Bicycle helmet testing: not all helmets pass muster

April 30, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

bike-ad.jpgWearing a bicycle helmet is a must for all bicyclists, both young and old.

Bicycle helmets save lives and prevent traumatic brain injuries. An Institute of Medicine review of bicycle accident concussions found that wearing a helmet reduced the risk of a traumatic brain injury by almost 70%.

In the past twenty years, 90% of bicyclists who were killed were not wearing a bicycle helmet. There is no doubt that bicycle helmets are an essential safety gear and prevent brain damage.

Bicyclists should turn to Consumer Reports, a magazine that publishes reviews and rates products based upon testing in their research center. Consumer Reports tests how well helmets can withstand impact and how much force is transmitted to a cyclist's head in a bicycle accident. They test impact to all areas of the heads including front, crown, back and sides. They also test the chinstraps and buckles to see how strong they are.

Cannondale Teramo bicycle helmets

Cannondale Teramo bicycle helmets did not pass the Consumer Report chin strap buckle test. Consumer Reports found that the chin strap buckle broke during multiple tests. Consumer Reports advises bicycle riders to not wear a Cannondale Teramo helmet because it poses a safety risk.

Washington Bicycle Accident Lawyer

The Farber Law Group is a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington and we represent victims of bicycle accidents including those due to negligent of public entities including pothole accidents, sewer grate accidents, and railroad track accidents. We also represent victims of crashes with motor vehicles due to driver negligent.

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Following too closely, a common cause of Washington car accidents

April 27, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Tailgating is when one driver follows another vehicle too closely and fails to leave enough room to stop to avoid a collision in a situation in which a sudden stop is required.

When weather is good, it is daylight and driving conditions are optimal, a following driver should be at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front.

In situations in which a driver is following a heavy vehicle or when it is raining or road conditions are poor, drivers must follow at a greater distance.

Interestingly enough, more experienced drivers tailgate than less experienced drivers.

Why do drivers tailgate

It is unsafe to tailgate or to follow another vehicle too closely, so why do motorists do so?

  • Drivers overestimate their skill.
  • Drivers follow too closely to intimidate another driver as in cases of road rage.
  • The driver is a "hyper-miler" and is trying to save gas mileage by drafting.

Washington Law and Tailgating

Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.145 "Following too closely" prohibits a driver to "follow more closely than is reasonable and prudent" with regard for highway conditions and the speed of the other drivers.

What should you do if someone is tailgating you?

If another driver is tailgating you, you might feel angry or upset. You might be considering slowing down to piss off the tailgater. But, don't let yourself get into a dangerous situation. Keep calm and if another driver is tailgating you, you should just move over and let them pass you.

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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Man loses legs in car accident after Deputy Sheriff runs stop sign

April 25, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

The Washington State Patrol, in a media release, said they are investigating a four-car accident in which a pedestrian -- a 59-year-old Arlington man -- was seriously injured, requiring the amputation of both of his legs. The accident occurred on April 17 at the intersection of 23rd Street and Rockefeller Avenue at 11:45am.

The WSP is asking any accident witnesses to call Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (425) 508-0602 or Detective Ed Collins at (425) 766-4084.

According to the release, Deputy John R. Sadro, 54, was traveling with two passenger in his marked patrol car when he apparently went through the stop sign causing a chain reaction of accidents.

The patrol car was struck by a Honda Element which caused the patrol car to spin around and strike a Ford truck. The owner of the truck was outside his truck and was pinned between the patrol car and the truck. He was taken to Harborview Medical center in Seattle where the surgical staff was unable to save his legs after multiple surgeries.

Investigators are seeking to determine what caused the officer to run the stop sign. They WSP has not yet released information on whether the officer was on a call and had his siren and/or lights on at the time of the accident.

Car Accident Claims Involving a Police Officer or State or City Agency

When a police officer or other public employee causes a motor vehicle accident, there are some special considerations involved because in some cases, state agencies can be immune to civil lawsuits. Often, when a governmental entity is sued, claims are sometimes limited to modest insurance limits.

Often cases involving law enforcement are very complex and therefore it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find all applicable insurance coverage to obtain compensation that the victim deserves for their losses.

