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
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
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
On April 19, 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed updated car-seat and booster seat laws for Washington State to better protect children in car accidents. We are issuing a reminder that the updated law goes into effect on January 1, 2020.
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their recommendations for car and booster seat usage in March of 2011 and then published these updated recommendations in August, 2018. The law in Washington State will catch up to the recommendations this coming year.Read More
Being in a car accident is no fun but at some point, most people have to deal with a collision. Most people know that they need to report a car accident to their own insurance company but reporting rules and other requirement of driving a car vary by state to state.
What you need to know about car accidents in Washington StateRead More
In another blow to airbag manufacturer Takata, Honda chose to recall 1.1 million Acura and Honda vehicles in the United States after a Takata air bag inflator injured a driver. The Takata airbags, that are already linked to the biggest automotive recall in U.S. history, can explode and shoot pieces of sharp metal at the driver and passengers when the air bag inflator is deployed during a crash. Ironically, the air bag inflators are meant to be a safety feature.Read More
As local drivers are aware, many single-lane and double-lane roundabouts have been installed around Washington state in the last decade as a way to reduce car accident injuries and keep traffic moving more smoothly. Studies have shown that roundabouts are safer than traditional stop signs or signal-controlled intersections, according to the Washington state Department of Transportation.Read More
Senior Drivers Over the Age of 85 Have Car Accident Fatality Rate 9 times Higher Than Younger Drivers
In 2009, there were more than 33 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in the United States and that number is estimated to grow to 70 million by the year 2030. Americans are living longer lives than previous generations but that means many are outliving their ability to drive safely by seven to 10 years. Cognitive, visual and physical declines mean that many elderly people are not able to drive as safely as they once were.
Most elderly drivers recognize their limitations and choose to stop driving in the dark, in rush hour traffic or far away from home even if they resist giving up their license. If you have an elderly parent who is still driving but you don’t feel should be, the first step is to have a discussion and ask them to get an evaluation at the doctor.Read More