Earlier this month, a new, high-speed Amtrak train was derailed while making its maiden voyage from Seattle to Portland. The train swerved off of the elevated tracks about 50 miles south of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 during rush hour. Three people were killed and many more injured.
Health professionals have long foretold the dangers of smoking. Many smokers know that the habit can affect their lungs, teeth and heart, but at least it doesn't hurt anyone else - or so they may believe. What many people don't realize is that smoking can also be a hazard on the road.
Accidents occur every day, and some leave individuals with a serious injury. In an instance where the accident is due to improperly identified and unsafe conditions, the victim may have a premise liability case.
How often do you drive in the dark? Right now in Seattle, the sun sets before 4:30 p.m. Chances are that you've been relying heavily on your headlights and street lamps. Your vision and well-being depend on your headlights' ability to function.
If you plan to jet off for the holidays, you might also be planning to rent a vehicle during your visit. Renting a car might make you worried about wrecking it, then receiving an outrageous repair bill from the company. However, that's not the biggest threat; driving an unfamiliar car can compromise your well-being.
People who drive while distracted should consider the dangers. They may not think their actions can lead to serious injury and death because they have not encountered them yet. However, distractions do play a major factor in the number of motor vehicle collisions that occur every day on the roads in the Seattle area.