Common Types of Car Accidents in Seattle

A car accident can be a dangerous and even deadly thing. Sometimes it is due to no fault of the driver. Other times, it may be brought on by negligence or reckless behavior. If you have been hurt in a car accident, reach out to a Seattle car accident lawyer to learn more about your rights. Don’t settle your case until you speak to a Seattle auto accident attorney. 

How Common Are Car Accidents in Seattle?

In 2021, Seattle had one of its deadliest years in car accidents. That year, 31 people died due to a car accident, which is the most in any single year dating back to 2006. Of those, 19 were pedestrians, and about half of all of those accidents involved a hit-and-run event. 

In total, there were nearly 8,000 car accidents reported in the city that year. About 206 of these resulted in severe personal injury.

Weather-Related Car Accidents in Seattle

One of the causes of Seattle car accidents is the weather. From slick rain and sleet to snow, the weather can play a role in some types of accidents. The weather itself can make streets difficult to navigate, but what’s worse is when people do not slow down or have the necessary skills to drive in complex conditions.

Negligence-Related Car Accidents in Seattle

Negligence-related car accidents make up a much larger number of vehicle crashes that occurred in Seattle. When you are involved in any of these, it is critical to work with a motor vehicle accident attorney who can help you navigate the legal process of receiving compensation for your losses.

Some of the most common negligence-related car accident causes include:

  • Alcohol and drug impairment 
  • Distracted driving, including eating, talking on the phone, texting, and even applying makeup 
  • Reckless driving, such as speeding or swerving 

These and other causes can lead to several very serious outcomes. 

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle strikes another from behind, generally at a high rate of speed. One vehicle may be stopped, such as at a light, and the other does not stop, or one vehicle may be driving too fast behind the first. Rear-end collisions can lead to complicated injuries, including whiplash, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries if the head strikes the steering wheel, and broken bones. 

Cross Traffic Accidents

In Seattle, cross-traffic accidents often occur at busy or complex intersections. They involve a vehicle entering into an intersection at the wrong time while another vehicle in the perpendicular street is traveling through it as well. Running a red light, distracted driving, or speeding are common causes of these accidents. When they occur, they often lead to significant injury, including death in some cases. This is due, in part, to where the cross-traffic vehicle strikes the other vehicle. An impact at the driver’s side door, for example, can be deadly.

Low-Speed Accidents

A low-speed accident may seem like a minor incident, but that is not always the case. In many situations, a low-speed accident can still cause significant injury and damage to a person’s well-being. It can occur in situations where a driver is not paying attention or cannot stop their vehicle in time and strikes another car or a person. These types of accidents are particularly worrisome for pedestrians and those on bikes. Even in these situations, you should contact a car wreck lawyer to help you with your case.

What to Do After a Car Accident

No matter what happens in a car accident, it is critical to protect yourself and your rights from the start. Here is what to do after a car accident in Seattle.

  • Remain at the scene and be sure you are safe. Move to the side of the road if possible. Call the police.
  • Don’t provide any information about what could have happened. For example, don’t say, “I didn’t see you.” Instead, provide only the facts to the police when they arrive.
  • Gather the information of the other driver, including taking down their name, address, and contact information. Also, get a picture of their license plate. When possible and safe to do, take photos of the scene and the surrounding area.
  • Write down the name and contact information of all witnesses in the incident. Ask them to record a short video describing what they saw that you could use to help you later. 
  • Document what you remember occurring, including anything you saw the other driver do before the incident.
  • Go to the emergency room. Without a doubt, you need to be sure you are fully checked out, even if you feel okay.

Then, contact accident lawyers. Do not talk to the insurance company for the other driver until you have spoken to a motor vehicle accident attorney who will help you to learn your rights. You want to be sure you fully understand the losses you’ve incurred. Let a Seattle auto accident attorney help you today.

How an Attorney Can Help

Working with a Seattle car accident lawyer may be one of the best decisions you make after any accident. Doing so helps you to get fair compensation for your losses. Allow our team at Craig Swapp & Associates to help you. Contact us now to speak to our accident lawyers for a free consultation.

Written By: Ryan Swapp     Legal Review By: Craig Swapp