In this case, an experienced personal injury attorney should fight for compensation including medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, prosthetics, home modifications and compensation for the loss of limbs.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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Distracted driving cited in car accident death

April 14, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Car accident investigators are blaming a driver who was distracted by his cell phone for the death of one woman and the injury of two others Monday night in Kent.

The King County Sheriff's office said the driver of a Ford sedan drifted across the center line at 148th Avenue Southeast and struck a Honda civic, killing Sherri White, 25, and injuring two of her passengers.

Police said the driver of the Ford had looked down at his phone prior to the 8pm car accident.

Cell Phones and Car Accidents

Cell phones and electronic devices are increasingly being blamed for being factors in car crashes. One safety advocate, Deborah Hersman of the National Safety Council, estimates that 25% of all car accidents are linked to electronic devices.

Washington state Vehicle Code, RCW 46.61.668 "Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While driving" prohibits a driver for making a phone call while driving or from sending, reading or writing a text message.

A driver who uses a cell phone and causes an accident that results in the death of another may be found guilty of Vehicular Homicide. Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person dies as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without regard to the safety of others.

Experts in the field report that cell-phone use by drivers is as dangerous as drinking and driving and results in up to 1,000 people are killed every year and many other injured due to negligent driving where cell phone use is a factor.

One in 10 drivers admits to using a cell phone while driving. The Farber Law Group urges you to drive responsibly for your safety and for the safety of others on the roads.

What to do if your family member has been killed

If your family member has been killed because of the negligent use of an automobile, you may be able to make a claim for wrongful death against the defendant whose negligent caused your loved one's death. In order to hold a defendant liable in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiffs (the relatives or estate of the person killed) must meet a burden of proof that the defendant failed to provide the victim a duty of care.

A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney can answer your questions about how to proceed with your suit. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing families with their wrongful death claims.

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Car accidents leading cause of death for teens age 15-20

March 24, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

motor%20vehicle%20accident.jpgThe leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15-20 is car accidents according to the National Center for Health Statistics. In fact, teenagers are three times more likely to be killed in a car accident than any other age group. Not only do teenagers not yet have the experience to deal with hazardous conditions but their immaturity causes them to make bad decisions like speeding and failing to buckle up their seatbelt. In fact, of teens killed in car accident, 55% were not wearing a seatbelt.

Washington State like many other states has instituted a graduated driver's license. The graduated license allows teens to get experience driving under supervision and without adding distractions. Washington's graduated driver's license includes the following restrictions for driver's under the age of 18:

  • No passengers under the age of 20 for the first six months except for immediate family members.
  • For the subsequent six months, no more than three passengers under the age of 20 who are not family members.
  • No nighttime driving between 1am and 5am for the first 12 months after receiving a license.
  • No cell phones permitted.

Distractions and Teenage Drivers

Teenage drivers are often distracted by visual and auditor stimulation both inside and outside of the car. Even though texting and driving is prohibited, a majority of teens report that they had responded to text messages while driving.

Alcohol and Teenage Drivers

It is against the law for teenage drivers to drink and drive. Young drivers tend to drink and drive less than adults but whey they do, they are more likely to be involved in a car accident because of their relative inexperience with both driving and using alcohol.

Improving Teenage Driving

Technology is available which can actually help teens become better drivers.

  • Seatbelts - Seatbelts are a basic safety device and when parents model seatbelt use and purchase cars with in-vehicle seatbelt alerts, teens are more apt to use them.
  • Cell phone blocking technologies are available that prohibit teenage drivers from texting and answering their phone while driving. There are a variety of cell phone apps and after-market products available.
  • There are after-market devices available monitors a teen's driving speeds and position and can also limit texting.
  • Breathalyzers can detect the amount of alcohol in a teens' blood stream, informing them that they should not be driving.

While technology is fantastic, parental supervision and directed practice with parents in the car is crucial for a teen to learn to be a safe driver, especially in the first six months.

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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Have you suffered whiplash injury in a car accident?

March 22, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

hyperflexion.jpgIf you've been injured in a car or truck accident, you might have concerns including how to pay for medical treatment after your accident. The Farber Law Group is a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington with more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.

