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Out of Towners, Congested Roads, and Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2017

Whether it’s for the holidays, a wedding, or any other event, it’s great when family and friends come to visit, especially in Seattle where there’s so much to see and do. But Seattle’s roadways are very busy, especially the I-5 southbound; and Seattle consistently ranks as one of the worst cities to drive in throughout the entire country. So, if your visitors have to go out on the road, how do you make sure they’re safe and don’t get into any accidents?

  • Tell them about the congestion. When considering all the cities in the United States, Seattle might not come to mind as one of the busiest or most congested. However, a traffic study done in early 2016 by TomTom, the manufacturer of popular GPS devices, found Seattle to be the second most congested city in the entire country. Remind visitors of this and the risks it brings.
  • Provide detailed directions and addresses. If the group is going somewhere and not everyone will fit into a local’s car, provide detailed directions and addresses to the visiting driver. And if the visitors don’t have a GPS in their car, provide them with a map of the area. Don’t rely on the visitors following anyone in their car, as this will only add stress to the situation, take their focus off the road, and possibly even keep them racing to keep up with you so they don’t get lost.
  • Tell them about back roads. If your visitors will be going somewhere and you know they’ll have to get through some pretty congested areas to get there, try to provide alternate routes for them. Taking back roads to places may take a bit longer, but they’ll also be quieter and get everyone where they’re going more safely.
  • Provide public transportation information. Probably the safest way for out of towners to get around is simply to get a ride from someone else. If that can’t be you, provide them with public transportation information that will help get to their destination. Write down the names and numbers of the buses they’ll need to take, tell them where they’ll need to get off, and as many details as possible–such as what stops they’ll go through before reaching their destination.

It can be difficult to keep your loved ones safe, even when you do your very best. If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash, contact a Seattle car accident attorney at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have been helping traffic accident victims for over 40 years. Call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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