Unfortunately, the roads in Washington can be hazardous at times. Therefore, road traffic accidents are still a frequent occurrence. The risks are significantly heightened during busier periods and in certain conditions.
With millions of drivers on the road each day, the state has attempted to insert measures to keep motorists and their passengers safe. Outlined below are important safety laws to remember as a driver in the state of Washington.
Children are required to wear a seatbelt or to sit in a suitable car seat
Washington State Legislature Section 46.37.510 outlines the law relating to children and seatbelts. The reasoning behind implementing these measures is that the risk of injury is greater when children are not adequately secured in the vehicle.
It is a requirement for all children under the age of sixteen to be secured in the vehicle with an appropriate set belt safety system. Additionally, where appropriate, children under the age of 13 are expected to be placed in the vehicle’s back seat with a seat belt.
Children over the age of 4 or under 4’9” should be placed in a suitable car seat until the regular seat belt systems fit them. Children younger than four must be secured in suitable car seats, with all children under two years of age being placed in a rear-facing seat.
Headlights must be on at certain times of day
Washington State Legislature Section 46.37.020 dictates the law relating to vehicular headlights and signals. It is a legal requirement for drivers to turn on their headlights at least 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.
Additionally, headlights are expected to be utilized when weather conditions make them necessary to improve the safety of fellow motorists. Drivers are also asked to use high beam headlights when applicable and limit their use when oncoming vehicles are present.
Understanding safety laws in Washington state could help to protect you as a driver. If you have been injured in a traffic accident, there may be legal options open to you.