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A 23-year-old man is lucky to be alive after the front-end of the Cadillac he was driving was sheared off in a “horrific” car accident in South Seattle.

The car accident occurred in the 7300 block of Airport Way in South Seattle about 9:40 p.m when the man lost control of his vehicle and stuck a power pole and a tree.

The injured man was found lying outside of his vehicle when aid cars arrived and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

While a traffic accident investigation is being conducted, it’s hard to speculate on the causes of the car accident. However, the Seattle P-I cited dark and rainy conditions.

For all of us that live in Western Washington, we all know that rain is often heavy and that it is especially difficult to drive in heavy rain during darkness. When driving in rain, it is important to slow down and keep the following safety tips in mind.

Safety tips for driving in rain

When you are driving in heavy rain, visibility is decreased and hindered, so the following tips can help you avoid an accident.

  • Check your tires for tread and for proper inflation to avoid getting into a hydroplaning situation.
  • Avoid flooded roads and intersections. You never know when a flooded road can cause your vehicle to stall or when a flash flood could carry your vehicle away.
  • Check your brakes to make sure they are not saturated after driving through a puddle by braking lightly.
  • Slow down. Stopping distances are longer in the rain.
  • Turn gently. Turn gently on curves as your stopping and on highway on/off ramps as stopping distances are longer in the rain.
  • Don’t follow too closely so you can react if a car brakes suddenly.
  • Use your low beams as high beams as rain can create a glare.
  • Use your turn signal to let other drivers know of your intentions.
  • Pull over and quit driving when rain is so heavy that you cannot drive safely. Try to pull completely off the road and use your emergency blinkers.

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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.

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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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Comparative or contributory negligence is a legal defense which allows the plaintiff to negate damages that they may be required to pay for a negligence claim. A defendant may establish a defense that the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to their injuries..

Wal-Mart is claiming comparative negligence in the negligence lawsuit that comedian Tracy Morgan has filed after he was seriously injured when a Wal-Mart truck struck his limousine saying that Morgan and his companions failed to wear seat belts..

Morgan has filed a civil claim against Wal-Mart claiming that Wal-Mart was negligent in the car accident in which Morgan and two others were seriously injured and his friend James McNair was killed.

According to a police investigation of the accident, a truck driven by Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart employee, rear-ended a limousine containing the comedian and his friends. Roper faces criminal charges including vehicular homicide and assault. According to charges, Roper conduct was reckless and negligent; Roper was speeding prior to the accident and that he fell asleep while driving. Charging pages claim that Roper did not sleep for a full 24 hours before the accident.

Wal-Mart’s response to Morgan’s complaint is an attempt to reduce the amount of damages that they may be liable for. Morgan and his companions now have a burden of proof to disprove their own negligence.

Morgan of course is upset that Wal-Mart is blaming him for his own injuries. His attorney claims that seat belts had nothing to do with the seriousness of the injuries. Morgan’s limousine was apparently at a “dead stop” when the Wal-Mart truck traveling at 65mph slammed into it.

This will be a case to watch. We are sure that Morgan and his companions have secured excellent legal counsel who will fight for them and assist them in maximizing their recovery in this case.

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.

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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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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733342_rolled_cigarette.jpgBoth Colorado and Washington voters have given the OK for marijuana to be sold for recreational use. It appears that Colorado is ahead of Washington in terms of establishing pot shops. Many cities in Washington are still struggling to draft their city ordinances regulating sales and, while Seattle has some pot shops open, Bellevue still does not have a single pot store.

City officials in Washington are looking to Colorado in seeing how legalization is working, what regulations need to be written and the impact of the new laws.

While far reaching studies are not yet available, there does appear to be an increase in dangerous and erratic driving when driving under the influence of marijuana.

