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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.

The dangers of distracted driving and how to avoid them

Each day, negligent and innocent motorists, passengers and pedestrians lose their lives in car accidents stemming from distractions. Though the dangers of distracted driving are well documented, many Seattle drivers dismiss them because they have been fortunate enough to avoid collisions thus far or ended up with relatively few and minor injuries. 

How often are work zones a factor in car accidents?

As someone who regularly commutes or drives in Washington, you have probably seen firsthand just how common work zones are on the state's roadways. Whether workers are repairing damaged roads, adding new infrastructure to a community or what have you, work zones have become a regular, unavoidable part of life for most motorists, but they are also undeniably dangerous.

3 steps parents can take to protect their teenage drivers

Many Seattle-area parents cannot wait for the day their children to become licensed drivers. Excitement often overshadows the concerns parents should about their teens' safety behind the wheel. Driving is not just a rite of passage for teens. It is also a leading reason why so many of them do not reach adulthood. 

Considerations for injured pedestrians after a car accident

Pedestrians have the right of way at intersections. Though this is a common rule that people are taught in regard to traffic, some people do not fully ascribe to it and its related stipulations. This can lead to a pedestrian becoming injured and filing a claim.

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. 

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