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.
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.
Lawsuits stemming from automobile accidents in Washington and around the country are generally filed against the negligent drivers involved or their insurance companies, but there are situations where litigation may be initiated against a party not directly involved. The legal principles of negligent entrustment and vicarious liability allow those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident to sue the owners of vehicles in certain situations.
Washington readers may be surprised to learn that it is more common for people to die in car accidents in the U.S. yearly than in other countries with high GDPs, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency says that more than 32,000 people died on American roads in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.