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A 45-year-old woman, Michele Jozefiak, was killed on Thursday as she was crossing a downtown Seattle street.

According to a police report, Jozefiak was crossing Seneca Street and 5th Avenue assisted by a walker when she was struck by a truck driver.

Jozefiak was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she died of head injuries and injuries to her lower extremities.

Police are investigating the accident and interviewed the truck driver. Early police reports indicate that the motorist did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

Approximately every year, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 76,000 are injured in pedestrian accident. The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is 46 years of age. In nearly 50% of all traffic accidents involving a pedestrian fatality, alcohol is a factor.

There are many other factors that can contribute to a pedestrian accident. Driver negligence including the following can also contribute to pedestrian fatalities:

  • Driver inattention or distraction
  • Failing to observe speed limits
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, either marked or unmarked
  • Driver disregard of traffic signals.


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Despite the fact that two pedestrians have been struck and killed by bicyclists in the past month in New York City, a study of three busy intersections found nearly 80% of bicyclists are still running red lights.

According to the New York Post, a bicyclist was seen riding through a red light at the same Central Park intersection where a Connecticut woman was struck and killed just a week ago. See Bicyclist behavior in the news after pedestrian struck and killed.

New York Police have been ticketing bicyclists at the rate of 608 this year but still, bad behavior still remains. Said one cyclist about red lights, “I treat them like they’re stop signs. Why would I just sit there at a red light?”

Bicyclists In Seattle

Bicycle commuting is on the rise in Seattle and Seattle has several initiatives to make streets safer and friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists need to be aware of the danger posed to them by street hazards and by automobiles and the hazard they post to pedestrians.

Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are required to obey the same laws as motorists in Washington state. Accidents tend to happen when either the bicyclist or the driver breaks a fuel. Common causes of bicycle accidents include:

  • Bicyclist riding against traffic, facing traffic rather than in the same direction as traffic.
  • Bicyclist failure to stop at a stop sign or red light.
  • Bicyclist jumping a red light.
  • Bicyclist darting between moving or stopped vehicles or bicyclist darting between pedestrians.
  • Bicyclist riding on sidewalks and striking passengers.
  • Bicyclists speeding in areas where people are walking.
  • Driver turning in front of a bicyclist.
  • Driver running a red light or stop sign.
  • Driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Every year, more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Older adults — those 65 and older — account for 19% of all pedestrian accident fatalities and another 52,000 older Americans are treated for pedestrian accident injuries including those that were hit by a motor vehicle and those involved in fall-related accidents at curbs.

Elderly pedestrians face a higher risk of death in a pedestrian accident than any other age group. In fact, death rates among the elderly due to a pedestrian accident are twice that of people aged 34 and younger. We often hear about the peril to bicyclists in Seattle, but data suggests that the elderly are more at peril than cyclists.

In some cities, seniors are killed in pedestrian accidents at an alarming rate. To be honest, a lot of cities streets have not been designed with walkers in mind, some streets are very wide and a lot of drivers are so distracted by their cell phones that they are not watching for pedestrians.

The elderly face many issues when they are walking. Often, the signals do not allow enough time for them to cross the street. At some corners, there are missing or broken pedestrian ramps which make it difficult for elderly walkers to use their walkers or canes. Another issue is that painted crosswalk markings are often faded or hard-to-see.

Many pedestrian accidents are caused by motorists who are often distracted by cell phones or failing to abide by traffic laws and they neglect to check sidewalks and crosswalks before turning or crossing in an intersection.

Western Washington’s Most Dangerous Intersections

The following are some of the intersections in Western Washington where the most serious or frequent accidents have occurred.

  • Bellevue – Northeast 8th Street and 148th Avenue Northeast
  • Everett – 128th Street Southwest and 4th Avenue West
  • Federal Way – 320th Street and Pacific Highway South
  • Lacey – College Street Northeast and Martin Way East
  • Lakewood – South Tacoma Way and 96th Street Southwest
  • Lynnwood – 196th Street Southwest and 44th Avenue West
  • Lynnwood – 200th Street and 44th Avenue SW
  • Seattle – Northwest 85th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest
  • Tacoma – 19th Street and Orchard Street
  • Tacoma – 6th and North Stevens Street
  • Vancouver – NE 117th Avenue and NE 76th Street

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a pedestrian accident, The Farber Law Group wants to help you claim the financial compensation you deserve. Herbert Farber has more than 30 years experience representing pedestrian accident victims and their families and he is available to meet with you to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

If the driver who caused your accident was texting behind the wheel or driving drunk, you urge you to take the first step in filing a claim by contact The Farber Law Group for a free consultation.

