According to data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there were 111,654 car accidents reported in 2019. Although every crash is unique, many occur because of a relatively small number of risky behaviors. State authorities have implemented a Target Zero: Strategic Highway Safety Plan focused on eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
As part of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, the WSDOT has identified four specific risky behaviors that are responsible for a large percentage of our state’s serious traffic accidents. Below, our Spokane car accident lawyers highlight the four high risk driving behaviors that WSDOT is actively targeting in an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions and save lives.
These Four Risky Behaviors Cause the Majority of Car Accidents in Washington State
Intoxicated Driving (Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving)
Intoxicated driving remains the single biggest target of highway safety authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly one-third of fatal car accidents in the United States involve a drunk driver. Other crashes also involve drugged drivers—though drugged driving is more difficult to measure. State and local law enforcement are aggressively targeting drunk drivers and drunk drivers.
Many motorists underestimate the effects of fatigue. Indeed, drowsy drivers often do not feel like they are doing anything wrong. Yet, the research is clear: Drowsy/fatigued driving is dangerous driving. For reference, a recent study found that driving after being awake for 24 consecutive hours is the equivalent of driving with a BAC of 0.10—which is over the legal limit in Washington.
To safely operate a motor vehicle, your full focus and attention should be on the road. Distracted driving is a growing safety problem in Spokane and throughout Washington State. The WSDOT is targeting distracted driving in order to reduce highway fatalities and serious injuries. While any form of distraction has the potential to be dangerous, the greatest threat comes from texting and driving. One study cited by state highway officials found that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to end up in a crash.
Finally, speeding remains a significant safety problem on our roadways. The reality is that most drivers go too fast at least some of the time. A 2020 study from Allstate found that 89 percent of U.S. drivers admit to speeding in the last 12 months. Nearly 40 percent of drivers self-reported that they have gone more than 20 miles per hour (MPH) above the posted speed limit. Speeding increases both the likelihood and severity of car accidents. We can save lives by slowing down.
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At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Washington auto accident attorneys are aggressive, tireless advocates for justice. We know how to help you and your family maximize financial compensation after a car crash. Contact us right away to arrange a free, no commitment review of your legal case. With an office in Spokane, we fight for the rights of injured victims throughout Eastern Washington.