When people are on Washington roadways, they don't expect to get hit by a negligent driver. In most cases, people are going to make it to their destination safely. But, when the unexpected happens, it can leave a wake of destruction in its path. People can, in an instant, face serious physical, emotional and financial difficulties because of a car accident.
Driving is a complicated skill that involves the whole body. People need to use their minds to get where they are going and to avoid obstacles. They need their eyes to see what's around them and to stay on course. And, they need the rest of their bodies to run the car and appropriately respond to any situation. Without complete control over the body, operating a car can be extremely unsafe.
While driving a car may seem simple enough, Washington state law requires that a driver adhere to certain rules while on the road. One of these rules is that drivers must stay on their side of the roadway, except when passing. In any case, passing should only be done when it is completely safe to do so.
Cars have many safety features that work to keep people inside free from injuries. These safety features are an absolute necessity when trying to avoid injuries while on the road. Even in minor car accidents, things like bumpers, safety glass, air bags and seat belts work together to keep the car's occupants safe.
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.