Car Accidents Archives

Can I file a claim for lost spousal benefits?

"Loss of consortium" is the legal term used to describe lost spousal benefits. This category of damages relates to the losses suffered by the spouses of individuals who get hurt in accidents. These claims seek to remunerate spouses for the hardship and loss they've endured after losing the various benefits of having a spouse with them in house and home.

Newly issued automotive recall affects 507,000 Kias

Have you ever been involved in a serious car accident that caused the air bag to deploy in your vehicle? Maybe the air bag even saved your life. Imagine what could have happened if the air bag failed to deploy. This is exactly the problem that Kia identified in 507,000 of its vehicles in the United States. According to the automaker, hundreds of thousands of its U.S. vehicles have air bags that could fail to deploy in the event of a serious collision.

Is everyone in your family buckling up?

In 20 percent of the motor vehicle accident fatalities in Washington, the person who died wasn't wearing a seatbelt. This is unfortunate because there's a high likelihood that these fatalities wouldn't have happened if the victim made smart choice to buckle up. Other Washington state statistics show that 5 percent of drivers don't wear seat belts when they get behind the wheel.

Motorcycle safety: 4 things to avoid

There are reams of articles about motorcycle safety and what you should do to avoid crashes. However, sometimes it's what you don't do that's the most important. Take the following four things, for example. Refraining from these "motorcycle don't's" could save your life and your passengers' lives.

How many people die from sleepy driving every year?

There's no reason good enough for anyone to get behind the wheel when they're sleepy, but numerous Americans depend on automobile transportation. Driving their cars while fatigued or sleepy may be the only way these motorists have of getting from A to B. This certainly doesn't make the behavior justified, and it certainly won't exonerate an at-fault driver who causes a fatal crash because he or she fell asleep while driving.

How do car accidents happen?

A car accident can happen in an unlimited number of ways but there are some circumstances that personal injury lawyers see time and time again. The saddest fact about the following car accident causes, however, is not that they happen on a regular basis but that most of them should be completely avoidable if motorist followed traffic laws, stayed attentive and practiced defensive driving techniques -- and if municipalities took better care of our roads.

Hyundai says 44,000 cars could have risky steering wheel problems

Every man-made product was designed and manufactured by a person or organization of people. Furthermore, in the modern world -- as a result of consumer protection laws -- each of these manufactured products has a legal expectation attached to it: It doesn't pose an unreasonable risk to the safety of the consumers who purchase it. The problem is, there are many products that don't meet this expectation and unknown consumers are at risk of getting hurt by them.

Crash inspires more questions about safety of self-driving tech

The idea that a vehicle could drive itself without a human operator behind the wheel was nothing more than science fiction 10 years ago. However, modern technological advancements and artificial computer intelligence have come a long way in recent years. Self-driving cars are already being tested and used on Washington roads. The question is: Are they safe?

Prevent car accidents when the roads are slippery

Drivers in Washington state encounter slick, wet roads all the time. These driving conditions can reduce the traction of your wheels, and spin-outs and slide-out crashes are common. As such, drivers need to be aware of safety practices that can prevent an accident when the roads are slippery.

How do I know when it's time to service my brakes?

Your vehicle's ability to stop is essential for accident avoidance, so if you haven't taken your car into the brake shop for a checkup in a while, you might want to do so as soon as possible. After all, a split second of stopping time could mean the difference between life and death on the road.

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