ABC news correspondent Clayton Sandell reports that Colorado state troopers have written almost 230 tickets for “driving high” and the number of drivers involved in fatal accidents testing positive for marijuana has doubled since the recreational pot law was passed. Compare this with 3,100 citations for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

While we have a concrete blood-alcohol limit in which we can determine a driver is impaired, it’s not as clear with marijuana. Washington State has set a limit; a THC-blood level of 5 nanograms or more means that you are impaired. However, a driver could be impaired at far lesser levels. For some drivers, a single hit could make one intoxicated. For others users who ingest food products with marijuana in them, effects can take an hour or more before the person starts to feel effects.

Washington law is very clear : if you injure or kill a person while operating a motor vehicle and you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could be convicted of Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide and face felony charges.

If you are a person who has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by an impaired drive, you may able to seek compensation for your damages. A personal injury attorney can assist you with your car accident claim. The Farber Law Group, a law firm with more than 30 years experience in representing accident victims and their families. Call the firm today for a free consultation about your claim.

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 Everett Herald reports that two men were injured, one seriously, in a U.S. Highway 2 head-on collision near Index on Saturday night around 10:40pm.

According to news reports, a 23-year-old Tacoma man, Bryan Scott, was driving his Honda west-bound and was illegally passing when he crossed the center line and struck an Audi traveling eastbound, driven by Daryl Blanton, 52, of California.

Scott was seriously injured in the accident and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Blanton’s injuries were less serious and he was taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe.

Police believe that Scott may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident and that may have played a role.

Crossover car accidents have plagued U.S. 2 for years. Of the more than 50 fatal accidents on the highway in recent years, 18 have been “crossover” in which the driver crossed the center line. Many have called for the creation of a divided highway with a barrier between the Eastbound and Westbound lanes to make the highway safer.

Head-on collisions and sideswipes occur when the driver of a vehicle fails to stay in their lane or crosses the center line. This type of accident can occur especially on curves. Though physical barriers as proposed on Highway 2 can pose their own hazards, the severity of a collision with a median concrete barrier is usually less severe than a head-on accident.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm and we represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by negligent drivers.

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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broken-car-480202-m.jpgAs a motor vehicle accident attorney for more than 30 years, I have seen the stress that car accident victims feel after an accident weeks, even months after their car accident.

Victims have many worries after a car accident.

First of all, car accident victims are intent on their recovery. Sometimes a recovery can be lengthy requiring out-patient physical therapy. Victims worry about who will pay their medical costs, how to juggle medical appointments and work.

Car accident victims also worry about their auto repair costs, auto replacement costs and how to get a motor vehicle to take them to and from work and their medical appointments.

One consequence of car accidents that many people are not aware of is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While most of people associate PTSD with combat, people can develop PTSD after traumatic events including sexual assault, serious injuries, car accidents or any event in which there was a threat of imminent death.

Some people who have been involved in a car accident are fearful about getting into a car or driving for some time after an accident. One friend whose car was totaled in Bellevue on Richards Road when she was hit by a speeding driver felt anxious and nervous about riding in a car for months afterwards. At the time, she felt like she would never be the same again.

When people are nervous and anxious, it’s important that they slow overcome their anxious feelings by getting in a car and start driving short distances and gradually resume their normal driving patterns.

For some victims, their anxiety is a much more severe condition and they can receive a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD can be diagnosed after the following criteria:

  • A traumatic event with risk of serious injury or death to self or others and a response to that event by feeling intense fear, helplessness or horror.
  • Flashback and intrusive memories of the event that persist.
  • Avoidance of simulation that will cause one to think or bring back distressing memories of the event.
  • Symptoms including nightmares, sleep disturbances, fainting, dizziness, chest pains, excessive sweating, inability to breathe, loss of clear hearing or vision.
  • Negative feelings and mood.
  • Emotional reactions when aroused.
  • Significant impairment which results in a person unable to perform activities of normal life.

We counsel car accident victims with PTSD symptoms to seek treatment as symptoms can diminish over time with proper treatment which might consist of therapy and medication.

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 in Seattle, Washington and the surrounding areas and the family of those who have been killed. We represent clients on a contingent fee basis and provide a confidential no-cost consultation.

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