As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I know that sometimes car accidents have surprising and terrible consequences. Sunday afternoon, there was an extreme example of that as, according to King5.com, a Ford Explorer rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra at a red light, pushing the car down Lake City Way and beginning a fire that claimed the lives of its two occupants. Joscelyne Grayson and Tyler Olsen, two witnesses to the accident, were able to help two young girls in the back seat of the SUV, one of whom was the daughter of the driver, but the fire in the car was too hot for them to be able to help the driver or passenger, both of whom died at the scene. An investigation is still pending, and the Seattle Police do not know how fast the SUV was moving when it hit the car but they have indicated that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.
There are over 30,000 fatal car accidents every year in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many of which occur right here in Washington State. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions can be especially dangerous because in many cases, the occupants of the vehicle in front may never see the car coming. Certainly in this case, while we don’t know why the SUV hit the car, the accident and the tragedy seem like they could have been avoided.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car crash, knowing what to do after your injuries are treated can be very hard. In many cases, insurance companies may try to avoid paying claims, some injuries may not show signs immediately, and sometimes after a traumatic event it is just difficult to sort things out. At these times, it is a good idea to contact an experienced Seattle car accident law firm who can help ensure that your accident does not become a major financial drain for your family. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, call me at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.