As a Seattle wrongful death attorney, I know that driving is a privilege that young people are so eager to possess but often do not take seriously. Following the rules of the road is important no matter what age you are. According to The Marysville Globe, on October 24th just after 2p.m, a fatal crash involving speeding, left one teen dead and two others with severe injuries. In Marysville, Washington, a car full of teenagers was not far from the Marysville School’s Getchell Campus when they lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. The driver, a student at Bio Med Academy, was killed instantly. The two passengers were airlifted to a local hospital, one is also a student at Bio Med Academy and the other a student at the School for the Entrepreneurs. One of the passengers is in critical condition and the other is in serious condition. The incident is still under investigation by the police but speeding is thought to be a factor. Marysville Getchell will provide grief counselors on their campus throughout the week to help teens cope with the sudden loss of a fellow student and pulling for the recovery of the other two students. Even though this devastating accident occurred in the north, it could easily happen in local neighborhoods of Seattle as well.

Speed limits are placed for the protection of everyone on the road. The Government Census reported that in Washington alone there were around 492 traffic fatalities. Of these fatalities, 208 were a direct result of a car crash caused by speeding. Adding speeding with the unpredictable driving habits of teenagers can be a very dangerous combination. According to RMIIA, in 2008 about 2,739 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 died in vehicle accidents. Car accidents were the leading cause of death for this age group that year.

Working at a Bellevue personal injury law firm, I know how imperative it is that we educate teenagers on the dangers of negligent driving. Speeding and distracted driving is potentially life threatening behaviors that can be taught correctly before obtaining a license. We should all take a lesson from this tragic story and follow safety traffic laws.

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