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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.

Driverusing Snapchat causes serious accident

As an ongoing case illustrates, a new Snapchat filter that some people are using while driving puts others in Washington and elsewhere at risk for serious or fatal injury accidents. In the case, a woman in Georgia decided to use the filter, which shows how fast a phone is moving, in her car while driving

The woman reportedly got her car up to 107 mph before slamming into another vehicle on Sept. 10, 2015. A man in the other car incurred traumatic brain injuries and now must rely on a wheelchair or walker in order to get around.

Why distraction is so dangerous behind the wheel

Imagine you are driving down a busy a highway. There are cars all around you, changing lanes, slowing down, speeding up, merging and exiting. Now imagine you close your eyes and take your hands off the wheel while driving the length of a football field. This sounds extremely dangerous, doesn't it?

Well, unfortunately, it happens all the time on Washington roads when drivers get distracted by their cellphones or other activities. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are hurt or killed in distracted driving crashes every year. Still, people fail to recognize why distraction is so dangerous.

Legal assistance with your personal injury claim

Washington residents who have been in a serious car accident understand the complications that surround such an incident. Besides dealing with painful injuries that might require ongoing medical treatment, there are other difficulties such as getting your vehicle repaired or replaced and wondering if the insurance company is going to take care of all your expenses stemming from the crash.

The sad reality is hundreds of people each year are involved in auto wrecks, many of which are caused by negligent drivers. In fact, in Washington state, 281 drivers died and more than 1,500 drivers were severely injured in motorcycle and car crashes during 2010.

Pursuit of stolen vehicle results in fatal car accident

Car accidents take place in the Seattle area for a variety of different reasons for it. No matter how it occurs, a crash can lead to significant medical expenses and injuries that often prove fatal. These accidents can happen without warning and can sometimes occur when there has been a crime committed and a suspect is attempting to flee from law enforcement.

One such incident that led to the death of two drivers stemmed from a carjacking and a subsequent police pursuit. Not long before 11 p.m. on April 6, three armed people stole a Honda Accord from its driver. At around 2 a.m. the next morning, a law enforcement officer spotted the vehicle with one man driving it. The officer followed the Honda and called for backup to assist in the pursuit.

1 dead, multiple people injured in 3-vehicle crash

On March 16, a Washington man was killed in a crash that involved three vehicles, including an ambulance that was transporting a patient to a medical facility. The accident occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of James Street and Boren Avenue in Seattle.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the driver of an Acura sedan was traveling west on James Street when the vehicle collided with a Toyota Prius that was traveling in the southbound lanes of Boren Avenue. The resulting impact caused the two vehicles to collide with an ambulance that was slowing down as it reached the intersection. The driver of the Prius, who was identified as a 60-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Why drowsy driving is still a problem

Many Washington motorists know that drowsy driving can be dangerous. What drivers may not know is that attempting to drive after being awake for 24 hours is similar to driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. Further, drowsy driving may be linked to more than 100,000 car accidents across the nation every year.

Despite just how dangerous drowsy driving can be, there are only two states that have laws against it. However, the laws are difficult to enforce as the authorities would have to provide proof that the drivers were driving while drowsy. New Jersey's law, known as Maggie's Law, states that drivers who kill someone after being awake for more than 24 hours could be charged with vehicular homicide. Arkansas passed its drowsy driving law in 2013, though the driver would be charged with negligent homicide.

Your personal injury attorney: how to hire someone who is right for you

Choosing a personal injury lawyer can seem daunting. You've already been injured, and you are probably receiving calls from insurance companies. You might be struggling with missed work, wondering how to fix your car or what to do about medical bills. On top of it all, you need to make an important decision about taking legal action. How can you choose someone who will meet your needs?

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