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Washington sees thousands of motor vehicle accidents each year

Most of the time, people traveling in Washington State reach their destinations without incident. After all, most people go through their daily commutes or simple trips such as taking the kids to school or going grocery shopping without being involved in a car crash. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents do take place regularly in the Evergreen State, some of which can cause significant injuries or even fatalities.

In 2015, Washington State saw 117,053 motor vehicle collisions. Of those, 551 people were killed in the collisions and 49,505 people were injured. The highest number of collisions took place on Fridays, while Sundays saw the fewest amount of collisions. Most collisions took place between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m., while the fewest amount of collisions took place between 3 a.m. and 3:59 a.m. December saw the most crashes at 401 per day, while February saw the fewest crashes at 271 per day.

Distracted driving was cited as the most frequent contributing factor among all motor vehicle accidents that year. In 2015, 22,697 cellphone and texting citations were filed with state courts. In addition, 26,363 cases of driving under the influence were filed with state courts. As this shows, negligent behaviors such as distracted driving and drunk driving are threatening the safety of others on the road.

A car crash can be a completely unexpected event, especially if you were not at fault. Unfortunately, negligent and reckless drivers are always on the roads. Should one of these motorists cause a crash that injures or kills others, that motorist may be liable to those seeking compensation for the harms they suffered.

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