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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 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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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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Eight children who were attending a YMCA day camp in South Dakota were injured in a horseback riding accident this afternoon.

According to a report by, the incident occurred around 1:00 when something spooked a group of 11 horses. When the horses started running, children started falling off. Eight of the children were taken to area hospitals. Most of their injuries seem mild but one injury seemed more serious than the rest.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in slip, trip and fall accidents caused by the negligence of others.

Researchers at the University of Washington of Seattle report that 60% of traumatic injury victims still have significant pain more than a year after the accident. The study which was published in the journal, Archives of Surgery was conducted by Dr. Frederick Rivara, MD. The study followed 3047 patients from the ages of 18-24 in 14 States. Patients were the victims of traumatic injury such as falls and motor vehicle accidents. The injuries patients received included head injuries, broken limbs, abdominal trauma. Patients suffered pain in their back, limbs, head and neck.They were asked to assess their pain on a scale from 1-10 with 10 the most severe. Traumatic injury patients scored an average of 5.5 a year after their initial trauma.

Dr Frederick commented, “I was surprised that the pain was as common and as severe as they report it to be.” The study findings encourage physicians to treat the pain as well as the injury. “Earlier and more intensive interventions to treat pain in trauma patients in needed,” is one of the conclusions of the study.

According to the American Pain Foundation, people who suffer chronic pain are at a higher risk of depression than the population at large. They also miss more days of work, are disabled and unable to function normally. Chronic pain leads to 100 billion dollars in lost income and productivity, according to the Foundation, .

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