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E.L. Doctorow said, “You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” Most people can, but night time driving is more dangerous than during daylight hours, simply because of reduced visibility. Add to it drivers who are drunk or drugged, or distracted, and things become very dangerous. Nightime driving increases the chance of an accident. You might have seen cars that are missing a working head or tail light, or no lights at all, their drivers seemingly oblivious. It is against the rules of the road to drive without adequate lighting at night because this kind of negligence can bring on accidents with catastrophic results. If you have been hit by a driver who was not operating a safe vehicle, or hit you because of negligence, your life has been impacted far beyond the initial hit.
Rear end collisions. They're one of the most common kinds of crashes, and they almost always happens when it’s least expected. Often these types of accidents leave victims with devastating pain, including but not limited to whiplash. Obviously physical pain can result, as well as emotional trauma. Last but not least, another long term impact is the financial strain of medical bills, loss of transportation, and even loss of wages. After an accident involving a real-end collision, it’s important to know the facts. You have options and don’t have to soldier through it without help. You can make an informed decision about what to do after being rear-ended.
It’s remarkable that unsafe lane change collisions don’t happen more often on Bellingham and its surrounding Whatcom County roads. All vehicles have blind spots, and when we travel at highway speeds, parallel to other cars, with so many drivers shifting lanes, merging, accelerating and slowing down – naturally this put us in dangerous situations. Usually it’s an honest mistake to begin our move into the next lane when suddenly we hear a honk of the horn warning us to get back over. However, if someone is drunk or distracted, or simply reckless, a tragic and unnecessary accident might result in lifelong – or life-ending – changes. Click here to learn more about broadside car collisions and what to do if you're in one.
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