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A 60-year-old female was seriously injured in Friday night when she was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Virgina St. and 2nd Ave. in downtown Seattle. The pedestrian accident occurred at 11:30pm.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the woman initially stopped but then left the accident scene reports King5 News.

The Seattle Police Department asks that any witnesses to the accident call them at 911.

Hit and Run Pedestrian accidents

Washington state law requires that drivers stay at the scene of an auto accident. Failure to do so can result in a class B or class C felony.

Drivers must exchange information with the other party involved in an accident and stay with injured persons until medical aid has arrived.

Leaving the scene of an accident can result in fines, loss of driver’s license and even a jail sentence.

Victims of Hit and Run Accidents

An injured person may sue a driver for the damages they suffered. Damages can include economic damages which includes medical costs and loss of wages. They can also cover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

In a hit and run accident, judges often treat the hit and run driver very severely because it is a particularly egregious and immoral act to leave an injured person after an accident. In some cases, judges can increase the award amounts to the victims.

Damages in a Hit and Run Accidents

Damages, or the amount of compensation a person may be awarded for their injury, are based on how much medical treatment the person required. If a person suffered catastrophic and life threatening injuries, they can often claim the auto insurance policy limits.

A qualified personal injury attorney can assist victims with their case and will help the victim determine whether alternative sources of recovery exist beyond insurance coverage.

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 pedestrian 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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Two men were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries after they were struck by a car while crossing the street on May 20. The pedestrian accident victims were thrown up onto the vehicle’s window during the accident. (See Seattle Times May 20, 2014 “2 pedestrians struck by car in South Lake Union” Posted by Jennifer Sullivan and Paige Cornwell.)

According to the Seattle Fire Department, the victims, ages 62 and 39, were crossing Fairview Avenue North and Denny Way when they were struck by a driver making a left hand turn.

Some witnesses said that the unidentified driver did not immediately stop after striking the pair and that he had to be flagged down.

The Seattle Police Department are investigating the cause of the pedestrian accident. The driver was relatively inexperienced having been licensed for only seven months. The driver claimed he did not see the pedestrians.

Left Hand Turing Rules

Left hand turns are risky because the driver has to be concerned about oncoming traffic, yield to oncoming vehicles and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalk. The driver must judge the safety of the left hand turn when there is not a traffic arrow. It is the duty of the left-hand turning driver to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

Left hand turns are considerably more dangerous that right hand turns. 53.1 percent of “crossing path” accidents involve left hand turns while only 5.7 percent involve right hand turns. A New York City study found that left-hand turns were significantly more involved in fatal pedestrian accidents. Companies like UPS plan their routes to avoid left-hand turns.

Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident

The Seattle Police Department investigation should determine fault in this accident. If it is determined that the driver was negligent, the injured pedestrians can decide whether they want to file a claim against the driver and his insurance company to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Attorney

An attorney who specializes in personal injury law can assist the injured with their claims. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families. We work hard to obtain maximum compensation for injured persons.

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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bellevue pedestrian accident attorneyIn 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010, which was a 4% increase over 2009. Approximately 13% of all people killed in pedestrian accidents in 2009 were 65 and older and nearly 200,000 were injured.

For older Americans, walking is very important. Not only is it a form of transportation but it increases quality of life and provides many health and psychological benefits.

For the elderly, walking helps them maintain their independence, increases their muscle mass and balance and decreases depression. Walking is associated with greater health and increases a person’s life span.

Unfortunately, compared with other age groups, the elderly are more likely to be injured or killed in a pedestrian accident.

As people age, their vision decreases, their hearing diminishes and they are more prone to falls. Sometimes, the maintenance of sidewalks and streets in a community can make walking difficult for the elderly.

The elderly involved in pedestrian accidents might fall victim in the following scenarios:

  • A car or truck that is backing up out of a driveway, parking spot or side street strikes an individual.
  • An elderly person is struck in a crosswalk and the Walk signal had turned to yellow
  • An elderly person steps off a curb and a car making a turn strikes them.

