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Parking lot crashes increase during the holidays

One thing that goes with the holiday season is shopping. While many residents in Washington State and elsewhere turn to online shopping to take care of their gift list, many still drive to stores and purchase items in person. Because of this, malls and other major stores are still filled with vehicles. Most consider the drive to and from the store or mall to be the most dangerous, but many forget how dangerous parking lots can be.

Whether the parking lot is busy or not, if a driver is not paying attention or is traveling too fast, a collision could occur with another vehicle or a pedestrian. While these might be slow moving accidents, they can still be serious and even deadly. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that roughly 50,000 car accidents occur each year in parking lots and parking garages.

Helping you file an action following a motorcycle accident

While the winter months have set in across the nation, some residents in Washington State and other states are not affected by the winter weather. In fact, many die-hard motorcyclists are not deterred by the colder weather to pack away their bikes for the winter. Thus, it is possible to observe and encounter motorists year round. Nonetheless, some motorists do not take the time to take in their surroundings and double check for biker. The failure to do so could result in a serious and even fatal collision.

A motorcycle crash can be a shocking experience, as it suddenly occurred and the victim is likely left with serious injuries to recover from. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be tragic and complex. And as a victim is attempting to navigate their medical care, the financial burdens associated with the incident can be overwhelming. This is when the attorneys at the Law offices of Matthew D. Dubin can be of assistance.

What types of injuries could result in a car crash?

What is even more astounding then the number of personal vehicles on the roadways in Seattle and other cities across the nation are the number of crashes occurring on a daily and yearly basis. In fact, nearly 6 million car accidents occur in just the Unites States. The effect these accidents can have can range greatly. However, in many cases, an accident victim will experience physical and emotional harm from the accident.

What types of injuries could result in a car crash? To begin, the most severe injury one could suffer is a brain injury. This is often experienced after a blow to the head. In some cases, a brain injury may seem to be minor or nothing at all.

Understanding how weather effects road conditions

Residents in Washington State likely see a wide range of weather throughout the year. While Seattle is well known for rain, motorists in the city and throughout the state experience different road conditions based on the time of year and the weather. Thus, it is important that travelers understand how weather impacts the road conditions and how it could contribute and even cause an automobile accident.

When it rains, motorist likely turn on their wipers and lights on to help with visibility. However, depending n other conditions, the impact could be much greater than having to put windshield wipers on a slow speed. If the rain is hard enough and the wind is strong, this could impact the distance of visibility. It could also cause issues with pavement friction and lane obstruction. Thus, it is likely that a driver will need to slow down so they can see the lanes and avoid hydroplaning.

Man stuck and killed in Seattle accident

In cities in Washington and other states across the nation, individuals travel by various means. While it is common to utilize motor vehicles, individuals still travel by foot from time to time. Whether one is only walking or suddenly becomes a pedestrian because they are walking to and from their vehicle and their destination, the reality is that motorists are frequently traveling around pedestrians. This makes it vital for drivers to remain attentive and cautious of the pedestrians they may encounter no matter the time of day or night.

According to recent reports, a man was truck and killed in a late night collision in Seattle. Preliminary reports indicated that the accident occurred in the 1500 block of Lakeside Avenue in the Leschi neighborhood. Law enforcement was dispatched to the scene of the accident after receiving calls of a pedestrian being run over by a car.

How serious is texting and driving among teenage drivers?

While driving in Seattle can seem like a routine activity, motorists have different experiences each and every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. One can never predict whom they might encounter or drive by, and they certainly cannot control the driving behavior of other motorists. Thus, a negligent driver could easily be the cause of a serious and even fatal crash, effecting many lives.

How serious is texting and driving among teenage drivers? In simple terms, this situation is serious and getting increasingly worse. Among teenage drivers, texting and driver has now surpassed drinking and driving, making it the leading cause of death for teenage drivers. Based on current statistics, 97 percent of teen drivers confirm that they are aware of the dangers of texting while driving. However, 43 percent state that they do it anyway.

Spokane ranked third dangerous city for pedestrians

While pedestrians can occupy many areas and locations, they are frequently seen on sidewalks and crosswalks. While there are designated areas that signal where it is safe to cross the road, pedestrian do not always use them. No matter where a pedestrian is walking in Seattle and other major cities across the nation though, it is important for motorists to remain attentive. Failure to do so could result in a serious accident.

Washington State, much like other states, is filled with busy roads. In addition to busy roadways, there are sidewalks with heavy pedestrian traffic. And, in these areas, there can be multiple lanes of traffic, a speed limit above 30 and large stretches where there are no crosswalks. These three factors cause some cities to be unsafe for pedestrians.

Taking action after a pedestrian accident

Being a pedestrian in Seattle and other cities across the nation is fairly common. Whether one is walking from a parked car to an establishment or is walking by foot from one destination to the next, the reality of the matter is that pedestrians are frequently walking next to traffic. While many motorists are attentive to pedestrians in the area, when a driver fails to drive safely where pedestrians are walking, this could result in a serious and even fatal accident.

Pedestrian accidents are often tragic, as a person cannot withstand the size, weight and speed of a motor vehicle. Even when a vehicle is slow moving, the impact from a collision can be catastrophic. At the Law offices of Matthew D. Dubin, our skilled legal team has worked on a wide variety of pedestrian accidents. We have experience investigating these matters, uncovering the cause and proving liability.

What are the major risks of motorcycle crashes?

Although the warm weather has started to go away in Washington and other states across the nation, this does not mean motorcyclists are no longer seen on the roadways. In fact, motorcyclists can be seen in all months of the years, even when the weather is not pleasant. Because of this, motorists should always be aware of their surroundings and on the lookout for motorcyclists, as a motorcycle crash could occur at any time.

Based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle deaths occur 28 times more frequently than fatalities in any other vehicle crash. The major issue with this, according to the NHTSA, is motorcycle awareness. Motorists are not taking the time to be fully aware of their surroundings. By double-checking, motorcyclists can be seen before a turn or lane change.

Understanding pedestrian accidents

Walking to get around is fairly common. In fact, whether it is in a rural, residential or urban area, individuals are seen walking near the roadways or on a sidewalk. Even if it is just in a parking lot, individuals are essentially pedestrians every time they travel. And because these individuals are walking near moving vehicles, there is always a risk for a collision.

Pedestrians are very vulnerable, and it is clear why, as they are traveling by fast moving large vehicles. In fact, even when a vehicle is not fast moving, it can cause severe damage. A person cannot standup to a large metal vehicle, especially since they have no form of protection around them. Because of this, many pedestrian accidents are severe or fatal.

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