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headlamps.jpgAdaptive headlights help drivers at nighttime by responding to a driver’s steering, allowing a driver to see objects not typically illuminated with traditional vehicle headlights. Adaptive lighting systems automatically adjust the vehicle’s lighting depending on the road, conditions, geometry, vehicle speed and traffic. Traditional headlights illuminate straight ahead, no matter if the road is curving.

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that adaptive headlights improve visibility over fixed headlights on curves by illuminating a driver’s peripheral field.

According to the IIHS executive vice president, David Zuby, adaptive headlights are already shown to reduce crash damage and injuries. One study by IIHS found that a there is a 10% reduction of insurance claims when the technology is utilized.

How Adaptive Headlights Help

Adaptive headlights turn as one drives. For example, if you are driving on a curved road, the headlights turn allowing you to see what is around the bend so you can see the deer about to jump into your path, a stopped car or a downed tree.

Nearly 50% of all fatal car accident occur at night and adaptive headlights can help reduce these accidents by illuminating roads especially in areas where there are not street or highway lamps.

Cars with adaptive headlights have electronic sensors which detect car speed, wheel turning and the yaw, or rotation of car around the vertical axis. The sensors then relay information to a electric motor to turn the headlight .

Adaptive headlight systems also uses sensors to determine when headlight brightness needs to be adjusted which can reduce glare to other drivers.

The IIHS estimates that adaptive headlights will be adopted on up to 95% of all passenger vehicles by 2043.

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 motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence of another.

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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Saturday night Western Washington experienced a storm with high winds downing power lines and tree branches crashing on roofs. The storm was a message that winter will soon be upon us and drivers should make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter driving conditions.

It’s not too soon to schedule an appointment with your mechanic and to stow some emergency supplies in your car. You can also install some cell phone apps which you can use to plan your trips, check weather and help you if you’re stranded.

Things to stash in your car:

  • First aid kid
  • Cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Extra water and snacks
  • Warm Clothing and gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Ice scraper
  • Full tank of fuel
  • Chains
  • Flare
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra diapers if you have a small child.

Check with your mechanic:

  • Make sure your tires have adequate pressure and tread.
  • Have your mechanic check your car including testing your battery, and check hoses, radiator, lights, wipers, brakes and belts.

    seattle personal injury attorneyCell Phone Apps

    There are a number of cell phone apps that can aid you in preparing for winter travel.

    WSDOT: In Washington state, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) app on your phone provides traffic and travel for the state of Washington including travel alerts, mountain pass reports and traffic cameras. Click here for the WSDOT Android App and here for the WSDOT iPhone app.

    Winter Survival Kit
    mobile app helps you if you are stuck or stranded during severe weather. The app can find your current GPS location, call 911, notify your friends and family and calculate how long you can run your engine. You can store your emergency contacts and insurance information in the app.

    Weather Channel mobile app provides drives with up-to-date weather conditions and provides information about when bad weather is coming towards you. iPhone app. Android App.

    Safely® Go mobile app is an app that answers your calls and texts while you are driving so that you won’t be distracted.
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  • airbag injury lawyer seattleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and General Motors vehicles have notified owners of millions of vehicles to replace airbags manufactured by Takata due to a manufacturing defect in the airbag. Toyota just expanded the recall with letters being sent to 247,000 auto owners.

    The scope of the recall appears to be huge with 10 million or more vehicles affected worldwide.

    The problem with the airbags, manufactured by Takata, a Japanese parts supplier, is that they have the potential to explode and shoot out shrapnel which may seriously injure or even kill occupants of the vehicle. The faulty airbags pose a serious safety issue.

    An investigative report in the New York Times revealed that Honda and Takata knew about the defect for years but called the problem an “anomaly.”

    What Cars are Affected

    The recall affects potentially 14 million cars. Owners can use the www.safercar.gov/vinlookup website to determine if their vehicle is one of those installed with a defective airbag.

    Right now, the recalls have been in certain areas that have humid conditions and the recalls appear to be expanding to other areas.

    The airbag problem has the potential to affect more than five times the number of vehicles the General Motors faulty ignition switch recall. Expect to see more information about it in the press as the recall expands and gains more visibility.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to defective products. We have more than 30 years experience dealing with product liability claims.

    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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    seattle motorcycle accident lawyerWe just read about a new product, Spidi Neck DPS, which is a vest which basically inflates like an airbag when in the rider is involved in a motorcycle accident. The vest inflates like a car airbag and protects the rider from serious spinal cord injury which could result in paralysis or death.

