Defensive driving: avoiding head-on collisions

February 23, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Just last week, a man was killed on Highway 2 when another driver left their lane and struck the man's vehicle head-on. Every year, approximately 5,200 people die in head-on accidents. Learning how to avoid these types of accidents might very well save your life.

Some head-on collisions are caused when a driver, due to impairment or inattention, veers from their own lane. Other times, drivers become confused and enter a freeway or highway going the wrong way.

The National Safety Council recommends the four R's:

Read the Road - scan the road ahead of you. This means that you need to be alert. You should be sure you are sober and awake whenever you drive your vehicle.

Drive to the Right - drive slightly to the right of your lane so that any cars passing will see you and you also have room to escape.

Reduce your speed - Slow down but don't slam on your brakes.

Ride off the road - If you have to choose between hitting the oncoming car or driving into a ditch or a guardrail, your chances are better if you hit the fixed object since the force of two vehicles approaching is greater than that of hitting a stationary object.

And, we'll add a "W" to the four R's:

Wear your seatbelt - Seatbelts save lives and in a head-on collision, they can be a lifesaver.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Members of King's High School boys basketball team injured in weekend bus accident

February 16, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Ten of 16 people on board a school bus carrying the King's High School basketball team from Shoreline were injured after the bus overturned on an off-ramp on Interstate 5 at Mountlake Terrace reports KOMO News.


The school bus accident occurred Saturday night as the bus exited Interstate 5 to Highway 104 and rolled onto its side.

The passengers suffered injuries including scrapes, bruises, a contusion and a broken arm.

The bus driver said the brakes on the bus failed. Some witnesses reported the bus traveling too fast as it exited the freeway but the bus driver says that the brakes on the bus had failed.

While hundreds of thousands of students ride school buses every year, fatal school bus accidents are relatively year. However, there are up to 12,000 children injured every year in school bus accidents. In an accident like this, people ask, "Why don't school buses have seatbelts."

Most experts say that seat belts do not make school buses any safer. Riding in a school bus is actually 40 times safer than riding in a car and htat is because of the seat compartments that have high backs and are padded. The other factor that makes school buses safer is that passengers are riding higher up than in a passenger vehicle.

Thankfully, no members of the King's High School basketball team was critically injured.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bus accidents.


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Police use "black box" data to determine fault in Bruce Jenner's car crash

February 10, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Sometimes it is hard not to follow the tabloids. The news can be quite so salacious and it's hard not to take notice when the media focuses on Bruce Jenner. Apparently, Jenner was involved in a car accident in Malibu this past weekend and a person was killed.

What caught our notice is that Jenner's car was equipped with a black box, a tool that investigator's will use to help determine fault in the multi-car accident.

What is a black box?

It might surprise you that all new cars, light trucks, SUVs and vans sold after September 1, 2014 and weigh less than 8,500 pounds, must be equipped with an Event Data Recorder (EDR). Most people know about EDR's, or black boxes, because whenever there is a plane crash, there is a concerted effort to find the device.

In autos, the EDR records a vehicles speed, throttle position, brake application, engine speed and velocity change during a collision.

While the law mandated that all cars be equipped with the device as of September 1, 2014, the devices have actually been installed in many vehicles for the past 20 years, especially in the trucking industry.

Law enforcement and black boxes

Law enforcement agencies are able to use the black box data to determine cause and effect in auto accidents. The data from these devices can be accessed by law enforcement because drivers have "no expectation of privacy on public roads."

texting2.jpgThere has been some speculation that Jenner was using a cell phone when he was involved in the accident. Apparently he rear-ended a Lexus being driven by a 69-year-old woman and the force of being rear-ended caused her vehicle to spin into oncoming traffic and where it involved in a head-on collision. The woman had apparently slowed for traffic or a changing light when Jenner's vehicle struck hers.

According to TMZ, Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators were planning to get a search warrant on Jenner's cell phone to determine if he was texting prior to the accident. If so, he could be charged with vehicular manslaughter in the accident.

