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Cyclist killed in early morning crash in Seattle

Motorists share the road not only with other motorists but cyclists and pedestrians as well. Because of that, drivers need to be attentive at all hours of the day and night for bicyclists and pedestrians walking on or near the road. Failure to do so could result in a driver colliding with an unsuspecting person or cyclist.

This is what recently happened in an early morning collision in Seattle involving a motor vehicle and a cyclist. According to reports, the bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in Ballard at around 4:30 a.m. at the 7000 block of Seaview Avenue NW.

The legal recourses after losing a loved one in a car accident

When we drive by accident sites, we are not only curious about how the collision occurred, but also thankful that it is not us. No one expects to be involved in a car accident But, when one occurs, victims in Washington and elsewhere are shocked and overwhelmed. The pain and suffering involved is frequently serious, as well as the damages associated with it. However, the losses associated with a fatal motor vehicle are often tremendous as surviving family members have a tough time grieving the loss of a loved one.

Fatal car accidents often involve mental, emotional and financial damages for surviving family members. Thus, the aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle collision can be emotionally debilitating for some as they try to cope with their loss and move forward. But, the financial damages associated with the crash can make it challenging to move on.

Dissecting the causes of motorcycle accidents

Even when an accident seems simple or minor, it can in fact be a rather complex event. In most cases, victims in Washington State and elsewhere are not confident they understood what just happened. Not only do they happen in a blink of an eye, but accidents also induce shock. When a victim is overwhelmed by emotions and pain, it can be difficult to remember what exactly just happened.

Because of that, a detailed investigation is necessary. His can help uncover the human, vehicle and environmental factors that possibly led to the crash. Take a motorcycle accident for example. This can be one of the most violent motor vehicle accidents due to a motorcycle's small size and the fact that a hard exterior shell does not protect riders. In fact, roughly 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes involved some form of injury or cause the death of a rider.

Helping uncover the cause of a bus crash

Sometimes, we are unable to drive ourselves places. Whether one lives in a big city, does not own a vehicle or just wants to better the environment, many Seattle residents utilize public transportation to get around. This is not only convenient, but it also reduces our carbon footprint. While there are many benefits to taking the bus, a train or a taxi, there are also risks. Thee drivers are held to a higher standard, and if they breach their duty of care, this could result in a serious or even fatal public transportation accident.

Upon boarding a bus, passengers often do not consider the risks associated with this type of travel. These massive vehicles transport a large number of passengers at one time. And, because these vehicles are not equipped with seatbelts, this poses a higher risk of injury in the event of a serious bus crash.

What is recklessness?

We all witness drivers not driving entirely safely. Whether they are speeding through a yellow light, failing to signal a turn or cutting off another driver, or something else, we know these are all dangerous acts. Even if they seem minimal or harmless to those doing them, the reality is that these actions could initiate the chain reaction that leads to a car crash.

When it comes to automobile collisions, the terms negligent and reckless are often used to describe a driver that causes a crash. What is recklessness? In simple terms, this is defined as a person acting with disregard for the safety of others. Additionally, the person should know or should have known that these actions could harm another. Finally, when such acts do harm another person, that individual could be liable for the resulting injuries and damages.

Fatal car accidents and the deadliest holidays

Inclement weather, higher traffic, busy stores and shopping malls, many events planned and family gathering all make up the holiday season. Because of that, there tends to be an increased volume of traffic on the roads in Washington State and other states across the nation. This is due to the hustle and bustle of the season as well as the multitude of holiday events going on all month. In addition to individuals and families attempting to get to places in a rush, there is also an increase in drunk driving as well. So motorists need not only be cautious about speeding and distracted drivers but also intoxicated drivers as well.

While there is a higher risk of negligent and drunk drivers during the winter holiday seasons, they are not in fact the deadliest holidays in the U.S. In fact, it is Memorial Day weekend that places motorists and passengers at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal car wreck versus any other weekend in the year. You are four times as likely to get involved in a car accident during this holiday during a non-holiday weekend.

When are pedestrian accidents more likely?

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Let's face it, most residents in Washington state and other states in the United States have started their holiday shopping even before Thanksgiving happened.

But with all the deals in full force, individuals and families are not only shopping online deals but also rushing to the store to get this season's must haves. Because of that traffic has increased and parking lots are filled. This also results in an increase in pedestrians and vehicles encountering one another, especially in parking lots.

Helping you secure compensation following a pedestrian accident

At some point of another, we are all pedestrians. This could be when we are walking on the sidewalk, in a parking lot to and from our vehicles, in a residential area or in a park. No matter where Washington residents are walking, it is always important to be aware of vehicles traveling nearby. Even more so, motorists are supposed to be on the lookout for pedestrians, giving them the right of way when crossing the street. Failure to use caution around pedestrians, remain attentive and follow the rules of the road could be the cause of a pedestrian accident.

An auto-pedestrian accident is shocking. The motorist cannot believe that they struck a human being, and the victim is now left dealing with tremendous pain and suffering from the injuries arising from the crash. This can be a complex situation, especially if the victim seeks to hold a motorist liable for the crash.

Intersection collisions and the usage of roundabouts

With time comes advancements and new technology. These changes and improvements do not only impact what goods we buy but also what structures are designed and constructed. With regards to roadways, the focus is always on finding ways to decrease motor vehicle accidents. While these changes can show improvements statistically, changes could also be the cause of car accidents if the general public does not fully understand how to utilize these changes and follow the rules associated with them.

Because intersection crashes are severe accidents, Washington and other states across the nation have taken measures to make some of the most dangerous intersections safer. In doing so, roundabouts have been implemented. By taking away lights and signals, distracted drivers won't travel through intersections when they do not have the right of way. Additionally roundabouts force drivers to slow down significantly and cause them to travel in a circular pattern, reducing the chances of right angle, left turn and head-on collisions.

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