When the crash happened, nobody else was around. Perhaps it was late at night or on a rural road. The other driver blames you for the accident, but you believe it may have been their poor decisions that led to the crash in the first place. What are you to do now?
Traveling by car is one of the best ways to explore the United States. Whether the next trip is a quick weekend jaunt or a week-long adventure, many Washington residents already have plans to escape the mundane landscape of daily life for something new.
Congestion is to be expected in major cities around the U.S., but Seattle certainly has room for improvement. Roads are usually the most dangerous place residents face daily - and a few factors currently in play only raise the chances of trouble.
Rollovers are often said to be the most dangerous type of accident. Centrifugal force, the vehicle's weight and other circumstances can create an extremely hazardous situation for passengers. In many cases, rollovers cause severe trauma or death.
In serious traffic accidents, the bulk of the injuries might not be visible. Even if no victims are bleeding or externally wounded, it might be too early to judge the extent of damage. There may still be severe injuries, particularly in the brain. However, it's difficult to know whether you suffered brain damage right away.
Walking down the street should never put a Washington resident in harm's way. Unfortunately, many pedestrians are injured or killed to no fault of their own.
Whether a driver is new to the road or has decades of experience, they might feel nervous every time they sit behind the wheel. This anxious feeling makes perfect sense; other people can forget that they are operating a machine capable of killing someone.
A vehicle's speed can make it more hazardous. The driver has less time to respond to a roadway obstacle. They must also travel farther before they can make an emergency stop than they would at slow speeds. For these reasons, drivers follow posted speed limits.
On the road, right-of-way is an important guide to safety. In the courtroom, it can also help an accident victim prove that the other driver is at fault for injuries and damage. Every driver in Washington should understand when to yield and when to proceed to avoid dangerous crashes.
Traffic laws can keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians out of harm's way on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers quickly forget the lessons they once memorized in a driver's education course. They can find themselves in trouble with police or in an accident if they neglect the law.