    The Spidi vests are hooked to a motorcycle with a tether which will inflate the vest when the rider falls off.

    The vests can be used multiple times when recharged with CO2 and they come in both black and fluorescent yellow.

    This is a safety innovation that could prevent serious injury or death in the event of a motorcycle accident.

    Another safety innovation that has benefited motorcylists over the last few years are anti-lock brakes. Anti-lock brakes have been showed to reduce fatal motorcycle accidents by 37% and are especially helpful for novice riders.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent motorcycle 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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    Yesterday was the first day of Fall and it seems like the weather changed on a dime. Our Indian summer has ended and the rain has returned. King 5 TV of Seattle reported on a number of car accidents and spinouts that occurred this morning as driver’s got used to the new reality of driving in the rain. King 5 reminded motorists “Remember to keep your following distance in the rain.” Local highways became clogged because of the number of accidents.

    Rain was measured at Sea-Tac Airport at 1.13 inches in a 24 hour period ending Wednesday morning.

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    Because of the inclement weather, The Farber Law Group provides the following safe driving tips.

    Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

    Good drivers adjust their driving for the driving conditions. If it’s raining, practice defensive driving and slow down and leave more room for stopping. Because oil has accumulated on roadways over the summer, pavement can be especially slick on the first few days of inclement weather making it easy for drivers to lose control.

    While skidding is a scary experience, hydroplaning can be terrifying. Hydroplaning can occur when water builds up between the wheels of your vehicle and the roadway service causing you to lose traction. When this happens, you can lose control of your car or truck. By driving defensively, one can avoid getting into a skid or hydroplane situation.

    • Make sure you keep your tires properly inflated and that you have adequate tire tread.
    • Keep both hands on the steering wheel.
    • Turn on your headlights.
    • Maintain a 5 car-length distance between you and the car ahead of you.
    • Drive at or below the speed limit.
    • Avoid driving through areas where the road is under water or flooded
    • Turn on your windshield defogger before your windows fog.
    • Steer and brake softly. If you have anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes or do not brake too hard.
    • If you are skidding, ease off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want to go. If you have anti-lock brakes, brake firmly. If you do not have ABS, try to avoid braking or brake softly.
    • If are hydroplaning, do not make any sudden braking or turning actions. Ease off of the gas. If you have ABS, brake normally and if you do not have ABS, brake lightly.
    • Avoid driving through areas where the road is under water or flooded

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    An unidentified 63-year old woman was struck and injured in Arlington while she was walking by a teen driver whom the Sheriff’s Office believe was texting while driving.

    The pedestrian accident occurred in the 17100 block of McRae Road Northwest around 8:45am in Arlington on Saturday morning.

    The accident victim was taken to Providence Medical Center. We hope that her injuries are not too serious.

    Washington state law unequivocally prohibits teen age drivers from using cell phones or wireless devices while driving. Using a cell phone while driving may be one of the most dangerous things a person can do while on the road. Read Washington’s cell phone laws:

    Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.667 – Using a Wireless Communications Device While Driving Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.668 – Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving
    Texting while driving is an extremely dangerous practice and has resulted in 1.3 million crashes in 2011 alone.

    Every time a driver attends to their cell phone, they are taking at least 5 seconds away from paying attention to the road. Even though teens know better, staying connected even while driving is a huge temptation. In fact 13% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 admit to texting or talking on their cell phone at the time of the accident.

    There have been many texting accidents that have made their way to the courts. In Chatsworth, Metrolink offered a $200M settlement for a train accident that was caused by a texting operator. In 2012, a 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was convicted of motor vehicle homicide and sentenced to two years in prison for an accident that killed the father of three. In Kansas City, a 16-year-old girl was charged with manslaughter after a fatal accident that killed a 72-year-old woman.

    If a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident by someone who is using a cell phone or a DUI driver, they are entitled to file a civil suit in addition to any criminal penalties the driver may face. A skilled personal injury attorney can help insure justice for the accident victim.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured by negligent drivers 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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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently published recommendation for which cars and small SUVs to purchase for teenage drivers. Since car accidents are the number one cause of premature death and injury for teens in Washington, vehicle selection with attention to safety is very important. Read IIHS issues recommendations on used vehicles for teens after research finds many aren’t driving the safest ones.

