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How can vigilance keep you safer during a train commute?

When your commute requires you to take the train to your job in Washington, it is important that you are aware of how to be safe in and around a train to minimize your risk of getting injured or killed. It is not unheard of for people to become distracted by their electronic devices and accidentally wander or fall onto a platform as a train is approaching. Using vigilance is one valuable way that you can protect yourself and encourage other passengers to do the same. 

While making sure you give yourself enough time for a safe and comfortable commute may seem like an irrelevant way to protect yourself, it actually correlates directly with your safety. When you leave your home in plenty of time for a smooth commute, you can enjoy a relaxing ride and avoid situations where you have to run to catch your train. Reducing the stress you feel can help you to make more rational, confident and focused decisions which in turn can keep you from getting hurt. 

Getting your car repaired after an accident

When you are dealing with the aftermath of having been involved in a car accident in Washington, there can be a lot of different factors to manage including insurance, medical expenses and treatments, car repairs and general legalities. At Dean Standish Perkins & Associates, we have been able to provide support to countless victims of automobile accidents. 

One area that will require a bit of attention is your car situation. Depending on the severity of your accident, you could be left without a car entirely. In a less severe accident, you may still have a vehicle, but one that requires extensive repairs before it is drivable again. In either situation, you will need to find transportation while you are without a vehicle which can be inconvenient and frustrating. Working with your insurance company to have the repairs completed in as timely a manner as possible will hopefully lessen the impact your accident has on your day-to-day transportation needs. 

Seattle's most dangerous intersections for cyclists

While, comparatively speaking, Seattle, Washington, is a relatively safe place to ride a bike, there are certain areas of the city that prove more dangerous than others for cyclists. At Dean Standish Perkins & Associates, we recognize that, while crashes involving bikes and vehicles can occur anywhere, there are certain parts of Seattle that see more serious bike crashes than others.

According to the Seattle Times, the city saw about 3,800 collisions involving cars and bicycles over the last 10 years, and some areas of the city saw far more of these crashes than others. The area just south of the city's University Bridge, for example, has more bicycle-car collisions than any other part of the city, even though is not among the city's most heavily trafficked areas.

Mobile apps that make city intersections safer

It is no secret that the streets of Seattle can be dangerous. Whether you are a driver, motorcyclist, pedestrian or bicyclist, you are at risk for getting into a collision when crossing through busy intersections. There are plenty of ways to improve your safety, including using certain mobile apps. 

While smartphones may be a cause of distraction for some people, they can actually be useful for making you safer if you use them properly. Here is a look at some apps that make city intersections safer. 

Examining the link between safer cars and lower insurance rates

As technology improves and discoveries are being made to create mechanisms to make vehicles safer, people in Washington may be wondering if these discoveries will ultimately lower their insurance costs. While some people believe it will, experts are working to establish a connection between the two and the results may not be quite what people are hoping for. 

According to researchers who have looked at the perspectives of both automakers and auto insurers, insurance companies guarantee no promise of lower insurances costs even if vehicles become automated and subsequently, safer. While no automaker wants to have a fatal accident related to the design of their vehicle, reflected back onto their reputation, it is not promised that just because innovations are being made, new vehicles will be inept from the occasional mistake in design. As experts work to create more automated features including braking mechanisms, cruise control and even lane maintenance protocols, insurance companies say that all of these improvements mean relatively little to them. 

If Biking to Work Goes Bad

When I first moved with my husband to Eastlake, he rode his bike downtown to work every day, rain or shine. Perhaps you know the route, a fairly low-key, even pretty, ride along Fairview Avenue to Boren and Stewart Streets--but when he got closer to the Pike/Pine corridor, the traffic picked up. So, too, did people running red lights, turning when the crosswalk sign lit up, and cutting off other drivers--as well as bike riders. On more than one occasion he came home telling me how he'd had to pound on the hood of a car to alert the driver to his presence, how he'd almost gotten run off the road.

When we moved south to Columbia City and his route included a large section of busy Rainier Avenue S., I worried even more. The ride had increased from 2.3 miles to 5.8, which meant a little more daily exercise (good) but a higher chance of a collision with a car (terrifying). After several rides, he switched to taking the light rail, and five years later, that's become his daily ride to work. I breathed a sigh of relief when he made the switch, but I know he misses the freedom and the exercise the biking offered.

I was never a bike commuter, but I learned from my husband's experience how incautious drivers can be and how inconsiderate of the needs of cyclists. The freedom and exercise of it, though, is wonderful--so, cyclists who persist in their more environmentally-friendly commute need to build in a little extra caution of their own to compensate for what drivers lack.

Distracted Driving? This Is an Invitation to Change Our Behavior.

Take a drive with me down Rainier Ave. S., deemed years ago Seattle's "most dangerous street," and you'll see many hazards that, encountered by a distracted driver, could easily turn into a tragedy. In just the past two days I've witnessed so many accidents-waiting-to-happen: two people crossed the street at random places with multiple cars zooming up on them; a U-Haul backed carelessly out of a driveway onto Rainier, thick with two lanes of traffic; two cars stopped suddenly in the middle of the road, causing surprised drivers to swerve to miss them; vehicles didn't go when the light turned green and others were barreling toward them from behind.

In a previous blog post we mentioned that following the 2-second rule can be life-saving. It's easy to imagine, as I'm driving on Rainier Ave. S., in the stretch from Hillman City to Renton, that looking away for even three seconds could cause a nightmarish problem. At any time of day here, as well as on any other Seattle road and highways, a driver glancing down at her phone to answer a text could crash her car, injure herself or another driver, or strike a pedestrian. That's scary stuff.

It's RV time in the PNW! Tips on Towing Safely.

It's summer in Seattle--which for many of us in the greater Puget Sound Region means getting outdoors and camping. We want to soak up as much of the heat and sun as we can before autumn's dreary rain sets in again, so some of us may find ourselves headed to one of the many local RV dealers to help us on our way.

Any new Recreational Vehicle owners who've forgone a motorhome to become the new owner of a trailer should first learn how to safely tow their RV. A reliable vehicle capable of transporting additional weight will be critical to your ability to tow your RV with safety and confidence. To check this, consult your car or truck's manual to learn about the towing capacity, and make sure you purchase an RV trailer that is within this weight range (expert tip: this will include everything you put inside of the RV, too!).

When Debris on the Road Causes Trouble

We've all been in this situation: heading down I-5 South behind a driver who appears to be a home improvement aficionado, truck piled high with tool after tool. The items are tied down with rope, and it's possible to feel better by assuring yourself that the owner of that truck certainly doesn't want to lose any of his tools, but the truth is, at any point in time, that rake or board or hammer could come unhinged and fly through the air, striking the hood, the windshield, or even, as was similarly the case earlier in July with a driver from Gig Harbor, boring through the windshield and causing bodily harm.

Tips for ensuring your kids get home safely from school

Although for us Seattleites, with the sunny days steadying out and Seafair coming up, it feels like summer is just getting into full swing, the new school year will be here before we know it. Preparing entails more than just buying new clothes and supplies for your school-age children. It also means preparing them for whatever mode of transportation gets them to and from school.

Here are some tips for kids who must walk, bike or take a bus to and from school.


Although traffic fatalities in Seattle are slowly decreasing, most still involve pedestrians, reports the Seattle Times. With lots of traffic at the start and end of school, and drivers not always slowing down enough in school zones (although school zone cameras have helped to mitigate that), the risk of getting hit is very real. 

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