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Pedestrian risks and safety tips

As spring returns to the Pacific Northwest, many people in Washington State are eager to spend more time outside. This can often translate into more people enjoying the chance to walk places instead of driving or taking a bus, for example. While walking can be a great form of exercise and is an environmentally friendly form of transportation, it does come with its own unique set of risks. Sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles puts people on foot in vulnerable positions a great percentage of the time.

Accident risks at night

During the nighttime, driving can be particularly dangerous for countless reasons. Unfortunately, many accidents occur during these hours, and the consequences can be devastating. Driving at night may increase the probability of being involved in a drunk driving crash or being struck by a driver who has been taking illegal drugs. Moreover, accidents are especially likely to happen due to less visibility and the prevalence of fatigue. It is vital to be vigilant at night because even if you are very responsible while on the road, other drivers may be reckless and place your life in danger.

How can you avoid distracted driving?

When driving on Washington roadways, you constantly spot distracted drivers. Whether texting, eating, applying makeup or turning to talk to the person in the passenger seat, many drivers unfortunately do not keep their complete focus on the road. Distracted driving has the potential to cause nuisance fender-benders on one end of the spectrum and the potential for catastrophic consequences on the other end. 

Understanding autonomous vehicle levels

Residents in Washington State may at times be confused when they hear or read reports about autonomous vehicles. In some cases, there may be talk of vehicles in which a person simply is the passenger but in other situations, there are references to a human person assuming responsibility for driving. This confusion is natural and the explanation for it is that there is not one flavor of an autonomous vehicle. Rather, there are multiple levels of automation.

How to spot the signs of road rage

As a Washington motorist, you know the difficulties of getting through traffic, especially if you are late to work or an important appointment. When some people are stuck in these conditions, however, they transition into an aggressive driver in an attempt to get where they are going. You may have even had road rage at some point, as AAA reported nearly 80 percent of American drivers admit to engaging in these aggressive tendencies. While it may seem common to see an enraged driver, road rage can cause catastrophic car accidents that can injure and even kill unsuspecting victims.

Reviewing different anxiety disorders and car crashes

Motor vehicle accident consequences take on numerous forms, where a collision is the result of drunk driving or some other example of reckless behavior. An accident victim may struggle with a broken bone or some other physical challenge, such as a laceration. However, some of the consequences associated with motor vehicle collisions are not always evident right away. For example, someone who is involved in a car crash may struggle with mental trauma, emotional disturbances or an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders that can affect car crash victims.

How can you identify and report a drunk driver?

Drunk individuals do not just put themselves at risk when they choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle – they put others at risk as well. If you see someone driving erratically along a Washington road, you have a duty to yourself and others to call the authorities and report the driver. Many people feel guilty for doing so, as there is always the chance that the person is just tired or took his or her eyes off the road for a second. If you experience a moment of hesitation, you can assuage your guilt by knowing how to identify a truly drunk driver. SafeWise provides tips you can use.

Common sense and responsibility can prevent road debris

When people are confronted with the topic of car accidents in Washington, their immediate thoughts may turn to factors like distraction, inclement weather or negligence of some kind. While each of these reasons is undoubtedly causes of certain crashes, another hazard that can set the foundation for a disastrous accident is road debris. 

Child safety seat recommendations

In the ideal world, motor vehicle accidents would never happen. In today's world, however, residents in Washington State know that accidents can and do happen. Therefore, being prepared by taking precautions to reduce injuries in the event of a crash is not only an important thing to do but is also the responsible thing to do. For parents, relatives or caregivers who transport children, care should be taken to ensure that the proper safety seats are used.

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