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Can you take steps to prevent car accidents in inclement weather?

As one of the thousands of Washington drivers that commute each day, you may be familiar with driving in the rain. However, inclement weather can catch anyone off-guard and create momentary panic when conditions challenge control, visibility and experience. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to heighten your safety and prevent car accidents when Mother Nature is not on your side.

Car crashes into guardrail critically injuring Washington man

While there are many cautious and rule-abiding drivers in Washington, everyone is still at risk of injury when others’ actions are negligent or careless. Debilitating consequences, injury and even death can cause heartache and pain for every person involved including the family members of the victims.

Who is liable when a borrowed car is in an accident?

You may have no problem loaning your vehicle to a friend or family member. You may trust him or her to drive safely and have no concerns. However, accidents happen every day even to people who are good drivers in Washington. What happens, then, if you loan your vehicle to someone and that person causes an accident? Who is responsible for paying for the damages? The reality, according to Insure.com, is that you will likely be the one paying the costs.

How can you drive defensively?

While you may be the most cautious driver on the roads of Washington and pay careful attention to all of the laws, you are still at risk when around other drivers who do not take safety as seriously. Fortunately, avoiding drivers who are reckless, inattentive, drowsy, careless or distracted can be facilitated by driving defensively.

Truck accidents vs car accidents

When it comes to choosing a vehicle, many people are especially concerned about its safety. Nobody wants to get into an accident on a Washington roadway, but if it should happen, they want to know they have a good chance of walking away from it. For this reason, many people wonder if they will be better off in a car or a truck.

Collision avoidance systems and rear-end collisions

The statistics and facts do not lie when it comes to the dangers of rear-end collisions on roadways in Washington and across the country. As the National Transportation Safety Board has reported, more than half of all accidents occurring in 2012 to 2014 were rear-end crashes with 1,700 annual fatalities as a result. This is alarming because these accidents are so easily preventable. In general, the main cause is simply drivers who are not paying attention to what is happening on the road before them.

Nighttime driving poses a danger to motorists

In Washington and in other states across the country, many motorists continue to fill the roadways even after the sun has set. People are busy traveling to and from work, going out with friends and running errands. What many people may not know is that their chances of being killed in a serious motor vehicle accident is higher at night than it is during the day.

Young drivers not alone in taking unnecessary risks

Teen drivers across Washington and the United States get a bad rap for taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel and failing to obey the rules of the road. However, the Seattle Times reports that a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study involving 2,511 motorists has revealed that many drivers largely thought to engage in safer driving practices are also skirting the law. 

When teen drivers are distracted

Distracted driving is increasingly an issue in car and truck accidents on the roads around you in Washington, and the problem is particularly pervasive among teen drivers. While the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that teens already face the highest risk of crashing of any age group in the nation, Elk & Elk knows that distracted driving behaviors further enhance the risk of an accident, placing you and everyone else on the roadway in danger.

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