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How many lives do rollover crashes claim?

When it comes to fatal motor vehicle accidents, there are all sorts of crashes that can lead to the loss of life. For example, many people pass away in drunk driving crashes, as a result of speeding, or because of some other cause that might have been out of their control. However, rollover accidents are especially dangerous and also claim many lives on an annual basis. As a driver, it is important to understand just how deadly these crashes are and do what you can to avoid a rollover accident.

Material that is presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that rollover accidents are one of the deadliest types of traffic accidents. In fact, over 7,600 lives were lost in rollover crashes during 2010. Among all of the passenger vehicle wreck fatalities that took place over the course of 2010, rollover accidents were responsible for 35 percent of the fatalities. Moreover, rollovers were part of just 2.1 percent of all the van, SUV, pickup truck, and passenger car crashes that happened in 2010, which shows just how fatal these accidents can be when they do occur.

Helping your child after a car wreck

If you are a parent, a number of things may be going through your mind when you find out that your child has been involved in a car wreck. For starters, you will likely be concerned about their safety. In Spokane, and in other cities across Washington, accidents have claimed the lives of far too many children, while leaving many more with debilitating injuries. At Cooney Law Offices, we know that even children who are able to survive these crashes, as well as their parents, often go through different challenges.

If your child has been hurt in a motor vehicle collision, the injuries could interfere with their school performance or ability to play on a sports team. Moreover, the injuries may throw their summer vacation off and cause a great deal of emotional distress. You should try to talk with your child to ease some of their concerns and help them move forward. Depending on the details of what took place, you may have to take additional actions. For example, if a reckless driver caused your child to suffer, you should look into having them held accountable as soon as you can.

Are fatal accidents more common on July 4th?

For many Americans, Independence Day is a time to celebrate with friends and family members. From firework shows to parties, people celebrate the holiday in different ways. Sadly, some people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents that occur on this holiday. Worse yet, statistics show that fatal accidents are especially prevalent on July fourth as a result of drunk driving. Over the years, far too many lives have been lost on this holiday, as well as other times of the year, because of drivers carelessly getting in their vehicles after drinking alcohol.

According to marketing material presented by the Department of Transportation, Independence Day has one of the highest fatality rates, in comparison to other holidays. Sadly, many of the lives that are lost on this holiday are caused by people choosing to operate a vehicle while drunk. During 2015, 146 lives were lost on the Fourth of July due to drivers being intoxicated and above the legal limit. Among those who passed away, 92 were involved in an accident that had a driver whose blood alcohol content level was greater than 0.15.

If the other driver’s auto insurance doesn’t cover medical bills

Any car accident can shake up your life, but when you are seriously injured in a crash in Washington, simply making it from one day to the next may be all you can handle. If the other driver did not have an adequate auto insurance policy, concern over who will pay your medical bills and other damages may make the situation seem intolerable. The legal team at Cooney Law Offices, P.S., has helped many car accident victims find solutions in cases like these.

If the other driver was texting, intoxicated or speeding, there may be ample evidence that he or she was at fault. Any coverage that person’s policy provides should be applied to your damages. You may be able to file a lawsuit, as well. However, taking someone to court and winning will not help you if the defendant has no money. Your own insurance policy may provide you with coverage, though.

Pit bull charges, bites 9-year-old boy

While the following story isn't from Spokane or anywhere in the state of Washington, it does exemplify many of the issues that surround any dog bite case. Today's story is from Iowa, where a 9-year-old boy was at a park with his father. While skating together, a pit bull suddenly charged the 9-year-old and bit him in his bicep. Thankfully, the bite doesn't appear to be too bad (there is a photo in our source article, so be ready for that) and the 9-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

The father said that in the understandably hectic aftermath of such an incident, he wasn't able to get any information from the dog's owner. No blame need be placed here, but it is an important reminder for dog bite victims out there: if possible, you should get contact information from the dog's owner.

Pedestrian accident fatalities on the rise

Why are pedestrian fatalities increasing?

There are several possible reasons why there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian accident deaths. The country's economic recovery is one of them. As unemployment decreases and disposable spending is on the rise, people drive more. More cars on the road means greater opportunities for cars and pedestrians to collide.

As cities and towns become more pedestrian friendly, there are also more people walking alongside traffic than previously. Again, the more interactions between people and vehicles, the more likelihood that accidents will occur. Since pedestrians are obviously unprotected by the steel confines of a vehicle, they will bear the brunt of any impact in an accident.

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