Yakima Valley Car Accident Lawyer Says ‘Alarming’ Traffic Fatality Statistics Indicate Need for More Driver Safety Awareness Programs

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Mariano Morales, Jr. Law Firm founder cites the NHTSA’s projection of a 13.5 percent increase in car crash deaths for the year nationally, and the Washington State Patrol’s warning about teenagers and summer driving.

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Yakima Valley car accident lawyer Mariano Morales, Jr.

During the summer, with more teens out of school and on the roads, we want to urge all drivers to take the time to think as they drive and to be safe.

Yakima Valley car accident lawyer Mariano Morales, Jr. today said that early statistics showing a sharp increase in fatal car crashes across the country indicate a need for more driver safety awareness among motorists.

“National motor vehicle fatality statistics recently released for the first quarter of the year are alarming and worrisome,” said Morales, a Yakima personal injury lawyer who leads the Mariano Morales, Jr. Law Firm.

“During the summer, with more teens out of school and on the roads, we want to urge all drivers to take the time to think as they drive and to be safe.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a July report that a projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2012 indicates an estimated 7,630 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through March. This marks an increase of about 13.5 percent over projections for the first quarter of 2011.

Available statistics paint only a partial picture of first-quarter traffic deaths in the state of Washington. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says that as of February 28, there had been 51 fatal car crashes in the state in 2012.

As of February 28, 2011, there had been 55 reported fatal car accidents. By the same date in 2010, there had been 44 motor vehicle fatalities.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) said in mid-April there had been 13 motorcycle fatalities in the state so far in 2012.

The State Patrol also said in a May news release that summer is the deadliest time on the roads for teenagers who are out of school, driving more, and more likely to get into a car wreck.

More than 20 percent of the deaths in car accidents involving young drivers occur in July or August, between 6 p.m. Friday and 5:59 a.m. Monday, the WSP said. The No. 1 factor involved in these fatal collisions was speeding, followed by alcohol and/or drug impairment and distracted driving.

The WSP defines a distracted driver as one who is paying attention to something other than driving. The distraction can be anything from texting while driving, to putting a disk in a CD player, or talking on a cell phone.

In July, the WSP said it is working with California and Oregon officials to combat fatigued driving by commercial truck drivers by checking commercial drivers’ hours of service and citing drivers who exceed the maximum allowable thresholds.

“We know there is good work being done on campaigns aimed at stopping drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, speeding and other types of reckless driving that contribute to car, truck and motorcycle accidents,” Morales said. “We need to continue these efforts and work hard to ensure and advance traffic safety.”

Morales’ law firm investigates motor vehicle accidents in preparation of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of clients in the Yakima Valley.

Morales said people who are hurt in car crashes in the region should contact a Yakima Valley car accident lawyer experienced in Washington state courts to discuss their right to seek compensation through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

“Unfortunately, there are those who will behave recklessly no matter what the fatality statistics say or what they have been taught about safe driving,” Morales said. “But those who they hurt are not helpless. They have legal recourse.”

About The Mariano Morales, Jr. Law Firm

The Mariano Morales, Jr. Law Firm is a full-service personal injury law firm serving clients throughout Washington’s Yakima Valley, including Yakima, Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick), Wenatchee, Grant County and Chelan County. Mariano Morales Jr. started the firm in 1994. Five times, he has been voted The Best Attorney in Yakima Valley by readers of the Yakima Valley Business Journal. The firm helps clients in product liability, car accident, truck accident, nursing home abuse and neglect and many other cases involving traumatic injuries or wrongful death. The firm is located at 1200 Chesterly Drive, Suite 180, Yakima, WA, 98902. To learn more, call toll free at (866) 972-0493 or use the firm’s online form.

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