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The Seattle P-I reports that an 86-year-old driver was involved in a wrong way crash on Interstate 5 in Tacoma late last night. Not only was this senior citizen driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 but police believe that he was driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol at the time.

According to the report, the man entered I-5 travelling north in the southbound lanes and collided head-on with another vehicle after midnight. Both vehicles suffered major front-end damage and both drivers were injured.

Police arrested the wrong-way driver and have booked him into jail. He faces charges of DUI and vehicular assault. Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 “Vehicular Assault” can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a car accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Washington state law finds that a driver is impaired if their blood alcohol concentration is .08% or higher. With a BAC at this level, a driver often experiences some, if not all of the following effects:

  • Poor muscle coordination which exhibits as slurred speech, delayed reaction time and reduced vision and hearing.
  • Impaired judgment, reasoning and memory.
  • Impaired concentration.
  • Short-term memory loss.
  • Impaired perception.
  • Impaired information processing ability.

This driver probably also had effects of aging against him as well. Many drivers at the age of 86 have already decided to not drive on freeways or drive after dark. The aging process already slows down thought memory, judgment and thought and add alcohol to that mix makes a car accident seem almost inevitable.

DUI Victims Advised to Seek Legal Counsel

Drunk driving accidents affect victims in many ways. The victim often faces physical recovery, monetary losses and trauma. The DUI accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group can’t prevent drunk driving accidents from happening but we try to help victims. We have more than 30 years representing drunk driving victims to insure their rights are protected and that they receive all the compensation to which they are entitled.

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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Cities across the nation are encouraging motorists to become bicyclists and bicycle commuting has increased dramatically since 2000. Most cities do not have the infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and complete streets to keep bicyclists safe, and as a result, bicycle accident fatalities are on the rise.

In fact, there was a 16% increase in bicycling accident fatalities between 2010 and 2012 according to a Governors Highway Safety Association study, Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups.

Several factors stand out when looking at bicycle accident fatality statistics:

  • Adults age 20 and over make up 84% of all those killed while bicycling. Of those killed, about 74% were adult males.
  • Bicycle helmets do make a difference. Approximately two-thirds of all bicyclists who were killed were not wearing a bicycle helmets. Many states do not have mandatory bicycle helmet laws but Washington state enacted theirs in 1990.
  • Bicycling and drinking do not mix. 28% of bicyclists killed had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more.

Where do fatal bicycle accidents occur?

Approximately 37% of all fatal bicycle accident occurred at intersections. Often, T-intersections are involved. Roundabouts, while not common in the U.S., are particularly dangerous for bicyclists. 59% of bicycle deaths occurred on roads considered major but that were not interstate highways or freeways. Not surprisingly, bicycle accident fatalities and severity of injuries increase with higher road speeds.

Washington bicycle accident statistics

In 2012, a bicyclist or pedestrian was involved in a motor vehicle accident every 3 hours. In all, there were 12 bicycle accident fatalities and 110 serious injuries.

Causes of Bicycle accidents

When a bicycle and a motor vehicle collide, one of the common contributing factors is “failure to provide a proper lookout” by either the cyclist or the driver. Other factors including drivers making poor turning maneuvers or reckless driving.

Bicycle accident injuries

Arm and leg injuries are very common in bicycle accidents. Chest and abdomen injuries occur in only about 5% of accidents, but when they do happen, they are often quite serious. Head injuries including skull fractures can result in a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.

When to hire a bicycle accident attorney

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or a loved one killed, in a bicycle accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue-based personal injury law firm, is here to answer your legal questions. We provide a free and confidential case evaluation.

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Comparative or contributory negligence is a legal defense which allows the plaintiff to negate damages that they may be required to pay for a negligence claim. A defendant may establish a defense that the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to their injuries..

Wal-Mart is claiming comparative negligence in the negligence lawsuit that comedian Tracy Morgan has filed after he was seriously injured when a Wal-Mart truck struck his limousine saying that Morgan and his companions failed to wear seat belts..

Morgan has filed a civil claim against Wal-Mart claiming that Wal-Mart was negligent in the car accident in which Morgan and two others were seriously injured and his friend James McNair was killed.

According to a police investigation of the accident, a truck driven by Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart employee, rear-ended a limousine containing the comedian and his friends. Roper faces criminal charges including vehicular homicide and assault. According to charges, Roper conduct was reckless and negligent; Roper was speeding prior to the accident and that he fell asleep while driving. Charging pages claim that Roper did not sleep for a full 24 hours before the accident.

