Monthly Archives: June 2010

B.C. Drunk Driving and Texting Accident Kills 1| Washington Auto Accident Attorneys

Drunk driving alone accounts for a significant number of auto accidents and fatalities each year. Being a Seattle car accident attorney and Bellevue wrongful death lawyer, I have witnessed the consequences of intoxicated driving and the impact it has on the families involved.

On June 11th A 23-year-old passenger was killed in a reckless driving accident in Cranbrook B.C. Officials cite both alcohol and texting played a significant contribution in the accident.

At about 3 a.m., the 24-year-old driver hit a cliff and then rolled over three lanes of traffic on Highway 3.

The passenger, Ian Shepherd, was not wearing a seat-belt at the time and was thrown from the vehicle and was instantly killed in the impact. The Driver, who was wearing a seat-belt, sustained only minor injuries

According to investigators, the Blood Alcohol Level of the driver was twice the legal limit. They also believe he was texting moments before the rollover collision.

It is always difficult to learn of lives lost in auto accidents. The last thing you want to worry about in these situations is legal issues. 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.

This information is provided by Premier Law Group. Premier Law Group is a group of Seattle Personal Injury attorneys who work with Washington car accidents, Washington serious injuries and Washington employee rights cases among other practice areas. Contact our Seattle law office at 1-888-333-1873 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Or, visit Straight Talk Law where you can order free books on Washington auto accidents, buying Washington auto insurance, and other valuable legal information.

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Do hands-free devices make for safer drivers?

Absolutely not, says one University of Utah researcher.  Washington state goes hands free tomorrow, with fines for talking or texting while driving amounting to $125.

David Strayer is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. His new concern is the iPad, which could add a whole new level of distraction for drivers.

Listen to the whole story on KPLU,