    Car accident statistics show us that teenage drivers are some of the most at risk drivers so, when shopping for a used car for a teenage driver, safety should be the most sought-after quality when purchasing a vehicle for a teen driver. Vehicle choice can reduce a teenage driver’s accident risk.

    According to the IIHS, when purchasing a car for a teenage driver, parents should consider the following recommendations:

    1. Don’t buy “muscle cars” or those with high horsepower engines.
    2. Avoid buying mini or small cars. Heavier cars provide more protection.
    3. Only buy vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which detects and reduces skidding and detects loss of steering control. ESC automatically applies brakes individually to wheels.

    See the IIHS website for information on specific recommended vehicles that cost $20,000 and under.

    Washington State Graduated Driver License

    In addition to purchasing a safe car for a teenage driver, parents and guardians should make sure their teens follow the laws for intermediate driver license. Washington state law provides that:

  • Teen drivers should not driver with passengers under 20 years old except for immediate family members for the first 6 months after licensure.
  • After the first 6 months of licensure, drivers under the age of 20 should drive with no more than 3 passengers under the age of 20 unless they are immediate family members.
  • Teen drivers are prohibited from driving between 1am and 5am for the first 12 months after licensure unless they are driving with a licensed driver over the age of 25.
  • Teenage drivers are prohibited from using cell phones or wireless devices while driving.

    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 motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for damages caused by negligent drivers.

    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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  • Ken Feinberg, the attorney for General Motors who is administering the victims compensation fund related to the company’s ignition recall, says the company pledges to compensate all victims of car accident victims due to faulty ignition switches in vehicles they manufacture including Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR; Pontiac G5 and Solstice; Saturn Ion and Sky.

    Damage claims can be submitted between August 1 and December 31. Click here for Ignition Recall information.

    Feinberg pledges to compensate victims even if they were driving under the influence (DUI) or texting at the time of the accident.

    The compensation fund will not provide any punitive damages.

    ignition%20switch.jpgFeinberg said that if you had previously settled a claim before you knew of the faulty switches, that you can still open a claim.

    Currently, there are more than 100 lawsuits against GM related to the faulty switches. Some people are suing claiming injuries caused by a car accidents. Others have filed claims saying that their vehicle has lost resell value because of the faulty ignition switches.

    The United States Congress is investigating GM on why they waited ten years to recall and repair a known ignition defect. The defective switch has been linked to ten deaths.

    Check with a Product Liability Attorney before you Sign Anything

    If you have extraordinary damages such a serious injuries or death of a loved one due to a car accident involving a faulty ignition switch, you are advised to seek the counsel of a Product Liability Attorney to insure your rights are being protected.

    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 motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence. We also represent product liability claims which involves injuries due to defective manufacture, design defect or defective marketing.
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    Last week a toddler — 22-month old Cooper Harris –dafter his father left him strapped in his car seat in a hot car for seven hours. Cooper died of hypothermia. The father said that he simply forgot to bring his son to daycare but the police are investigating the father for murder.

    It is hard to imagine leaving a child or a pet in a car to die. Unfortunately, as many as 43 children die every year due to heatstroke. Most of the deaths occurred when parents or caregivers accidentally “forgot” the child. Children and pets can quickly develop heatstroke in a car so parents and care givers should never leave a child alone in a car even for 10 minutes.

    The temperature inside a parked car can rise as much as 20 degrees in about 10 minutes. Heatstroke can occur when a body temperature reaches 104 degrees or above. Even the moderate climate of Western Washington can pose a threat in our warmer summer months.

    backover_accident.pngEvery year more than 200 people – mostly children and the elderly – are killed and 15,000 people injured in auto accidents involving a vehicle that is backing up. According to the NHTSA, 31% of fatal backover accidents occur to children under the age of 5 and 26% occur to adults 70 years of age and older.

    On March 31, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is requiring “rear visibility technology,” in other words, rear-view cameras, in all new car, trucks and SUVs under 10,000 pounds by May 2018:

    “Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents – our children and seniors.” “As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.” – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

    Backup cameras allow drivers to view the rear of their vehicle as they back up to alleviate blind spots. Backup cameras are designed to avoid backup accidents so that the driver does not hit people are objects directly behind their vehicle.

    Backup cameras are already common on many vehicles including motor homes and they often come as optional equipment in sports utility vehicles.

    Auto manufacturers also hope to use backup cameras to replace side mirrors which could improve fuel economy by reducing drag.

    This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who are killed in pedestrian and bicycle accidents due to the negligence of another.

    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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