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The Washington State Patrol is reporting that two people in a passenger vehicle were killed in an accident on Interstate 90 near the summit of Snoqualmie Pass this morning around 11:50am. At least two semi-trucks were involved in the motor vehicle accident.

While the Washington State Patrol is investigating , it appears from news photos that the passenger vehicle was crushed between two semi-trucks. A third semi-truck may also be involved.

At this point, the cause of the accident has not been determined nor do we know if there are any others injured. However, there is heavy construction on I-90 and the eastbound lanes have been funneled down to one lane for a 6-day period while engineers prepare the opening of a new section of highway.

The construction work on the highway has caused considerable traffic slow-downs and long delays. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that the accident, near milepost 56, has caused a 7 mile-long traffic backup.

When there is road construction, drivers must pay close attention to speed limits and also to slowing traffic.

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 and trucking accidents and the family of those killed.

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A Washington State Patrol media release says King County troopers are enforcing the cell phone ban by stopping and ticketing drivers.

According to the WSP, last month, troopers stopped 370 drivers for using a hand-held cell phone and 43 drivers for texting while driving. More than one half of the drivers were issued a ticket which will cost them $124 for using a hand-held device while driving.

Washington state vehicle code RCW 46.61.667 is the statute that prohibits a motorist from driving while talking on a cell phone. Vehicle code 46.61.668 prohibits reading, writing or sending a text message while driving.

Washington’s cell phone ban was effective as of July 1, 2008. The legislature enacted the cell phone laws after the Highway Loss Data Institute cited studies that texting while driving may increase the risk of a car accident by 23 times.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has found that emphasis patrols, whether they are targeting drunken drivers, seat belt violators or cell phone users saves lives.

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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In the past, when an SUV and a car collided, the occupants of the car were at a much greater risk of serious injury or death. One reason was that SUVs and pickup trucks had bumpers higher off the ground and would override the smaller vehicle in a collision.

A new study done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that the fatality rate to people in cars in collisions with larger vehicles has been dropping due to the redesign of SUVs to align their front-end designs with other vehicles. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) built into SUVs have also made them more stable and less prone to crash.

At the same time SUVs and pickup trucks were made safer, passenger cars and minivans were also being improved with safety features such as side airbags and improved structural strength.

Starting in 2003, the major automobile manufacturers at the recommendation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration redesigned the front-end of pickup trucks and SUVs so that their energy-absorbing structures aligned with those of cars so that, in a collision, the larger vehicle would not override the car. This change along with side airbags and increased structural strength in cars and minivans has caused the fatality rate to drop from 44 deaths per million vehicles in 2000-2001 to 16 deaths per million vehicles in 2008-2009.

Many of the major automobile manufacturers participated in redesigning their SUVs and trucks including Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Honda, BMW, Mazda, Volkswagen and Toyota.

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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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Effort to make SUVs, pickups less deadly to car occupants in crashes is paying off
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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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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are the only large pickup trucks on the market to earn their top rating of “GOOD” in roof strength evaluations.

Roof strength is an important safety feature because, in rollover motor vehicle accidents, the roof protects the vehicle occupants from serious injuries. According to the IIHS, 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover car accidents. The Institute has found that by increasing the roof strength, there is an estimated 50 percent reduction in serious and fatal injuries in rollover motor vehicle accidents.

The IIHS tests a vehicle’s roof strength by pushing a metal plate against one corner of a vehicle’s roof. The maximum force before the roof is crushed 5 inches is measured and compared with the vehicles weight.

The Nisan Titan received an Acceptable rating while the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge Ram only received a Marginal rating.

For more information, see the IIHS web-site.

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 car and truck accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
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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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The Washington Court of Appeals released an opinion last week that gave citizens the right to access motor vehicle accident records collected by the Washington State Patrol and provided to the Washington Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Public Records Act.

The case came before the court when a bicycle accident victim sued to see DOT records concerning Seattle bicycle accidents on the Ship canal bridge but the state refused the records release unless the accident victim certified that he would not use the data in a lawsuit against the state.

The bicycle accident victim, Mickey Gendler, argued that under the Public Records Act citizens have a right to access the records and obtain information about unsafe road conditions.

