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Tips for dealing with property damage after a car accident

If you just got into a car accident, you may be frustrated and wondering how you are going to settle a property damage claim or personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. Paying for repairs on your own is a daunting thought. You understandably want to get compensated, move on and put the collision behind you.

Getting the best settlement largely depends on the documentation you collect after the car crash. Here are some guidelines for getting the most out of your car accident claim.

Studies show hands-free in-car systems are riskier than drivers realize

Many drivers think voice-activated in-vehicle systems are safe, but research shows that these systems can still cause significant and lasting distraction.

In recent years, the dangers of using a cell phone while driving have become apparent to most Seattle residents. However, many of the same people still believe that voice-activated in-car systems offer a safe alternative to cell phones. In theory, these systems reduce driver inattention by eliminating manual and visual distraction. Unfortunately, though, research increasingly indicates that these systems are still distracting and may greatly raise the risk of serious or deadly car crashes.

Dangerously distracting

Last year, a study of six voice-based in-vehicle systems and two hands-free apps found that the majority caused significant driver distraction. According to Fox News, researchers observed the participants as they drove, did simulations and completed tests while using the systems. They found that both of the apps and four of the six systems created greater levels of distraction than a hands-free cellphone call.

This is especially worrisome because past research has shown that hands-free and handheld cellphones create comparable levels of distraction. According to the National Safety Council, drivers who are distracted with either type of cell phone show various handicaps. These include blindness to surrounding stimuli, delayed responses and reduced activity in the part of the brain used during driving. Presumably, voice-activated systems cause similar forms of impairment.

Another observational study conducted this year reveals that the distraction associated with in-car systems can linger. CBS News states that some participants in this study were distracted for as long as 27 seconds after using these systems. These drivers, who were only traveling at speeds of 25 mph, covered the length of three football fields before shifting their attention to the road. At higher speeds, this prolonged distraction could be even more dangerous.

Common injuries drivers are at risk for during car crashes in Seattle

Many car accidents in Washington leave victims facing serious injuries, including brain trauma, back injuries, whiplash and psychological injuries.

New innovations in the field of vehicle safety technology have helped decrease the risk of injuries occurring during car accidents. Still, Americans suffer millions of these injuries each year. In 2014, over 2.3 million car crash injuries were reported in the U.S, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sadly, car crashes may leave many people in Seattle facing severe ailments that are highly debilitating and even life changing, including the following common injuries.

Soft tissue trauma

Whiplash, which results from the abrupt stretching and bending of muscles in the neck, is a common injury in car crashes. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the symptoms of whiplash aren't always apparent immediately, but once they surface, victims may experience pain, limited mobility, dizziness and headaches. Although whiplash isn't permanent, it can persist for weeks or months. Some victims also experience lingering headaches and pain even after this injury heals.

Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins celebrate 30 years, expand practice

Founded in October 1986, Dean Standish Perkins and Associates marked three decades of representing injured clients and their families. Dean "Stan" Perkins says the anniversary is a testament to his commitment helping people regain their lives and his love for his practice and clients.

"It really is an honor to have the opportunity to counsel people through what can be some of the worst times in their lives," Perkins said. "Things have changed in the last 30 years, but what remains the same is our dedication to helping people."

Perkins is far from slowing down after 30 years. His firm has merged with the Law Offices of Karen J. Zimmer, P.S. and he continues to expand his community involvement.

Legal advocacy for severely injured car crash victims

If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries because of a vehicle rollover crash or any other type of car accident in Washington, our law firm may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses. With nearly three decades of experience, our attorneys are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients in an effort to obtain the justice they deserve.

In fact, a large number of the cases we handle are those that involve serious car accidents in which the victims have incurred catastrophic injuries. While some of these accidents have been caused by poor road conditions or inclement weather, others were caused by another driver's negligence or a defect in the vehicle. In all of our clients' personal injury matters, our attorneys work hard to determine what caused the accident and who is responsible for damages.

What happens if you are partly at fault for your personal injury?

You know you should seek legal advice after suffering a personal injury, but perhaps you are hesitant to call a lawyer because you believe it was your fault. You doubt you will receive legal representation, let alone damages for the incident. Before you write off speaking to a personal injury attorney, learn how Washington state handles joint fault for most personal injury cases and how it affects the financial compensation you can receive. You may realize that you can pursue legal action after all.

How to increase your visibility as a biker to motorists

Today's cyclists place themselves in danger every time they take to the roadway. While the dangers of sharing the road are well-documented, they have increased considerably in recent years, thanks to America's continued reliance on cellphones and GPS devices and the rise of related distracted-driving behaviors.

5 tips to reduce distractions while driving

Intoxication is not the only thing that puts drivers at risk. Distracted driving poses many dangers as well. With the advancement of handheld technology, distractions are present more than ever. Many states, including Washington, have passed laws that restrict cellphone use while driving to crack down on this problem. Keep yourself free from distractions while behind the wheel to reduce the chances of getting in an accident.

Facts you need to know about driving near semi trucks

Semi trucks may have many names, but no matter what you call them, one thing remains the same: your vehicle will lose in an accident with a semi. While all driving rules apply to sharing the road with semis, these trucks require additional safety measures due to their unique characteristics. Knowing what these are and how to handle them can help you avoid getting into an accident with a tractor trailer and requiring a Seattle personal injury lawyer.

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