There are way less cars on the road right now because of Coronavirus stay at home orders across the country. We know that car accidents overall are way down as a result, which is a positive benefit. Commercial truckers, however, are busier than ever bringing goods to market so the public can access groceries and other necessary supplies. While they are not competing with as many cars on the road as normal, commercial truck accidents will continue to be a risk. We won’t know commercial trucking accident statistics during COVID-19 restrictions until some time after we are through this so for now, let’s look at recent commercial truck accident statistics to get an idea of their common causes and where and when they are most likely to happen.Read More
There is no doubt that for most Americans, our regular, busy lives involve getting in our cars to get to work or school, to take our kids to lessons or meet our friends for dinner at a restaurant. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the average American driver travels 13,476 miles each year. It goes without saying that all of these cars on the road means a lot of car accidents. With Washington State under a “stay at home order” since last Wednesday, March 23, thousands of Washingtonians are now working from home or laid off and no one should be travelling to take their kids to lessons or visit with friends. With this dramatic decrease in activity on the roads, it’s a good time to compare Bellingham Police calls for car accidents year over year.Read More
The death of a child carries a particular tragedy. Parents fear the loss of their children probably more than any other single thing. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), injuries from motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Since most motor vehicle accidents are preventable, most of these deaths are preventable too.
If you lost a child in a horrible car accident, contact a car accident attorney for help. The accident lawyer can discuss your legal rights and may be able to help you recover damages for your loss.Read More
According to CDC.gov, distracted driving accidents take the lives of nine people every day and injure more than 1,000. Distracted driving is driving while being distracted by another activity and greatly increases the chances of causing a motor vehicle accident. The two most common types of distracted driving involve using a smart phone and talking to passengers in the vehicle. Other types of distractions from inside the vehicle can increase the risk of distracted driving accidents; including the presence of children.Read More
Most of the time, we drive our own vehicles in our home state, covered by our own personal car insurance. If we get into a car accident, we have a reasonable idea of how our car insurance will protect us. But what happens when you get into a car accident while driving a rental car?
What to do if you’re in a car accident in your rental car
For the most part, a person should follow the same protocols that they would if they were in a car accident in their own vehicle. This includes:Read More
An information exchange form is typically used by police officers after they have determined that your car accident is “non-reportable” because no serious or known injuries have occurred and damage to vehicles appears to be less than $1,500. Drivers are not required to keep an information exchange form in their vehicles just in case they are in a car accident but it could come in handy in situations where police do not respond to the accident or police officers are not called. The bottom line is that driver information needs to be exchanged whether or not the police are called to the scene.Read More
It’s a nightmare scenario: you’ve just received a call that you partner or child has been killed in a car accident. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 37,000 people die in car accidents in the United States every year. You will understandably be feeling overwhelmed with grief and shock after receiving this call so it’s important to know what to do before it happens.
What to do if your loved one is killed in a car accidentRead More
According to the gatewayfoundation.org, alcohol is the most common addiction substance in the United States. Studies show that binge drinking over a period of time can cause serious health problems, including chronic diseases and a shortened life span. In the short term, alcohol impacts a person’s judgement and often leads to drunk driving and driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. Alcohol-related car accidents cost taxpayers $100 billion a year and thousands of lost lives.Read More
As reported by King5.com, 30 cars were involved in icy road car crashes in the westbound lanes of the SR 520 floating bridge on Monday night, January 13, 2020. There were multiple crashes involving the 30 motor vehicles. As a result of the car accidents, westbound lanes were closed around 6 p.m. and didn’t reopen until 10 p.m. Calls were made to Washington State Department of Transportation to de-ice the roadway. Washington State Patrol troopers and the Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene. A trooper tweeted that there were no major injuries.
If you were injured in an icy road crash because of the negligence of another driver, seek the help of a local car accident lawyer who can discuss your legal rights. The accident attorney may be able to help you seek a fair settlement.Read More
The National Safety Council estimates that 163 people will die in traffic accidents on U.S. roads this New Year’s Day holiday period. Many people choose to gather with friends and family to celebrate the new year and alcohol is almost always involved. More people traveling on the roads combined with more people consuming alcohol, is a recipe for increased traffic accident deaths.
Because New Year’s Day 2020 falls on a Wednesday, the holiday period will last 1.25 days, between 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 31 and 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 1. Most years, the New Year’s holiday period lasts longer because it gets combined with a weekend. Years with an extended holiday period come with the risk for more traffic fatalities.Read More