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Which distraction is the most dangerous for drivers?

Distracted driving is more than just texting. Driving distracted means that kids are screaming in the backseat, you're drinking a latte, talking on the phone, and checking out the car crash on the side of the road. While most people only do one of these at a time, distracted driving is a growing problem which causes motor vehicle accidents every day. A study has recently looked into what is the most dangerous type of driving distraction.

Typically when people talk about distracted driving they relate it to texting, but a recent study conducted by University of Houston and Texas A&M Transportation sought to find out which kind of distraction was truly the worst. They looked into the effects of strong emotions, distracted thoughts, and being on the phone while behind the wheel.

Do I have a case if I didn't visit the doctor after my car accident?

You did everything else right.

You filed the police report, exchanged information, and told your insurance company about the crash but in your rush to get on with your life, you forgot to schedule a doctor's appointment or you didn't think it was necessary.

Now a few weeks have passed and you have persistent aches and pains. Is it too late?

Should you settle out of court or go to trial?

If you've recently found yourself the victim of medical malpractice, an auto accident or another personal injury claims, you may have already filed a lawsuit against the person (or company) whose negligence caused your injuries. You may be eager to proceed to trial so that you can have your day in court -- however, in many cases, settling before trial may be the wiser decision. In fact, around 61 percent of personal injury plaintiffs who proceeded to trial actually wound up receiving a worse deal than they'd have obtained by settling.

Read on to learn more about some of the factors that may drive the strategic decision to settle a case before trial. 

A single car accident does not always mean the driver is at fault

Not all car accidents involve more than one vehicle, and not all accidents come at the fault of a driver. Road conditions and equipment are sometimes the culprit. Just because you've been in a single car accident doesn't mean you're at fault: there may be a problem with your vehicle, poor road maintenance or design, or you may have hit an animal in the road (or swerved to avoid one and hit something else instead).

What to do in a single car accident

Like in other collisions, the first step is to pull over and assess the situation. Make sure that the roadway is clear and your stopping position is safe for other traffic.

Distracted driving: teens aren't the only ones

When the topic of distracted driving comes up, many parents automatically think of their teens' behavior. They worry that their teens are talking, texting or playing Pokéman Go behind the wheel. But the truth is--that while distracted driving is a concern for the parents of teen drivers--teens aren't the only ones who are looking at their phone while operating motor vehicles.

In a recent poll, 56 percent of parents admitted to checking their phones while driving. The poll was conducted for Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping families and policymakers navigate media and technology. Interviewers questioned 1,240 parents of children between the ages of 12 and 18.

Man with baby in car collides head-on with SUV

According to law enforcement authorities with the King County Sheriff's Department, a deputy was driving to work on the highway when he saw a black Kia driving erratically and weaving through traffic. The deputy attempted to stop him, but the vehicle sped away. After giving chase for a short distance, the deputy stopped the pursuit because of public safety fears. The Kia exited on Issaquah Hobart Road.

Teen drivers involved in many fatal motor vehicle accidents

There are numerous dangers on the road in Washington, and research shows that teen drivers is a major one. According to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost two-thirds of those who are injured or die in a car accident with a teen driver are people other than the teen. In 2013, accidents involving a teen driver injured more than 371,600 people and killed more than 2,900.

The study analyzed police reports from 1994 to 2013 of drivers between the ages of 15 and 19. The report found that about 66 percent of fatalities and 67 percent of those injured in teen crashes were people other than the teen driver. About 30 percent of fatalities were occupants of another car while 27 percent were the passengers in the teen's vehicle.

Six steps to take after a car accident

A car accident can knock the wind out of you, both literally and figuratively. It's no surprise that even the most cautious and responsible people can feel overwhelmed and underprepared.

Here are six steps to take if you do get into a car accident. You may never need them, but at least you'll be prepared - just in case.

Marijuana legalization leads to more fatal crashes in Washington

Since legislation for the use of recreational marijuana was passed in 2014 in the state of Washington, drivers high on the drug have been connected to more than twice as many fatal car accidents since 2013, according to reports. In 2013, marijuana was involved in about 8 percent of fatal crashes, but in 2014, it rose to 17 percent.

The report, which is based on research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, noted that while marijuana has led to the considerable <increase in crash-related fatalities, there is no method to establish the amount of marijuana that causes driving impairment. While blood alcohol tests determine how drunk a driver is based on the amount of alcohol in the person's blood, no test can accurately show if a person has too much marijuana in his or her system because the chemical component in the drug, known as THC, affects people in different ways. The AAA warns that motorists should avoid taking any amount of marijuana before driving.

Keeping your teen driver safe on Seattle's roads

Watching your teen sit behind the wheel of your car for the first time can be a truly terrifying ordeal. Your child, who seemingly just a few years ago required you to push them in a stroller, now has the ability to go anywhere.

Of course, getting a driver's license is a right of passage, and your parents probably felt the same way watching you take the keys of the family car. However, with more distractions now than ever before, your teen will need to take driving precautions extra seriously while out driving around Seattle. To keep your teen driver safe, here are a few tips to follow.

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