Stay Safe on Highway 101 – Tips from a Port Angeles, WA Attorney

Stay Safe on Highway 101

Wrecks and traffic on Highway 101 are so common that people traveling on this dangerous highway in Port Angeles, WA have become accustomed to delays and traffic jams due to accidents. Port Angeles and other cities including Sequim and Quilcene have been active in trying to make Highway 101 safer for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others. Unfortunately, the number of motor vehicle accidents along Highway 101 in Port Angeles, WA continue to increase.

Recent Highway 101 Accidents

In a three-vehicle wreck on Highway 101 at the Morse Creek S-cure near Strait View Drive, two people were injured causing westbound Highway 101 to be blocked for more than an hour.  An elderly man was treated and released after a two-car wreck at Olympic Hot Springs Road and Highway 101 when one driver failed to negotiate a curve while traveling west on Highway 101. Traffic was limited to one lane for over an hour and half while law enforcement and emergency responders worked the traffic scene. A Forks teenager was injured in a collision at the Highway 101 and Highway 104 interchange in a collision apparently caused by a drowsy driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
From driver error to dangerous road design, Highway 101 is the scene for many vehicle accidents each year.  Many of those accidents could be avoided because they are caused by driver error. Unfortunately, as a driver, you cannot control what another driver does while behind the wheel of their vehicle.  However, you can take steps to protect yourself and avoid accidents on Highway 101 in Port Angeles and the surrounding northwest Washington communities.

Tips to Protect Yourself From Other Drivers on Highway 101 in Northwest Washington

  • Avoid Distracted Driving – You may not be able to avoid a distracted driver; however, you can avoid distracted driving yourself. Any activity that takes your cognitive, visual, or physical abilities off the task of driving puts you at a greater risk of being involved in an accident. Your ability to avoid accidents is impaired by the distraction. For example, texting results in a distraction of all three abilities — your hands are off the steering wheel, your eyes are off the road, and your mind is focused on the text rather than driving.  Reduce your risk of being the victim of an accident by giving you full attention and focus to the road conditions and to what other drivers are doing.
  • Speeding – As your rate of speed increases, your chance of sustaining traumatic, life-threatening injuries in a motor vehicle accident also increases. You may not be able to avoid an accident caused by another driver; however, you can decrease the risk of serious injury by driving slower and obeying the speed limit.
  • Proper Vehicle Maintenance – Ensure your vehicle is in good working order, especially your brakes. It is important that your tires are properly inflated, your brakes are not worn, your windshield is clear of debris, your windshield wipers work, and your lights all work.  A well-maintained vehicle can help you avoid a vehicle accident by allowing you to take evasive action if another driver acts irresponsibly or negligently behind the wheel of their vehicle.
  • Wear Seat Belts – Seat belts save lives!  The driver and all passengers in a vehicle should be secured by a seat belt or child restraint device.
  • Buy Vehicles With Advanced Safety Features – Many of the newer vehicle models have enhanced safety features such as brake assist systems, increased side impact protection, air bags, antilock brakes (ABS), stability-control systems, and active head restraints.

Contact an Experienced Port Angeles, WA Car Accident Attorney

The car accident attorneys of McMenamin & McMenamin represent accident victims and their families in Port Angeles and throughout northwest Washington State.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, please contact our office for a free legal consultation.  We want to help protect your right to receive the compensation you deserve for your damages. Let us worry about the legal aspect of a car accident claim while you focus on what is truly important — you, your family, and your recovery.

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