In Washington State, drivers are not allowed to drive past a school bus that has stopped and put their stop signs and lights on. RCW 46.61.370 states, “(1) The driver of a vehicle upon overtaking or meeting from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the roadway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on said school bus a visual signal as specified in RCW 46.37.190 and said driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer activated.”
Fatal motor vehicle accidents have been up dramatically since changes to our driving habits started at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even in Whatcom County, it doesn’t take that many days before another fatal accident is being reported in the news. Sadly, in the last 24 hours, Bellingham has experienced two fatal accidents: a pedestrian and a motorcycle driver.
If you lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to recover your losses through a wrongful death claim. Contact an experienced, local wrongful death lawyer who can discuss your legal rights and the value of a potential claim. The sooner you contact an injury attorney, the sooner they can help you through the personal injury claims process. Personal injury lawyers generally provide a free consultation and offer their services on a contingency-fee basis, which means no money is collected up-front.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
Insurance companies will go out of their way to deny a car accident claim for a pre-existing injury or medical condition. Most of the time, they request the claimant’s medical records in an attempt to find a pre-existing injury or medical condition that they can point to and dismiss the claim. However, if a crash causes a pre-existing injury or condition to get worse or flare up, you are entitled to pursue damages for the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, etc. caused by the flare-up.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will fight tooth and nail against paying anything to the injured party in this situation, so it’s important to seek the help of an experienced local car accident lawyer who knows how to fight back. A good injury lawyer will negotiate and take a case to trial, if necessary, to ensure their client gets a full and fair settlement for their losses and injuries.Read More