Safety Tips for Elderly Pedestrians

The following safety tips can help the elderly stay safe as they walk for exercise, to run errands or across a parking lot to get into their car:

  • Make sure you are seen by motorists when you walk.
  • Watch for backing vehicles
  • Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight at nighttime.
  • Carefully choose your walking route and choose routes with safety benefits such as benches, sidewalks and proper lighting.
  • Walk with friends
  • Avoid walking if you feel faint or ill
  • Avoid walking in extreme heat
  • Advocate for safer streets
  • Refrain from using a cell phone while walking.

Advocate for Safer Streets

As a resident of a city, the elderly can contact their city government about things they notice that are an impediment to walking:

  • Report broken or blocked sidewalks to the Public Works Department.
  • Contact the City Council or City Manager to request sidewalks in areas where there are not one.
  • Contact the Transportation Department if a traffic signal timing does not seem adequate.
  • Call the police if you notice drivers speeding or failing to yield in a particular area.
  • Talk to a property owner if they have shrubs or trees that encroach on a sidewalk.
  • Report broken or inadequate lighting to the Transportation Department.

Government Action

Government can take action in making streets safer and more accessible for pedestrians. Cities should mark crosswalks, especially those near senior housing and school, with signs and painted stripes. In addition, they can restrict parking near crosswalks and provide curb extensions at crosswalks. Prohibiting right hand turns on Red signals may also increase pedestrian safety.

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Pedestrian Accident Victims

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represents people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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telephone-notes-61020-m.jpgIf you’ve been in a car, motorcycle or truck accident in Washington state, you’ve likely already exchanged auto insurance information and with the other motorist as required by law. You should then call your insurance agent to report the accident. You will also be contacted by the other driver’s insurance company who will interview you about the accident. Often this phone call will be recorded if you give permission.

When speaking with an insurance adjuster, there are often mistakes that drivers make which could hurt their injury accident case in the case.

Avoid these mistakes when talking to an insurance adjuster:

  1. Admitting fault – You may or may not have caused your auto accident. You should not tell the insurance adjuster that you could have avoided the accident. Do not mitigate the other person’s actions because you do not know what was going on in their vehicle, whether they were speeding or had been drinking. Just state the facts as you know them.
  2. Don’t minimize your injuries– Often people downplay their injuries after an auto accident. Many people are stoic or don’t like to whine. Often, the extent of a person’s injuries, how their injuries will impact the activities of every day living are unknown and recovery time is also unknown. You are not a doctor and you do not know your prognosis or how long your pain or anxiety will last.
  3. Give facts, not opinions – You never know who is at fault in a car accident so just report the facts as you know them and resist giving your opinion.
  4. Get legal advice before speaking with an insurance adjuster – You are not obligated to speak with an insurance adjuster if you don’t feel comfortable. If you are injured, you may wish to first contact a Washington personal injury attorney for a free consultation to insure that your rights are protected. A personal injury attorney can advise you on how much treatment you should get, how to document your injuries and how to gather information for your case.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent car accident victims and their families.

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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crosswalk-sign-1431140-m.jpgOn March 13, a woman was killed in a Kenmore pedestrian accident when she was hit by a driver who then left the accident scene. The accident occurred at Juanita Drive Northeast at Northeast 160th Street at 7am in an unmarked crosswalk. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center but died later from her injuries.

A 53-year-old Kirkland man may be charged with felony hit-and-run in the accident. He apparently stopped after striking the woman with his car, left the scene and later called 911 to report the accident. The report on SeattlePI.com said that they detectives do not believe the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

On March 16, a man was struck while attempting to cross Highway 99 in Lynnwood when he was struck by a minivan.

This accident occurred near 148th Street Southwest around 7am. The unidentified man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a life-threatening head injury and broken legs.

Both accidents occurred in the early morning hours. Often, pedestrians who run or walk in pre-dawn or early dawn hours,dark nighttime conditions, during inclement weather and places with poor lighting may not be seen by motorists.

There is an old adage “the pedestrian has the right of way” but the driver is not always at fault in a pedestrian accident. In the March 16 accident, the pedestrian was attempting to cross a busy highway and he was wearing dark clothing.

