It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18-24, 2020. Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States. Teenage brains are still developing and as a result, teens tend to be impulsive and use poor judgment. Poor decisions often include drinking and driving or texting and driving; two of the riskiest behaviors when getting behind the wheel.
In 2017, 2,247 people were killed in car crashes involving a teen driver; 755 deaths were the teen driver. While young people aged 15-19 represented 6.5 percent of the U.S. population in 2017, injuries and fatalities from motor vehicle accidents involving teenage drivers represented about $13.1 billion – or almost eight percent – of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.Read More
Anyone who has been injured in a car accident and attempted to get compensation for their medical bills and pain and suffering can tell you that it can be a long and difficult process. This is true for fairly clear-cut accidents involving two vehicles but it’s even more true in multi-car accidents.Read More
The rainy season is here in the Pacific Northwest if our five-day weather forecast is any indication. We don’t get the most rain of all the states in total inches but we sure have a lot of drizzly days that keep our roadways wet. We know that weather plays an important role in road conditions and the accident rate but the question is, how much does rain affect car accidents?
If you were injured in a wet weather accident because of the negligence of another driver, you should speak to a car accident attorney as soon as you have received appropriate medical care. The injury lawyer can assess the details of your accident and injuries and discuss your legal rights. If your case is taken on, the lawyer will fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.Read More
Let’s face it: getting into a car accident isn’t fun. We all hope to avoid them and yet almost no driver will go their entire life without being in a collision. But how many car accidents will you get in over your life? According to data from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the average driver will file a claim for a motor vehicle crash about once every 17.9 years. This means that over your driving life from say, age 16 to age 85, you are likely to experience three to four accidents.Read More
Drivers change lanes pretty much every time they head out on the freeway or a four-lane road. Most of the time, lane changes go smoothly and cars merge seamlessly into the lane they move into. Unfortunately, lane change crashes do happen and when they do, they can come with deadly consequences.
If you or a loved one was injured in a lane change accident because of the negligence of another driver, contact a car accident lawyer for help. The injury attorney can assess the details of your accident and injuries and discuss your legal rights. If they take on your case, they will fight for the settlement you deserve.Read More
There are many causes of car accidents, including distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Today we’re going to talk about road hazards and how they can cause car accidents. Motorcycles, in particular, are vulnerable to road hazard accidents and must pay particular attention to road conditions but this is an important topic for all drivers.
What are road hazards? Road hazards are any object or debris, including fallen cargo, animals, construction materials or tools, loose gravel, fallen trees or electrical wires, very rough roads, uneven expansion joints, standing water, snow or ice, etc. that is on the road unexpectedly.Read More
Ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft have seen their fortunes grow and decline over the years. Still, thousands of Uber and Lyft rides happen every day and that means there is a risk of car accidents while riding as a passenger. A person injured as an Uber or Lyft passenger may be wondering how they can get a settlement for their injuries. Uber and Lyft drivers are not employees of the companies they drive for so would you sue them directly or the company they contract with? A car accident attorney will be able to help you determine liability, discuss your options and get the compensation you deserve.Read More
Air bags are designed to provide protection for drivers and passengers in the event of a car accident alongside the use of seat belts. Frontal air bags have been standard in all passenger vehicles since 1998 and side air bags are offered as standard or optional equipment on many new passenger vehicles on the market.
Since air bags were installed in vehicles, they have saved thousands of lives in moderate to severe car crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), frontal air bags saved 50,457 lives between 1987 and 2017. In 2017 alone, they saved 2,790 lives. Air bags save lives by decreasing the chance that the head or upper body will crash against the vehicle’s interior during a crash.Read More
Anyone who lives in or visits the greater Seattle area knows that you’re likely to hit a traffic jam at one of several times throughout the day and sometimes, even into the night. This congestion increases the chance of getting into a car accident such as a rear-end accident, multi-vehicle accident or road-rage accident.Read More
On average, there are about 16,438 car accidents across the United States per day and thousands more are injured when we account for passengers and pedestrians. While not everyone is injured in a car crash, there are a lot who are. The injuries range from mild to severe. Soft tissue injuries like whiplash, scrapes and bruises and broken bones are common injuries caused by car crashes.
If you are injured in a car accident, you should go in for a medical evaluation as soon as possible. The physician can perform visual and manual tests to confirm any injuries and the severity of the injuries you sustained. They may write a prescription for an x-ray, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or painkillers to help you manage the pain. In this post we discuss how to recover from common car accident injuries.Read More