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Volvo to manufacture new device to monitor and stop drunk driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 11,000 people in Washington and across the U.S. are killed each year in drunk driving crashes. This is nearly three times the number of people who die in crashes involving phone use behind the wheel. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has been the leading cause of car crash fatalities for over a century in this country.

There is alcohol detection technology available that can prevent drunk drivers from even starting their vehicles. Other in-car technology is designed to monitor drivers for any unsafe behaviors in general and automatically slow the car down when drivers run the risk for a crash. However, Volvo may be the first automaker to create tech that combines these features.

How a vicarious liability claim addresses truck accident damages

A commercial vehicle accident can reshape a victim's life. One of these wrecks can leave an individual with serious physical pain and suffering, oftentimes resulting in permanent disability. It can also have a tremendous emotional impact that permeates a commercial vehicle accident victim's life. Additionally, the financial damages associated with one of these crashes can be completely overwhelming and potentially ruinous.

Fortunately, commercial vehicle accident victims can seek compensation for their losses by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. However, merely pursuing one of these claims against a negligent driver may not be sufficient enough to cover the full extent of a victim's damages. This is simply because many commercial vehicle drivers don't have the financial resources to pay out a large judgment. This is why it is important for commercial vehicle accident victims to consider whether any other parties can be held liable for the wreck in question.

What are some causes of holiday car accidents?

The holiday travel season is upon us, as people throughout Washington prepare to hit the roads to celebrate the season with family and friends. However, holidays are also a prime time for car accidents to occur. There are several reasons why people may be involved in a car accident this holiday season.

First, roads tend to be more congested during the holidays. Simply put, the greater number of cars on the road, the greater a chance for a collision. In addition, drivers may be in a hurry, leading them to drive aggressively or recklessly. This can result in unexpected and unwanted crashes. Distracted driving can also lead to an auto accident.

Representation is available after a pedestrian accident

The winter holidays give many reasons for residents in Washington and other states across the nation to be out and about. Whether they are out shopping for gifts, on their way to holiday festivities or heading to a gathering, it is also a time of year when pedestrian traffic is up. Individuals may be walking from their vehicle to a store or are outdoors looking at lights. And while it is safe to travel by foot in these areas, the unfortunate reality is that motor vehicles are also traveling nearby. If a driver fails to take note of their surroundings or remain attentive, this could result in a pedestrian accident.

While any automobile collision can be serious, a pedestrian collision can cause some of the most severe injuries. This is because a person cannot stand up to the size and weight of a motor vehicle, even when the collision is at a lower speed. A person can easily be thrown, causing injuries to the head, neck and back as well as impact injuries to bones and internal organs.

The dangers for pedestrians in Washington

Pedestrian accidents can cause devastating injuries to victims that can affect them for some time to come physically, cognitively and emotionally. Because of the tremendous effect of pedestrian accident injuries on pedestrian victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when harmed in pedestrian accidents.

In Washington State, approximately 25 percent to 30 percent of the population relies on walking as their primary form of transportation and almost all Washingtonians walk on a daily basis. Washingtonians commute to work and get to school by walking.

What is a common carrier and what rules must they follow?

Common carrier liability is important to be familiar with for Washingtonians who have been injured by a bus, taxi or other type of common carrier. Victims of bus, taxi and other types of common carrier accidents can suffer serious injuries and harm in a bus crash or other type of accident. Legal resources can help protect them from the physical, financial and emotional damages that victims are likely to suffer as a result.

Common carriers refer to buses, taxis, commercial airplanes, passenger trains and cruise ships. Common carriers or typically subject to state and federal regulations and are held to a higher standard of care than the everyday driver.

Legal protections for victims of unexpected car accidents

Car accidents can be costly in so many different types of ways for car accident victims. In the Bellevue area, where many drivers spend a lot of time in traffic, an unexpected car accident can turn a regular day into a potential nightmare as injured victims face injuries, medical bills, interactions with insurance companies and lost earnings for time away from work dealing with their car accident. As a result, car accident victims should be familiar with the ways a personal injury claim for damages can help them.

Whether the car accident victim has suffered serious or catastrophic injuries, the legal process provides important protections for them to be familiar with. Car accident victims who have been injured in a head-on collision, rollover accident, highway accident, rear-end collision or have been t-boned may all be able to pursue a claim for damages against a negligent driver responsible for the injuries and harm they have suffered.

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.