Washington drivers are in the region that has seen a large jump in traffic fatalities in 2015. The nationwide 9.3 percent rise for the first nine months of 2015 compared to the comparable period in 2014 is the first time in years that deaths from motor vehicle accidents has increased rather than decreased. In the Northwest, the total increase in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period of time in 2014 was 20 percent.
As personal injury attorneys, we often talk with clients who have been involved in car accidents in which inclement weather is a factor. We know that rain and wet roads often contribute to accidents, but just how much? A great deal, actually.
According to the Washington State Patrol, a car accident that occurred on Feb. 5 near Snoqualmie Pass left two dead and five with injuries. It was believed that up to 10 vehicles were involved, including two semi trucks.