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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.

The best things to do if you are in a car accident

While you may never like to entertain the thought of what would happen to you if you were involved in a car accident, chances are the thought has crossed your mind at some point. Understanding the best steps to take in dangerous situations like a car accident, is actually quite helpful to give you an added measure of confidence when you are in a high-stressed and chaotic predicament. At Elk & Elk, we understand the risks that motorists face while on the road, and have been able to successfully help many Washington car accident victims. 

Can the sun cause an auto accident?

Auto accidents happen for many reasons, from ignoring stop signs to intoxicated driving. Unfortunately, some are caused by less common risk factors that do not receive as much attention, such as bright sunlight. As a driver, you should be mindful of the sun if you are concerned that bright rays might interfere with your driving.

Negligent entrustment explained

It may be widely assumed amongst many in Seattle that teen drivers pose a greater risk to other motorists than adults. Yet is there any evidence to back up this assumption, and if there is, could those entrust teens with vehicles also be held liable for any car accidents they may cause? 

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.

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