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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.

Three injured in DUI accident

We live in a society where many individuals rely on motor vehicles to get around. For the most part, motorists realize when it is safe and unsafe to get behind the wheel of a vehicle; however, some may not view this as feasible. While it is tremendously dangers, some drivers will operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. This presents many dangers to him or herself as well as others traveling on the roadway. In the event of a car accident caused by a drunk driver, it is possible to hold that driver accountable for the incident.

According to recent reports, a suspected drunk driving accident in Spokane County wrecked two vehicles and sent three individuals to the hospital. Based on preliminary investigation, the suspected drunk driver was traveling west on Westwood Avenue at Highway 2. He then attempted to make a left-hand turn onto the highway, crossing the northbound traffic.

What are the compensation laws in Washington State?

As the name implies, accidents are just that, an accident. While they are unexpected and can suddenly happen, many accidents are caused by the negligence and recklessness of others. When this occurs, victims of a car accident should take the time to gain a better perspective on their situation, as this can help you understand your rights when it comes to recovering compensation for losses and damages suffered.

What are the compensation laws in Washington State? Whether a victim is prepared for it or not, a serious car accident could leave him or her injured and devastated due to the injuries and damages suffered. Because the losses can be overwhelming, victims seek to hold a negligent party accountable.

Emotional distress and pain and suffering

Automobile accidents can have devastating effects. Whether it is a serious head-on collision, a side crash or a fender bender, any type of car accident could result in a person suffering injuries. While some injuries are more tragic than other, not all injuries are physical. In some cases, the most severe injuries are emotional.

For the most part, physical injuries can be partially or completely recoverable. While physical pain accounts for the vast majority of pain and suffering an accident victim suffers, there are some noneconomic damages that can cause much pain and suffering.

Helping you protect your rights following a bus accident

Whether it is to go to school, get to work or to run errands, buses are used for a wide variety of things. Even if it is not a person's primary source of transportation, a bus passenger assumes the risks associated with riding a bus. Although these are considered relatively safe motor vehicles, when these massive vehicles are involved in a crash, they have the tendency of being large accidents involving numerous victims.

Residents in Seattle commute via different forms of transportation. While riding a bus, these individuals consider this part of their daily routine; thus, when an accident occurs, this can significantly disrupt their life. A bus driver could make a mistake, there could be a mechanical error or another negligent driver collided with the bus.

How often do fatal school bus accidents occur?

School is resuming in Washington, and many parents are getting ready to send their children on the school bus. Even if it is not the child's first time, there are many concerns. These are massive vehicles that carry numerous passengers. And, when a collision occurs, many victims result.

But, how often do fatal school bus accidents occur? Based on data from the 2016-2017 school year, there was a total of eight students killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents. The number of fatalities occurring this year is double that, which only saw four deaths.

How often do motorcycle accidents occur?

It's unfortunate that accidents happen; however, with the growing number of motorists on the roadway, it is logical that accidents occurring between and among them would increase as well. With regards to motorcyclists, residents in Washington state and elsewhere often think of these vehicles only hitting the road during the summer months, the reality is that they can be seen year-round. While there are times of the year to be more aware of bikers, the fact of the matter is that motorists should always be aware of potential motorcyclists on the roadways.

How often do motorcycle accidents occur? When looking at other forms of motor vehicle accidents, fatal motorcycle accidents occur less frequently than fatal passenger vehicle accidents. However, just because less fatal motorcycle accidents occur when compared to other vehicles, this does not mean it is a safe mode of transportation.

Bicyclist seriously injured in collision with motorcyclist

There are many ways to get around Washington State. Some choose motor vehicles, other ride on their bikes while some decide walking by foot is the best way for them to get around. No mater what mode of transportation a person uses, there are some risks that come with each and every type. For those riding a bike, he or she is likely traveling along with traffic. Whether this is in a bike lane or not, this requires motorists to be aware of their presence. Failure to do so could have tragic results.

According to the Washington State Patrol, a bicycle accident recently occurred. The crash occurred in Lynnwood and involved a cyclist and a motorcyclist. The crash occurred on Highway 99, just south of 156th Street SW, and it happened around 11:30 p.m.

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