As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I unfortunately work with many families that have been torn apart by tragedy. Obviously, it is never easy to lose a loved one in a car accident, but it is especially traumatic when there are other members of the family present to see the accident. King5.com reports that on Saturday, a man was killed on US Highway 2 in Snohomish when a wheel flew off a vehicle driving in the opposite direction. When Rocky Ottow swerved to avoid the loose wheel, he ended up in oncoming traffic and was hit by an SUV traveling the other way, and was killed in the crash. He had three children in the car with him; one was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, the other two were unhurt. Rocky’s father, Lawrence Ottow, was driving in front of his son, and saw the accident in his rearview mirror. Every fatal accident leaves a family grieving a loved one, but in this case several members of the family actually witnessed the accident.
Every year, over 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents in the United States, with around 500 of those coming right here in Washington State. The State Patrol has an initiative commonly referred to as Project Zero, attempting to minimize the number of serious traffic injuries and fatalities with the ultimate goal of eliminating them altogether. A lofty goal, but certainly a worthy one. Sadly, for now, there is a long way to go. OF course, there are things that we all can do to try to help the State Patrol achieve this goal. The Washington Department of Licensing has a number of resources to help with this goal.
When a family member is lost in a fatal motor vehicle collision in Washington, the most important thing for the family is to work through the grieving process, and focus on the health of the surviving family members. This is a very difficult process, and sometimes the financial health of the family can be overlooked during this period. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you need a dedicated, compassionate car accident attorney to protect your family’s financial well-being while you look care for you loved ones. Jason Epstein is an aggressive, experienced lawyer who will fight for your interests. For more information, and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Jason at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.