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The Bellevue Reporter reports that local law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with the Washington State Patrol are stepping up their enforcement of seat belt laws between May 23 and June 5.

Police departments involved in the “Target Zero” seat belt emphasis patrols include : Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Burien, Clyde Hill, Covington, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie and Tukwila.

Seat belt law emphasis is one proven way to reduce traffic accident fatalities. Studies show that drivers who fail to use a seat belt also engage in other risky behaviors. By concentrating on seat belt enforcement, aggressive driving, distracted driving, equipment violations and speeding, law enforcement can reduce traffic accidents and fatalities.

Washington state has a seat belt compliance rate of nearly 96% which is one of the highest in the nation.

For more information, see Target Zero which explains Washington’s plan to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

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. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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Police are investigating an Olympia bicycle accident in which a man was critically injured when his bicycle was hit by a vehicle in the 390 block of Martin Way NE. the bicycle accident occurred around 10am on Saturday morning.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the unidentified man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle which is a Level I Trauma Center. The bicyclist was not identified but the report said that he was a man who appears to be in his 30s or early 40s.

The driver that hit the bicyclist remained at the bicycle accident scene.

There were no other details provided.

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration figures, there were 630 bicyclist killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2009. Bicycle accident deaths have decreased by 37% since the mid-1970s. Every year, there are more male bicyclists killed than females; in 2009 there were 82% of bicycle accident fatalities were male. Wider adoption of bicycle helmets saves lives; 91% of the bicyclists killed in 2009 were not wearing helmets.

If you have any information regarding this accident, the Olympia Police Department would like you to call them at 360-753-8300 or call Thurston County Crime Stoppers at 360-493-2222.

This information is provided by the Seattle bicycle accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group. We reprsent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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A motorcycle rider was seriously injured and the condition of the motorcycle passenger is unknown after a Maple Valley motorcycle accident attributed to drunk driving.

Seattle’s King5.com reports that the motorcycle accident occurred on Friday evening at 8:30pm on northbound State Route 169 near Southeast 213th Street. The accident occurred when a Jeep, driven by a Kent woman, 32, made an abrupt left turn and hit the motorcyclist who was traveling next to the Jeep.

The motorcyclist and passenger were thrown down an embankment and hit a fire hydrant.

The motorcycle rider was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a level I trauma center.

The driver of the Jeep was arrested on suspicion of DUI and Vehicular Assault. Vehicular Assault, Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.522, can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and the driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Police are asking witnesses of the accident to call Detective Russ Haake at 425-401-7717.

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. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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Seattle’s KOMO News reports Thomas C. Phillip 24, of Silverdale, was killed and his 12-year-old stepdaughter was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries after a single-vehicle motorcycle accident near downtown Seattle on Saturday afternoon.

According to the report, Phillip and his stepdaughter were riding with a group of motorcyclist when Phillip crashed his vehicle on the 4th Avenue ramp to eastbound Interstate 90. Apparently, Phillip’s motorcycle hit a concrete barrier and slid 200 feet.

Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the Seattle motorcycle accident.

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 Seattle motorcycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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A 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Puyallup-area motorcycle accident late Saturday night in a head-on car collision. The motorcyclist has been identified as Tyler Huber.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that the motorcyclist was driving his 2009 Suzuki GSXR10 at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour on State Route 167 when he hit a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina.

The motorcyclist was thrown 440 feet and was killed. The driver of the Lumina was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, treated and released.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating whether the motorcyclist was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the motorcycle accident. Witnesses reported that the man was weaving in and out of traffic prior to the accident.

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 and car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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If you’ve been in a Seattle motor vehicle accident, you may be suffering from a condition called whiplash. Whiplash is not a made-up injury, it’s real, it’s painful and it can be debilitating. Because it can leave a sufferer with a chronic condition, it is important that a person seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney because often insurance companies discount the pain and suffering of a whiplash victim.

Whiplash can cause a wide-range of symptoms including neck pain, neck stiffness, blurred vision, chronic headaches, back pain, numbness or pain in the legs and arms, jaw pain, vertigo and dizziness.

Whiplash injuries affect the spinal cord and they require treatment, in fact, if left untreated, symptoms can become worse.

If your auto accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, it is considered a personal injury. At The Farber Law Group, we represent car accident victims in the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma area with injuries including whiplash, paralysis, brain stem injuries, broken necks and other types of injuries involving the spinal cord.

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The Washington state legislature has before it two House Bills before which would help in the creation of “complete streets.” Complete streets is urban planning/engineering so that all the users of a street — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists — can navigate safely.

Complete streets usually include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, wide shoulders, well-designed crosswalks, medians, bus lanes, pedestrian signals, and traffic calming techniques including street trees, planter strips and staggered parking.

The Seattle Bike Blog has a couple of before and after photos of a complete streets project at 15th Ave S and S Lander St. The difference is dramatic and makes the street much more safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The two House Bills are:

HB1070 – which eases design standards which allows municipalities more leeway in designing road projects.
HB 1071 – which creates a complete streets grant program
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 Seattle and Bellevue pedestrian and bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Washington state Senate Bill 5000, which mandates impounding the car or truck of drivers who have been arrested for driving under the influence, just passed the senate by unanimous vote. The bill states that vehicles of suspected DUI drivers be impounded for a 12-hour period after the driver’s arrest.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island. Haugen said:

“This addresses a serious threat to public safety. Under our existing laws, it’s possible for someone to be cited for drunken driving, return to their car while still intoxicated, and resume driving. It happens, and it’s a danger to other drivers.”

The bill does allow for another title holder on the vehicle to pick up the vehicle before the 12 impound hold ends.

See the full bill here.

Drunken driving is a serious threat to law abiding citizens. Every year, approximately 315 people are killed in Washington state due to drunken drivers and many more are injured. In Washington state the legal standard for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent the victims of drunken drivers and their family. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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House Bill 1646 sponsored by Representatives Orcutt, Ahern, Pearson, Hope, Kippert and McCune seeks to increase the penalties for Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault.

Vehicular Homicide can be charged if a person is killed in an automobile accident and the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

Vehicular Assault
can be charged if a person is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and the driver driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others.

If passed, the HB 1646 would raise the serious rankings of Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide and increase the standard sentencing range for a first offense as follows:bellevue motor vehicle accident attorney

  • Vehicular Homicide (DUI) – changes the sentencing range from 31-41 months to 78-102 months
  • Vehicular Homicide (Reckless) – changes the sentencing range from 21-27 months to 78-102 months.
  • Vehicular Homicide (Disregard) – changes the sentencing frange from 15-20 months to 21-27 months.
  • Vehicular Assault (DUI) – changes the sentencing range from 3-9 months to 12-14 months.
  • Vehicular Assault (Reckless) – changes the sentencing range from 3-9 months to 12-14 months.
  • Vehicular Assault (Disregard) – changes the sentencing range from 1-3 months to 3-9 months.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle personal injury law firm dedicated to representing the victims of drunken drivers and their families.

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Kenneth Folden, 28, of Olalla, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident five miles of Port Orchard on Sunday afternoon reports Tacoma’s The News Tribune.

According to the report, the ATV accident occurred around 3:50pm on Olympic drive when the all-terrain vehicle lost a tire and Folden was thrown off the ATV and hit a tree.

A 26-year-old woman was also thrown from the vehicle and she suffered broken bones and internal injuries. She was transported to Tacoma General Hospital.

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.


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