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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.

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. 

Impact of marijuana-induced driving

People are well aware of the dangers of driving after consuming alcohol. However, driving while under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous. Research has found that marijuana substantially impairs reaction time, motor skills and judgment. Washington police may not be able to detect the presence of marijuana in someone's system, but cops have other methods of determining whether to place you under arrest. 

Where does most distracted driving in Washington occur?

Distracted driving is one of the greatest dangers on Washington's roadways. People of all ages use their smartphones while behind the wheel, and this greatly increases their chances of getting in a car accident. Every day in the United States, over 1,000 people suffer from injuries as a result of distracted driving while an average of nine people lose their lives. 

Car seat expiration dates are not just a suggestion

For many Washington parents, one of their top priorities, when they are traveling places, is to protect their children. Often, they research car seat brands and models. They compare subjects like price, functionality and versatility in making sure their selection will be the best fit for their child. Once installed, many parents make sure their child is safely fastened into his or her car seat before leaving anywhere. 

How can you help at the scene of a car accident?

There is little else as unsettling as witnessing a car accident and watching in horror as a scene unfolds that you have no control over. Concerned about the other motorists who are involved in the collision, your first instinct may be to get out and help them. However, being familiar with how to approach an accident scene in Washington can help you work with confidence and clarity. 

How can I recognize a drunk driver?

Drunk drivers pose a huge risk to everyone on the roadways in Washington, but they can be especially devastating for motorcyclists. If you ride a bike, then you know how important it is to stay alert and aware of the vehicles around you on the road. To protect yourself and others, you should understand how to recognize a drunk driver so you can report them and get them off the road before they have a chance to hurt anybody.

Your accident case and your pre-existing conditions

The law allows plaintiffs to recover damages in order to make them whole, as far as possible, from the harm they suffered due to the defendant's negligence. Thus, a plaintiff can obtain compensation for items such as medical costs, pain and suffering and other limitations or expenses his or her injury may entail.

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