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.
It is terrifying that some of the most unthinkable situations, like losing a loved one, could become the reality. Too many Atlanta residents have lost people they loved unexpectedly. Some of these unexpected deaths might be attributed to another party's negligence. Negligence is a general legal term used in situations where a person or party failed to exercise a standard level of care.
In Washington, as elsewhere, vehicles are a common element of life. Many people start and end their days by hopping into a car, truck or bus and going to or from work. In between, they go shopping, pick up groceries and head to restaurants. But this ubiquity has a dark side: accidents, some of which are deadly. When a Washingtonian is killed in a motor vehicle accident, his or her loved ones may be able to file a wrongful-death lawsuit. To learn more about this subject, keep reading.
To cast blame is an all-too-human instinct, especially in the case of a fatal accident. But, as the saying goes, there are generally three sides to any story: their side, your side and the truth. So too in the law, which allows a person being sued for an accident to defend themselves by arguing that at least some of the responsibility for the accident lies with the person who filed the lawsuit.
Car drivers have a responsibility to keep everyone on the roadway safe. They do this by giving their full attention to the roadway and by following traffic safety laws. It is important for drivers to follow these rules in order to avoid devastating car accidents.
It only takes an instant for a person's life to completely change. When it comes to motor vehicles, even a simple mistake can result in a fatal accident that leaves a wake of devastation in its path. These accidents can completely change the shape of a family forever.
A car accident can be scary for any individual. The accident can cause serious injuries to those involved. However, in the most serious of situations, car accidents can be fatal. Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of workplace fatalities. They are also the number one cause of death to children and young adults between the ages of five and 24. For toddlers and older adults, car accidents are the number two cause of death in the United States.
Tragic accidents happen all the time in Washington State. Some of these accidents can be quite serious and result in fatal injuries. When someone is killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident, the person's family may not be prepared to deal with the legal consequences from the accident.
Seattle streets are busy places. On any given street, people can find cars, trucks, bicyclists and other pedestrians. All of these people need to work together in order for everyone to make it to their destinations safely. However, sometimes motor vehicle drivers are negligent. They fail to uphold the standard of care necessary to keep everyone safe. While sometimes these negligent drivers cause accidents between cars or trucks, they can also cause auto-pedestrian accidents. In many of these cases, these accidents are fatal.