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Drivers Show Signs of Drowsiness Prior to Crashes in Larger Share of Car Accidents than Previously Believed

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Drunk driving and distracted driving are known to be dangerous driving behaviors which receive (appropriately) public disapproval and attention from law enforcement, but until recently, few of us have considered the serious dangers of driving while highly fatigued. A team of researchers with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has recently published a study… Read More »

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Red Light Running: a Source of Deadly Accidents

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

When in a hurry, the temptation to avoid the wait and run a red light can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, the possible consequences to other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists from red light accidents can be catastrophic. A recent local accident that left a teenaged pedestrian in serious condition is but one example of the possible… Read More »

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Senators Look to Improve Tractor-Trailer Safety through Greater Underride Protections

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Tractor-trailer accidents were to blame for nearly 1,500 fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants in 2016. These massive vehicles are capable of causing great harm when they hit other vehicles, but collisions with big rigs and semi-trucks can also be deadly when smaller, lower-riding vehicles slide under large trucks in what are known as underride… Read More »

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Fatal Train Crash Raises Questions of Liability

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A federal investigation has now begun in the derailment and crash of an Amtrak train in DuPont, Washington. The fatal crash appears to have resulted from the train’s excessive speed, and investigators are looking for reasons why the speed was not brought under control prior to the crash. The Amtrak Cascades Train 501 was… Read More »

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Another Year of Rising Roadway Deaths, Says NHTSA

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

2014 was the first year in 50 years that traffic deaths were seen to rise over the totals of the year before. The trend has continued for two subsequent years, with recently-released reports showing that the US again saw more fatalities on its roads in 2016 than in the year before. While the report… Read More »

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Side-Impact Crashes More Likely to Be Fatal

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Side-impact collisions are one of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents for victims. When cars are impacted on their side, the resulting crash is more likely to result in serious injuries for the vehicle’s occupants. Read on to learn more about side-impact collisions, and find out if you’re entitled to money damages… Read More »

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Inspection Blitz Takes Thousands of Trucks Off the Road

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

During the annual international inspection blitz known as Roadcheck this summer, tens of thousands of commercial vehicles were subjected to detailed inspections by enforcement officers, and a startling percentage were taken off the road as a result. The results of the inspection blitz draw attention to the hazards posed by ill-maintained trucks and the… Read More »

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New Study Asks whether Children Possess Neurological Capability to Cross Busy Residential Streets

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Your kids may be in charge of getting themselves home from a nearby bus stop alone if you’re unable to meet them. Like most parents, you probably spent time instructing your children in how to cross the street safely before you let them go off on their own. Despite this careful instruction, new research… Read More »

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Dash Cams Can Help You Prove Your Right to Damages in a Car Accident

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Dash cams—short for dashboard-mounted cameras—were once tools used only by police officers, but they have become more commonplace in the vehicles of average drivers. Read on to learn whether you might benefit from having a dash cam in your vehicle. When you’re involved in a disputed car accident claim, dash cams can provide critical… Read More »

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Restraints Play a Significant Role in Reducing Child Fatalities, Study Finds

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Roadways can be a dangerous place both for you as a driver and your passengers. Your most precious cargo, your children, depend on you to keep them as safe as possible in the car by not only using necessary safety equipment such as car seats, but also using them properly. Unfortunately, new research shows… Read More »

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