Most of us are aware that as we age, safe driving can become more difficult. Adult children often get to a point with their elderly parents where they worry about their ability to drive safely. And there is reason to be concerned. According to cdc.gov, in 2018, almost 7,700 senior adults, ages 65 plus, were killed in traffic crashes. An additional 250,000 were treated in emergency departments for crash injuries. Older drivers, especially those 75 and up, are more vulnerable to injury in a crash than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54); contributing to a higher crash death rate among this age group.
With an aging population, we will have an increasing number of senior drivers licensed to drive between now and 2030. Data from the Federal Highway Administration, points to a 60 percent increase in licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States between 2000 and 2018. What does this mean for safety on our roads? The good news is that older drivers tend to be more responsible than other age groups; they are less likely to drink and drive and more likely to wear their seatbelt.Read More
Traffic and personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you were involved in a car accident outside of your home state, you may be wondering how you can recover damages. What if the state you had the accident in has very different accident laws than your home state? Read on to find out the best way to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.
What Do I Do if I am Injured in a Car Accident in Another State?
Any time someone is injured in an accident that has the potential for a complicated accident claim, a personal injury lawyer should be consulted. If you were injured in an out-of-state accident, the best thing to do is contact a car accident attorney in that state for a free consultation. The reason for this is because, in most cases, your accident claim will need to follow the laws in the state you were injured. If your accident claim does need to be filed in your home state, the accident attorney can let you know during the consultation. In addition, the injury lawyer can discuss your legal rights, provide information about the value of your case, and explain how they can help you to get the settlement you deserve.Read More
Whatcom County has seen one of the hottest, driest summers on record with warm temperatures starting in mid-June and daytime temperatures only dipping below 70 degrees a few times since then. It’s been almost straight sunshine for the last two months as well. With little to no rain to wash it away, the roads have had plenty of time to build up liquid leaks from vehicles and rubber from tires. This type of buildup isn’t a problem until a significant rainfall arrives, like it did over the weekend.Read More
As reported by Whatcom News, a fatal car vs pole crash occurred early this morning at S Pass Road and Kendall Road in Sumas. First responders were called to the scene of the accident about 5:45 a.m. According to a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper, 32-year-old driver, Gerald R Caron, was confirmed dead at the scene.
The press memo issued by the WSP indicated that the driver was speeding while driving northbound on Kendall Road and was unable to navigate the turn at S Pass Road. The vehicle left the roadway, crashing into a power pole. Caron was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred; it is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Factors affecting the fatal car vs pole crash
While we don’t know if the driver had consumed drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel, there are some factors that we can take a look at in this accident: speed, single-vehicle accident and not wearing a seatbelt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for more than the past two decades, speeding has been a crash factor in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2019, speeding was identified as a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Speed is generally considered to be an exacerbating factor in crashes. It’s important to understand that even small increases in speed can cause a disproportionately bigger increase in the risk of a crash. For example, a five percent increase in average speed leads to approximately a 20 percent increase in fatal crashes.
A single-car crash means that only one vehicle is involved in an accident. Just like the accident we’re talking about today, a single-vehicle accident is often a runoff-road (ROR) crash. A ROR accident is when a vehicle leaves the roadway and moves onto the shoulder, median, roadside or parking lane, etc. and then crashes into an unmoving object like a tree, pole, wall or fire hydrant. In this case, the driver ran off the road and collided with a power pole. In a single-car accident, property damage and personal injuries are the typical outcome. You may be surprised to hear that single-car collisions carry a higher fatality rate than head-on or side-impact collisions. More than 8,000 people die in single-vehicle rollover crashes in the United States each year.
Not wearing a seatbelt
It was determined that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. According to cdc.gov, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent for drivers and front-seat passengers. Most importantly, seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from the vehicle through the windshield during a crash. Drivers and front-seat passengers who are not wearing a seat belt at the time of a crash are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle.
Seek the help of a car accident attorney
If you or a loved one was injured because of the negligence of another, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Let an experienced car accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten times larger with the help of a lawyer. Call the personal injury lawyers at Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing residents of Whatcom County, Skagit County, Island County and Snohomish County since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!
Driver Flees Scene of Head-On-Crash; Probable Cause for Hit-and-Run-With-Injury and Vehicular Assault
A head-on-crash turned into a hit-and-run accident when a driver fled the scene of an accident on foot at the 1700 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road. When Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies and North Whatcom Fire & Rescue personnel arrived on scene, they found a man trapped in his car with a shattered femur. The “jaws of life” were used to remove the trapped man from inside their vehicle. The man was then transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center by ambulance and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.Read More
Sadly, car accidents happen every day and Whatcom County sees its fair share. As reported by kgmi.com, three people were injured in a T-bone crash on Aldrich Road this weekend. According to Washington State Patrol (WSP), the crash occurred when a silver 1997 Acura Integra that was traveling northbound on Aldrich Road crashed into a Buick sedan that was turning left off of King Tut Road on Saturday. Sadly, the driver of the Acura was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Harborview because of his injuries. The man and a woman in the Buick were transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for their injuries. While the crash is still under investigation, speed has been identified as a factor in the collision.Read More
The criticism is mounting for Tesla’s Autopilot system as more crashes are being associated with the Autopilot function. While Tesla maintains that its Autopilot system actually makes driving safer, doubts are growing among safety experts and the public.
As reported by the hill.com, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about twenty-four active crash investigations involving passengers who were driving with the Autopilot function.Read More
Motor Vehicle deaths are a tragedy that we deal with every single day. In the U.S., we lose an average of 90 people in car accidents daily. Tragically, most collision-related fatalities are preventable. Public education campaigns and traffic enforcement are important tools to help change dangerous driving behavior. Preliminary numbers for 2021 show that motor vehicle deaths are up for the first three months of 2021.
If you lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident because of the negligent or reckless behavior of another, you may be entitled to compensation through a car accident claim. A personal injury attorney can explain your legal rights and help you recover a full and fair settlement for your losses.Read More
When it comes to determining fault in a car accident, witnesses often play an important role in confirming the claimant’s account of the collision. But a witness account is only possible if their contact information is gathered at the scene and if the right questions are asked – often after the injured party has received appropriate medical care and had a chance to calm their nerves. Every accident is different, and in many cases, an accident victim is too injured to interview witnesses at the scene. This is why it is so important to work with a personal injury attorney. An experienced car accident lawyer knows how to question witnesses to get a clear picture of the events that led to the accident from their perspective.Read More
In a perfect world, there would be no car accidents but the reality is that thousands of collisions happen every day. On average, there are six million car accidents in the U.S. every year, which translates to about 16,438 per day. The best thing we can do as drivers is to protect ourselves as much as possible from car accidents. In this article we’ll take a look at a few ways you can protect yourself.