Adult drivers are not always alone in their cars. Cars are often used as transportation for the entire family. This means that even young children and infants are frequently traveling on Washington's roadways. Just like adult drivers, these children are also exposed to the dangers that accompany driving. At any moment, a reckless or negligent driver can hit a car carrying a child and cause serious injuries.
When learning to drive, leaving enough spacing between vehicles on the road is very important. The driver needs to be aware at all times of what is happening with the vehicles in front, to the side and behind. The driver also needs to make sure to leave enough space in case of a sudden stop to avoid a front or rear end collision.
I often speak about what not to do after an accident, but there are certain things you definitely SHOULD do after a car accident in the State of Washington to protect your claim, and to make sure you get the proper treatment for any possible injuries.
With warmer weather on its way there are more bicyclists on the roads. Many people see cycling to work as a healthier alternative to driving. In Seattle it is even Bike to Work month with many people cycling their way to their jobs instead of using other means. With more cyclists sharing the road the chance of a car accident is also higher.
Here in Seattle, minor traffic accidents are a part of life. While most people understand the importance of getting the other driver's information, getting out of the roadway to prevent back-ups and reporting damages to their insurance, some people who are involved in car accidents believe that they can avoid responsibility by fleeing the scene.
Washington residents know that tragedy can strike anyone at any time when behind the wheel of a car. Recently, a tragic car accident occurred outside the town of Naselle. According to reports, two injured children, ages four and two, were found in a forested area after the car they were riding in had been involved in a serious collision. Early reports of the car crash indicate that the car, which was being driven by their 26-year-old mother, struck a tree.
As winter conditions pose additional hazards on the roadways, the Washington State Patrol recommends that people slow down, know when to use 4-wheel drive or tire chains, and seek a safe place to pull over when adding chains. Unfortunately, an attempt to add safety chains on the shoulder of Interstate 90 put two young men in the path of danger on December 15.
Given the volume of traffic that courses along Seattle's roads and highways every day, the laws of chance make it possible for an accident to occur anywhere at anytime. According to a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, the timing and location of any car accident simply turns on a roll of the dice. Even though a string of accidents in one location may arouse superstitions, the State Patrol says that it is really not uncommon for a small section of roadway to be the site of multiple accidents on any given day.
When someone is injured in a car accident in the Seattle area, a personal injury attorney will often investigate the accident to see whether negligence was a factor. When negligence contributes to an accident, compensation for medical treatment, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering may be obtained.
Did you know that almost half of the Washington state residents who take the drivers' exam fail it the first time around? According to the Department of Licensing, test-takers must correctly answer at least 20 of 25 questions about safe driving practices and traffic laws in order to pass the "knowledge test." The questions are generated randomly from a pool of 185.