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Protect yourself before and after a car accident

Sometimes it feels like you take your life into your hands every time you choose to drive on Washington's roadways. Sure, you are practicing caution when behind the wheel, but is everyone else? In light of the fatal car accident that occurred in Pasco on Friday, Feb. 19, the answer to that question often appears to be no. Based on police reports, that accident occurred because three motor vehicles were racing on Interstate 182 when one of the motorists lost control and rolled his car.

Unfortunately, that driver paid for his poor decision with his life, but he and his fellow racers also placed every other motorist on the highway in mortal danger. It is difficult if not impossible to predict when or if another driver may cause an accident. It is impossible to 100 percent stop people from driving recklessly and negligently. These things are likely going to continue. The best you can do is to protect yourself as best as you can while using our state's roads.

This protection comes by paying careful attention to all that is happening near your car. You can also protect yourself by following the rules of the road, driving safely and using seatbelts while driving. Acquiring the right kind of insurance can also protect you before an accident occurs. When you have uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage, you stand a better chance of receiving the compensation you need for physical or property damage suffered in a car accident.

You can protect yourself after an accident as well by acquiring legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Having a lawyer by your side ensures your protection both in dealing with your insurance companies and should a personal injury lawsuit come into play. Read more at our legal website devoted to the citizens of south eastern Washington.

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