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Grace period for distracted drivers in Washington is over

Washington state recently passed a law prohibiting any distracted driving as a result of using a smartphone. Last year, the state passed a bill which allowed police officers to issue a fine to anyone caught using a phone while driving even if the person was at a stop sign or red light. While the law technically went into effect last summer, there was a grace period so drivers could acclimate to the new law. On January 23rd, the law went into full effect. 

Reckless driving is a major problem for motorists

Driving is a responsibility that some drivers in the Seattle area do not take seriously. They are ignorant of the dangers they face and pose to others when they do things they should not do while they are operating their vehicles. Some of them do not care and believe that the risks will never happen to them. Some of the most common driving infractions are reckless and the cause of serious car accidents and road fatalities. 

The dangers of not using turn signals when driving

Car accidents happen so often on the roads in Seattle that many people do not give much thought to the causes. Many individuals assume that excessive speeds and alcohol are the likely culprits in motor vehicle collisions. They might not realize how much of a role turn signals play in car accidents. According to, “48 percent of motorists do not use their turn signals when changing lanes.” When you take into consideration distractions and other unsafe driving behaviors, the dangers that everyone on the roads faces increase tremendously. 

Avoiding the dangers of drowsy driving

Many motorists in the Seattle area drive when they are feeling less alert and unrested, not realizing the dangers they face and create on the roads. Drowsy driving is dangerous. It can have devastating effects on individuals who end up in motor vehicle collisions with sleep deprived-drivers.

How to handle road rage incidents with other motorists

When you think of road rage in Seattle, the first thing that might come to mind is the exchange of angry words and gestures. You might not realize how much of a role an angry motorist's actions can play in fatal car accidents. You likely see it on television all the time; a person cuts off another driver and the driver rolls down his or her window, waves a fist and starts yelling. The person who angered the other driver glares and speeds off. In real life, many road rage incidents do not happen like that. Instead, the raging motorist may speed up to catch the other driver. The result can be a collision that ends in tragedy. 

Amtrak's liability following the recent train derailment

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.

How to avoid driving distractions

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. 

The dangers of an overloaded truck

You are driving down an incline. In your rearview mirror, you see that a big rig is barreling down the hill behind you. You feel the first jolt of fear. There is a traffic light at the bottom of the hill and the truck is coming closer as you begin to slow.

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