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Headaches after a car crash

Some auto accident injuries become evident immediately, such as a broken bone or a laceration. However, other injuries may not be noticeable until some point in the future, such as brain trauma. Some car accident victims may walk away from a wreck and believe that they were unharmed in the incident, but these injuries can be very severe and may adversely impact the lives of victims in countless ways. If you are experiencing headaches after a car crash, it is imperative to figure out whether or not you sustained a brain injury or some other type of injury in the accident.

Various car accident injuries may lead to headaches, such as whiplash, blood clots, a neck injury or a concussion. These headaches can be debilitating, and they may be a sign of a much deeper problem, which could disrupt someone's professional life as well as their personal life in numerous ways. For example, someone who sustains a brain injury in a car accident may experience changes to their personality, sleep disturbances and difficulty focusing in the workplace. Some people may not even associate these challenges with a car crash they were involved in.

Train accidents during the summertime

During the summer months, accidents are especially likely to take place for a myriad of reasons. Since many children are out of school and a lot of people decide to walk or ride their bicycle because of the warmer weather, the risk of an accident may be particularly high in Seattle and across the state of Washington. Not only are accidents involving motor vehicles especially likely during this time of year, but the risk of train accidents may also be higher. For example, a pedestrian, bicyclist or driver may be struck by a train, which could lead to devastating consequences.

There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to train accidents and in some crashes, negligence plays a key role in the accident. For example, a train company may be responsible for an accident or a reckless driver may cause another driver or passenger to find themselves in the middle of a train accident. In some instances, these accidents take place because of the carelessness of a bicyclist or a pedestrian. If you are struggling with injuries that were brought on by a train accident caused by someone else's negligence, you should review your legal options right away.

Smartphone apps from emergency help to driving skills data

You probably already think of your smartphone as an extension of yourself. After all, you carry it everywhere, and it is always present in your vehicle.

Innovators constantly come up with new apps for drivers. Now you can use one to help you weather a crash and another to collect data on your driving skills, information that is much sought after by your insurance company.

Was improper road maintenance the cause of your car crash?

Let us say you were driving on Highway 2 in a rainstorm when a falling boulder struck your car. You swerved, narrowly missing another vehicle and crashed into the hilly side of the road.

This area of Highway 2 is avalanche-prone with little protection for vehicles. Can you hold the state responsible for your accident?

What is negligent entrustment?

Your car accident in Seattle can leave you facing an inordinate amount of unplanned expenses. While you likely do not want to seem as though you are attempting to punish the driver responsible for your collision, circumstances may make it necessary for you to hold them legally liable. Yet what happens when you discover that the car they were driving was not there's, and that the reason they were not in their own vehicle is because their past conduct behind the wheel kept them from being licensed or carrying insurance. Your understanding may quickly turn to anger towards whoever entrusted them with their vehicle. 

The legal principle of negligent entrustment may allow you to extend liability for your accident to the party the loaned the driver their vehicle. Negligent entrustment is based on the assumption that those who loan their vehicles to other drivers should know whether those drivers are competent behind the wheel, and if there are reasons to believe that they are not, then the vehicle owners should not give them their vehicles. If they do so, they assume the responsibility for any accidents and/or damages the drivers cause. 

Starting a new job after a car crash

Motor vehicle collisions can derail victims' lives in numerous ways, whether they suffer serious injuries or have a hard time paying medical expenses. Sometimes, these challenges can have an impact on other aspects of life, such as one's ability to continue working in a particular field. For example, someone who is employed in the construction industry may need to find a job that is less physically demanding as a result of car crash injuries. Our law firm understands how stressful and frustrating it can be to lose the ability to work in a certain field, especially for accident victims who are facing other challenges.

Aside from being forced to work in another field due to an injury, some people simply start working or were planning on finding a new position right after the accident occurred. Some people may also be involved in a crash while trying to adjust to a new job, which may increase the chances of a crash due to fatigue brought on by working an unusual shift or driving in an area that one is unfamiliar with. We understand how hard it can be to deal with the stressors associated with starting a job, especially when someone is dealing with the consequences of a car collision.

Is lane-splitting allowed in Washington?

Part of the thrill that comes with riding your motorcycle in and around Seattle is the freedom that it provides. Traditional vehicles can often seem to restricting given the limitations that their size imposes. You, on the other hand, have the freedom to negotiate traffic in in a much easier manner. Yet exactly how far does that freedom extend? the topic of lane-splitting is often a controversial one. While the distance separating two vehicles traveling in adjacent lanes may offer you ample room to pass between them, what does the law say about it? 

Section 46.61.608(3) of the Revised Code of Washington clearly states that lane-splitting is in fact illegal. Indeed, the statutes goes on to say that you cannot overtake a vehicle that is traveling in your same lane. A common complaint heard from motorists involved in motorcycle accidents is that they could not the approaching motorcyclist before they struck them. Given the already limited perception that many motorists admit to having of motorcyclists traveling on the roads alongside them, attempting to lane-split can be seen as potentially adding more danger to an already risky situation. 

Statute of limitations for car accidents in Washington

Virtually everyone will end up in a car accident at some point in their lives. You hope for something relatively minor, but unfortunately, many people end up sustaining serious injuries. That was the recent case for four teenagers who suffered serious injuries and required hospitalization in Whatcom County. 

You should inform your insurance company about the car crash immediately. Ideally, you will get compensation from your insurance company, but if the agency drags its feet, then you may need to take the company or the other driver to court. You have a limited amount of time in which to do this, so you need to be aware of Washington's statute of limitations for car accidents. 

Driver fatigue and motorcycle collisions

Motorcycle accidents have many causes, whether they happen because someone driving a passenger vehicle was ignoring the speed limit or a motorcyclist was struggling to operate their motorcycle properly due to inexperience. Fatigue plays a major role in traffic collisions, and the consequences of driver fatigue can be especially dangerous when it comes to motorcycle wrecks. Drivers who are tired may have difficulty noticing motorcyclists and they may collide with them after veering into oncoming traffic or failing to switch lanes properly. Sadly, this has led to the loss of many lives, and countless injuries.

As a motorcyclist, it can be difficult to tell when drivers are behaving erratically. Moreover, someone driving a truck or passenger vehicle may seem to be in control of their vehicle and driving responsibly, but they may be intoxicated or too tired to drive safely. Drivers who are suffering from fatigue pose a threat to everyone on the road, and they might cause an accident in many different ways. Whether they have a sleep disorder, did not sleep very well the night before because they were partying or have worked for too many hours, there are a variety of reasons why drivers may be fatigued.

Is a bicyclist a driver or a pedestrian?

In Seattle, it is not uncommon to see bicyclists travellng on both the street and the sidewalk. This can raise a big question for drivers and pedestrians: Where do bikes actually belong? The answer may vary in certain conditions, but generally, bicyclists can use both pathways to travel.

Whether you are on wheels or on foot, it is a good idea to learn the unique rules bike riders must follow. A bicyclist is not really a pedestrian or a driver; he or she is something else entirely.

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