The best way to prevent an auto accident in Seattle is to obey all traffic laws and regulations. These laws are put in place to keep you safe, and to keep your behavior predictable for other drivers on the road. In spite of all this, just because someone receives a ticket does not mean they are at fault for an accident. Liability for an auto accident, and how citations affect it, is a complicated issue that should be discussed with an experienced auto accident lawyer. Before you talk to an attorney, though, it can be helpful to have a basic grasp of traffic laws. We hope the information we’ve collected and written here will not only help to keep you and your family safe, but also give you a fuller understanding of your claim should you get injured in an auto accident in Seattle and need the services of a personal injury attorney.

How traffic laws affect your case

Auto Insurance 101 Understanding auto insurance can be a very difficult task, and insurance companies don’t do the greatest job of making it easier on people. I have dealt with insurance companies my whole career, so I would like to shed some light on the three types of auto insurance you need to be aware of and make sure you have.

Six Tips for Driving on Flooded Roads Being a coastal city, Seattle sometimes has its drenching rain and even occasionally flooding. In addition to wet, slick roads, high levels of precipitation results in local rivers, creeks and ponds flooding. These Washington floods not only cause damage to businesses, property and houses, but also prove treacherous to the cars wading through the flooded roads.

Ten Accident Prevent Tips for Seattle Drivers Millions of accidents occur in the United States every year. There are hundreds of reasons for these accidents — intoxication, drug abuse, talking on a cell phone, texting, fixing one’s hair, or being distracted by an accident nearby to name a few. The sad part is, you may not be the one driving poorly when you’re involved in an accident.

How Uninsured Drivers Affect You Auto insurance is compulsory in every single state, except New Hampshire, so it should come as a surprise that an estimated 13.8% of motorists in the U.S. do not have insurance. That number is even higher here in Washington. At about 16%, that means that nearly one out of every six Washington drivers is uninsured.

Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs With the consequences of drunk driving constantly in the lime light the equally disastrous nature of driving under the influence of drugs (drug driving) has been dismissed or ignored by many.

Preparing Your Vehicle For a Snow Storm Believe it or not, winter tires and summer tires are not simply a marketing ploy to make you spend more money. Each type of tire is built differently and functions better in certain conditions. Summer tires have less tread and do better on dry, warm surface, while winter tires have thicker tread and are able to grip wet or slick surfaces.

Seat Belt Safety Seat belts are the most important safety feature of a car. The consequences of being involved in an accident and not wearing a seat belt are horrendous. Sixty-three percent of all individuals that were killed in a car accident were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.

The Top Ten Ways to Spot a Drunk Driver In our daily commute we always encounter foolish drivers. We rant and rave when someone cuts us off, forcing us to slam on our brakes, or when someone is so distracted that they cannot seem to stay within their own lane. Usually, we react with annoyance, commenting on how the driver acts drunk, possibly making some gestures to let the driver know of our displeasure before we continue on our way. But if we excuse all drunk drivers as bad drivers how many lives are we putting in jeopardy?

What To Do If You Hydroplane Anyone who has hydroplaned in his or her car can attest to how frightening the experience can be. Here in Seattle, many of us have gotten used to driving in the rain, but as the weather gets worse, the risk of hydroplaning increases.

Bicycle Accident Prevention Tips Here in the Pacific Northwest, we love to ride our bicycles. Although it can be a lot of fun, and a great way to spend a nice summer’s day, riding a bicycle in urban environments comes with some added risk.

Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents Due to the amount of drunk and distracted drivers that plague our streets, it is rather dangerous at times to be a pedestrian. Even when correctly following street signs and the rules of the road, pedestrians can still be hit by a negligent driver, or injured by falling debris