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It appears that two drivers, Desi C. Beltran, 29, and Hugo Yanez, 32, took their anger out last night using their automobiles as weapons. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the two men repeatedly rammed into each others vehicles as they sped westbound on Interstate 90, resulting in both vehicles being totaled after they rolled.

Beltran, of North Bend, was injured in the incident. Yanez was not injured. Both men face serious charges.

It was shocking enough that two grown men would behave in such dangerous and reckless behavior but especially so with Yanez as he had two passengers in his vehicle, Karen M. Hardtke, 27, of Cle Elum and a two-year-old boy. Luckily neither Hardtke nor the boy were injured.

There may be more to this story because it seems incomprehensible that two strangers would take road rage to such an extent. The investigation should reveal of the two men knew each other prior to Wednesday night and whether their altercation started some place else.

Road rage is more than aggressive driving, it is when a motorist uses their vehicle as a weapon to assault another person. Often, a case of road rage will have a trigger such a fender bender accident or someone feeling like they were cut-off.

The two men in this incident fit the profile of someone most likely involved in a road rage incident. Most commonly, people who engage in this type of destructive behavior are males between the ages of 18 and 26. They often have a low education level and a history of drug and alcohol use and violence.

In cases where the road rage driver does not fit this profile, they are males who have had a recent emotional trauma or they suffer from mental illness.

Read more about Road Rage collisions.

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 crashes due to the negligence of another. With more than 30 years experience, we work hard to recover compensation for those who have been injured and have significant medical bills and other costs related to their accident.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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KIRO News reports that a pedestrian was hit by a car as he was crossing 7th Avenue in Seattle’s University district on Friday night around 8:20pm.

The report said that the man was in dark clothing when he ran across the street and was struck by an Audi. The critically injured man was taken to Harborview Medical center for treatment.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident. At this time, the driver of the Audi has not been cited.

Distracted Driving

Unfortunately, since 2005, pedestrian and bicycle accidents have been on the rise. Science Daily in an article, “Distracted Driving Killing More Pedestrians, Bicyclists,” cites a University of Nebraska Medical Center study that reports distracted driving may be the cause of the increase at the same time that fatal car accidents are diminishing.

Science Daily cites an alarming nation statistic that from 2005 to 2010 the number of pedestrians struck and killed by distracted drivers increased 50% from 344 to 500. The number of bicyclist killed by motorist increased 30% from 56 to 73.

Distracted driving can include behaviors such as using a cell phone, eating or using other types of electronic devices.

Distracted Pedestrians

The use of cell phones is also dangerous when being used by pedestrians who become unaware of their surrounds. In the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention a published study found a wide range of injuries to pedestrians who were talking on their cell phones from being hit by a car or falling from a bridge. The number of pedestrians injured while using their cell phones is also on the rise.

We are living in a distracted world and, as an attorney who represents car accident victims, we urge people to change their attitudes towards using their cell phones and to be mindful of traffic whether driving a car or walking.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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The Farber Law Group, a Washington car accident attorney, represents people who have been seriously injured by drunken drivers. The clients we represent are innocent victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes our clients are small children, teenagers, and the elderly who were traveling in the same vehicle as the drunk driver.

It is especially tragic when a parent entrusts the care of their own child to a friend, a family member, a bus driver, or a babysitter and, unbeknownst to them, that person drives drunk. Sometimes the parents do not know that their child was endangered until there is an accident.

One example of this was in September 2013 when a 36-year-old school bus driver, Melissa Forrest, was charged with DUI after she rear-ended a wheel chair van. She had students on her school bus at the time of the bus accident.

Children injured in drunk driving accident

closed-825531-m.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 211 children 0 to 14 years old were killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2011. In half of those accidents, the child who died was in the same vehicle as the drunken driver.

Children who are riding with drunken drivers are also at risk because impaired drivers are less likely to properly buckle a child up. One study revealed that in car accidents where children were killed, sober drivers had properly used child restraints in 30.5% of the time compared with 18% for drivers who had been drinking.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving believes that drivers who drive with children in their vehicle when they are impaired are committing a criminal act of child abuse.and child endangerment and has worked tirelessly to increase penalties for these drivers. In Washington state, if an impaired driver is convicted of drunk driving with a passenger under the age of 16, child endangerment laws allow for an additional six months of using an ignition interlock device and an increased fine.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our personal injury law firm represents Washington car accident victims and the family of those who have been killed. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, you are entitled to seek damages including medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.
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The Everett Herald reports Wayne Shkurhan, 53, of Snohomish was killed, and an unidentified Arlington man was injured in a head-on collision on U.S. 2 near Snohomish on Monday morning.

According to the report, the Ford F-250 pickup driven by the Arlington man crossed the center line and struck the Toyota Scion driven by Shkurhan. The car accident occurred around 5am.

