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Three people were killed in three separate motorcycle accidents in the Washington state over the Labor Day weekend.

Only a week ago, the Washington State Patrol warned motorcyclists to ride more carefully as fatal accidents involving motorcycles have been on the rise in our state.

One of the motorcycle accidents occurred in Seattle and the other near Spokane:

  • On Monday night, a motorcyclist was killed when he crashed his motorcycle on a ramp on Interstate 5 at Mercer Street in Seattle. His passenger, a 24-year-old-woman, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.
  • On Monday, a 24-year-old Mead Man, Shawn S. Towry, was killed when he rear-ended a vehicle slowing to make a left-hand-turn on westbound Highway 292 near Loon Lake.
  • On Saturday, Charles J. Roger, 24, of Vancouver, was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle while changing lines on Highway 14.

In two of these accidents, speed may have been a factor. In the third, driver inattention may have played a part. The WSP cite the most common causes of fatal motorcycle accidents as lane changing errors, speed, driving while impaired and driver inattention.

Motor vehicle accident fatalities have been coming down in the past few years but, unfortunately, fatal motorcycle accidents increased slightly in 2010 after years of decline. In the U.S., 4,309 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in 2010. Because motorcycles are less stable then cars and also can not be seen as well, deaths due to motorcycle accidents are approximately 30 times the number of car accident deaths.

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 motorcycle accidents and the family of those killed.
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Justin Cordova, 18, of Kent was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 56-year-old Kent motorcyclist.

Charging papers say that Cordova was driving his 1986 Nissan while intoxicated and driving recklessly when he crossed the center line and struck the unidentified motorcyclist near Panther Lake.

The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the accident scene.

According to the Kent Assistance Police Chief Pat Lowery:

“Information collected to this point suggests that the passenger car was being driven well in excess of the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit.”

Cordova’s bail was reportedly set at $100,000.

Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular Homicide
is a felony crime which results when a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was driving recklessly (as in speeding), driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving without being mindful to the safety of others.

If it is proved that Cordova was driving while intoxicated, he faces a prison sentence of between 78-102 months.

It is a tragedy that approximately nearly half the 700 people killed in Washington motor vehicle accidents were involved in an accident where the consumption of alcohol was a factor.
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The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has released the results of a study which looked at motorcycle accident insurance claims and found that anti lock brakes cut accident risk to all motorcyclists and especially for new riders.

It appears that the motorcycles equipped with anti lock braking systems (ABS) compensates for mistakes that inexperienced and beginning motorcyclists might make and riders are reaping the benefits of the technology with fewer accidents.

A study published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds that motorcycles equipped with anti lock brakes appear to be 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident. In addition, the motorcycles equipped with anti lock brakes have 22% less damages claims per vehicle year than the same models that are not equipped with ABS.

How Anti lock Brakes Help

Most motorcycles are equipped with a brake control on the right handlebar for the front wheel and one on the left handlebar for the rear wheel. If a motorcyclist does not use the right front/rear distribution when applying the brakes or exercises the brakes too hard in a panic situation, one of the wheels can lock causing the motorcycle to skid, lose control and crash. Also, if the brakes are not squeezed hard enough, a crash might not be avoided.

ABS allows a motorcyclist to apply the brakes with full force without worrying that a wheel will lock up because the ABS system will decrease the chances of a lockup while the rider gets the bike under control.

IIHS has produced the following video which shows the benefits of anti lock brakes.


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A Colorado jury has awarded the estate of Eric Coleman, who was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle when a Principal Wellness Co. turned in front of him, a $4.5 wrongful death award.

Coleman, who was 44 at the time, was riding his motorcycle with his wife, Leola, as a passenger, when a 15-passenger van driven by Kristal Ehle, crossed a double yellow line and into Coleman’s path. Unable to avoid an accident, Coleman struck the side of the van and was killed.

Coleman’s mother filed suit against Ehle and Principal Wellness Co. on behalf of her son’s estate. Wrongful death statutes allow the family of a deceased person to sue if someone’s negligent or criminal act caused the death of their loved one.

Respondeat superior/Vicarious Liability

The suit was brought against Principal Wellness under the doctrine respondeat superior. Respondeat superior “let the master answer” is a legal doctrine that holds an employer responsible for the negligent actions of employees if they were performed in the course of their employment.

The lawsuit claimed that Principal Wellness was negligent in hiring training, supervising and entrusting Ehle with the company’s van. The plaintiff claimed that Principal Wellness failed to properly screen Ehle for employment. Had they screened her for her past driving record, they would have found that she had four previous moving violations including two for speeding, one for failing to stop for a school bus and one for being involved in an accident. In addition, she was cited once for speeding while driving a Principal Wellness van.

