As a Washington car accident lawyer in a Bellevue injury law firm, I have seen the devastating effects that seconds of negligent driving can cause. This is one of the reasons I started the organization: Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD). While there are numerous ways that a driver could be negligent, the message of TADD is clear and simple: do not text and drive. Texting while driving is statistically just as dangerous as drinking and driving, but the educational resources have simply not been in place to raise awareness of this issue. The fact of the matter is that we will never be able to eliminate negligent driving, but by cutting down on conscious decisions that can result in negligent driving, our roads will be much safer.
Just after midnight last Saturday, a 17-year-old driver crossed lanes and ran into an oncoming car just south of Lynden, WA. The teenage driver’s 2000 Dodge Ram pickup hit 23 year old Jade Ridley of Bellingham, injuring both her and her 3-month-old baby who was also in the car. Both the mother and child were listed in stable condition with only minor injuries. The teenage driver was taken to St. Joseph hospital and was listed in satisfactory condition. Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident, and that it was caused by negligent driving instead. Details on the negligence itself have not been released.
Head on collisions like these oftentimes result in much more serious injuries, and even fatalities. We are all very relieved to hear that this was not the case in this accident and that all parties involved are doing alright. Cars have the potential to cause tremendous damage, and all it takes is a split second of distraction or negligence. If you have been injured in a Washington auto accident that was caused by someone else, you should speak with an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney to get the advice you need on how to handle your case.