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.
We drive vehicles because it is a nice and convenient way to get around. Owing a vehicle is very common in Washington and other states across the nation; however, car ownership comes with duties and obligations. All drivers are required to follow the rules of the road and drive safely. Unfortunately, this does not prevent some drivers from driving recklessly, intoxicated, distracted or fatigued. These are dangerous situations and could be the cause of a serious or even fatal accident.
When we are behind the wheel in a vehicle or are a passenger in an automobile, we generally believe we are safe. With modern technology, air bags and a strong, hard exterior shell, motorists and passengers feel comfortable knowing that all of these safety features are in place. While safety features are good and often mandatory in vehicles, these do not always prevent injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident.
Hearing the news that a loved one has been involved in a serious accident is bad enough on its own. Finding out that they did not survive the incident is devastating. Young or old, the loss of a loved one is a tough reality to face. Surviving family members are overwhelmed with a rush of emotions; it is difficult to process the situation at hand. They are so busy dealing with funeral arrangements and overcoming the financial losses loved ones often forget that they have legal recourses available to them.
The death of a loved one in an accident can take quite a toll on a Seattle family. The sudden absence of a husband, wife, child or parent can mean great emotional and mental suffering, as well as potential economic problems caused by the loss of an income or medical costs associated with attempting to save the individual's life. When such a death is caused by the negligence of someone else, and thus may have been preventable, the effects can be even more pronounced.
Most Seattle residents are probably aware that the loved ones of people killed in accidents may have some legal rights to compensation if someone else is at fault. Most of the time, people likely think of these situations as those in which the family must look to a negligent driver who was to blame for the death. However, as one local case may show, motorists are not the only ones who have legal duties to those who use the public roads.
Much has been said about truck drivers and the fact that they drive long hours without any resting period and how this can lead to fatigue which can cause accidents. The question that many Seattle residents may have then is: why aren't there any laws regulating truck driver's working hours? The answer to this is, yes, they are regulated.
Washington State's highways are dangerous places. With a number of large, heavy objects moving along at high speeds, the scene is set for tragedy to strike at any second. While cars crashing into each other is bad enough, the danger is even higher when a pedestrian is involved. As most highways are not meant for pedestrians, they lack sidewalks and other features that tend to lend themselves to keeping people safe while on foot. When an emergency happens and one is forced to walk along a highway, tragic consequences can result.
Automobiles are a necessary evil for most people in the United States. Getting to and from work, or the store, or to the kids' ballgames or dance recitals generally requires that people have at least one family car to transport them. Even in relatively urban areas like Seattle, suburban sprawl and sometimes inadequate public transport means cars are common. Unfortunately, especially in cities, this means residents are exposed every day to the possibility of being killed in an accident on crowded streets.
An alarming rise in traffic accident deaths has safety experts calling for action. Traffic accident related fatalities increased six percent from last year and 14 percent from 2014. Accidents continue to become more common around the nation for many reasons.