Our Tacoma Attorneys Pursue Justice After Fatal Accidents
Experienced representation for grieving families who demand accountability
Family members who suddenly lose a loved one to an accident naturally feel violated; someone precious to them has been stolen, and the years of happiness they anticipated have been obliterated. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we understand your desire to hold negligent or reckless individuals accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Since 1959, we’ve helped next of kin recover damages for wrongful death resulting from:
Understanding the leading causes of accidental death
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control on injury deaths, the leading specified causes of unintentional injury death are:
- Motor vehicle traffic accidents — Approximately 30,000 motorists, passengers and pedestrians die in collisions annually.
- Unintentional poisoning — This category includes drug overdoses and is the leading accidental killer for ages 25 through 64. Drug poisonings increased six-fold from 1980 to 2008. Drug poisonings involving opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, tripled from 1999 to 2008.
- Falls — Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for persons over the age of 65.
- Suffocation — This is the number one cause of accidental death for infants.
- Drowning — This is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 through 4.
However, the American Association for Justice makes a strong argument for including preventable medical errors on this list. A 1999 report by the U.S. Institute of Medicine estimated that as many as 98,000 preventable deaths occur each year due to medical errors. If true, that number would place deaths caused by medical error at the top of the CDC’s list of injury deaths and make medical malpractice the sixth leading cause of death in the country.
Fatal traffic accidents in Washington are on the decline
The good news for anyone who travels on Washington roads is that the number of deaths from vehicle accidents has declined each of the last years for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics. Starting from a high of 521 fatalities in 2008, these deaths reached a low of 444 in 2012. However, both motorcycle accident deaths and pedestrian fatalities have increased during the same period.
Contact our wrongful death attorneys for fatal accident representation in Washington
If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you may feel you’ll never have closure unless you obtain justice. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we understand your desire to honor your loved one’s life by making sure someone is held accountable for the death. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call us at 253.250.4516 or contact our office online.