The plaintiff also claimed that Ehle was not properly trained in driving a 15-passenger van. 15 passenger vans are larger than most passenger vehicles and can be a challenge for inexperienced driver around corners, backing up and performing other maneuvers.
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Joseph Brynda, 20, was sentenced to serve 7 years in prison for the pedestrian accident death of Phillip Rangel, 60, who was killed while walking in a crosswalk in 2009. According to testimony, Brynda was texting and driving with his knees when he hit and killed Rangel.

The Cook County, Illinois, jury heard that Brynda was also driving under the influence of marijuana and freon when the pedestrian accident occurred.

bellevue car accident attorneyThe Chicago Sun-Times reported that Brynda had a history of driving offenses. According to their report, Brynda had eight previous driving offenses ranging from failing to yield to emergency vehicles, speeding, disobeying traffic signals. He had also previously been involved in an injury accident.

Everyone knows that texting while driving is illegal yet there are so many instances of people who have been killed because of texting drivers.

It is not uncommon for a a driver who was texting while driving to also be under the influence of alcohol or drugs as in this case. People who engage in high risk activities such as drinking and driving will often engage in other high-risk activities such as speeding, flagrantly disobeying traffic laws and texting.

In April of this year, Danae Marie Miller, a 22-year-old California woman, was charged with vehicular manslaughter when she hit and killed bicyclist Armine Britel, 40. Like Brynda, Miller was texting when the bicycle-car accident occurred and she was under the influence. Like Brynda, Miller had a history of numerous traffic citations including one for using a cell phone while driving.

Studies show that texting while driving delays a driver’s response time by 35% and increases the probably of an accident 23 times. Combine texting with driving and alcohol or drugs and you are an accident waiting to happen.

Plainly stated, texting while driving puts anyone who uses the road – drivers, walkers and bicyclists – at risk.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash, or a loved one killed, and someone else was texting or driving drunk, you may be able to file a civil suit in King County, Washington seeking compensation for your damages. The Farber Law Group, a personal injury attorney specializing in serious personal injuries and wrongful death, will work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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The Washington State Patrol (WSP) , in a media release, is warning drivers to watch out for wildlife during the fall. Collisions between motor vehicle and deer is at the highest amount between October and December. The WSP says that when people turn their clocks back and the days are shorter and more people are driving in the dark morning and evening hours, the incidence of collisions increases.

According to the WSP, in Thurston and Pierce Counties, there have already been 128 collisions between motor vehicles and animals.

Collisions with deer and other large animals are costly but they can also be deadly. In approximately 2% of the car v. deer collisions there is a fatality. In motorcycle v. deer collisions, in 85 % of the cases the motorcyclist is killed.

The WSP reminds drivers to be cautions in early morning and evening hours, to pay close attention to animal crossing signs which are usually placed where there have been collisions in the past and do not swerve to avoid an animal.

Insurance Considerations

The Farber Law Group recommends that you have comprehensive coverage on your automobile. Comprehensive coverage will cover your vehicle if you are involved in an accident and will often cover the cost of a rental car and provide “gap” coverage if your car is a total loss which often happens in a deer collision.

This information is provided 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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If you’ve been in an accident or hurt by someone and it wasn’t your fault, you may be thinking that you need to find a personal injury attorney. Of course, when you start the process of looking, you may be overwhelmed. Read on for advice on how to find a personal injury attorney that is right for your case.

bellevue car accident lawyerThe first thing to keep in mind is that you want to find a personal injury attorney that has experience in what you need. This means don’t just hire your friend or neighbor who happens to be a lawyer to help you because they owe you a favor. While any attorney is better than none, to really get the most out of your settlement, you want someone with experience to represent you.

You should also not just settle on the first lawyer you find. If you have a friend or family member who has had a similar experience in the past, you should ask them for advice, and a referral. A referral from a close friend or relative is often the best way to find a personal injury attorney, but just a recommendation does not mean you are done.

You should meet with the lawyer and talk over your case. Many lawyers offer free consultations, and you should take advantage of these if you can, but you also have to keep in mind that you want to act quickly. If you are going to file a claim, you want to do it as soon as possible after your accident in order to get the best results.

Talk to a few lawyers, and choose the one who makes you feel the most confident. Remember, price alone does not make a great lawyer. Each person and each case is different. If you don’t get along with your attorney, your case will probably not end well for you.

When you find a personal injury attorney that meets your needs, they can walk you through the process, determine how much they think your case is worth and what the settlement will be, and calm any fears or concerns you may have about your case.

When you start the process to find a personal injury attorney, it can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the time to find the right person, you will almost guarantee success.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience represent people who have serious injuries due to motor vehicle accidents.