Jenner's publicist denies he was texting at the time of the fatal accident.

In Washington state, a person can be charged with vehicular homicide if a person is killed in a car accident and the driver was driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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Driver safety on Super Bowl Sunday

January 30, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

seahawks-12.jpgSunday is the Super Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks are going for a repeat of last year's win. Go Hawks!The Farber Law Group is urging drivers to avoid a DUI or getting into an accident on this exciting day for the city of Seattle and for Hawks fans throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Last year, according to the Washington State Patrol, the Patrol made 102 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests on Super Bowl Sunday. Not only are DUI fines and legal fees expensive, but the risks of getting into a car accident in which someone is seriously injured or killed increases when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Washington DUI Statistics

In Washington state, there has been a significant drop in the number of alcohol-related fatal car accidents in the past 10 years. Still, 42% of all fatal car accidents involve a driver that was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. In 2012, there were 146 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents. This is potentially the number of lives that could be saved if people refrained from drinking and driving, not to mention the number of people who are seriously injured in drunk driving car accidents.

Going to a Super Bowl Party?

If you are attending a Super Bowl event on Sunday where alcohol is served, make a plan about getting to and from the event safely. Often, people are enjoying the game so much, they don't realize how much they are drinking over the course of an afternoon.

The following are some common sense tips will insure that you won't suffer the life-altering consequences of getting a DUI or causing an accident in which someone is injured or killed.

  • Designate a driver before the party. This will be a person who refrains from drinking. Many people make the mistake a selecting a designated driver who does not abstain from drinking altogether. The problem with this strategy, is that the person may be have a BAC that is above the legal limit.
  • Use a bus, call a taxi or use a rideshare app like Uber or LYFT to get a ride from a party.
  • Spend the night where the party is.
  • Stay home and celebrate with immediate family and or neighbors.
Be responsible and have fun!

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent clients who wish to file a lawsuit against drunker drivers for the injuries caused by a drunk driving collision. If a family or loved one has been killed in a drunk driving accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver whose negligence caused the death of their loved one.

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Kirkland woman killed in wrong way car accident

January 16, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Head-on collisions are some of the most devastating. A case in point is an accident that occurred this morning when a 38-year-old Kirkland woman was killed in a head-on collision when she drove the wrong way —
eastbound in the westbound lanes — on Highway 522 near Bothell.

According to KOMO News.com, the car accident occurred around 6am near Interstate 405. Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident but they don't believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

The other driver involved in the accident was injured and taken to the hospital.

Authorities will investigate the accident and try to determine what was the cause.

Roadway Design Can be a Factor in Wrong Way Collisions

Knowing this section of road, it is possible that the driveway was confused while driving on Campus Drive and accidentally entering the West Bound 405 off ramp.

cautionsign.jpgRoadway design defects are sometimes factors in auto accidents. Insufficient signs, misleading signage, shoulder drop-offs, construction hazards, insufficient lighting and confusing highway design can all be factors in highway accidents.

It is the responsibility of transportation officials to both maintain roads and provide proper signage to alert drivers to roadway conditions and irregularities. Signs should:

  • Indicate merging traffic
  • Indicate wrong way direction
  • Warn motorists of construction zones
  • Warn motorists of one way streets
Wrong way accidents can be a result of driver error

Some wrong way accidents are as a result of driver error including intoxication, fatigue, illegal u-turns, distraction, confusion and suicide.

Contact Washington Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a roadway design defect or due to the negligence of another driver, you should consult a personal injury attorney to help you protect your rights in pursuing a negligence claim. Contact The Farber Law Group for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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New study reveals that drowsy driving plays a factor in up to 21% of fatal car accidents

January 5, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

A new study published by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety refutes an earlier study that said that only 1-3% of all motor vehicle accidents were affected by drowsy drivers. The new study by AAA which looked at 14,268 crashes, revealed that a higher number of crashes involved drowsy driving. The new study suggests that drowsy driving was a factor in:

  • 6% of car accidents in which a vehicle had to be towed away from the accident scene
  • 7% of car accidents in which someone was injured
  • 13% of fatal car accidents

If these proportions were extrapolated across all motor vehicle accidents in the nation, it suggests that 328,000 motor vehicle accidents annually involve a driver who was drowsy.