Wal-Mart’s response to Morgan’s complaint is an attempt to reduce the amount of damages that they may be liable for. Morgan and his companions now have a burden of proof to disprove their own negligence.

Morgan of course is upset that Wal-Mart is blaming him for his own injuries. His attorney claims that seat belts had nothing to do with the seriousness of the injuries. Morgan’s limousine was apparently at a “dead stop” when the Wal-Mart truck traveling at 65mph slammed into it.

This will be a case to watch. We are sure that Morgan and his companions have secured excellent legal counsel who will fight for them and assist them in maximizing their recovery in this case.

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.

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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Two women have been killed in two separate pedestrian accidents in Western Washington in 24 hours. With rainy weather and less daylight, pedestrians are especially vulnerable.

An 82-year-old woman who was crossing in the 700 block of Main Street was struck by a Community Transit bus on Thursday evening around 7:30pm in Monroe and died Friday morning at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. According to the Everett Herald, the woman , was walking to a “Hello Dolly” production at the Frank Wagner Auditorium. There was light rain at the time of the accident.

In Federal Way, a 60-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car as she crossed in the 32200 block of 21st Avenue Southwest around 6:30am. An article in The Seattle Times cited “poor driving conditions/light and a pedestrian crossing outside of a crosswalk” as factors in the accident.

Safety Tips for Walking in Rainy/Dark Weather

These two tragedies may have been prevented and both women taken some safety precautions. When walking in the rain or the early or late evening hours, precautions have to make sure they are seen. The following are some safety tips:

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  1. Make sure you are seen by wearing bright or reflective clothing. Carry a flashlight to make yourself more visible.
  2. Only cross at crosswalks and do not jay walk. Drivers do not expect people to be crossing mid-block.
  3. Avoid walking on a road shoulder, or if you have to, stay as far away from the roadway as possible. Glare of headlights and windshield wipers impairs driver’s visibility.
  4. Be aware that motor vehicles can hydroplane so if you see puddles and water on the road, make sure you give drivers extra stopping distance before you cross the road.
  5. Make sure you are seen by drivers by making eye contact.
  6. When crossing driveways, parking lots and at traffic lights, be especially care of turning drivers.
  7. Don’t distract yourself with your cell phone or headphones. Be alert and watchful of traffic around you.

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The Everett Herald reports that two men were injured, one seriously, in a U.S. Highway 2 head-on collision near Index on Saturday night around 10:40pm.

According to news reports, a 23-year-old Tacoma man, Bryan Scott, was driving his Honda west-bound and was illegally passing when he crossed the center line and struck an Audi traveling eastbound, driven by Daryl Blanton, 52, of California.

Scott was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Blanton’s injuries were less serious and he was taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.

Police believe that Scott may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and that may have played a role.

Crossover car accidents have plagued U.S. 2 for years. Of the more than 50 fatal accidents on the highway in recent years, 18 have been “crossover” in which the driver crossed the center line. Many have called for the creation of a divided highway with a barrier between the Eastbound and Westbound lanes to make the highway safer.

Head-on collisions and sideswipes occur when the driver of a vehicle fails to stay in their lane or crosses the center line. This type of accident can occur especially on curves. Though physical barriers as proposed on Highway 2 can pose their own hazards, the severity of a collision with a median concrete barrier is usually less severe than a head-on accident.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm and we represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers.

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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broken-car-480202-m.jpgAs a motor vehicle accident attorney for more than 30 years, I have seen the stress that car accident victims feel after an accident weeks, even months after their car accident.

Victims have many worries after a car accident.

First of all, car accident victims are intent on their recovery. Sometimes a recovery can be lengthy requiring out-patient physical therapy. Victims worry about who will pay their medical costs, how to juggle medical appointments and work.

Car accident victims also worry about their auto repair costs, auto replacement costs and how to get a motor vehicle to take them to and from work and their medical appointments.

One consequence of car accidents that many people are not aware of is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While most of people associate PTSD with combat, people can develop PTSD after traumatic events including sexual assault, serious injuries, car accidents or any event in which there was a threat of imminent death.

Some people who have been involved in a car accident are fearful about getting into a car or driving for some time after an accident. One friend whose car was totaled in Bellevue on Richards Road when she was hit by a speeding driver felt anxious and nervous about riding in a car for months afterwards. At the time, she felt like she would never be the same again.

