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Semi crash kills pedestrian in Benton County

Trucks are everywhere in Washington and the rest of the United States. In many towns and communities, semis and other large vehicles are the only way to get goods, services and infrastructure improvements. A trucking network is helpful for the country, but it can have side effects for individuals and families.

Truck drivers must be trained and licensed by the state where they are based, and nearly all states have the same strict guidelines for operation of larger vehicles. This makes a lot of sense when one thinks about the possible damage or injury that can be caused in collisions with heavy, fast-moving trucks.

Just how dangerous are air bags?

Safety is on the mind of any person who ever gets behind the wheel of a vehicle. They might purchase a car because of a high safety rating or because of an incredible number of air bags. Safety is important, but even safety tools inside a vehicle have their own risks.

Air bags in particular can cause problems for people involved in accidents. In some cases, they can even cause crashes by deploying unexpectedly.

Tesla autopilot involved in fatal crash

You know that you need to be safe when you're driving, which is why you love the idea of having a vehicle with safety technology. Some cars can stop you before hitting something. Others can let you know if someone is in a blind spot next to your vehicle.

The technology is amazing, but it's not perfect. Drivers still need to pay attention or else they could end up becoming victims in crashes that could have been avoided.

Is there technology that can help with drowsy driving?

Trucks are dangerous to the drivers who are in much smaller passenger vehicles or riding on motorcycles. No matter who it is that a truck driver hits, the chances are that they'll be in a vehicle that is much smaller and less able to cope with the thousands of pounds of weight that impacts it.

The sad reality is that many of the truck accidents seen today are caused by drowsy drivers. That's why it is so exciting when technology makes it easier to support those drivers and tell them when it's time for them to stop and take a break.

1 killed, 2 injured in serious car crash in Washington

A car crash comes unexpectedly. One minute, you may be thinking about what you want to eat for lunch or where you'd like to go for dinner, and the next you find yourself calling 911 for help. It's a shocking situation to deal with, and it can take all of your energy just to get through it.

It's important that drivers who cause crashes can be held responsible for their actions. Take, for example, this case involving a 48-year-old man who was traveling quickly on eastbound I-90. The driver lost control of his vehicle, which then resulted in him leaving the roadway.

Here's what you should know about distracted driving in America

Car crashes happen every day in the United States. There's a good chance that you may have seen one while driving to or from work, for example. Or course, the truth is that many of the crashes that happen could be avoided. People simply get distracted and don't pay attention to what they should be doing, which is focusing on the road ahead of them.

With technology and the high-paced society that America has become, it's no wonder that people are distracted. Still, people are told about the dangers of driving while texting or using a phone, but they just don't stop. It's actually believed that the number of distracted-driving crashes are underreported, even though they're already linked to 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes, as of 2015 data.

Get help if you've lost a loved one in an accident

A wrongful death is devastating to a family. It could be a child who loses their life in a car crash or a loving parent who dies on the way to an event. Whoever it is, the loss is sudden, unexpected and tragic.

When you're dealing with a wrongful death, the last thing you'll want to do is to deal with the legal aspects surrounding the case. You'll be focused on caring for your loved ones and helping those around you. You might be reeling from losing someone close to you and need time to grieve. That's why it's important to reach out to your attorney right away, so they can begin taking steps to get you the compensation your family needs.

How can you prevent a car-truck accident?

Driving a passenger vehicle in close proximity to a commercial truck is easier said than done, as one false move from either of you could cause a serious accident.

You can only control so much as a driver, but there are steps you can take to prevent a car-truck accident. Here's what you should do:

  • Avoid blind spots: Truckers have large blind spots, especially the area directly behind and next to their vehicle. Don't drive in these spots for an extended period of time.
  • Pass with care: Yes, there are times when commercial trucks struggle to maintain their speed. As frustrating as it may be, you should still pass with care. This means using your turn signals and the left lane.
  • Take caution when merging: Merging onto the highway in close proximity to a commercial truck is tricky, as they often find it difficult to quickly change speeds and move to another lane. Make sure you have enough space to comfortably and safely merge.
  • Leave space when changing lanes: Without enough space, you increase the risk of the truck striking you from behind at a high rate of speed.

Don’t make a car insurance claim mistake

Even though you pay for car insurance every month, it's your hope that you never have to use it. If you do, it means that something has gone wrong, such as an accident with another vehicle.

When making a car insurance claim, it's critical that you don't fall prey to any mistakes that could cost you time or money. These include but are not limited to:

  • Giving a written or recorded statement: It's okay to speak with your car insurance company, but providing a written or recorded statement before you're ready to do so can result in saying something that hinders your ability to obtain all the compensation you deserve.
  • Accepting the first offer: Your insurance company would love for you to accept their first offer, as it's typically for less than what you're owed. Don't be surprised if you receive a check marked as "final payment." You don't want to cash this until you're sure that you want to bring an end to your claim.
  • Ignoring your policy: Don't take guidance from your agent after an accident. Review your policy, understand your coverage and do your part in receiving compensation based on what you've been paying for. An insurance policy is a contract, so your insurer is obligated to abide by the terms and conditions.
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