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Haley Woods, a Seattle resident, recently posted a video to YouTube showing how difficult it is for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the Ballard bridge. The video already has more than 10,000 views just a week after it was posted.



The Ballard bridge, which is also known as the 15th Avenue bridge,was built in 1917 and is 2,854 feet long and carries traffic over Seattle’s Salmon Bay between Ballard and Interbay and on to downtown Seattle.

Woods told about one of her own harrowing experiences when bicycling across the bridge. She was blown against a bridge post and fell into the lane of traffic. In July 2007,in a similar accident, Terry McMacken was struck by a car, lost his left arm and succumbed to his injuries about a year later.

The problem the bridge poses for pedestrians and bicyclists is that the sidewalk is very narrow — just 39″ wide at his narrowest — with a 10.5″ cement barrier between the sidewalk and traffic.

Because of the narrowness of the sidewalk, it is difficult to pass someone on the bridge and, with the slightest mishap, a cyclist could fall into oncoming traffic and be hit by vehicles traveling upwards of 35miles per harrow. The sidewalk is so narrow that it is virtually impossible for a bicyclist to pass someone pushing a baby stroller without the cyclist stepping onto the barrier or into traffic.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has published a study on widening the sidewalk but they cite the huge expense. In the meantime, alternative routes to taking this bridge can add a hours walking time.

Road Hazards and their Roles in Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are more susceptible to accidents caused by hazards in the road including sewer grates, potholes, and railroad tracks. When a bicycle accident is caused by a road hazard, the entity such as the city or county that maintains the roadway may be liable for injuries.

bike-side-ad.gifThe Farber Law Group has 30 years experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits on behalf of injured bicyclists. In successfully pursuing a negligent claim stemming from accidents involving governmental entites, the following must be present:

  • The entity breached a duty of care owed to the bicyclist
  • The breach of care caused the injuries suffered by the bicyclist.

Claims against governmental entities can be particular difficulty so it is wise to hire a personal injury attorney so that the claim can be filed in a timely manner and to insure the cyclists rights are not compromised.

Call Washington bicycle lawyer Herbert Farber at The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087. We can provide a free and confidential case evaluation to discuss the merits of your case.

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A motorist who may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs struck and killed a pedestrian in Vancouver, Washington on Monday morning. The pedestrian, a woman, was killed on Andresen Road near Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive.

The driver fled the accident but crashed his car nearby where he was apprehended.

The Columbian reports that several people had called 911 after witnessing a dark-maroon sedan driving recklessly on Interstate 205.

Early reports said that police were chasing the driver but those reports may have been erroneous.

Washington law makes it illegal for a driver to flee an accident in which a person is seriously injured. This driver faces serious consequences for leaving the scene of an accident and faces charges of Vehicular Homicide.

It is shocking to learn that nearly 20% of all fatal pedestrian accident are caused by hit-and-run drivers. While law enforcement tends to have a pretty successful rate in arresting hit-and-run drivers and penalties are stiff, hit-and-run driving continues to be high, especially when pedestrians and bicyclists are involved.

Why do drivers leave the scene of an accident? Often, the driver is intoxicated and they fear being charged with a DUI especially when it is not their first offense. Some drunk drivers are so intoxicated that they are not even aware that they have been in an accident. In the case of the accident today, this driver may have been so intoxicated that he may have not realized he was driving recklessly. Some drivers flee the scene of an accident because they are driving a stolen vehicle or driving without insurance, registration or driver’s license. Others flee because they fear the consequences of their actions.

Hit and run accidents are an ongoing problem in Washington state. While it is difficult, there are some remedies you can take against a hit-and-run driver. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed, you should seek the counsel of an experienced Washington personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident so your rights are protected.

Often, the hit-and-run driver is apprehended shortly after the accident or identified later on. Eyewitnesses can help identify the driver or friend and neighbors of the driver, mechanics, or others may report a hit-and-driver after hearing news about an accident. Other times, family members convince the driver to turn themselves in.

There are time limits, however, in pursing an uninsured motorist claim so it is important that injured parties contact an attorney as soon as possible. Even if you were a pedestrian or bicyclist when the accident occurred, your uninsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy should cover damages. Often, the insurance company will also assist you in identifying the hit-and-run driver so that they do not have to pay your claim.

