Cars, trucks and other motor vehicles have a lot of safety features that help to keep people safe in case of an accident. These include seat belts, air bags, safety glass and more. These features have been tested and are constantly improved to help give people maximum protection while driving.
Car accidents can be very scary for those involved, especially when they happen suddenly. In addition to the physical wounds left by the accident, many people can be left with long lasting emotional damage caused by the wreck.
In the last few days of summer, many motorcyclists are out enjoying Seattle's roadways. Unfortunately, this isn't always the safest way to travel. These motorcycles are prone to motorcycle accidents due to the negligence of others. Motorcycles do not provide the protection that larger vehicles are afforded. In some cases, other drivers may feel like motorcycles are a distraction on the road. Motorcycles have a bad reputation, in some cases, for disregarding traffic rules. Therefore, some drivers may think that motorcyclists have a right to be on Washington's roadways.
Cars and trucks have to share the road with pedestrians, especially in a large city like Seattle. People often walk, bike or run to get exercise or even as basic transportation. Sidewalks, crosswalks and other protections have been added to increase pedestrians' safety, but auto-pedestrian accidents still occur -- often when drivers fail to notice pedestrians in and around the street.
Road conditions are always changing on Washington highways, streets and roads. Drivers need to constantly pay attention to the changing conditions and adjust their behavior accordingly. With the right attention, drivers can safely navigate a variety of difficult driving conditions including rain, snow or fog. However, when negligent drivers fail to take into account road conditions, a serious car crash can result.
Intoxicated drivers are a danger to everyone on the roadways. They have slower reaction times, have a harder time paying attention and make poor judgment calls. While anyone can be hurt by a person driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, motorcyclists are at an increased risk of serious injuries. As most Washington residents understand, motorcycles provide virtually no protection to their riders, and helmets can only go so far to keep people safe. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents are deadly.
Motorists understand the importance of remaining attentive while traveling on the roadway. Despite this, some drivers fail to uphold this duty. Distractions often cause a driver to remove his or her eyes from the road. Furthermore, negligent acts such as speeding, texting and failing to follow traffic signs and signals could create dangers. A negligent driver could easily cause a collision and leave an unsuspecting driver or passenger with serious injuries.
Drivers in Washington State often encounter drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road. This might amount to motorists speeding, crossing the centerline, rolling through a stop sign or using their phone. In some cases, this form of negligence does not affect the driver or those traveling on the roadway. Despite the fact that these careless behaviors might not result in an accident, they could easily be the cause of a serious car crash. This is why all drivers should always uphold their duty of care while behind the wheel.
Washington state drivers often encounter times where there is heavier traffic. During rush hour, drivers are often stuck moving slowly on a major roadway. Moreover, the distance between their vehicle and the one ahead of them is not large. Following too closely too another vehicle, even at slow speeds, can be risky. This creates dangers for several drivers, and if a collision occurs, a chain-reaction accident could occur.
Washington State police are currently investigating a motorcycle accident after suspecting that drugs or alcohol could have been involved. In this case, a 56-year-old man was killed and a 60-year-old woman was injured. The pair had been riding the man's motorcycle one afternoon when a car crossed the centerline. As a result, the motorcycle hit the car. After the initial collision both the car and the motorcycle left the roadway.