From Bellingham to Vancouver, in Seattle and Everett, and even as far east as Spokane, Washington's air quality is currently the worst in the United States. We are literally being choked by the smoke from Canadian wildfires. The air quality is so bad that it's not just sensitive groups who are affected. Everyone is suffering adverse effects from the thick layer of smoke covering our state.
Many people routinely travel for both business and pleasure by air and many people also utilize airport shuttle services to transport them from their homes, offices or hotels to the airport on time. Drivers who work for a shuttle bus agency have an on-going duty to obey existing traffic laws while driving and have a duty to transport passengers to their destinations as safely as possible. Even though a driver may exercise caution, accidents can still happen due to the negligence of another driver on the road.
At the end of a long day in the office, I like to get out of my head. When I'm working, my clients are my top priority and I give them my full attention. But when I go home, I need to decompress and use my brain in another way. Sorry clients, with rare exceptions I don't think about your case around the clock. I love spending time with my wife and my 4 year old son, I play fantasy baseball, and I volunteer with several nonprofit and political organizations. But one of my favorite ways to get out of my head is singing.
Here in Seattle, minor traffic accidents are a part of life. While most people understand the importance of getting the other driver's information, getting out of the roadway to prevent back-ups and reporting damages to their insurance, some people who are involved in car accidents believe that they can avoid responsibility by fleeing the scene.
For most people, Christmas Eve is a day filled with preparations for holiday events and family gatherings. For one unfortunate Seattle bicyclist, though, Christmas Eve may have been filled instead with physical pain and suffering after an early-morning traffic accident.
As winter conditions pose additional hazards on the roadways, the Washington State Patrol recommends that people slow down, know when to use 4-wheel drive or tire chains, and seek a safe place to pull over when adding chains. Unfortunately, an attempt to add safety chains on the shoulder of Interstate 90 put two young men in the path of danger on December 15.
An Oct. 23 accident investigation in North Seattle became the scene of a second crash that sent a police officer to the hospital with minor injuries. Police responded to a pedestrian accident on the 5900 block of Aurora Avenue North involving a man hit by a car as he tried to cross the highway at around 9:15 p.m. During the investigation of the pedestrian accident, a woman ran into a parked police car while attempting to drive through the scene.
An eight-year-old girl arrived at a Seattle hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street on September 30. According to reports, the pedestrian accident took place after the girl disembarked from a school bus and was hit by a Dodge Durango. At last report, it remained unclear whether the driver of the Durango violated traffic laws.
A 26-year-old man was going the wrong way on State Route 520 just after midnight on Sept. 25 in Seattle. Two cars that were trying to avoid him crashed into each other, but the young man kept going. He then collided head-on with a Washington State Trooper.The offending driver, who was believed to be drunk at the time, crashed into the trooper's car after being spotted driving the wrong way. Luckily, the state trooper wasn't hurt, nor were the other motorists who crashed trying to avoid a collision.
If Seattle residents listen to the news every day, they are bound to hear about tragic bicycle accidents that result in serious injury and death. For instance, in Boston, a 37-year-old woman was recently crushed under a semi truck; a 63-year-old woman was killed when someone speeding in a pickup truck hit her; and a 41-year-old man was hit in one of the city's suburbs and the driver left the scene. All of these bicycle accidents happened within the last two months, and two of the crashes happened in the same week.