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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has just released a report that should be no surprise to parents of teenagers. The study found that 60% of all car accidents that teenagers drivers are involved in, distraction — either inside or outside of the vehicle — was a factor.

According to the study, the number one distraction occurs in the vehicle itself. The teenage driver can be distracted while interacting with passengers in the car, looking at their cell phone, talking to friends, eating, singing, reaching for something and grooming.

Teenagers don’t seem to understand that when they take their eyes off the road for as little as four seconds to check out a text message, if they were traveling at 60mph, they have traveled the distance of a football field.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used dashboard cameras and recorded teens crashing because they were not paying attention to the road. The car accident videos are really chilling when you look at them.

The foundation recommends that states look at their distracted driving laws, prohibit cell phone use by teens while driving and restrict the number of passengers for teen drivers. In Washington state, the state provides for a restricted driver’s license which follows the AAA Foundation’s guidelines.

Washington state has worked hard to combat distracted driving and passed legislation that directly bans handheld devices.

Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

Despite Washington state’s laws, distracted drivers get into single car accidents, accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists or multi-vehicle accidents involving track and motorcycles. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a distracted driver, you may be able to receive compensation for the medical costs and other damages you suffered as the result of an accident caused by a distracted driver.

Washington State Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

To obtain the most favorable resolution of your car accident case, you should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident if your believe your injuries were the fault of a negligent or distracted driver. It is important to establish a working relationship with your attorney so that evidence is preserved and the necessary legal procedures are taken.

The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm in Bellevue, Washington, is here to help you. Contact Herbert Farber today to discuss your case. We handle car accident insurance claims and lawsuits in the greater Seattle area throughout Washington state.
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There are probably not many times in your life when you need to hire an attorney. But sometimes, usually in a time of personal crises due to an accident or an injury, you may find yourself in the need of legal representation. Hiring an experienced attorney can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve and help you with the morass of paperwork that is often required after a car accident.

When should I hire an attorney?

You generally only need to hire an attorney after a car accident if you have had serious injuries requiring medical care. Many minor accidents involving only vehicle damage can be handled through direct contact with your insurance company. However, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney when you have had significant losses because of a car accident including medical costs, lost wages, car repairs and other costs.

How to choose a car accident attorney?

When searching for a car accident attorney, you should look for a “personal injury attorney” as opposed to one who has another specialty such as family, elder or bankruptcy law.

Most car accident attorneys will accept your case on a contingency fee basis. That means, the attorney will take your case if he or she feels like it has merit and they do not ask you for any upfront fees. You pay nothing unless they win your case for you.

You should choose a an attorney with experience and a proven track record of success. Several lawyer rating services can help you. Martindale Hubbell has a peer rating service and AVVO has a rating system based on a myriad of factors including education, peer endorsement and years of practice.

What to ask a prospective attorney?

Most people use the internet to help them in their search for an attorney. Know that most attorneys will provide a no-fee, no-obligation initial consultation. When you go for your first visit, you may wish to bring documents that you might have that pertain to your case and insurance. These may include:

  • Insurance policy
  • Contact information for the other person involved in the accident
  • Medical records
  • Citations or tickets related to the car accident
  • Photographs of the accident scene or the damage
  • Statements or witness contact information

What are attorney fees?

Read more about the contingent fee basis and how attorney fees are calculated.

The Farber Law Group representing car accident victims for 30 years

If you are interested in learning more about the car accident claim process, contact The Farber Law Group. Herbert Farber personally represents every case himself. He has a track record of success in obtaining just compensation for motor vehicle 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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Jeff Lucas, 56, of Duvall was killed on February 10th in a head-on collision near Monroe.

According to a report in the Everett Herald, Lucas was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 2 between Snohomish and Monroe when his Jaguar was struck head-on by a Hyundai that had crossed over the centerline.

The Hyundai was driven by a 72-year-old Lake Stevens woman. She was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for treatment.

Lucas’ car rolled into the eastbound lanes after the impact and it was struck again by a eastbound pickup truck. No one in the pickup truck was injured seriously.

A fourth car was also involved in the accident.

The Washington State Patrol says that drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the car accident. The section of road where the accident occurred is two lanes and is only separated by a rumble strip.

U.S. Highway 2

U.S. Highway 2 has seen its share of head-on collisions. The last fatal accident on that stretch of road occurred in September 2014 and it to was a cross-over collision.

Head-on Auto Accidents

Head-on auto collisions are some of the most deadliest accidents. While the exact cause of this collision are not known at this time, passing, alcohol or drugs, driver distraction, attempting to make a u-turn, driver confusion and speeding are some of the most common causes of head-on collisions.

In some cases, road design and environmental factors contribute to head-on collisions. Some environmental factors include deer running on to the road or ice on the roadway.

