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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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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