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Semi-truck runs into house after collision

Just because a driver is licensed does not mean that they should be driving. There are many times when motorists in Washington should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. This can include when a driver is distracted, extremely emotional, fatigued or under the influence. A negligent driver is dangerous on the roadways, and their actions could lead to a serious or even fatal crash.

According to recent reports, a Seattle couple barely escaped death when a semi-truck crashed into their home. The collision happened in the early morning hours, and authorities believe the collision was a secondary crash. The investigation revealed that the initial crash involved a pick-up truck and the semi-truck.

The aftermath of a motorcycle crash

With warm weather making its presence in the state of Washington, it can be expected to see more individuals spending time outdoors. This also means motorists need to be more aware of their surroundings. This is not only important when pedestrians are present, but also when smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are traveling near them. Failing to check mirrors and blind spots could result in a serious and even fatal motorcycle crash.

When looking at motorcycle accidents as a whole, roughly two-thirds of them involve another vehicle, with the other driver violating the motorcyclist's right of way. Not only are most motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers, these accidents are likely to be more severe. In fact, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a crash when compared to occupants in a passenger vehicle.

What is a damage cap in a personal injury action?

Accidents happen. While they are a part of life, individuals involved in accidents in Seattle or other cities across the nation should understand what rights they have. The damages suffered could be tremendous and filing a personal injury action could be very beneficial, as it is likely to offset the losses experienced by the accident victim.

What is a damage cap in a personal injury action? When seeking damages following a car accident, victims often seek to cover the money damages suffered. These are typically covered in two classes of damages, which include economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those damages that are specifically incurred as the result of the accident. This includes medical bills and the cost to repair property damage.

Helping you following a mass transit accident

It is not always possible to travel by personal vehicle. Residents and tourists in Seattle and elsewhere may rely on public transportation to get to and from their destinations. Whether it is to go to the store, work, school or sight seeing, buses are often utilized. While these are convenient ways to get around, they are also prone to certain risks and dangers on the roadways. If a bus driver is not driving safely or the bus is not properly maintained, this could result in a serious bus crash, causing passengers to suffer severe and even fatal injuries.

Public transportation is an important and heavily relied on form of transportation by residents and visitors of Seattle; however, there can be operation errors, mechanical failures and other hazardous conditions. This can impact the safety of passengers and, ultimately, cause an accident.

Common causes of fatal truck accidents

Residents in Seattle likely experience busy roadways on a daily basis. While many of these vehicles are likely individuals commuting to and from work, major roadways are also filled with large trucks seeking to make deliveries and shipments. Although it is commonplace to share the roads with semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, these large trucks pose many risks on the roads. In fact, these massive vehicles are the cause of several fatal accidents each year.

With regards to fatal truck crashes, the occupants of passenger vehicles involved in the crash experience the most deaths. This is due to the vulnerability of these occupants. A passenger vehicle, although designed to protect its occupants, cannot always stand up to the size and force of a large truck. This can result in serious accident sites involving severe and fatal injuries.

Cyclist struck and killed in hit-and-run crash in Seattle

The death of a loved one is a challenging event for anyone to cope with. Whether one sees it coming or not, it takes much time to process this loss. However, when a family member is killed because of a negligent motorist, one does not only deal with the pain of this loss but is also left with many questions. And when the accident involves a fleeing driver, waiting for these answers and legal recourses can be trying.

According to recent reports, a cyclist was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in Seattle. Authorities believe that the crash occurred shortly before 5 p.m. near Rainer Beach. Based on preliminary investigation, it was reported that it was a white sedan traveling southbound struck the biker and then drove away from the scene.

What Does That Waiver of Liability Mean?

waiver.jpgRecently a concerned parent contacted me about the releases she has to sign every time she signs her children up for an activity. These releases seem to shield the sponsoring organization from any liability if the children get hurt. She asked:

Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities on the Rise in Seattle

pedestrian3.jpgAs Seattle becomes more densely populated, increasing numbers of people are abandoning their cars and bicycling or walking to get to their destinations. While this may be good for the environment, it also creates dangerous conditions that can sometimes lead to serious injuries or even deaths.

What damages are recoverable in a car accident?

Getting to and from our destinations via motor vehicle is common is Washington and other states across the nation. While it is common and motorists are used to traveling on busy roads, this does not mean this occurs without issue. In order for the roadways to be safe, drivers must be safe as well. When a driver fails to uphold their duty to drive safely, this could result in a car accident and much harm to those involved in the crash.

An accident site is often complex and gruesome. A victim of a car accident may be confused and unsure when it comes to what they can do. The losses and damages arising form the incident can be overwhelming and burdensome. Thus, it is important to understand what damages one could suffer and what losses are eligible to collect compensation for through a personal injury action.

Duties owed in an auto-pedestrian accident

Getting around by foot is not uncommon in Seattle and other cities across the nation. Walking to and from places helps cut down on traffic. However, it does not mean traffic is not around pedestrians. Although all forms of transportation can exist in a busy city, it does not mean there are not any issues present. When a driver fails to uphold their duties to drive safe and remain attentive, a collision could occur. Some of the worst automotive accidents involve pedestrians, resulting in severe injuries and even deaths.

Both pedestrians and motorists have certain duties when they travel. When accidents involving pedestrians occur, one tends to think about the duties owed by the motorist. But, pedestrians owe a duty to others to avoid collisions. In other words, they are expected to obey traffic laws and also reasonably observe traffic conditions.

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