When people are nervous and anxious, it’s important that they slow overcome their anxious feelings by getting in a car and start driving short distances and gradually resume their normal driving patterns.

For some victims, their anxiety is a much more severe condition and they can receive a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD can be diagnosed after the following criteria:

  • A traumatic event with risk of serious injury or death to self or others and a response to that event by feeling intense fear, helplessness or horror.
  • Flashback and intrusive memories of the event that persist.
  • Avoidance of simulation that will cause one to think or bring back distressing memories of the event.
  • Symptoms including nightmares, sleep disturbances, fainting, dizziness, chest pains, excessive sweating, inability to breathe, loss of clear hearing or vision.
  • Negative feelings and mood.
  • Emotional reactions when aroused.
  • Significant impairment which results in a person unable to perform activities of normal life.

We counsel car accident victims with PTSD symptoms to seek treatment as symptoms can diminish over time with proper treatment which might consist of therapy and medication.

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 in Seattle, Washington and the surrounding areas and the family of those who have been killed. We represent clients on a contingent fee basis and provide a confidential no-cost consultation.

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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seattle road rage accident lawyerThe Associated Press published a story of a Florida man who suffered a broken hand and foot when he was struck by his own truck in what might have been just deserts after it appears that the man was involved in an act of road rage.

Joseph Carl, 48, of Florida, was allegedly driving under the influence when he struck a vehicle stopped at a red light. He apparently was so caught up in rage that he jumped out of his truck without putting it in park and started banging on the window of the car that he had struck. The woman inside the stopped vehicle drove away, and that’s when his truck drove over him.

The man will be charged with DUI and DUI property damage.

Avoiding Road Rage & Aggressive Driving Accidents

In Washington State, aggressive driving is defined as:

“The commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver.”

Road rage is defined as:

“An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.

It is important for all drivers to know how to handle an aggressive driving situation to protect themselves and to avoid an altercation and possibly an accident.

The car accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group provides some information on how to spot and avoid aggressive driving since aggressive drivers can act impulsively. It’s important to know how to avoid encounters with aggressive drivers so that you can be safe.

Common aggressive driving & road rage symptoms

  • Flashing headlights
  • Causing other drivers to swerve
  • Intentionally tailgating
  • Shouting or making obscene gestures at other drivers
  • Speeding
  • Weaving in and out of lanes of traffic
  • Running red lights
  • Sudden intentional braking
  • Passing another driver, then intentionally slowing down in front of them.

Safety Tips

  • Follow at a safe distance.
  • Signal before changing lanes.
  • Be polite and courteous even if others are not.
  • Make sure you have enough room when changing lanes or entering the roadway.
  • Control your anger.
  • Don’t drive when you are over tired or angry.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the Washington State Patrol.

This information is provided by the car accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We represent accident victims who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by the negligence of another. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, please contact our office to see if we can help you. Call us TOLL FREE at 1-800-244-9087 or use our Contact Form.

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Motor vehicle accidents which involve pedestrians often have result in serious, if not life-threatening injuries. Pedestrians can suffer serious injuries even if the car, SUV or truck were traveling at relative low speeds. Of course, if a vehicle is going fast, the results can be catastrophic, often resulting in death.

Washington Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following pedestrian accident statistics are provided by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission from 2012:

  • A pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in an accident every three hours.
  • A pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in an accident every four days.
  • There were 2,038 pedestrians injured or killed in collision with 75 deaths, 337 serious injuries and 1,594 injuries classified as minor.
  • There were 1,269 bicyclists injured or killed in collisions including 12 deaths, 110 serious injuries and 1,139 minor injuries.


How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries, medical costs and for loss of earnings.

The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue, Washington, can help you with a claim if you’ve been injured.

It is crucial to determine fault in any accident. Sometimes drivers are driving drunk, distracted or speeding. Other times, pedestrians are at fault for crossing the street against traffic or a bicyclist is at fault for running a red light. Since each accident is unique, an accident investigation will determine fault.

The police will perform an investigation and their report is important. However, a personal injury attorney may also employ an accident investigator who can interview the ambulance company, witnesses and investigate previous accidents on the same road. The insurance company may also investigate the accident and create a report for their records.

It is important that all evidence including photographs, witness statements and medical care be collated if a claim is to be made.

Accident reports, witnesses and medical records all combined will help to determine fault and damages. A personal injury attorney can represent the bicycle or pedestrian accident victim to make sure their rights are protected.

