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bUS usk.jpgKeep your eyes on the road this summer and you could win an Xbox One, a Play Station 4, or an iPad. The Dubin Law Group ads have launched on the outside and the inside of King County METRO busses, and they'll be out all summer. For the next several months you might spot our ads on METRO busses all over the Seattle area.

Distracted driving becoming more common

There are many dangers on the roadways. In Washington and other states across the nation, roadways are filing with vehicles as summer vacation is in full swing. Whether individuals are traveling by car, traveling to the airport or are a tourist in town, traffic tends to peak during the summer months. And, with more traffic comes more accidents. While drunk driving is always a concern during this time of year, a more pressing issue is distracted driving.

Based on current data, there were more than 3,000 deaths in accidents that involved distracted drivers in 2017. While this is significantly less than the 10,000 deaths caused by drunk drivers that year, cellphone use while driving is becoming more of a concern than drunk driving.

What damages are available following a fatal accident?

The roads are a busy place. Numerous vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians share the road every day, trying to get from one place to another. And, in Seattle, the roadways see accidents on a daily basis. While many of these are minor, some are severe. In some cases, victims are unable to walk away from the crash, dying from the injuries suffered.

The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to cope with. It is not only emotional but also financially devastating. The financial damages can get overwhelming, making it important for family members to consider what can be done to overcome these losses. What damages are available following a fatal accident?

Pursuing a wrongful death action after a fatal crash

The roads of Seattle and the surrounding area can get busy. Whether it is rush hour traffic, traffic related to a sporting event or traffic because of a holiday, more vehicles mean more chances of a collision occurring. While drivers may operate their vehicles as safely as they can, this does not prevent them from encountering an unsafe driver. The roads are plagued with distracted drivers, and when a driver decides to use their phone for a mere moment while driving, it is enough time to cause a fatal collision.

The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to overcome. When a family member is suddenly taken away due to the negligence of a motorist, this can be overwhelming and emotional. The loss is devastating not to mention the financial impact the accident can have. At Dubin Law Group, our experienced legal team is dedicated to helping individuals explore their rights following the death of a loved one.

Common causes of school bus crashes

Although the school year is coming to a close in Washington and other states, the safety of the children that ride these vehicles remains. While these massive vehicles are presumed safe, this does not make them immune from accidents. In fact, when buses are involved in crashes, they have the tendency to be severe, injuring numerous victims.

With safety features already in place, officials seek to make schools even safer. This is due to the current statistics regarding school buses involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 33 school-aged children die in traffic accidents while riding a school bus each year. It was found that most school bus accidents occur just after the children left the bus or right before they enter the bus.

Two-car crash in Seattle injures infant and child

Much like the word suggests, accidents are not planned or prepared for. Anyone could fall victim to an accident, and the aftermath of a crash can be devastating. While there are many causes of car accidents, negligence is one of the most common. And, when a driver is speeding, distracted, intoxicated or reckless, it is likely that a serious car accident could result, harming those involved.

According to recent reports, a two-vehicle collision occurred in Seattle. Authorities believe that an impaired driver caused the crash. The accident happened when a minivan traveling northbound on Airport Way attempted to make a left turn. A speeding vehicle then tried to pass the minivan when the two vehicles collided.

How common are pedestrian accidents?

While it may not always be apparent, most drivers in Seattle and elsewhere are also pedestrians at some point. Once parked, a motorist will need to walk from their vehicle to get to their destination. This subjects the pedestrian to new and different dangers, which are related to traveling by foot where automobiles are also traveling.

How common are pedestrian accidents? Based on current statistics, there were a total of 5,977 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2017 in the U.S. While this is a 1.7% decrease from the 6,080 recorded in 2016, this is still a concerning rate. This amounts to roughly one pedestrian fatality every 88 minutes. It should be noted that this does not account for pedestrian kills on private property, such as parking lots and driveways. It also does not include those struck by a vehicle while using skates, a skateboard, baby stroller, a motorized device, a wheelchair or other similar devices.

Current rate of fatal car accidents in Washington

Driving a vehicle can seem very routine. This is especially true for those who rely on their vehicles to get to and from work, school, stores and other locations. Driving can feel very automatic; however, each time a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, it is a new experience. While one may be completely attentive and follow traffic rules, this does not change what other drivers choose to do. A driver's safety is compromised when a driver is distracted, negligent and intoxicated, and no matter how safe one drives, this does not protect them from a fatal accident caused by a negligent driver.

Based on current data, the number of motor vehicle fatalities has increased since 2013 in the state of Washington. In 2013, there were a total of 436 fatal crashes, which increased to 565 in 2017. Of those 565 fatal accidents, 319 took place in urban areas, 178 involved alcohol, 172 were due to speeding and 183 involved restrained occupants.

Justice for Ride the Ducks Victims As Appeal Is Dropped

ducks.jpgIn September 2015, my two clients from Wisconsin arrived in Seattle expecting to have a fun vacation with their friends. Instead, they experienced terror and tragedy when the Ride the Ducks vehicle they had boarded lost control on the Aurora Bridge and crashed into a charter bus.

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