Pedestrians can be at fault when:

  • jaywalking
  • crossing against a “Do Not Walk” signal
  • entering the street while intoxicated
  • walking where prohibited such as highways, bridges or alongside railroad beds.

Drivers can be at fault when:

  • driving under the influence
  • speeding
  • driving distracted
  • driving recklessly
  • driving too fast for prevailing conditions

Comparative negligence: Sharing fault

Not every pedestrian accident is a case of one person being 100% at fault. In some accidents, there is comparative fault. For example, if a pedestrian is texting as he steps off the curb, even if he has the “walk” signal, he may be apportioned 25% fault since he should have been alert on the basis of “comparative negligence.”

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a Washington pedestrian accident, we advise you to seek the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney to insure your rights are protected. At The Farber Law Group, we have represent pedestrian accident victims and their families for more than 30 years.

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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pedestrian-xing.jpgPedestrians who are struck by a car or a truck are often traumatized by the experience. Often, pedestrian accident victims sustain serious and life-altering injures and death. Pedestrians can receive disabling injuries even if they are hit by a car traveling at relatively low speeds. The higher rate of speed that the motor vehicle is going, the greater chance of disabling or fatal injuries. The Washington car accident attorneys at The Farber Law Group advise pedestrians and drivers to look out for each other as we approach spring.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) provide some statistics related to pedestrian accidents:

  • 4,743 pedestrians were killed in 2012 after they were struck by a motor vehicle.
  • 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012 in auto-pedestrian accidents.
  • A substantial number of pedestrians were struck in non-roadway accidents such as a parking lot or driveway and therefore their injuries or deaths were not counted in official statistics.

Pedestrians age 70 and older are more likely to die after being hit by an automobile
Alcohol a factor in pedestrian accident deaths

Alcohol continues to factor into pedestrian accident deaths. Drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher were involved in 13% of the pedestrian accident deaths in 2012. Pedestrians own alcohol use is a factor in some fatal accidents. In 2012, 36% of the pedestrians older than 16 who were killed had a BAC of 0.08% or higher.

Steps to take if you were involved in a Washington car/pedestrian accident

If you have been struck by a car, truck or bus, be sure to call 911 so you can be assessed by a certified emergency medical technician at the accident scene. Sometimes, people who are struck are in shock and adrenaline can make it difficult to assess their own medical condition. If you are able to, please note the road conditions and get the names/addresses of any witnesses as well as the pertinent information of the driver who hit you.

The Farber Law Group recommends that you seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney so he/she can obtain copies of the police and EMT report and gather evidence and contact witnesses before information is lost.
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seattle pedestrian accident lawyerFatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise in New York City and that is a just a microcosm of what is happening across the nation. In New York, when you compare the number of people killed by an unknown assailant to those killed in pedestrian accidents, the number is staggering. In 2013, 174 pedestrians were killed in New York while 29 people were killed by strangers.

In a New York Post article, a New York Police commander blames pedestrians for many of the accidents . His comments are very straight up and pedestrians every where need to take heed. Captain Michael Falcon said:

You see people, they’re not paying attention. They’re looking at their phones. … It’s mind-boggling the things that people do.”

Pedestrians everywhere are just not paying attention. People jaywalk, they dart into the street, they don’t cross at crosswalks, they ignore traffic signals and they don’t look and listen before they begin crossing a street.

It is important that pedestrians stay aware of their surroundings and follow laws against jay walking.

Distracted Walking

Many people think they can text and walk at the same times. In fact, more than 50% of all cell phone owners engage in distracted walking according to Pew Research. Every once in a while we will read an amusing story such as the one about an Australian woman who was so distracted while updating her Facebook page that she walked off of a pier. But the sad realities are that people are injured and also killed due to accidents when they are distracted.

