As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I have seen countless examples of reckless driving that leads to tragic car accident fatalities. If my many years in this profession has taught me anything, it is that distracted driving oftentimes leads to car accidents, so it is important to be aware and alert on the road. Auto racing is one of the highest degrees of distracted driving, because both cars throw the rules of the road out the window, and lose track of the environment around them. Unfortunately, last Sunday, there was another example of why car racing is dangerous, as a Clarkston man was killed in a car accident resulting from a race against his friends.
Racing with a passenger in his car against one other car with two people in it, 24-year-old Curtis Fleming drove his car off of Highway 193 into a ditch where he died at the scene. Although his car caught on fire, the passenger of the vehicle was able to escape the car accident’s wreckage alive, despite having been injured. Distracted by the accident, the other car crashed moments later, injuring both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle.
Illegal auto racing on the streets is a careless and risky exercise that has proven to be fatal in too many instances. If you are a friend or family member of someone you know that partakes in this reckless activity, please try your best to convince them that the danger involved outweighs the reward they may get from it.
Losing a loved family member or friend is an incredibly painful experience. Whether it be in a car accident or not, the last thing that you and your family want to have to deal with or worry about is legal issues and complications. In an attempt to provide you with much deserved help and assistance, I have co-authored a book with attorney Patrick J. Kang which is a guide for families of Washington wrongful death victims. The book is called, In Case of Death: Straight Talk on Washington Wrongful Death, and is available at no charge to Washington residents by clicking on the preceding link.