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What Washington law says about negligent driving

A car crashed into you on I-5 and caused serious injuries that sent you to a Washington hospital. There could have been a number of factors that led to the crash, and it could be negligent driving. We at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., understand how state law defines negligent driving in the first and second degree, and what is necessary to prove it.

What can you do to avoid distractions while driving?

If you have ever attempted to eat, text or even take a picture while driving, you are one of many Washington residents who do the same thing every day. The truth however, is that doing anything other than driving while behind the wheel can cause detrimental consequences including lapses in judgment that could result in injury or death to you, your passengers and other motorists. Fortunately, by practicing self-control and being aware of the behaviors that are distractions, you can avoid putting yourself and others in harm's way.

Brain research verifies drowsiness increases crash risks

Research continuously uncovers more about the way that the brain works. In the case of drowsy driving, one study has produced medical evidence of what studies and statistics already show. For drivers in Washington, understanding these facts may prevent motor vehicle accidents.

PTSD and other mental challenges after a crash

News reports and social media discussions often cover some of the consequences of traffic collisions, such as the loss of life and physical injuries. However, our law firm knows that some car crash victims and their loved ones struggle with problems that may not be as visible. For example, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident, which could throw your life off track in many ways. Whether you are no longer able to drive, which could affect your transportation to work and other facets of your life, or you are struggling with depression, these crashes can be devastating from a mental health standpoint.

Vehicle technology risks and benefits

The new vehicle safety technology that is becoming more and more prevalent may have you considering a new car purchase in Washington. Manufacturers are touting these onboard crash prevention features as the solution to many of the sources of traffic crashes. We at Elk & Elk understand that safety features are not a substitute for safe driving behaviors.

Encouraging young motorists to drive safely

One rite of passage that many Seattle area teens look forward to is receiving their driver licenses. Many parents greet this moment in their adolescent children’s lives with pride. As exciting and momentous as this occasion may seem, they should remember there is a dark side to adolescents having their licenses. More “teens die from car accident injuries than any other type of injury,” states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Labor Day weekend and car crashes

On this blog, we have examined some of the different reasons why car crashes occur, such as distracted driving and poor weather conditions. That said, it is essential to keep in mind that additional factors, such as holiday celebrations occurring during Labor Day weekend, can also lead to a crash. From an increase in traffic to drunk driving, Elk & Elk knows that Labor Day and many other holidays can be especially dangerous for people on roads in Seattle and across the state of Washington.

What is the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act?

Legislators in Washington have been working to make the roads safer, and you may be aware that a new distracted driving law is on the books now. According to the Seattle Times, this law is the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act, and it makes holding an electronic device while driving illegal.

Can you encourage your elderly loved ones to drive safely?

If you are one of the many Washington folks who have elderly loved ones that still drive, you may have experienced some apprehension at the thought of them on the road. Often, the focus on safe driving is geared towards younger generations with less experience. However, it is just as important to encourage safe driving practices in regards to your senior family members for their own protection and that of other drivers on the road.

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.

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