When people in Washington get behind the wheel, they may be afraid of encountering another driver who is drunk or texting while driving. While these behaviors pose significant dangers, they are not the only types of negligent behavior that can lead to serious car accidents. Drowsy driving, or operating a vehicle when too tired to do so safely, poses a serious threat to others on the road. Each year, the National Safety Council implements Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to draw attention to the serious impairments associated with driving while drowsy. In 2020, the week will be November 1-8.
High school students in Washington and across the nation are busier than ever. Each day, they may jam in classes, after-school activities, sports, study sessions and more. Unfortunately, they are often doing this with insufficient sleep, which can cause attention, health and safety problems. To help teens get more rest, some organizations are pushing for schools to implement later start times.
Washington residents may want to know about a report that looked back on car crash numbers in 2019 and determined which cities were "hotspots" for these accidents. A San Francisco-based nonprofit called Go Safe Labs conducted the analysis and came up with a top 10 list of cities with the most accidents as well as a list of the 10 most accident-prone regions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.