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Almost a week does not go by that we don’t read about a hit and run car accident in the news. Just last week, Bellevue police recommended felony charges for a Bellevue woman who was suspected of striking a pedestrian on Coal Creek Drive and then driving off.

It seems like in the past, if a driver bumped another car in a parking lot, they would leave a note with insurance and contact information on the windshield. It appears as this is more a rarity these days.

In some cities such as Los Angeles, up to 50% of all collisions are hit and run. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal hit and run crashes have increased from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011. Hit and run accidents involving fatalities are on the rise. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 20% of all pedestrian fatalities involved hit and run.

According to AAA estimates, 1,5000 people are killed in every year as a result of hit and run accidents and nearly 11% of all motor vehicle accidents are hit and run.

For the victims and their families of hit and run accidents, a hit and run complicates their recovery of damages. Fortunately, in many cases, police are able to track down the hit and run driver with the help of witnesses or the hit and run driver turns themselves in.

Why do drivers leave an accident scene?

Drivers who have been caught for hit and run provide some of the following reasons for their behavior:

  • The driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and did not want to face a DUI.
  • The driver did not have a valid driver’s license.
  • The driver was uninsured.
  • The driver had a criminal warrant.
  • The driver was at fault and did not want to accept responsibility.

Hit and run drivers face criminal and civil penalties for hit and run

Regardless of whether the hit and run was on a highway, public road or in a parking lot, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal penalties. If one leaves the scene of an accident in which a person is injured, penalties can include a felony conviction, fine and even prison.

In addition to criminal penalties, victims of hit and run, can file a civil lawsuit against the hit and run driver. In some cases, damages awarded to the plaintiff will be increased to punish the defendant.

Washington state hit and run laws

Washington vehicle code RCW 46.52.020 requires that drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of injury to another person must stop and remain at the accident scene and provide reasonable assistance for caring for the injured person until medical aid arrives. Failure to provide aid in the case of injury can result in a class B felon with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine or class C felony resulting in a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Legal Assistance Washington Hit and Run Victims

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent the victims of hit and run car accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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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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733342_rolled_cigarette.jpgBoth Colorado and Washington voters have given the OK for marijuana to be sold for recreational use. It appears that Colorado is ahead of Washington in terms of establishing pot shops. Many cities in Washington are still struggling to draft their city ordinances regulating sales and, while Seattle has some pot shops open, Bellevue still does not have a single pot store.

City officials in Washington are looking to Colorado in seeing how legalization is working, what regulations need to be written and the impact of the new laws.

While far reaching studies are not yet available, there does appear to be an increase in dangerous and erratic driving when driving under the influence of marijuana.

ABC news correspondent Clayton Sandell reports that Colorado state troopers have written almost 230 tickets for “driving high” and the number of drivers involved in fatal accidents testing positive for marijuana has doubled since the recreational pot law was passed. Compare this with 3,100 citations for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

While we have a concrete blood-alcohol limit in which we can determine a driver is impaired, it’s not as clear with marijuana. Washington State has set a limit; a THC-blood level of 5 nanograms or more means that you are impaired. However, a driver could be impaired at far lesser levels. For some drivers, a single hit could make one intoxicated. For others users who ingest food products with marijuana in them, effects can take an hour or more before the person starts to feel effects.

Washington law is very clear : if you injure or kill a person while operating a motor vehicle and you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could be convicted of Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide and face felony charges.

If you are a person who has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by an impaired drive, you may able to seek compensation for your damages. A personal injury attorney can assist you with your car accident claim. The Farber Law Group, a law firm with more than 30 years experience in representing accident victims and their families. Call the firm today for a free consultation about your claim.

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 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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The Washington State patrol says that texting and alcohol were factors when a pickup truck driver struck a bicyclist on State Route 410 near 166th around 10pm on Thursday.

The pickup truck driver faces vehicular assault charges. Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.522 states that a person can be charged with vehicular assault if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving recklessly, driving under the influence of an intoxicant or driving without regard to the safety of others.

The unidentified bicyclist is a Bonney Lake man, 43. He is at Good Samaritan Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The pickup truck driver is a 23-year-old man from Lake Tapps. The Washington State Patrol reported that he drifted onto the shoulder where the bicyclist was riding.

A conviction of vehicular assault can result in serious penalties including revocation of driving privileges.

In addition to criminal charges, victims of vehicular assault can file a civil suit requesting compensation for their damages which can include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been the victims of negligent drivers. With our help, you obtain 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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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.

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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drugged driving victim lawyerAs pot shops legally open in Washington state this week, the concern is that there will be an increase in driving under the influence or drugged driving associated car accidents.

A lot of marijuana users claim that they drive better under the influence of pot than under the influence of alcohol but a report by the American Journal of Epidemiology found that fatal car accident involving people under the influence of marijuana has tripled in the past 10 years.

According to Dr. Guohua Li, Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention, one of nine drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents test positive for marijuana.

Driving under the influence of alcohol, legal drugs, cannabis or illegal drivers is a significant problem in Washington State. Studies show that drivers who are under the influence of marijuana have slower reaction times, are more likely to drift out of their lane while driving, and are impaired in their ability to estimate distance and time.

While experts and studies conflict over how and how much marijuana impairs a driver, smoking just .3 grams of marijuana can leave a driver four to five times over the legal limit. Hours after smoking this amount, people can still test above the legal limit.

Marijuana, when used in combination with alcohol, appears to multiply alcohol’s effect and increase impairment.

Washington and Drugged Driving
Even though Washington state has legalized pot for recreational usage, it is still illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any substance that can impair ones driving ability.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one killed in a drugged driving crash, Herbert Farber of The Farber Law Group, will find for your legal rights to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses and other losses.

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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According to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving:

The Independence Day holiday is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. On average, 191 men, women and children die every Fourth of July holiday because of drunk driving. And it’s usually worse when the Fourth is next to a weekend, like this year.

Don’t add to the statistics. Don’t drink and drive this weekend.

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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.

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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