Many residents of the greater Seattle community may believe that speeding is just an ordinary course of business when driving upon a Washington roadway.  But, please think again.  While although many may equate speeding as a run of the mill traffic violation, it can easily kill.  A recent death in Renton unfortunately reinforces this…all too well.

Tragic Renton Crash

Police authorities and firefighters responded to an accident scene in Renton at approximately 5:40 a.m. on the morning of December 3rd.  The scene was located on Puget Drive South at Benson Road South.  Respondents raced to the scene after receiving a report of a serious accident.

Once upon the scene, respondents found a silver 2014 Lexus lying on the vehicle’s side.  The auto was discovered down a wooded embankment along a curve in the road.  The male driver of the vehicle was found dead inside the Lexus.

Thus far, preliminary investigations have found that the driver of the auto had been driving erratically just prior to the crash.  Reports indicate that he was weaving in and out of traffic at dangerously high speeds.  Once the driver reached the curve near the intersection of Benson Road and Puget Drive, he completely lost control of his vehicle.

As a result, the car ricocheted off a power pole.  It then hit the curb and eventually a nearby tree.  The vehicle then plunged thirty feet down an embankment.  It sheared off one tree before coming to its final rest.

The driver of the Lexus was the vehicle’s only occupant.  He has not yet been identified.  Reports indicate that no other cars were involved in the deadly accident.  It’s still unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision.

Renton police are still currently seeking any witnesses who may have observed events leading up to the accident.  Witnesses are being asked to contact Officer Hyett at: 425-430-7500.  The Renton Police Case in question is 14-13621.

Speeding Kills

In 2013, Washington saw 440,773 speeding citations filed with Washington State Courts.  Further, the act of speeding accounted for the second most popular circumstance contributing to an automobile collision.  In total, 2013 witnessed 18,093 collisions due to excessive speeding.

There’s no denying it.  Almost all of us choose to drive our vehicles above the speed limit every single day.  But, the honest truth is that the simple act of speeding easily equates into increased risks of auto accidents, injuries and even deaths.

All of us need to become more responsible drivers.  Speeding is one act that is easy to cure.  No matter if you’re late for a meeting or an appointment; or, if you’re just reacting to a frustrating encounter on one of Washington’s roadways, slow down!  Your safety, and the safety of other motorists, will thank you enormously.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident due to a driver speeding excessively, please contact us.  Phillips Law Firm includes a premier team of attorneys that have represented countless victims of accidents caused by excessive speeding.  This team knows justice and they want to deliver it to you.  Contact them now for assistance!