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Signs of Drowsy Driving

If you are driving and you find yourself exhibiting one of the following behaviors, it's time to get off the road, drink some coffee or caffeinated beverage or get some sleep:

  • Daydreaming
  • Remembering the last few miles you drove
  • yawning
  • Drifting out of your lane and onto the rumble strips on shoulder
  • Blinking or trouble keeping your eyes open.

Those at a greater risk for drowsy driving include adults between the ages of 18-29, shift workers, adults with children at home, people with health conditions like sleep apnea.

Preventing Drowsy Driving

It is estimated that 1 in 10 of drivers has fallen asleep in the past year while driving. The following tips may very well prevent a drowsy driving accident.

  • Be sure you get sufficient sleep before you drive. Every adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep at night but many people do not that get enough sleep.

  • Drink a caffeinated beverage like coffee if you feel sleep, allowing 30 minutes for the caffeine to take effect.

  • Alternate drivers

  • If you are feeling drowsy, get off the road and take a nap or stay somewhere for the night.

Drowsy Driving can cause slower reaction time and judgment. It can also cause a driver to have difficulties processing formation , have decreased driving performance and also drive more aggressively.

Claims of Neglience

The court does not treat drivers who drive while fatigued or drowsy very well. The courts have found drivers guilty of gross negligence in cases involving accidents caused by drowsy drivers.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one killed, by a drowsy driver, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver. If the driver who caused the accident was driving professionally, the company for whom the driver was working for may also be liable for damages.

A personal injury attorney can help you with your case when there have been serious injuries. The Farber Law Group has been representing accident victims and their families for more than 30 years. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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Bellevue attorney victims of car accidents caused by impaired drivers

December 30, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

Herbert Farber founder of The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington personal injury law firm, has been representing victims of drunken drivers and their families for more than 30 years. His interests include educating the public about the hazards of drunk driving and obtaining justice for those injured or killed in car accidents caused by impaired drivers.

New Year's Eve Emphasis Patrols

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting emphasis patrols, looking for drunken and impaired drivers and getting them off the road. Law enforcement agencies have a goal of zero accidents due to impaired driving.

Drunken and impaired driving has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 people in Washington state between 2009 and 2013 according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Impaired driving includes driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or above or driving while under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs.

Drivers High on Marijuana are Also a Concern to Law Enforcement Agencies

This year, Washington law enforcement agencies are not only looking for drunk drivers but also looking for people driving high on marijuana since the drug was legalized in July of this year. Many marijuana users don't think that driving under the effects of marijuana is a problem. And often, people high on marijuana have also been drinking alcohol.

drunk_driving_impaired_driver.jpgPenalties for Impaired Driving

Drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence can receive a sentence of up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, loss of their driving privilege, and a requirement of wearing an ankle bracelet and/or installing an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

If a driver injures another person while driving impaired, they can face charges of Vehicular Assault which results in more severe penalties. And, If a driver kills a person while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they face prison time of between 78 and 102 months.

Attorney Helps Victims File Civil Claims

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drunken driver, or if a family member has been killed, you may be seeking compensation for your damages. There is three year statute of limitations (deadline) after a car accident to file a claim or settle an insurance claim. If you have a serious injury we advise you not to wait too long after the accident before engaging a lawyer so that your rights are protected.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Call us today for a free and confidential case consultation at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.