Walking while talking or texting using a smartphone is definitely a pedestrian accident risk. A study published in the August 2013 issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention reported that people treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to walking and using a cell phone have been increasing and common injuries include fractures, concussions, sprains and of course

Summary of Washington State Pedestrian Laws

  • Pestrians must obey traffic signals. (RCW 46.61.050). 
  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks if they are available and if they are not, pedestrians must walk facing traffic. (RCW 46.61.261). 
  • Pedestrians must not bolt into traffic. (RCW 46.61.235). 
  • Pedestrians that cross street at other than marked crosswalks must yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. (RCW 46.61.240).

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 pedestrian accidents caused by the negligence of another. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed after being struck by a passenger car, metro bus or a delivery truck, we advise you to contact a Washington pedestrian injury accident lawyer to be advised of your rights.

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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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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Seattle police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred this morning on Capitol Hill when a Metro bus struck a man at 11th Avenue and Pine Street around 6am this morning near Cal Anderson Park according to the Seattle police blotter.

According to the Seattle Police blog, the man who was killed appeared to be in in his 20’s. The investigation will attempt to determine if the pedestrian was already on the ground when he was struck. The man may have been dragged by the bus as his body was found behind the bus.

It does not appear that the bus driver, an employee of Metro for the past three years, was impaired.

Any metro bus accident will be fully investigated. Investigators go out to the accident scene immediately after the accident. Bus drivers are trained to cooperate fully with investigators and are often the first person to report the bus accident to authorities.

Washington attorney represents bus accident victims and their families

The Farber Law Group represents injured pedestrians, bus riders and passengers of motor vehicles who wish to file a claim against a negligent bus driver or transportation company. In cases where a bus accident was caused by a mechanical malfunction, a bus driver who was driving impaired or failing to exercise due caution, a negligence lawsuit may help you obtain compensation for your damages.

How to Proceed with a Bus Accident Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a bus whether it is a metro bus, school bus or a private motor coach, you may wish to file a lawsuit against the bus driver, bus owner or company who employed the bus driver or the bus manufacturer. It is important to hire an attorney with experience in representing bus accident victims.

Often, the strength of a negligence case rests on the evidence which establishes the other party’s negligence. An attorney will use the police investigation but also interview witnesses and obtain other documentation to determine whether the bus driver was adequately trained, the bus was adequately maintained and that all traffic laws were followed.

Damages in a Bus Accident Lawsuit

An experienced bus accident lawyer will also consult with medical and economic professions who will determine your damages which include current and future medical expenses, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damages and loss of enjoyment of life.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, or a loved one killed, contact The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm with experience representing bus accident victims and their families.

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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renton pedestrian accidentSchools are in session at schools across Washington state and safety for children who are walking and bicycling to school must be a priority for all motorists. School zones – areas surrounding schools – alert motorists that children are present and requires them to slow down. School zones are often marked with signage and/or flashing lights and sometimes school crossing guards.

School zones prevent serious injuries and fatalities by requiring drivers to slow down. Studies show that if a car hit a person while traveling at 20mph, the fatality rate is 5 percent. As speeds increase, the fatality rate increases. At 30mph the fatality rate is 45 percent and increases to 85 percent at 40 mph.

Seattle has installed speed-enforcement cameras at a number of schools and has received around $14.8 million in revenue from the $189 fines that accompany speeding in school zones. They city plans to use this revenue to further enhance school zone safety.

Safety Around School Buses

Remember when you see a school bus:

  • Do not pass a school bus with flash lights and arm extended.
  • On undivided roads, all lanes of traffic must stop for school bus flashing lights.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the school bus will be stopping to load or unload children and motorists should prepare to stop.
  • Red flashing lights indicate that the school bus is stopped children are getting on or off the bus at this time. Children can be unpredictable and can dash across the street without looking before or after boa4rding their bus so motorists. Motorists must remain stopped until the lights are no longer flashing.
  • School bus drivers are allowed, by law, to report a violation if motorists do not properly stop for flashing lights.


Tips for Motorists in School Zones

  • Motorists must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks regardless of whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Every intersection is a crosswalk regardless of whether it is marked.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way and drivers must yield to them when turning.
  • Drivers should scan the roadway and sidewalks when driving near schools during school arrival and dismissal. Children can be unpredictable and dart from between parked cars to greet a friend.

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