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Texting and driving rules truck drivers must follow

There are strict rules related to hand-held cell phone use and texting and driving for truck drivers. Serious

truck accidents can be caused by distracted driving and texting while driving which is why there are rules prohibiting it and legal resources available to help victims of distracted truck drivers.

Legal remedies for victims of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem on roadways throughout Washington, oftentimes leading to serious car accidents and injuries for victims. It is important for victims to know the laws in Washington state related to distracted driving and texting while driving as well as the legal protections available to them if they have been harmed by a distracted driver.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission data reports that the number of car accident deaths caused by distracted driving are increasing. In Washington, distracted driving accounts for 30% of car accident fatalities and 23% of serious car accident injuries. Another important fact to note about distracted driving is that driving while using a cell phone increases the risk of a car accident as though the driver were drunk. In addition, one in four car accidents involves the use of a cell phone prior to the car accident.

Pedestrian accident victims should know their legal rights

Pedestrians can be especially vulnerable to negligent or careless drivers on the roadways, which is why pedestrian accident victims should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Pedestrian accident victims can suffer serious injuries, so they should be aware that a personal injury claim for damages may help them with their physical, financial, and emotional damages.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 5,000 pedestrian are killed and approximately 76,000 more suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents each year. When a driver has been negligent and injures or kills a pedestrian victim, the driver may be held liable to compensate the victim for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. A negligent driver may also be liable for wrongful death damages suffered by family members following a fatal pedestrian accident.

How much do brain injuries cost victims and their families?

Brain injuries can be overwhelming injuries for victims and their families to manage following an unexpected car accident. Brain injuries are, unfortunately, commonly suffered in car accidents. Brain injuries can be costly to treat and may require ongoing treatment and care. Victims and their families should know what those costs are and how best to prepare for them.

Over the course of a lifetime, it can cost between $600,000 and $1.875 million to treat and care for a victim of a severe traumatic brain injury. The cost of brain injuries varies based on the nature of the brain injury and how severe it is. A mild injury may cost $85,000, while a moderate head injury can cost $941,000 and a severe head injury can cost $3 million.

The different types of damages car accident victims can recover

Personal injury legal resources and remedies are available because, as most car accident victims unfortunately find out, victims of car accidents can suffer a variety of serious injuries that can have a significant impact on their lives. These damages can be physical, financial and emotional in nature, but all may be compensable through a personal injury lawsuit.

Specific damages that may be available to injured car accident victims and their families varies by situation, but some types of personal injury damages are generally available to help car accident victims and their families through the challenges they face following a car accident. The types of damages that may be available to injured victims after a car accident can include compensation for medical expenses, including future medical care if their injuries will require ongoing medical treatment and care.

Important legal protections for truck accident victims

As most Washingtonians know while out driving on Western Washington's busy roadways, sharing the roads with large trucks can be challenging. Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents with large trucks can result in serious injuries to victims which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources to help protect them when they have been injured by a negligent truck driver or trucking company.

Depending on the circumstances and relationship between the parties in some instances, a negligent truck driver, negligent truck company or both may be liable for the damages and harm suffered by the victim. The trucking industry is heavily regulated and any violation of those regulations that results in serious or catastrophic injuries to victims may be the basis for liability and demonstrate trucking company negligence or truck driver negligence.

Two injured in a head-on crash on I-5 in Bellingham

Two women suffered injuries in a head-on crash on southbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham, Washington, late Saturday, July 6. According to the Washington State Patrol, 23-year old woman of Blaine was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta when she hit a 2013 Honda Civic driven by a 22-year old resident of Bellingham head-on.

Troopers transported both the drivers to nearby hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The crash caused I-5 to be closed for about four hours starting around 11:30 p.m. July 6. Authorities arrested the driver of the Volkswagen Jetta for vehicular assault as alcohol or drugs are likely a factor in the crash.

Kent city employee sentenced to prison for killing pedestrian

Staying focused, staying alert and watching out for the other motorists on the road while behind the wheel is crucial to safe driving. Alcohol influences these capabilities of a person, putting oneself and others in danger. Driving under influence is fatal and regardless of constant campaigns and awareness drives by the authorities in Washington, many drivers are arrested every year in the country for driving while intoxicated.

In a recent case, a former Kent city employee sentenced to eight-and-half years in prison in connection with drunk driving and killing a pedestrian. The fatal accident occurred while the victim, a man in his mid-70s, was trying to cross the intersection at 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 204th Street. Reportedly, the victim was hauled about 200 feet by the truck and died at the scene. The man was driving his work vehicle, a maintenance truck, and admitted that he was drunk. He made an apology for his actions before the judge.

Driver arrested after hitting woman at bus stop in Bellevue

Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time to anyone. Pedestrians are often the most vulnerable to serious and fatal injuries, especially if a driver is distracted or under the influence of alcohol.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian was admitted in the hospital with serious injury after a truck crashed into her at a bus stop, trapping her under it. The woman was sitting on the bench at the bus stop, waiting for her RapidRide B line bus to arrive, while the unfortunate crash happened. Bellevue police arrested the driver of the truck, a 33-year-old man, for vehicular assault charge and ruled out the man was impaired.

Multiple people injured in accident on eastbound I-90

Road accident is the most annoying thing to happen to people on the road. It is very unfortunate that some individuals risk their lives because of unexpected incidents that arise due to neglect on the part of other people.

In a recent case, police arrested a man in connection with a wrong-way crash on Interstate 90. At milepost 31, Washington State Forest Unit 55 spotted a white van traveling westbound on I-90 at a very high speed, which investigators later discovered was a stolen vehicle and the van was chased by the officers with the Snohomish Police Department. According to police records, the driver of the vehicle that caused the crash took the on-ramp from milepost 25 to Westbound I-90 and struck a Police Department vehicle. The man was driving recklessly, making multiple U-turns and continued travelling the wrong way to Snoqualmie Parkway.