Most accidents are caused by a negligent driver, but that is not always the case. Some car accidents happen because of mechanical failure. Mechanical failure is the sudden or unforeseen failure of a component of the vehicle, excluding failure caused by wear and tear. Since car accident settlements are based on determining fault, it’s important to understand who is liable for car accidents caused by mechanical failure.Read More
Washington State has had a very bad year when it comes to car accident fatalities. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crash deaths in Washington State rose by 34.5% when comparing data from the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. In raw numbers, the projected fatalities from the first quarter of 2021 were 116 compared to 156 estimated fatalities in the first quarter of 2022. With traffic back at near pre-pandemic levels and life returning to normal, safety experts are eager to see the accident fatality rate drop back down but that isn’t going to happen until drivers stop engaging in risky driving behaviors at such high rates.Read More
Aggressive driving puts us all in danger. If you have ever been driving at the speed limit in the right lane and been continuously tail-gated by another driver; you have been the victim of aggressive driving. If you have ever witnessed another vehicle weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, or cutting drivers off; you have witnessed aggressive driving. This dangerous driving behavior puts other drivers and pedestrians in danger and increases the risk of car accidents. If you witness a road rage incident, the WSP asks that you call 9-1-1 right away.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an aggressive driver, contact a local car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You are entitled to a full and fair settlement for your losses and injuries.Read More
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is very common in car accidents because so often brakes are applied to slow the vehicle down before crashing into another vehicle. When this happens, the driver or passengers can get thrown forward violently in a whiplash motion, which causes the brain to rapidly accelerate and slam into the skull. An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to fight for a fair settlement for a car accident involving concussion. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion as a result of a car accident, you may be wondering about the average settlement for concussion car accident. Read on to learn about settlements for concussions.Read More
Even though most drivers drive more slowly in parking lots, accidents still happen. In particular, we are at greater risk of accidents in full parking lots with cars backing out of parking spaces. Cars backing out of a parking space are dealing with blind spots while cars driving through parking lanes may not notice cars that are trying to back out. If you were injured in a crash involving a car backing out of a parking space, you may be wondering: who’s at fault in a parking lot crash?Read More
With most Americans working full time, it makes sense that people want to take advantage of holiday long-weekends to travel to visit friends and family. Many people choose to drive to their destinations, adding traffic on the roads that can increase the risk of accidents and traffic fatalities. Data from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) shows that increased traffic on holidays does lead to more accidents.
If you’re heading out for a short or long road-trip this upcoming Labor Day weekend, be aware that there will be more traffic on the roads and likely an increase of drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol.Read More
A government report released earlier this month called the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2022 found that 9,560 people were killed in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2022. That number is a seven percent increase over the same period in 2021, and the highest number in 20 years.
Safety experts such as the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, Steven Cliff, have been sounding the alarm for months about the increase in risky driving behaviors that have skyrocketed since the onset of the pandemic. Despite the feeling that the pandemic is waning, risky driving behaviors such as speeding have continued at very high rates.Read More
Nobody wants to think about a boating accident when they head out on the water but the reality is that they do happen sometimes. According to data shared on quicknav.com, there are over 5,000 boating accidents in the U.S. every year, causing $62.5 million in damages. Lack of boating safety education accounts for 77 percent of fatal boat accidents.
Determining boat accident liability and getting a boat accident settlement can be tricky, especially if the negligent party doesn’t have boat insurance – which is more common than you would think. As boat accident lawyers, we look out for our injured clients and help them get the settlement they deserve.Read More
Many backing out of driveway accidents happen every day as drivers back out of both residential and commercial driveways. This type of accident can be very serious, often causing a T-Bone accident where the oncoming vehicle in the roadway doesn’t see the vehicle backing out of the driveway and crashes into the side of the vehicle.Read More
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day about 28 Americans die in DUI crashes. Drunk driving typically increases in the summertime when people are more likely to take vacations and want to cool down with a “cold one.” According to moneygeek.com, summer has the highest rate of DUI fatalities, with 28% of the year’s DUI-related deaths projected to happen in the summer of 2022.
According to drunkdrivinprevention.com, approximately 1.5 million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence of alcohol. We know that drunk driving is a serious threat to traffic safety, not to mention a public health concern. These arrests occur despite the fact that all states have restrictions on driving with a (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher (Utah’s is 0.05). BAC stands for blood alcohol content and represents the amount of alcohol present in the bloodstream. The more alcohol present, the more chance that a person’s motor skills and judgement will be impaired.Read More