The Washington state is known to have safe highways, yet some of them are prone to accidents. Especially some parts of highways in and around Seattle has witnessed some accidents over the years.  On I-5, 405, I-90, and 520, most accidents occur as a result of drivers being tired, sleepless or exhausted.  Or some of them are in a hurry to reach their destination on time or early. The result is driving on Seattle highways are becoming more and more dangerous.

Seattle Highway Accident Laws

The Washington state laws state that for driving trucks and heavy vehicles, drivers need to have Commercial Driving Licenses(CDL). And these are not easy to get, as the applicants have to go through a series of tests to qualify. But nevertheless, not all companies follow the prescribed procedures and tests while hiring a driver. Apart from the CDL, companies need to run background and fitness checks while hiring as well as on regular intervals. Many trucking companies also fail to properly maintain their vehicles, which can lead to accidents on road. These may include:

If you have driven on any of the Washington State Highways, you must have noticed many large trucks including 18 wheelers on the roads. Most of these trucks pose no risk to the general vehicle, especially in Seattle, but in case of an accident, there are serious consequences. One of the common reasons for such almost fatal accidents is the truck being overridden or under-ride.

In case you don’t understand the term, it means the scenario when a vehicle (usually a car) is run over by a semi truck or an 18 wheeler. These accidents are mostly fatal, as the car gets stuck under the truck, further complicating things.

The common situations for truck overriding accidents to occur are when the driver loses control of the truck due to the following:

When 18-wheeler trucks weighing thousands of pounds applies sudden brakes or skids on the road, the consequences are pretty serious. One of them being the truck getting jackknifed. That is, the trail attached to the truck folds over its hinges to make an acute angle with truck’s cab. Surviving such accidents is nothing short of a miracle.

Some Common Causes for Jackknifing Truck Accidents

Truck jackknifing accidents are considered among the most or nearly fatal truck accidents. And the 18 wheelers and semi trucks are the common trucks involved in these. But for a truck to jackknife, only a few situations are responsible. These include:

Semi Trucks and 18 wheelers are a common sight on the Washington State roads, including in Seattle and Olympia. They are very rarely involved in accidents, but when they do, the consequences are severe. While one of the major reasons of semi truck accidents is their overspeeding.

Speeding Semi Truck Accident Laws

Speeding truck accidents can be of two types. One, when the driver is simply driving too fast. The other is when the driver is driving too fast for the road conditions. Either way, you may raise a claim against the owners of the speeding truck involved in the collision. Further, if you are not at fault, there are two other sources. It can either be the truck driver’s mistake or a mistake made by the company.

Driving on the Washington state highways is not as safe as it sounds. Especially those in Seattle, Kirkland and Olympia know that many semi trucks and 18 wheelers ply on the roads regularly. And what can be more scary and disastrous than cargo falling off from the truck ahead?  Though these are mostly carefully secured, one small error can lead to serious accidents.

What Washington State Laws state on Falling Cargo

The Washington state has specific laws that clearly state guidelines on how certain cargo is to be loaded. Including the fact that both the driver and the trucking company has to ensure that the cargo is tied securely well before the vehicle gets on the road.  Also, the cargo must not keep moving around, or roll inside the truck. Especially when the truck is taking a turn, accelerates or applies brakes, the cargo must stay steady and in place.

The Interstate highways or freeways in Seattle and Kirkland, such as I-5 and 405 and I-90, are the major road stretches that connect various cities of the Seattle metro area. On these freeways, the cars, trucks, SUV’s are allowed to drive at higher speeds.  Pile up accidents are the result of one or more than one vehicle driver halting abruptly leading the vehicles coming from behind to crash and pile up behind.

Heavy traffic, snowy or icy roads, road obstructions, and an accident are the most common causes which lead to pile up accidents. When talking about the legal considerations of such incidents there are various complex factors that are involved.

The Law Regarding Pile Up Accidents

Ads of ecstatic women using talcum powder on their baby’s bottom have been seen for decades which give off the vibe that talcum powders are anything but unsafe for the genital area. However, the truth is far from the claim because recent studies link talcum powders directly with ovarian cancer in women. The suspicion regarding talcum powders go 4 decades back and even though ovarian cancer is dependent upon numerous factors, it is quite likely that when talcum powder is used in the genital area, the talc particles can make their way to the ovaries through the vagina and fallopian tubes and contribute to the risk of developing cancer.

The evidence to support this claim actually came out in 1971, where it was found out that in fact, as much as 75% of the ovarian cancer tumors consisted of talc particles. About 10 years later, a study conducted by Harvard University suggested that women who used talcum powders or baby powders ran a 30% more risk of developing cancer than the ones that didn’t. Additionally, in 1997 it was found out through an internal memo that Johnson & Johnson’s – manufacturer of baby powders – knew about this risk but thought this factor wasn’t big enough for them to discontinue the sale of their talcum products or even warn the users about this danger for them to take well-informed decisions.

Regardless of the facts and data produced, big-shot companies continue to deny any association of talcum powders with cancer by claiming that the evidence is not enough to maintain a connection between the two. After the studies were put forth, Johnson & Johnson’s continued to sell its products without offering any sort of warning on the bottles of its talcum powder for more than half a century.

The motive of implementing ride-sharing facilities in a city is to reduce the number of personal cars treading on the road. Ride-sharing cars promote carpooling and help reduce the cumulative carbon-footprint of a city. But this is not all that these ride-sharing facilities provide. They are also linked with an increase in the number of crashes and congestion in certain areas of the city.

A team of researchers conducted a study for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business named “The Cost of convenience: Ride Sharing and Traffic Fatalities”. In this study, they found evidence that after introducing Ride-sharing services like Uber in a city it led to an increase in traffic delays and the number of crashes.

Why The Increase?

Every driver has a right of way on the roads.  There are set conditions and markers which allow the driver to respond carefully on the road.  These markers and signs consist of stop signs, red lights, crossroad markers, among other things.  Negligence to follow such rules can causes accidents that seriously injure people.

Washington State has clearly set restrictions which are meant to be followed because they will keep you safe. On your part, you have to follow them and ensure that you are not endangering the life of another person.

Washington State Law Denotes that:

Driving on a road in Kirkland and Seattle has to be done with a sense of responsibility and sanity. Even one second of negligence can lead to a collision or a crash. Likewise, overtaking other cars or vehicles has to be done after giving due care to the laws and the real-time driving conditions. Wrongful overtaking will only result in an accident which will disrupt your normal life routine. Continue reading ›