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Pursue justice and a fair outcome following a motorcycle accident

We may be in the dog days of summer, but that doesn't stop many bikers in Washington from hitting the road on their motorcycles. Whether it is a scenic drive or simply a means to get from point A to point B, motorists in Seattle need to make sure they are aware of motorcyclists in their vicinity. If they don't and strike a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist could be seriously injured or even killed.

Motorcyclists are at a disadvantage when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Their smaller vehicles cannot stand up to the weight of a much larger automobile. In addition, motorcycles do not provide structural or safety features motorists have, such as seatbelts, air bags and crumple zones. Therefore, it is likely that a motorcyclist who is hit by an automobile will wind up much worse off than the motorist who struck the motorcyclist.

Motorists in Washington must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks

When temperatures are pleasant, it is not unusual for people in Seattle to take a walk. Moreover, before too long school will start again, with more children taking to the sidewalks as they walk to school. When pedestrians are on a walk, they often must cross the street to get to where they're going. However, this puts them at risk for being involved in an auto-pedestrian accident.

Motorists may not realize this, but per Washington law motorists must stop for pedestrians at every intersection, even if the intersection is not marked at a crosswalk.

Pedestrian killed in rollover crash in South Seattle

South Seattle Crash.jpgThis morning at the intersection of South Alaska Street and Martin Luther King Way a pedestrian was killed when a car struck an SUV causing the SUV to roll onto the woman.

How does distracted driving play a role in fatal accidents?

When a person in Seattle is in a car accident these days, they may automatically assume the other driver was using their cellphone when the crash occurred. And, this reasoning is sometimes true. In 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives in a fatal accident in which distracted driving was a factor. In fact, the number of distracted driving fatalities has been trending upwards since 2013. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, across the nation, around nine people lose their lives each day in collisions involving a distracted driver.

Distracted driving is not limited to cellphone use. While texting and driving is an issue in many fatal accidents, talking to other passengers, eating, tuning the radio or GPS or talking on a cellphone are all examples of how a motorist may be distracted while behind the wheel.

Two drinks may be all it takes to cause a car accident

Many drinkers in Seattle may think that having a couple beers, glasses of wine or cocktails is no big deal and may feel confident in their ability to drive home afterwards. However, having just two drinks can impair a person's driving, leading to a drunk driving accident.

A person who has approximately two alcoholic drinks will have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.02%. This is well below the legal limit of 0.08%. However, a person can still experience some loss of judgment if their BAC is 0.02%, making it difficult to react to unanticipated driving situations. They may experience a decline in visual functions, meaning they may not be aware of other drivers in their vicinity. They can even experience a decline in their ability to perform more than one task at a time, a skill that is necessary when driving.

Injuries from car accidents can range from mild to severe

Although many of the personal vehicles that Washington residents drive are equipped with the latest and best safety features on the market, it is still possible for victims of car accidents to suffer a range of injuries. This post does not offer any medical or legal advice to its readers, but, rather, introduces them to some of the types of harm that commonly afflict individuals who are hurt in car crashes.

Any part of a person's body can suffer harm in a vehicle accident, and one area that can sustain serious trauma during a collision is the head. When a victim's head hits an internal surface on their car, they may suffer brain trauma. Traumatic brain injuries are linked to pain, cognitive issues, sensory problems, and many other serious health concerns.

Do hours of service requirements apply to bus drivers?

Drivers of large commercial trucks that transport goods across Washington and through other states are bound to abide by certain safety protocols. One of those protocols involves limiting the number of hours these individuals can drive between breaks. These protocols, termed "hours of service" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are utilized to prevent driver fatigue and accidents that can happen when drivers are too tired to drive safely.

Hours of service mandates also apply to some bus drivers and drivers of passenger-carrying commercial vehicles. Individuals who operate these vehicles must have special licenses and must follow other rules that apply to their profession. In terms of hours of service, the following requirements may apply to bus drivers.

Precautions should be taken where children play

Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians are, unfortunately, common and can have devastating results. Just in the last several months, three people were injured when they were hit by an impaired driver in Seattle. Two of the victims were adults, and one was a child.

Many factors influence how serious a victim's injuries will be when they are struck by a car, but it is always tragic when a young child is involved in a crash. While pedestrians generally have a duty to act reasonably when they are on and near Washington roads, child pedestrians may not have the capacity to recognize possible sources of harm and know how to avoid them. The impulsive nature of children may predispose them to dangerous behaviors that may increase their likelihood of being hit by a car.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

The summer months in the Seattle area are in many ways the best time of the year for motorcyclists. Many riders get their bikes out of storage and out on the road to enjoy the warmer weather. Good riders protect themselves with proper gear and defensive driving techniques. Unfortunately, there is only so much they can do to protect themselves from accidents caused by other drivers.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents? There are many causes and reasons for motorcycle crashes. The most interesting fact is that two-thirds of these crashes were caused by another driver violating the motorcyclist's right of way. If a driver fails to check mirrors or blind spots, a hidden motorcycle could be struck.

Motorcyclist killed by pickup blocks away from home

In Washington and other states across the nation, the summer months mean spending more time outdoors. While this can mean going to the park, lake or pool, it could also mean enjoying a ride. Motorcyclists tend to put in the most miles during the warmer months. Although motorists tend to notice the increase of bikers on the roadways, some motorists fail to take added precautions. This could result in a serious or even fatal accident.

According to recent reports, a motorcyclist was fatally struck by a pickup truck in Seattle. The accident occurred just a few blocks away from the 22-year-old's home. Police believe that the crash occurred when the driver of a pickup was making a left turn and struck the motorcyclist.

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