We have seen two fatal car accidents in Seattle in the past week. While both accidents are under investigation from the Seattle Police Department, it is possible that both accidents were alcohol-related. That is even more tragic because, if that is the case, both of these accidents could have been prevented.
The first accident occurred in the South Park area of Seattle around 11:15pm. Vickey Tilson, 51, was killed when a Chevy pickup truck went through a chain-link fence, drove the wrong-way on Highway 99 and hit Tilson’s Dodge Caravan minivan head-on.
Tilson’s husband and 13-year-old son were critically injured in the accident and were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The driver of the pickup truck was reported to be a 44-year-old woman from Tukwila. She was driving southbound on West Marginal place when her truck went through the fence and traveled south.
At this point, there are no further details available.
In another accident, a young woman who was a passenger in a car traveling on Interstate 5 near Sixth Avenue in Seattle was killed when she was thrown from the car she was riding in when the driver lost control of the vehicle, struck a barrier and the young woman was thrown from the car.
Police said that the young woman was packed in the back seat with other passengers and that may have been the reason she was not wearing a seat belt. According to a report on KING5.com, the driver may have been driving under the influence of alcohol and now faces charges of Vehicular Homicide.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there were 9,878 people killed and around 350,000 people injured in motor vehicle accidents that involved alcohol last year. In Washington State, legislators have worked hard to stiffen DUI penalties. Washington has one of the lower DUI car accident death rate in the nation but one death is one too many and in the greater Seattle area we have seen at least four car accident deaths in the last 30 days.
The family of car accident victims are advised to seek legal counsel so that their rights are protected. An attorney who understands the ins-and-outs of DUI-related cases may able to recognize if there are multiple parties at fault in the accident including a bar or restaurant who may have over-served the driver. Attorney Herbert Faber has more than 30 years experience handling complex legal issues of people who have been seriously injured in DUI-related accidents.
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