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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?

Fatal traffic accidents rise for the first time in years

Washington drivers are in the region that has seen a large jump in traffic fatalities in 2015. The nationwide 9.3 percent rise for the first nine months of 2015 compared to the comparable period in 2014 is the first time in years that deaths from motor vehicle accidents has increased rather than decreased. In the Northwest, the total increase in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period of time in 2014 was 20 percent.

In 2014, 23,796 people died nationwide in traffic accidents in the first nine months of the year. In 2015, that number was more than 26,000. Some regions saw lower overall increases such as the mid-Atlantic and South Central states with a 2 percent increase. However, it was all in contrast to a 1.2 decrease between 2013 and 2014 and a 22 percent decrease from 2000 to 2014.

Rain causes more car accidents than other weather conditions

As personal injury attorneys, we often talk with clients who have been involved in car accidents in which inclement weather is a factor. We know that rain and wet roads often contribute to accidents, but just how much? A great deal, actually.

Truck driver charged after 2 dead, 5 injured in highway crash

According to the Washington State Patrol, a car accident that occurred on Feb. 5 near Snoqualmie Pass left two dead and five with injuries. It was believed that up to 10 vehicles were involved, including two semi trucks.

Authorities believed that a 24-year-old man was driving his semi truck in the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck came to a stop and was blocking all of the westbound lanes when other vehicles collided into it. The collision of the first vehicle resulted in the deaths of a 49-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman. The truck driver was taken into police custody. Troopers reportedly indicated that drugs or alcohol could have been a factor in the crash. Five others were being treated at a nearby hospital for injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Volvo aims to eliminate fatalities in their cars and SUVs by 2020

Washington residents likely think of safety when they see a Volvo car or SUV on the road, and the Swedish automaker has worked for decades to forge a reputation for durability and crashworthiness. Volvo pioneered safety features including side impact protection systems and three-point safety belts that save thousands of lives on the nation's roads each year, and the company hopes that technology currently in development or already available will eliminate fatalities in its cars and SUVs by 2020.

According to Volvo, eliminating human error provides the greatest opportunity to reduce the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States, and it hopes to achieve this goal with autonomous vehicle technology and self-driving cars. However, the Swedish company also believes that deaths in its cars driven by human beings can be all but eliminated in the coming years by advanced accident prevention systems.

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