Few daily activities are riskier for Washingtonians than getting in a car and hitting the road. In fact, over five million of those trips ended in a car accident nationwide in 2012. Those accidents left myriad types of damage and injury in their wake.
Seattle is full of cars. Some of them are being driven by people talking on the phone, eating their lunches, thinking about work or affected by alcohol. Some of these folks have insurance, some do not. Some are driving their own cars, some are driving other people's cars. Thus, when this colorful cast of characters gets in a car accident, an interesting question can emerge: who pays when a car accident involves a borrowed car?
For Washingtonians, few things are more commonplace than getting in a car, whether to go to work, to the store or to see a friend. And yet getting in a car is also one of the most dangerous things that a person will do each day. Consider a recent car accident.
No one likes to think that they will be in a car crash. But accidents happen every day throughout Washington state. For motorists unlucky enough to be part of these accidents, an important question quickly emerges: What types of damage can they get compensated for following a car accident? For the answer, keep reading.
Getting in a car may seem commonplace. After all, many motorists in Washington safely use a car every day. But the reality is that hitting the road in a car is one of the most dangerous things a person does during his or her day. Think about it: Driving involves traveling at high speeds while surrounded by hulking pieces of metal weighing thousands of pounds. All it takes is a bad choice or a moment of inattentiveness for those massive pieces of metal to slam into each other. Consider a recent example.
For most people in Washington, stepping into a car and then taking it onto the road is among the most dangerous things they will do all day. The accelerator could get stuck. Black ice could surprise even the most careful driver. Other drivers could be too busy looking at their phone or eating their breakfast to notice what is happening on the road. These and other dangers can turn a daily commute into a person's last commute.
Most Washingtonians choose to drink and drive responsibly. But some slip up, often more than once. When they do, they risk the health and, indeed, lives of those who share the road with them. Consider a recent car accident in which a suspected drunk driver flew past a road block, slamming into a police car.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do right after a car accident. The situation is unfamiliar, adrenaline is pumping and people could be hurt or worse.
In Seattle, and the nation as a whole, car accidents are a leading source of injuries. In fact, car accidents injure millions and kill tens of thousands every year. The economic cost of these many injuries and fatalities may reach nearly $300 billion per year. What are some of the most common injuries that occur during these accidents?
For most Washington residents, getting in a car accident is a rare occurrence. And because of that, it can be hard to know what to do when the rare becomes reality. There are several steps to keep in mind