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How do I report an accident?

It is perfectly normal to be a little confused and dazed after you are in an accident on Washington roadways. Despite not thinking clearly, you still need to report the incident to law enforcement as soon as possible. If you do not know how to do this, it can make the aftermath of a crash even more stressful. Knowing what to do before you ever get in this situation is the best plan.

Recognizing the subtle signs of whiplash after a car accident

When people are involved in a car accident in Washington, one of the first things they do is assess their condition and that of their passengers. In situations where the collision was violent, but the victims are okay, it can be easy for them to discount injuries as they do not recognize anything that is immediately wrong with them. However, in the days or even weeks following the accident, they may begin to notice subtle changes. What many fail to realize is that these alterations to their well-being or physical abilities could actually be the sign of a more severe problem that stemmed from the impact they experienced in their car accident. 

Understanding the NHTSA's special crash investigations

At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., in Washington, we understand that the cause of any motor vehicle crash may not be evident at first, and in fact, there may be many factors that lead to an accident. After a collision, you expect the insurance company to investigate. However, sometimes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gets involved.

Car crashes and anxiety

There are many aspects of motor vehicle wrecks to take into consideration, such as the financial consequences of a crash (property damage, lost wages, and medical costs, among others) and the physical repercussions of an accident (broken bones, lacerations, etc.). However, there are other hardships victims endure following these wrecks, such as depression and anxiety. Moreover, anxiety may even play a role in a motor vehicle collision happening in the first place.

Controversy after DUI driver escapes prison in cyclist's death

For some drivers in Washington, their personal agenda is far more important than their resolve to drive safely and follow the rules of the road. They may engage in negligent behavior such as speeding, change lanes carelessly and following other vehicles too closely. Negligence can also be when someone chooses to drive under the influence, or travel when they are fatigued. Unfortunately, these kinds of behaviors put the lives of other motorists at risk and can result in severe injury or even death if an accident occurs. 

When to call 911 to report a reckless driver

For many folks in Washington, the daily commute to get from one place to another can quickly turn monotonous with each repetitive minute. For some, the urge to get somewhere faster is satisfied by speeding or swerving around other vehicles to avoid traffic. For others, impatience can create danger when drivers engage in reckless behavior or allow themselves to get frustrated with other motorists.

How many young children lose their lives in traffic accidents?

For all people, motor vehicle collisions can be devastating. However, the consequences of a crash can be especially hard for some, such as young children and their family members. Sadly, many young children have been hurt or lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions. To make things even worse, some of these injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if drivers had been operating their vehicles responsibly and parents had made sure their children were seated in car seats properly.

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