You may be among the many Washington residents who are planning to hit the road this holiday season to visit family and friends or to just take a holiday trip. Road trips are common this time of year, and with so many people on the road and in a hurry to get to their destinations, it is important to keep safety a top priority.
When on the road, it is the responsibility of all drivers to adhere to traffic rules. When a driver fails to do so, he or she puts the lives of everyone around in danger.
Leaving the house in one's car in the morning, many Olympia residents do not realize that they are about to engage in a dangerous activity that could cost them their life. When one is driving, they typically follow traffic rules and expect others on the road are doing the same. Unfortunately, millions across the country get behind the wheel every day and hundreds die in tragic and fatal auto accidents daily, a majority of them caused by another's negligence.
In most vehicles, when a driver gets behind the wheel their phone connects automatically to their car. Using technology, drivers can switch channels on the radio, answer phones and even dictate text messages. Many motorists consider this safer than having the actual phone in their hand, as their eyes rarely have to leave the road while performing these functions. They figure they are less distracted while driving as a result.
It is an unfortunate reality that motorcyclists are often overlooked on the roads. Though drivers should expect to see more of them during the summer months, motorists do take turns or overtake while keeping an eye out for motorcyclists.
Though 97 percent of drivers recognize that texting and driving is dangerous, 45 percent of those same people admit that they have either read an email or a text while driving within the last month, and 35 percent have sent an email or text. These survey findings demonstrate that distracted driving is still a cause of concern, as nine people die daily in auto accidents related to it.
Washington residents likely have a routine set out for their day. This likely includes getting out on the roadways at different points during the day. Driving has become such a second nature to most people that they don't even realize how dangerous of an activity it is and the risks associated with it. it is only until someone becomes injured in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence that one realizes the hazards on the road and the stark reality that a driver can be cautious as he or she wants, but if surrounding motorists are not careful, there is little that can be done to avoid an wreck.
Becoming injured in an auto accident is a traumatic event for Washington residents and leaves emotional and physical scars that can take both a long time and a lot of medical treatment to recover from. Medical bills result from treatment and one way to recoup medical bills is by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at fault for the accident. However, one reason accident victims hesitate from getting the justice they deserve is because they are also at fault in the accident and are unsure of the laws surrounding their crash.
Distracted driving can trigger significant motor vehicle accidents. How common this driving behavior is here in Washington state is a very important issue.