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It happens all the time. Thousands upon thousands of people file auto accident claims, and get way less than they deserve in their auto accident settlement, and the reason is simple: they don’t know how the system works.

There’s a lot of legal terminology associated with an auto accident settlement, and it can be a confusing and frustrating process for sure, but it doesn’t have to be.

774604_car_accident_1.jpgYour first question often is (or should be) “do I need an accident attorney?” This depends on several factors, starting with the severity of your accident. If you believe you are entitled to more than 500 dollars, hiring an attorney is something you should think strongly about. An attorney can help you get the most out of your auto accident settlement, and make it easier to understand all the terminology that people will be suddenly throwing your way. These types of attorneys deal with auto accident settlement cases everyday, and they have the experience to get you as much compensation as possible for your difficult time. If money is a concern, you usually will not be required to pay anything upfront.

An attorney will help you get all of the necessary information together so that when you submit your claim to your insurance company, they have everything they need. Plus an insurance company will take you more seriously if you have an attorney representing you. The insurance company will know that you are aware of your rights, and take you much more seriously. This means you will have a much higher chance of getting what you deserve.

Once your case is settled, it can take up to two years to get your settlement, but usually it happens much quicker than that. Judges generally do not want your case holding up other cases, so very often you can have your auto accident settlement in a few weeks.

An auto accident settlement is never an easy thing to deal with, but it can be much worse if you don’t know how much you are entitled to. Hiring an attorney is probably the best move you can make if you think you should get your fair share. Not only can the attorney answer your questions, but they will help you navigate tough and often confusing laws, making the process move much faster and be a lot less frustrating.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have 30 years experience representing people with serious injuries due to motor vehicle accidents.
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Car accidents are stressful regardless of whether or not there are any injuries. While you may not want to file an auto accident claim, sometimes you really don’t have any choice.

redmond car accident attorneyIn order to determine whether you need to file a claim, the first question you should ask yourself is if you can pay for the damage outright. Often times if you can pay for it yourself, filing an auto accident claim can hurt you more in the long run. If you can pay for it yourself without trouble, you should consider not filing a claim.

If you decide that you need to file an auto accident claim, that’s okay, but there are some things you should know. First of all, you need to file the claim as soon as possible with your insurance company, even if the accident is not your fault. If you take your time filing the claim, this may say to any insurance company involved that you don’t think this is important, or that you aren’t sure if you are not to blame. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, make the job of filing an auto insurance claim a priority and do it right away.

It’s not unusual to get a call from the other party’s insurance company, especially if there is a disagreement about who is at fault for the accident. If you get a call, don’t panic; they’re only trying to get as much information as possible. Make sure you write down the name of the person you talked to and when, and take notes documenting the call. The most important thing to remember is that you should always tell an honest account of what you think happened to both your insurance company and the one of the other driver.

Once you’ve filed your auto insurance claim, it may take some time for the insurance company to come to a resolution. Make sure you do what they say, and listen to them carefully, as they’ll be able to tell you what to expect next. Ask any insurance agent you talk to any questions you may have and be sure to write down the answers and keep them in a safe place until the whole issue is completely over.

Getting in an accident is no fun, but filing an auto accident claim doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.

This information is provided as a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing clients who have serious injuries due to motor vehicle accidents. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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If you’ve been hurt in an accident and you feel another party is to blame, you may want to file a personal injury claim. There is some information you should know however before doing so.

First of all, it’s important that you let the responsible for the accident know you believe they are responsible before you file your claim. You don’t necessarily have to know for sure who is responsible, but you have to have an idea. In the first part of your personal injury claim you don’t have to give anyone including insurance companies any information about your accident. Just simply state what happened and where, that you were hurt in this particular accident, and that you intend to file a personal injury claim.

If you aren’t exactly sure who is responsible or who you should notify about your personal injury claim, then notify everyone who may be responsible. Depending on what kind of accident you were in is going to depend on whether you know who exactly is to blame. In a car accident, for example, you probably know for sure that the other driver is to blame; if you are hurt in a company with a lot of employees, you may not know.

The correct way to let all parties know you intend to file a personal injury claim is to write letters informing them of your accident. Be sure to let them know you were injured. In some cases, it may be necessary to write and send more than one letter. For example, if you were hurt in a place of business, you would send a letter to the owner of the business as well as the owner of the property where the business resides.

You do not want to take your time in getting those letters out. There is no time limit, however in order to have the best possible chance to win your personal injury claim, you need to let all parties know as quickly as possible after your accident. Always send your letter through registered or certified mail so you know for certain they received it.

As long as you notify all parties involved prior to the claim, no one will be able to say they were surprises when the time comes for the claim.

Notifying all parties involved in your accident is the first step in filing a personal injury claim.

This information is provided by The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another. For more answers to your questions, click here.
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