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19-year-old faces vehicular homicide in Puyallup bicycle accident death

December 17, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

washington drunk driving accident lawyerA Puyallup teen faces upgraded charges of vehicular homicide after the bicycle accident victim that she hit on November 24 died on December 9th of the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Kallie James had been charged with vehicular assault after the accident in which she ran a stop sign and struck Eric Renz, 66 of Puyallup, who was riding his bicycle near the Washington State Fair Grounds.

Renz was hospitalized after the accident but was in a coma and never regained consciousnesses before he died.

James allegedly was high on drugs and marijuana at the time of the accident.

Vehicular homicide, Washington Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520, can be charged if a person succumbs to injuries suffered in an automobile accident within three years of the incident. Vehicular homicide can be charged if the at-fault driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving with reckless disregard to the safety of others.

Those found guilty of vehicular homicide face a sentencing range of between 78-102 months.

Washington Victims of Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a still a significant problem in the nation and in the state of Washington even though numbers have been declining. Every year, approximately 700 people in the state are killed in motor vehicle accidents and about half of these deaths could have been prevented because the driver was impaired by alcohol and or drugs.

Drugs and alcohol impair a driver's judgment along with their coordination, reaction time and vision.

Criminal versus civil claims

While the state files charges against a drunk driver, victims and their families may file a lawsuit claiming damages in civil court. A conviction of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault is prima facie evidence of reckless behavior and supports a civil claim. The auto accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group can work to maximize the civil judgment.

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Driver faces vehicle assault charges after Bellevue car accident

December 15, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

bellevue victims of drunk driver lawyerA 25-year-old Bellevue man is under arrest and faces charges of Vehicular Assault after he struck a car and seriously injured a 40-year-old Bellevue man in the 15400 block of Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue.

The injured man was seriously injured and was transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

Police are awaiting the results of a blood draw and believe that the suspect was under the influence fo alcohol and or drugs at the time of the accident.

Washington vehicle RCW 46.61.522 Vehicular Assault finds that a driver can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a car accident and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Vehicular assault is a class B felony and results in a license revocation for a year, an ignition interlock license and can result in a prison sentence of at least 3-9 months and fines. The maximum prison sentence is 10 years and a $20,000 fine.

In addition to criminal penalties, the driver can face liabilities in civil court. Victims of vehicular assault can make damage claims for their medical costs, loss of wages and punitive damages.

Bellevue Personal Injury Attorney Represents Seriously Injured Persons

The Farber Law Group has represented the victims of drunken or drugged driving for more than 30 years. We work hard for the injured and their families and we aggressively pursue justice on behalf of the victims of drunk driving accidents. We advise victims to not sign any paperwork or accept any payment for their accident without contacting a personal injury attorney for legal advice. Do not make the mistake of signing your rights away. If you cannot come to us, we will come to see you even in your home or hospital room.

Our Bellevue personal injury attorneys are dedicated to accident victims and that they get immediate and high-quality legal representation. You pay nothing unless we win your case.

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Female pedestrian killed near Vancouver mall

December 8, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

A motorist who may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs struck and killed a pedestrian in Vancouver, Washington on Monday morning. The pedestrian, a woman, was killed on Andresen Road near Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive.

The driver fled the accident but crashed his car nearby where he was apprehended.

The Columbian reports that several people had called 911 after witnessing a dark-maroon sedan driving recklessly on Interstate 205.

Early reports said that police were chasing the driver but those reports may have been erroneous.

Washington law makes it illegal for a driver to flee an accident in which a person is seriously injured. This driver faces serious consequences for leaving the scene of an accident and faces charges of Vehicular Homicide.

It is shocking to learn that nearly 20% of all fatal pedestrian accident are caused by hit-and-run drivers. While law enforcement tends to have a pretty successful rate in arresting hit-and-run drivers and penalties are stiff, hit-and-run driving continues to be high, especially when pedestrians and bicyclists are involved.

