The topic of negligent driving has received much attention in the news this week, as Progressive Insurance has come under scrutiny for trying to deny compensation to a deceased policyholder’s family.
Negligent Driving and the Law
Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and fatality. In 2010, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 460 fatalities, 2,474 serious injuries and 43,966 minor injuries due to vehicle accidents. Nobody wants to be responsible for an accident, but we don’t all engage in safe driving.
In Washington, the law governing driving defines negligence as “the failure to exercise ordinary care…the doing of some act that a reasonably careful person would not do under the same or similar circumstances or the failure to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under the same or similar circumstances” (RCW 46.61.525).
Progressive vs. The Right Thing to Do
Kaitlynn Fisher, a vibrant 24-year-old, was struck and killed in 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland when the other driver ran a red light. Continue reading