In the case of Highway 2, there have been 50 fatal accidents on the highway between Snohomish and Stevens pass in a 9 year period. Many of these have been crossover accidents and a citizens group has clamored to make the highway divided.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a series of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicles 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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A Marysville couple was killed and a Lake Stevens couple was seriously injured, one critically, when their two vehicles collided head-on on state Route 9 at 84th street near Marysville around noon on Friday.

Killed in the accident was Adam D. Huzar, 42, and Agnieszka Huzar, 38. Inured in the accident was Calvin Marlor, 62, and his wife, Billie, who was listed in critical condition at Providence Hospital.

According to the accident report, Calvin Marlor driving a Ford Explorer northbound, crossed the centerline and struck a Saturn SL2 driven by Adam Huzar head-on.

Preliminary information finds that there was no signs of impairment in Marlor and an investigation is underway to determine why he apparently swerved into oncoming traffic.

Head-On Auto Accidents are Often Devastating
Head-On collisions often have devastating results. The force of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions striking each other often results in catastrophic injuries or death to the car occupants.

Head-On Collisions Often Caused by Driver Negligence

There can be many reasons for head-on collisions. Sometimes, these types of accidents are caused when a driver falls asleep, is distracted or over-reacts when their vehicle drifts out of lane. Other times, highway conditions including snow or ice can contribute to a head-on collision.

Head-on Collisions Account for 10% of Car Accident Fatalities

Head-on collisions account for only about 2% of all car accident but account for about 10% of all car accident fatalities. Often times survivors suffer serious injuries including fractures, lacerations, and traumatic brain injury which can result in hospitalization in a trauma unit and lengthy rehabilitation.

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

Washington car accident law begins with the idea that all drivers must drive with due care and do what they can to avoid an accident. It is every driver’s responsibility to not drive if they are too tired and every driver is required to drive with diligence and drive at safe speeds for road conditions.

The Farber Law Group, personal injury law firm, has represented victims of head-on collisions throughout Washington. If you or someone you know would like our assistance, please contact us online. Or call us toll free at 1-800-244-9087.
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The Washington State Patrol is asking witnesses or anyone with information about a hit-and-run car accident that happened on November 27 around 8:15 to contact Detective Russ Haake at russ.haake@wsp.wa.gov or 425-401-7717.

According to the patrol, the passenger of a Buick Le Sabre suffered fatal injuries when the car was rear-ended on Interstate 405/Cedar St. in Renton.

The Le Sabre was struck by car described as a red “sports car” and it might have been a Subaru BRz or Nissan 350Z. The vehicle should have considerable front-end damage.

The driver of the suspect vehicle had been driving erratically before the accident and was travelling at least 60mph when the collision occurred. The driver left the accident scene.

Hit-and-Run Accidents a Serious Problem

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 11% of all reported auto accidents are hit-and-run meaning that the at-fault driver left the scene of the accident without insuring proper medical care for the victims, exchanging information with the other parties and waiting until law enforcement arrives.

Why do drivers leave the scene of an accident?

Hit-and-run drivers are often apprehended after the fact or they turn themselves at the urging of a friend or family members. When questioned, they provide some of the following reasons for leaving the accident:

  • They were intoxicated at the time.
  • They had an outstanding warrant.
  • They did not have a valid driver’s license.
  • They did not have auto insurance.
  • They knew they caused the accident and feared the consequences.
  • They were so intoxicated that they were unaware that they were involved in an accident.

Advice for hit-and-run accident victims

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit-and-runner driver, you may be wondering who will pay your medical bills. The following information may be useful to you:

  • Regardless of whether there was an injury, you should contact authorities and file an accident report.
  • You should report the accident to your insurance company who has a vested interest in finding the at-fault driver. If the at-fault driver is not found, you can file a claim against the underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy.
  • Write down everything about the accident you can remember including color of the car that hit you, model number, etc.
  • Make contact with any witnesses of the accident and obtain their contact information. Ask them to give a report to the police.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney if you have serious injuries so that your rights are protected and your claim is maximized.

Washington law and hit-and-run accidents

Washington law requires that drivers involved in a car accident stop and exchange information with the other party. A driver is required by law to stay at the accident scene until police and medical help arrives. Leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime and can result in a class B or class C felony which can result in a jail sentence and/or fine.

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue based personal injury law firm, can help you by answering your hit-and-run accident questions. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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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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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deer.jpgThe months of October, November and December are especially hazardous to motorists because of deer migration. Every year, approximately 1.5 million vehicles hit a deer resulting in more than 150 deaths and thousands of injuries.

Today, two men in a Toyota pickup were killed when they were struck by an oncoming Ford pickup truck whose driver claimed he swerved to avoid a deer that ran in front of his vehicle. The head-on collision occurred on Highway 9 in Whatcom county around 5:45 am.

Killed in the accident was a 56-year-old Glacier man and his 50-year-old passenger. The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt according to The Bellingham Herald.

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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