Washington States Public Records act is RCW 42.56 and you can view it here on the Washington State Legislature web-site. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=42.56

It can be argued since State can obtain identifying information from citizens when they are using the roadways by acquiring information from red light cameras and transponders then the citizen has a right to obtain information about those roadways and their accident rates. “People will be able to get these kinds of records and pressure the state to do something about an unsafe condition,” Gendler said. In our opinion, the State should be using information gathered about unsafe road conditions to ameliorate the problem, not to shield itself from a potential lawsuit.

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Court: You can see accident reports even if you plan to sue
By SCOTT GUTIERREZ for the Seattlepi.com Posted December 1, 2010
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 Bellevue car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may obtain civil justice.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that 33,808 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2009.

The IIHS just published car accident data for the year 2009. The statistics are from data collected by the US Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

The following information was gleaned from the report:

Alcohol Related motor vehicle accident fatalities
– A driver’s Blood Alcohol (BAC) increases the probability of a fatal accident. While 0.08% is the legal limit for intoxication in Washington state, the probability of a fatal accident rises significantly after 0.05%.

Bicycle accident fatalities – 630 bicyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles in 2009 which is a decline by 37% since 1975. Every year, more male bicyclists are killed than female.

Child Fatalities – In 2009, 1,062 children died in motor vehicle accidents. This was a 1% increase over the previous year but a 71% decline since 1975. Child safety seat laws, vehicle air bags, and placing children under the age of 12 in the back seat, have all been factors in reducing the death rate.seattle car accident attorney

Fixed object accidents –
In 2009, 7,800 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents which involved hitting a fixed object. About 20% of fatal car accidents occur when a driver loses control of the vehicle and hits a fixed object like a tree, traffic barrier or utility pole. Alcohol is often a factor in these types of accidents.

Motorcycle accidents – In 2009, 4,281 motorcyclists died in accidents. Fatal motorcycle accidents started declining in the early 1980s but starting in 1998, they increased through 2008. Last year, motorcycle accident fatalities decreased by 16% but accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths. Head injuries are the leading of death in motorcycle accidents so helmet use is essential.

Pedestrian accidents – 4,409 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Pedestrian accident deaths account for 12 percent of motor vehicle accident deaths. People ages 70 and over are the highest at risk.

Teenage motor vehicle accidents – 3,466 teenagers between the ages of 13-19 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009. While car accident deaths have decreased every year since 1975, teenagers are four times as likely to die in a car accident based on miles driven than older drives. Most at risk are teenage boys; 2 out of 3 of every teenagers to die in a car accident is male.

Source:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Highway Loss Data Institute Fatality Facts

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 car accidents due to the negligence of another driver and the family of those killed.

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Luis Jaramillotavira, 32, of Connell, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident when the Plymouth van he was hit by a truck hauling potatoes near the junction of State Route 17 and State Route 170 near Moses Lake.

According to a media release by the Washington State Patrol, Jaramillotavira failed to yield to the potato truck as he made a left turn onto State Route 17.

Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.185 “Vehicle Turning Left” states that a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching the opposite direction to the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

The WSP has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for helping to reduce the number of fatal truck accidents in the state. In 2009 there were 3,380 fatal accidents involving trucks in compared with 4,542 in 2008.

So far this year, the State Patrol has seen a continued decrease in the number of fatal truck accidents. The State Patrol says with harvest in full swing that drivers of passenger vehicles should use caution and allow more space for commercial trucks.

The WSP says to use caution when changing lanes, avoid tailgating, maintaining your speed and to signal lane changes.

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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The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of a motor vehicle accident on state Route 8 at Old Olympic highway which injured a 25-year-old Oregon woman, Carmen M. Winkle.

According to The Olympian,Winkle was driving west when her Jeep collided with the trailer of a westbound semi truck driven by Paul K. Yeboah, 48, of Seattle. The motor vehicle accident occurred around 7:57am.

Winkle suffered undisclosed injuries and was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital. An infant riding in the back seat was not injured. Yeboah was not injured either.

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 car 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. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

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