Rate of fatal crashes skyrocketed during coronavirus shutdowns

It looks like the rate of fatal crashes spiked in many cities during coronavirus shutdowns, despite the significant decrease in traffic. Reuters reported statistics from fatal crashes across a number of sampled cities from April 2020, compared to April 2019: New York City:  167%; Boston: 65%; Chicago: 292%; Madrid, Spain: 470%. Across the U.S., there was a 36.6% jump in fatality [...]

2020-06-29T22:19:39+00:00Car Crashes|0 Comments

FAQ: “How are car accident settlements calculated?”

If you're looking for an answer to the question "how are car accident settlements calculated?," there are 2 things you need to know right away. One: there is no single identifiable formula for how car accident* settlements are calculated. It depends on a lot of factors, including: Who was injured, and how badly; How those injuries [...]

2020-06-19T18:44:28+00:00Car Crashes|0 Comments

Pacific Northwest drivers must do better in the rain

Traffic crashes increase during the rainy season. Why are Pacific Northwest drivers bad at driving in the rain? Nearly every time precipitation hits, whether its a drizzle or a deluge, there seem to be traffic catastrophes all over the place. Wet roads present different challenges for drivers, especially the first rain after a dry period of weather. [...]

2020-03-15T22:07:53+00:00Car Crashes|0 Comments

A letter to my fellow Seattle drivers

Dear Seattle drivers, I want to have an honest talk with you. It was recently reported in the Seattle Times Traffic Lab that 101 people were seriously injured or killed in 98 collisions on Seattle streets in the first 6 months of the year. That is the highest number in the first six months of [...]

2019-08-20T17:33:33+00:00Car Crashes, Editorial|0 Comments

You should avoid driving in extreme weather this summer

I was driving with my family through Cheyenne, Wyoming last week. The weather had been nice and comfortable, but one day a thunderstorm warning was issued. The warning stated that 70 mph winds were expected, with hail the size of marbles and both lighting and thunder. Sure enough, the storm came through just as predicted. [...]

2019-07-26T14:48:23+00:00Car Crashes|0 Comments

This is how much time you save by speeding

The average driver saves 26 seconds a day by speeding. People think it saves time. Maybe it does occasionally, if you run through a yellow light to avoid stopping for a minute. But, the time savings, on average, is about 2 minutes a week. Considering that: Speeding through an intersection drastically increases the risk of [...]

2018-02-06T17:39:30+00:00Car Crashes|0 Comments

No tolerance for short cuts in repair after car wreck

A jury recently awarded $42 million to a young couple who suffered major burns and crushing injuries in a car wreck. A Dallas body shop fixed their hail-damaged Honda using a cheaper, but untested, method of roof repair. Just before Christmas, the couple was headed for a family visit when a truck hydroplaned and hit [...]

2020-05-09T18:13:20+00:00Car Crashes|3 Comments