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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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The Seattle Times reports that a woman has died of injuries she received when she was hit by a Seattle Transit Link Light rail train near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Renton Avenue South in Seattle on Sunday morning.

According to the report, the unidentified woman was walking on the tracks around 12:50am and did not respond when the train operator sounded the train’s warning horn.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she died of her 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 Seattle motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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A man is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after being injured in a Seattle Link Light Rail accident on Thursday afternoon.

The Seattle Times reported the pedestrian accident occurred near South Holgate Street and Fifth Avenue South around 12:45pm.

The report said that the man, who appeared to be in his 40s, crossed the intersection “even though the gates were down and the warning lights were flashing.”

This information is provided by the 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 pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed.

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A female was killed in a North Seattle pedestrian accident involving Amtrak Train No. 7 reports The Seattle Times.

According to the report, the woman was killed on Thursday afternoon around 2pm when she was struck by the Amtrak traveling from Seattle to Chicago.

According to the report, this is the 19th fatal Washington train vs. pedestrian accident on BNSF property in 2010.

Every year, approximately 3,000 train accidents occur in the U.S. with a significant number of fatalities each year. When pedestrians are struck by train there can be various reasons including:

  • Failure to hear the train because of another train, wind or the use of head phones
  • Pedestrians who are distracted with trying to chase after a pet
  • Horseplay
  • Suicide
  • Malfunctioning cross arms, warning lights, or warning bells
  • Absence of crossing guard at dangerous intersections
  • Inattention
  • Standing too close to the tracks and being hit by an object on the train that extends past the car.
  • Pedestrian or cars thinking they can “beat” the train

If you or a loved one has been injured in a train, bus or car accident, you should contact The Farber Law Group, a Seattle personal injury law firm for a free initial consultation.

Source: Woman struck and killed by train in North Seattle

The Seattle Times By Sanja Bhatt Posted: November 25, 2010
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No one was injured when a Sound Transit Light Trail was involved in an accident with a pickup truck in Seattle around 11:50 today reports King5.com.

According to the report, the accident occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Dawson Street. It appears that the fault for the accident may lie with the pickup truck driver; the driver of the pickup was turning left on a red light when the train came into the intersection.

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.

A teenage girl was injured in a pedestrian accident today in South Seattle when she was hit by the light rail trail while talking on her cell phone.

According to a report on KOMO News.com, the pedestrian v. train accident occurred at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Othello. Another report said that she suffered cuts and bruises on her eyes and legs and was taken to a hospital with “non life-threatening injuries.”

Some studies have shown that young people are injured more than other age groups by distracted walking. There have been anecdotal reports of pedestrians sustaining injuries including a concussion, fractured finger and sprains caused by accidents while walking and talking on a cell phone. Studies have shown that pedestrians can have “inattention blindness” when talking on a cell phone while walking.

A car was hit by the Sound Transit light-rail train in the Rainer Beach area of Seattle on Sunday reports The Seattle Times. No injuries were reported.

According to the report, the motor vehicle accident occurred a little before 6pm when the car turned left in front of the train.

The Sound Transit light-rail service began in July and this is the fourth accident involving a car. Anecdotal evidence in other cities suggests that collisions between the light-train and cars lessens after drivers of automobiles become accustomed to the trains.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testified before a US House subcommittee on November 4th regarding distracted driving and cell phone. In the IIHS testimony, data was provided that shows that cell phone usage by drivers puts the driver at increased risk for a car accident and impaired driving performance. The IIHS testified that different studies reach different conclusions about what the actual statistics are, but a recent study that was “well-controlled” and had a “large number of crash-involved drivers” found that that the risk of an accident was four times higher when the driver was talking on either a hand-held or hands-free cell phone.

The IIHS reports that their data shows that the fact of using a cell phone, regardless of whether it is hands-free or hand-held, poses the same accident risk.

See the IIHS web-site for a full text of testimony, Driven to Distraction: Technological Devices and Vehicle Safety.

I recently reviewed a report entitled Driver Distraction: A Review of the Current State-of-Knowledge published in April by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This report looked at many studies having to do with Driver Distraction. With cell phones becoming so ubiquitous I was interested in how they affect driving performance. In fact a blog we posted yesterday about a bicyclist who suffered a serious spinal cord injury was caused by driver distraction.

The report cited studies that found that approximately 10.5 % of car accidents which were serious enough so that at least one car had to be towed away from the scene was due to a distracted driver. Another study found that distraction was a major factor in 33% of the crashes and 27% of near crashes.

What is Driver Distraction?

Driver distraction is anything that causes a driver to shift their attention away from the driving task, usually to the detriment of driving performance.

Driver distraction can be caused by every day activities including eating, smoking, changing radio stations, setting a GPS device and the usage of cell phones and text messaging.

The Farber Law Group, located in Bellevue, Washington represents people who have been seriously hurt in motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, single or multiple truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents and bicycle accidents throughout Western Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

People are often seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and their injuries can include traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury and whiplash, broken limbs, severe lacerations and internal injuries.

seattle car, truck, bicycle and motorcycle attorney In Washington State, there were 568 fatal car accidents in 2007. Mr. Farber is experienced in representing the families who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident through the negligence of another person. While no amount money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, a successful wrongful death claim may help a family through a very difficult time, especially when they have lost the major wage earner.