The force of the collision caused both vehicles to roll.

The Washington State Patrol is seeking anyone with information about the accident to contact them at 360.654.1204. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

U.S. 2 has been the scene of 61 fatal car accidents in the past 14 years and in 35 of those accidents occurred when the a driver crossed the centerline.

U.S. 2 serves as the gateway to the Cascades and serves both recreational and freight drivers as well as communities along the highway and is one of three routes across the Cascade Mountains.

The Washington Department of Transportation has designated the 64 mile section of highway between Everett to Stevens Pass as a Safety Corridor and they have been working on reducing serious and fatal accidents. Roads designed as “safety corridors” have had a history of “significant collision problems.” One of the safety measures they took last February was to reduce the speed limit near Skykomish from 60 mph to 50 mph.
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seattle car accident lawyerKOMO News reports the Washington State Patrol said that 911 received 14 911 calls on New Year’s Day from people reporting an erratic driver on Interstate 5 on New Year’s Day near Lakewood.

Witnesses called 911 operators reporting seeing a blue Dodge Durango weaving, driving up onto the shoulder and even running into the median.

Washington State Patrol troopers were able to locate the driver after some witnesses followed the vehicle and reported its location. By the time troopers located the driver, his vehicle had been disabled after he struck the median multiple times. While the driver tried to leave the accident scene, he was apprehended by troopers.

The Troopers credit involved citizens from preventing an injury accident.

Spotting a Drunk Driver

This event shows how concerned citizens can protect themselves and other drivers from drunk drivers. If you see any of the following driving behaviors, don’t hesitate to call 911 as these may be signs of a drunk driver:

  1. A driver who suddenly accelerates or decelerates.
  2. A driver who is tailgating or following other drivers too closely.
  3. A driver who is weaving and changing lines often.
  4. A driver who is steering off of the road and on shoulders or lanes not designated for motorists.
  5. A driver who stops without a reason or who brakes often.
  6. A driver who fails to signal or signals and then does not follow through.
  7. A driver who stops suddenly or delays a start.
  8. A driver who consistently drivers over lane markers.
  9. A driver who is travelling more than 10 miles below the speed limit.
  10. A driver who abruptly turns.
  11. A driver who is driving the wrong way against traffic.

Steps to Take if You Are Sharing the Road with a Drunk Driver

Drunk drivers on the road endanger the lives our families and friends. If you witness a driver exhibiting behaviors of drunken drivers, you should know what to do. The following are some tips:

  1. Keep a distance between you and the other driver.
  2. Do not pass the erratic driver or try to get them to pull over.
  3. Note the road name and the vehicle’s license number and make, model and color of their vehicle.
  4. Pull over and call 911 and provide identifying information to the 911 driver. The Washington State Patrol or other police authorities will take it from there.

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speed-limit-794996-m.jpgWe’ve all heard the Washington State Patrol say, “Speed kills.” This is not just a slogan; car accident statistics bears out the truth of this adage.

While distracted driving and driving under the influence gets a lot of attention in the media, speeding is one of the leading factors contributing to serious and fatal car accidents.

In Washington state in 2012, of the 437 people killed in motor vehicle accidents, in 159 of those cases, speed was a contributing factor. Nationwide, speeding is a factor in one of three fatal traffic accidents.

Speeding increases the chance that a simple fender bender accident will result in serious injuries or even fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published 2011 National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behaviors and found, to no surprise, that speeders tend to be younger drivers. The survey found that among drivers ages 16 to 20 years of age, 50% were categorized as speeders.

The NHTSA survey also cited the number one reason people gave for speeding is that they were “running late” to an appointment such as school or work.

While 91% of the respondents in the survey agreed that “Everyone should obey the speed limits because it’s the law,” 25% of the respondents admitted to speeding “without thinking.”

Remember when you get behind the wheel to give yourself extra time to get where you are going and resist the urge to speed.

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 died.
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This morning there were numerous car accidents in Western Washington due to spin outs. The Washington State Deport of Transportation (WSDOT) webcam caught the following single car spin out accident on the westbound 520.

The WSDOT warned motorists, “Please take those ramps SLOW!”

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A spin out accident is any motor vehicle accident in which the vehicle spins around before or after crashing. Icy road conditions and roads with standing waters can lead to these “rotational collisions” or spin out car accidents. Other causes of spinout accidents are tire failure and road defects.

A spin out accident can be extremely dangerous because as a vehicles spins out it may cross lanes of traffic and crash into oncoming vehicles, light poles, concrete barriers, medians and trees. If a vehicle is spinning at a high speed, it may be involved in multiple collisions before it finally comes to a stop. In a spin out, any loose debris in your vehicle can fly around and strike the driver or occupants which can cause injury.

A spin out accident can result in serious injuries, Including internal injuries, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries
The most common cause of spin out car accidents in Western Washington is hydroplaning which can occur on roads where there is standing water and the vehicle loses traction.