We often represent car accident victims who have suffered a whiplash injury. Car accident victims can suffer whiplash injuries even in car accidents that appear relatively minor. A whiplash injury is often misunderstood and mistreated but can lead to loss of mobility, chronic pain, disability and symptoms including anxiety and depression.

Whiplash Defined

Whiplash injuries can occur when a person's neck rapidly moves forward and then backwards when the vehicle they are riding in struck from behind or involved in an accident. A whiplash injury is a term that can be used to describe an injury to the bone structures and the soft tissues of the neck.

While whiplash is not a life-threatening injury, it lead to partial disability which requires medical care.

While many people recover from a few weeks to a few months after their car accident, some whiplash injuries have lingering effects without proper treatment.

Symptoms of Whiplash

A whiplash injury can result in neck stiffness, pain, headache and shoulder pain and stiffness. Sometimes patients can also experience jaw pain, weakness in the limbs, visual disturbances, ringing in the ears and problems with vision.

Whenever a person suffers chronic pain, they can also experience depression, anxiety, stress, problems with sleep, frustration and anger.

Whiplash Diagnosis

After an accident, a patient will need to be examined by a physician to determine if there are injuries which reqire treatment. Based on reported symptoms and an examination, the doctor may prescribe a cervical collar around the neck. The doctor may also order x-rays to check for serious injuries. If the x-rays are normal but the patient still have pain, the patient may have soft tissue damage which does not show up on normal x-rays. MRI exams may be used to detect injuries to the soft tissues.

Treatment for Whiplash

Treatment for whiplash injury can vary but the injury often requires immobilization of the neck for a short period with a cervical collar followed by physical therapy. Studies have found that wearing a collar for too long can actually cause the muscles to atrophy. It is important that medical treatment be sought soon after the accident and treatment started as early as possible.

How a Personal Injury Attorney can help

If you have been injured in a car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you by reviewing your medical records; establishing how the injury affected you emotionally, physically and financially; and filing a claim for compensation on your behalf.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered whiplash injury in a car accident requiring medical intervention.

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Pedestrians and bicyclists alike complaining about Ballard bridge safety

February 28, 2015 by The Farber Law Group

Haley Woods, a Seattle resident, recently posted a video to YouTube showing how difficult it is for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Ballard bridge. The video already has more than 10,000 views just a week after it was posted.

The Ballard bridge, which is also known as the 15th Avenue bridge,was built in 1917 and is 2,854 feet long and carries traffic over Seattle's Salmon Bay between Ballard and Interbay and on to downtown Seattle.

Woods told about one of her own harrowing experiences when bicycling across the bridge. She was blown against a bridge post and fell into the lane of traffic. In July 2007,in a similar accident, Terry McMacken was struck by a car, lost his left arm and succumbed to his injuries about a year later.

The problem the bridge poses for pedestrians and bicyclists is that the sidewalk is very narrow -- just 39" wide at his narrowest -- with a 10.5" cement barrier between the sidewalk and traffic.

Because of the narrowness of the sidewalk, it is difficult to pass someone on the bridge and, with the slightest mishap, a cyclist could fall into oncoming traffic and be hit by vehicles traveling upwards of 35miles per harrow. The sidewalk is so narrow that it is virtually impossible for a bicyclist to pass someone pushing a baby stroller without the cyclist stepping onto the barrier or into traffic.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has published a study on widening the sidewalk but they cite the huge expense. In the meantime, alternative routes to taking this bridge can add a hours walking time.

Road Hazards and their Roles in Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are more susceptible to accidents caused by hazards in the road including sewer grates, potholes, and railroad tracks. When a bicycle accident is caused by a road hazard, the entity such as the city or county that maintains the roadway may be liable for injuries.

bike-side-ad.gifThe Farber Law Group has 30 years experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits on behalf of injured bicyclists. In successfully pursuing a negligent claim stemming from accidents involving governmental entites, the following must be present:

  • The entity breached a duty of care owed to the bicyclist
  • The breach of care caused the injuries suffered by the bicyclist.

Claims against governmental entities can be particular difficulty so it is wise to hire a personal injury attorney so that the claim can be filed in a timely manner and to insure the cyclists rights are not compromised.

Call Washington bicycle lawyer Herbert Farber at The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087. We can provide a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss the merits of your case.

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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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