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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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A 23-year-old man is lucky to be alive after the front-end of the Cadillac he was driving was sheared off in a “horrific” car accident in South Seattle.

The car accident occurred in the 7300 block of Airport Way in South Seattle about 9:40 p.m when the man lost control of his vehicle and stuck a power pole and a tree.

The injured man was found lying outside of his vehicle when aid cars arrived and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

While a traffic accident investigation is being conducted, it’s hard to speculate on the causes of the car accident. However, the Seattle P-I cited dark and rainy conditions.

For all of us that live in Western Washington, we all know that rain is often heavy and that it is especially difficult to drive in heavy rain during darkness. When driving in rain, it is important to slow down and keep the following safety tips in mind.

Safety tips for driving in rain

When you are driving in heavy rain, visibility is decreased and hindered, so the following tips can help you avoid an accident.

  • Check your tires for tread and for proper inflation to avoid getting into a hydroplaning situation.
  • Avoid flooded roads and intersections. You never know when a flooded road can cause your vehicle to stall or when a flash flood could carry your vehicle away.
  • Check your brakes to make sure they are not saturated after driving through a puddle by braking lightly.
  • Slow down. Stopping distances are longer in the rain.
  • Turn gently. Turn gently on curves as your stopping and on highway on/off ramps as stopping distances are longer in the rain.
  • Don’t follow too closely so you can react if a car brakes suddenly.
  • Use your low beams as high beams as rain can create a glare.
  • Use your turn signal to let other drivers know of your intentions.
  • Pull over and quit driving when rain is so heavy that you cannot drive safely. Try to pull completely off the road and use your emergency blinkers.

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This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injrued in car accidents caused by the negligence of another. With our help, you may receive compensation for your damages.

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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