Icy road conditions and freezing weather can also contribute to spin out accidents. Bridges and overpasses can get icy and freeze before other roads and when cars are going too fast for the prevailing conditions, a spin out can occur.

What to do in a spin out?

If your vehicle starts to spin, don’t panic and do not slam on the brakes. You should gently steer in the same direction as the spin to gain control. Do not over compensate.

Tips for avoiding a spin out accident

  • Avoid driving in severe weather.
  • Slow down on icy and wet roads.
  • Buckle up.
  • Remove excess clutter from inside your vehicle.
  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Ensure your tires have enough tread.

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seattle car accident lawyerThe West Seattle Bridge was closed for a few hours on Monday afternoon after several vehicles spun out and crashed near the bridge after a de-icer was applied to the road bed. According to The Seattle Times, vehicles apparently spun out on the slippery de-icer.

The City also said that speeding may have been a factor in the wrecks.

De-icer contains magnesium chloride, a liquid salt compound, and is slippery until it crystallizes. Usually, the city crews only apply the de-icer at night but applied the de-icer around noon in this case because of impending freezing temperatures.

Unfortunately, road construction and maintenance risk the lives of motorists and workers every day. The car accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group assists car accidents victims who have been insured because of an unsafe work zone.

Nationally, car accidents involving roadways which abruptly drop off at the pavement edge kills 160 people and injures more than 11,000. Approximately 4,700 Americans are killed in highway work zones and 200,000 were injured in the past five years.

Other roadway hazards including potholes, railroad tracks and sewer grates pose a hazards to motorists on a daily basis. When roadwork is ongoing, there are temporary disruptions including street level changes, oil, and loose gravel on the road which can pose an extreme hazard especially to bicyclists and motorcyclists.

In the case of this accident in the West Seattle Bridge the de-icer was applied without safety measures which would have slowed down drivers until the de-icer crystallized.

It is incumbent on the entities that are responsible for road maintenance to provide proper signage, proper lane striping and to warn motorists of roadway defects or hazards.

This information is provided by Roadway Defect Motor Vehicle accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in accidents caused by negligence on the part of the public entity. In cases like this, an experienced personal injury attorney cab assist you with your claim. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience
Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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A 25-year-old man driving a stolen car collided with a car and injured a family of four in South Seattle last night around 6:00pm. Injured in the accident was a father, his 7-year-old son who was thrown from the vehicle, a 5-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl. The injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center and the 5-year-old and 12-year-old are reported to be in critical condition.

The chain of events began when a man stole a car near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello street according to the Seattle Police Department. The owner of the car got into another car and chased the car thief. A Seattle Police Department officer started following the vehicle on Rainier Av S near S. McClellan Street.

The car thief ran through an intersection at 23rd and S. Grand, striking a vehicle driven by a man with his three children on board.

The car thief was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of injuries. He will be charged with Vehicular Assault and grand theft auto and there may be other charges against him as well. Police found drugs including cough medicine and marijuana on the man.

Vehicular Assault is a serious charge and a person can be charged if a person sustained substantial bodily harm and the driver was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug.

Vehicular Assault is considered a class B felony and can result in a prison term of ten years and/or a substantial fine.

As a Bellevue car accident attorney, we have seen far too many victims of accidents involving drunk or negligent drivers. When a car accident results in serious injuries such as this family suffered, we understand that there are no words to express the trauma that this family has suffered.
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icy-conditions-2-929305-m.jpghere have been spate of car accidents in Western Washington due to icy road conditions over the weekend. While the weather has been clear the cold temperatures have left roads a bit treacherous. In Tacoma this morning, there was a multiple-car accident on SR 16 this morning after one spun out on the ice.

To avoid a car accident, drivers must adjust their driving to the road conditions. Failure to do so can result in a serious injury accident and result in you being cited for negligent driving.

Safety tips for driving on snowy and icy roads
When roads are icy or snowy, you should avoid driving if at all possible. If you do have to drive, try to avoid driving until snow plows have cleared the roads. Make sure your vehicle is properly equipped with traction tires and/or chains.

It is advisable to practice winter driving in a parking lot so that you know how to handle your vehicle on ice or snow. Teenage drivers and new drivers should practice before soloing on icy or snowy roads.

  1. Slow down and leave lots of stopping room. When roads are icy or snowy it may take you longer to stop. Leave more space between you and the car in front of you than you are accustomed to.
  2. Apply brakes gently.
  3. Use your headlights to increase visibility and so other drivers can see you.
  4. Keep your windshield clean.
  5. Clear snow off the roof of your car.
  6. Do not use cruise control.
  7. Be especially cautions on overpasses and bridges as these types of roads freeze first.
  8. Do not pass snow plows
  9. Don’t be overconfident in an SUV or all-wheel vehicle.

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