The personal injury attorneys at The Farber Law Group will make sure that your rights are protected and you are not victimized by insurance companies. It is important that you contact a legal professional as soon after a hit-and-run accident as possible so that important evidence will not be lost including witness interviews. The Farber Law Group is an affiliation of highly experienced Washington car accident attorneys and they will work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve from the at-fault party or your own insurer.

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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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washington_school_bus.jpgThis week is school bus safety week and Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) says that, based on their survey, more drivers are ignoring school bus stop signs than ever beffore.

According to the OSPI, there has been a 10% increase of motorist violating the the school bus stop sign law when compared with last year.

Washington vehicle code RCW 46.61.370 requires:

The driver of a vehicle upon overtaking or meeting from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the roadway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on said school bus a visual signal as specified in RCW46.37.190 and said driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer activated.

On May 1, 2014, the OSPI did a survey in which they counted the number of cars that passed school buses with extended stop signs. In Bellevue where 51 bus drivers participated in the study, there were 66 vehicles that passed the extended stop. In Issaquah with 101 bus drivers participating in the count, 32 were passed and in Seattle with 384 bus drivers participating, 371 vehicles passed the buses.

State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says if the data recorded on May 1 was extrapolated then more than half million drivers are violating school bus stop signs in a school year.

Drive Safely Around School Buses

Since 2000, 130 school-age pedestrians have been struck and killed by school buses or other vehicles.

Be aware that when a school bus flashes its yellow lights, it is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. Drivers should slow down and prepare to stop.

Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicates that children are loading and unloading from the bus. Drivers must remain stopped until the red lights stop flashing and the stop sign is no longer extended. Be on alert that children might dart across the street at this time. Keep at least a 10 feet distance between your vehicle and a school bus at all times. Be patient and realize that the safety of school children is paramount.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm with offices in Bellevue, Washington and we represent pedestrian accident victims and bus accident victims and their families.
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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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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:


  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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speed_limit.jpgA 59-year-old Connecticut mother, was died of her injuries after being struck by a bicyclist who was riding recklessly in Central Park last week. Jill Tarlov was birthday shopping with her daughter when a bicycle ridden by Jason Marshall struck her.

It is unknown how fast Marshall was riding his bicycle at the time Tarlov was struck but records he post online shows that he routinely rides at speeds above 25mph speed limits. The New York Post said that Marshall competes in triathlete events.

Witnesses said that Marshall did not appear to stop his bicycle at all when he saw Tarlov in the intersection but yelled, “Get out of the way! Get out of the way!”

Following Tarlov’s death, an Op-Ed article described some cyclists as “Assassins in Spandex” and called for serious consequences for reckless bicycle riders. In the Op-Ed, Andrea Peyser writes:

They’re terrorists on wheels.
Assassins in Spandex.
The bicycle menaces must be stopped.
It’s already too late.

Landmark Bicycle-Pedestrian Accident Case

This bicycle-pedestrian accident brings to mind a landmark bicycle-pedestrian accident case in San Francisco in which Chris Bucchere plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter after riding his bicycle recklessly and hitting and killing a pedestrian. Bucchere escaped jail time but he was sentenced to 3 years probation and 1000 hours of community service. An e-mail Bucchere wrote about his accident circulated widely before his sentencing:

“I was already way too committed to stop. … I couldn’t see a line through the crowd and I couldn’t stop, so I laid it down and just plowed through the crowded crosswalk in the least-populated place I could find.”

While it is not common for a bicyclist to strike and kill a pedestrian, that was the case in 2010 when an 83-year-old Renton, Washington woman was struck by a bicyclist while she was walking on the Cedar River Trail.

In communities such as New York and San Francisco where there are many bicyclists, there are several pedestrian killed in bicycle accidents every year.

It seems clear that just as cars and bicycles should not share roads that bicycles and pedestrians should not share paths. While Seattle and Bellevue are pushing for more bicyclists, complete streets need to be designed, ones that accommodate and separate different types of traffic. Until then, bicyclists should be reminded that Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61 provides that bicycle riders have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and that they must adhere to posted speed limits and traffic signs.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group
. We are a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue, Washington and we represent people who have been seriously injured by the negligence of motorists.

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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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 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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