The Farber Law Group represent pedestrian and bicycle accident victims throughout Washington. If you or a loved one has bee injured in an accident in Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland, Renton, Issaquah, Lynnwood or Everett, please contact our office today to see if we can assist you. Call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087.

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seatbelt-602535-m.jpgThe National Safety Council calls the summer months, “100 deadliest days for teen drivers” because car accidents kill more teenagers in the U.S. than any other cause and the rate of deadly crashes increases during summer months.
 
With Bellevue and Seattle schools now out for summer, let’s take a chance to review the most effective ways to protect our teens as they drive more during the summer.
 
We have talked a lot about distracted driving and texting and driving but the number one reason teens die in auto accidents is that they were not wearing a seatbelt. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury or death in a motor vehicle accident yet more than 50% of all teenagers who were killed in car accidents in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt. Teenage drivers, especially teenage boys, are some of the biggest offenders in not wearing a seat belt.
 
Importance of Seat Belts
 
Seat belts save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 15,000 people are saved every year when they are involved in auto accidents because they were wearing a seat belt.
 
Not only do seat belts save lives but they protect against serious injuries including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Seat belts prevent injury and death in the following ways:
 

  1. Prevents the occupants from a car from being thrown from the car. When a person is thrown from the car, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. People who are ejected from a car or truck are nearly four times likely to be killed.
  2. Restrains a person at the hips and shoulders which are the body’s strongest parts.
  3. Spreads collision forces across the body which lessens injury.
  4. Protects the spinal column and the brain.
  5. Slows the body down when the vehicle abruptly stops.

 Suggestions for teens  
A positive approach is a great way to talk to your teenage driver about the benefits of wearing a seatbelt. Remind teens that:

  • Washington law requires seatbelt use by everyone person in their car.
  • Wearing a seatbelt makes them a role model for other people, especially young children, riding in their vehicle.
  • Require passengers to wear a seatbelt because you care about them.
  • Ask friends to wear a seatbelt to avoid a $124 ticket.

Seat a good example for your teen by wearing a seatbelt each and every time that you drive.

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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Every year, there are approximately 100,000 car accidents in Washington state which require a Police Traffic Collision Report (PTCR) submitted. The Revised Code of Washington, RCW 46.52.030, requires that a PTCR report be filed whenever someone is injured or killed in a car accident or property damage of $700 or more.

Washington Car Accident Statistics

In 2012, the Washington State Department of Transporation found that:

  • A person is killed in a car accident every 20 hours.
  • A person is injured in a car accident every 12 minutes.
  • A bicyclist or pedestrian is killed in an accident every 4 days.
  • An intoxicated or impaired driver is involved in a car accident every two hours.
  • A person is killed by an intoxicated driver every 2 days.

Most car accident only involve property damage but about 30% accidents results in a personal injury and 20% lead to a death.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident, you should keep your wits about you and know the things you should do after the accident:

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  1. Stay at the accident scene. It is against the law to leave the scene of a car accident.
  2. Make sure you are safe. After a car accident, you’ll want to move our vehicle out of traffic if possible. You’ll also want to use flares or cones and turn on your flashers so that your disabled car is not hit.
  3. Contact the police. It is recommended that you call the police even if there are no serious injuries involved in your accident. The police will make a report which can be used later if you file an insurance claim.
  4. Provide accurate information to the police. When the police interview you, be honest but do not speculate or misstate facts. You should not say “no” if you are asked whether you are injured because often injuries are not apparent until a few hours later. You can tell police you are not sure.
  5. Use your cell phone camera to take pictures to document the accident scene. Take photos of your damage and the other motor vehicle as well. Later, you can always return to the accident scene to take pictures of signage, signals and the road layout.
  6. Provide your driver’s license and insurance information with the other motorist. Obtain any witness contact information if possible.
  7. Obtain medical care. If you are injured in the accident or if you start feeling pain a day or two after your accident, you should see your doctor or visit an emergency room. If you lost consciousness, you might have suffered a traumatic head injury and, in this case, you should go to an ER room.
  8. Call your insurance company. Contact your insurance agency and report the accident, check your coverage and to find out about medical coverage, rental car coverage and any other benefits you might have.
  9. Keep records of your accident including medical receipts, who you spoke to, claim numbers, your claim’s adjuster’s contact information and receipts for car rental and any other expenses.
  10. Contact an attorney. If your injuries are serious and the accident is not your fault, you should seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney who can assist you in filing an auto accident claim. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis and will not charge you for a consultation.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.

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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