because alcohol related car accidents have been the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in recent decades and continue to be an issue on Washington roads today. It is the responsibility of the driver to consider the safety of the passengers in the vehicle as well as the well being of other drivers on the road.

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