Seattle Car Crash Attorney Discusses the Causes of Vehicle Accidents
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are many potential causes of vehicle accidents in Washington. Not all crashes are serious. But when there is a serious collisions, the injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured an accident caused by someone else's negligence, please contact an experienced Seattle car collision lawyer to determine your legal rights and options.
Determining the cause of a crash is an important step to receiving compensation for the injuries and losses suffered. Here are some of the most common causes of vehicle collisions in Washington:
This is the most common cause of fatal car accidents in Washington. According to a report by the Washington State Department of Transportation, 184 fatal crashes in Washington were alcohol-related in 2009.
Exceeding the speed limit and driving at an unsafe speed are two of the most common causes of car crashes. According to statistics, 107 people were killed, 462 were seriously injured, and 7,317 sustained minor injuries in Washington speed-related crashes in a recent one year period.
Drivers who are on the phone, eating, drinking, fiddling with the radio, talking to friends, or reading put everyone on the roadway at risk. A driver does not have to be cited by the authorities for distracted driving to be found civilly liable for the collisions they cause. Go to www.distraction.gov for more information.
Failure to Obey Traffic Safety Devices
Stop signs and traffic lights must be obeyed at all times. Intersections are a common location for serious collisions and many of occur because drivers fail to obey traffic control devices.
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
Drivers exiting private driveways must yield to traffic before merging onto the roadway. Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians must yield to drivers when trying to cross where there is no crosswalk. Bicyclists must be given the same right of way privileges as motorists. Motorists must also yield right-of-way to oncoming vehicles before making a left turn or U-turn.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Drivers who fail to look for other vehicles before changing lanes can result in serious injury highway collisions. All motorists would be well-advised to check their rear-view mirrors and their blind spots before changing lanes.
How to Prove Liability In Seattle Vehicle Collisions
Proving liability for an injury can become difficult if the at-fault driver denies responsibility for the crash. There are a number of questions that injured victims should ask following the crash. Did the authorities cite the other driver for a traffic violation related to the crash? Did the police determine who was responsible for the crash? Did anyone witness the crash? Were proper notes and photos taken immediately following the collision? An experienced attorney knows which questions to ask and how to prove liability.
The skilled Seattle injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. know how to prove liability and hold to hold at-fault drivers accountable for the damages they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident in Washington, contact our law offices today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation and comprehensive case assessment.