From the time we are children, we learn that being careless can bring about unwanted consequences. When we were told to pick up our toys so our parents didn't trip and "break their necks," we were getting a lesson not only in carelessness, but also in causation. The fact that the act of leaving the toys out (or alternatively phrased, the inaction of not picking them up,) might be the cause of injury to someone we cared about was meant to instill some kind of sense of responsibility for what we did.
Last week, we touched very briefly on the fact that the legal concept of negligence is often used by parties who need to be compensated for injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident. The same is true when other motor vehicles are involved in crashes as well. When people talk about a car crash having been someone's 'fault,' what they generally are referring to is the fact that some individual acted negligently.
It might seem obvious for drivers in Washington State and across the nation to pay strict attention to the road and avoid behaviors that might lead to them being a distracted driver and causing an accident. However, the number of people who are texting and driving and committing other behaviors that involve smartphones and other devices is increasing. Invariably, this leads to the growing statistics of people who are injured or killed in an auto accident. It is beneficial to know why people look away from the road and at their devices when driving. Researchers are seeking to determine the cause that sparks the potentially damaging effect.
A car accident can happen to anyone in Washington State and come without warning. No one is immune to the injuries and fatalities that can result from a car crash. Even those whose job it is to investigate and help people who have been in an auto accident can be in a crash themselves, suffering the aftereffects. A crash can have wide-ranging ramifications and those who have been affected need to know their legal rights even if their loved ones were a first-responders.
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.