Why do drivers leave the scene of an accident? Often, the driver is intoxicated and they fear being charged with a DUI especially when it is not their first offense. Some drunk drivers are so intoxicated that they are not even aware that they have been in an accident. In the case of the accident today, this driver may have been so intoxicated that he may have not realized he was driving recklessly. Some drivers flee the scene of an accident because they are driving a stolen vehicle or driving without insurance, registration or driver's license. Others flee because they fear the consequences of their actions.

Hit and run accidents are an ongoing problem in Washington state. While it is difficult, there are some remedies you can take against a hit-and-run driver. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed, you should seek the counsel of an experienced Washington personal inury attorney as soon as possible after the accident so your rights are protected.

Often, the hit-and-run driver is apprehended shortly after the accident or identified later on. Eyewitnesses can help identify the driver or friend and neighbors of the driver, mechanics, or others may report a hit-and-driver after hearing news about an accident. Other times, family members convince the driver to turn themselves in.

There are time limits, however, in pursing an uninsured motorist claim so it is important that injured parties contact an attorney as soon as possible. Even if you were a pedestrian or bicyclist when the accident occurred, your uninsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy should cover damages. Often, the insurance company will also assist you in identifying the hit-and-run driver so that they do not have to pay your claim.

The personal injury attorneys at The Farber Law Group will make sure that your rights are protected and you are not victimized by insurance companies. It is important that you contact a legal professional as soon after a hit-and-run accident as possible so that important evidence will not be lost including witness interviews. The Farber Law Group is an affiliation of highly experienced Washington car accident attorneys and they will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party or your own insurer.

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Travel safety tips for Washington mountain passes

November 18, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

i 90 car accident lawyerThanksgiving is nearly upon us and many motorists will be traveling over mountain passes to be with friends and family. It is incumbent on motorist to prepare their vehicles for winter driving conditions.

The weather on the mountain passes can change from hour to hour and motorists are advised to check the pass reports before traveling. There are several websites and travel apps that can help including www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/, You can also follow the Washington DOT reports on Snoqualmie Pass on Twitter at @snoqualmiepass. The DOT has a helpful app to load onto your smart phone.

Prepare your vehicle for winter driving

One never knows when traveling across the passes when a blizzard will hit or when the pass might close temporarily due to avalanche, accidents or road clearing.

When you are planning a trip over Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass, be sure your car is equipped with basic items including chains, ice scraper, jumper cables, small shovel, sand or cat litter.

Make sure you are prepared for the comfort of your passengers including extra clothing, blankets, gloves, water, flashlight and food. If you are traveling with small children, be sure to bring extra diapers.

Be sure your gas tank is full before embarking on your journey.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injure in motor vehicle accidents and those who have been killed.

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Insurance Institute recommended list of used car for teenagers

November 17, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

teen_driver.jpgThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published a list of the recommended used cars and SUVs for teens that sell for under $20,000.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation's roads.

In choosing a recommended vehicle list for teenage drivers, the IIHS looked for both affordability and safety. When teens drive the "wrong car" -- a car without certain safety features and one that is too powerful, it is too easy for them to lose control. Large cars also present a challenge in tight driving situations.

The IIHS makes the following recommendations when selecting a vehicle for a teenage driver:

  • Avoid vehicles with high horsepower, i.e., muscle cars.
  • Heavier and bigger vehicles provide better protection in a car accident.
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is aa computerized technology which is a must have safety feature on cars for teenage drivers. ESC detects skidding and improves a vehicle's stability especially around curves. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that one-third of all fatal car accidents.
  • Pay attention to safety ratings. The IIHS rates vehicles on how well they do in different types of crash tests.

Check on the IIHS website for the comprehensive list of recommended used cars for teenage drivers.

Common mistakes made by teen drivers

Teenage drivers are inexperienced drivers so they make a lot of these common mistakes:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Risky driving practices including not checking blind spots, unsafe lane changes, and not using turn signals.
  • Failing to leave a safe following distance.
  • Failing to wear a seat belt.
  • Over-correcting.
  • Driving while tired.
  • Driving with teenage passengers.

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