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 man was critically injured on Friday in downtown Tacoma when he was struck by a Jeep as he stood behind his pickup truck. The man, who appeared to be in his mid-50s suffered life threatening injuries and he was taken to Tacoma General Hospital reports The News Tribune.

The incident occurred in the 700 block of South Commerce Street about 4pm.

The 44-year-old driver of the jeep that struck the man was detained while the accident is being investigated.

The driver of the jeep may have been driving erratically prior to the accident. The report said that he had passed several vehicles prior to striking the man.

Trauma of Pedestrian Accidents

All accidents are traumatic but an accident that occurs when a motor vehicle hits a person it can result in catastrophic and disabling injuries or death.

Fatal injuries caused when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle occur about 6,000 times each year, an average of more than 15 people every day. In addition, more than 100,000 people are seriously injured by a motor vehicle when struck by a car or truck.

Washington Pedestrian Accident Legal Assistance

The Farber Law Group has been assisting pedestrian accident victims and their families for more than 30 years. We work hard to help accident victims receive the compensation they desrve to cover medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability. We also assist family member with their wrongful death claims when a loved one has been killed.

When a pedestrian accident occurs, the victim has much a lot to contend with with recovery first and foremost. An attorney can assist the victim with answers to many questions including how to deal with insurance companies, how to apply for long-term disability and how to file a legal claim for damages.

Washington Accident Attorneys

The Farber Law Group has been represents car accident victims, bicycle accident victims and pedestrian accidents. With offices in Bellevue, Washington, Herbert Farber, the firm’s founder, personally provides a free and confidential case evaluations for clients in Western Washington and across the state.

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KOMO News reports than a 73-year-old woman was killed in a Edmonds pedestrian accident on Tuesday afternoon.

The accident occurred near 4th Avenue North and Bell Street. The woman died at the accident scene.

According to the report, the 36-year-old driver was making a left-hand turn when the pedestrian was hit.

This accident occurred just a few hours after two pedestrians were struck in a crosswalk in downtown Seattle as a driver was making a left hand turn.

Left hand turning drivers often fail to look for pedestrians

Drivers making a left hand turn are a leading cause of pedestrian accident on city streets. In fact one of five intersection accidents at intersections with signals involves a left hand turn driver striking a pedestrian. When drivers can only turn left with a green arrow, the likelihood of a pedestrian accident is diminished. Often — in up to 11 percent of cases — drivers fail to look for pedestrians as they make a left hand turn because they are busy looking for oncoming traffic.

As crazy as it may seem, some recommend that drivers avoid making left hand turns when at all possible. Other people call for pedestrian scrambles, or intersections which are lighted so that all traffic stops and pedestrians are able to cross the road in any directions.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one killed, in a motor vehicle accident due to a driver making a left hand turn, call us for a free consultation.

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington, law firm, is experienced in handling left hand turn accident cases. We are happy to offer you a free and confidential case consultation.

The Farber Law Group is a Bellevue personal injury  law firm that concentrates in personal injury actions such as left hand turn accident cases, motor vehicle accidents, bus accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and wrongful death claims.

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An unidentified 41-year-old Federal Way man was struck and killed Thursday night when a man running a red light struck him across from a Puyallup car dealership where the man worked.

The pedestrian accident occurred at North Meridian and River Road in Puyallup.

The driver, a 64-year-old Olympia man, may be charged with vehicular homicide in the accident as police believe he was under the influence or drugs and speeding at the time of the pedestrian accident.

Vehicular Homicide in Washington state is a very serious crime. RCW 46.61.520 Vehicular Homicide is the state vehicle law which provides penalties for killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs or driving with reckless disregard as to the safety of others.

Penalties for vehicular homicide can vary but a driver who is convicted of vehicular homicide with DUI faces a prison sentence of between six-and-a-half and eight-and-a-half years and will have a permanent felony record.

Bellevue vehicular homicide attorney represents victims’ families

Often when a person dies suddenly as a result of a pedestrian or car accident, the fault often lies with the a driver who was driving while intoxicated, driving recklessly or driving negligently. For the family of the victim, it is a very difficult time while the guilty part faces criminal charges as the family is dealing with grief and the financial hardship which can result from losing a family member who provides for a family.

The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue personal injury law firm, has more than 30 years experiences representing families with their wrongful death cases involving vehicular homicide. Our Washington car accident attorney helps families fight for compensation for burial expenses, loss of future earnings, grief and loss of companionship.

Help the family of Washington vehicular homicide victims

While Washington state pursues criminal charges against a drunk driver, a vehicular homicide attorney may prove critical to a family’s ability to press forward a civil case to pursue monetary damages.

Common causes for vehicular homicide include drunk driving, reckless driving and distracted driving including texting while driving. Whether you lost your loved one in an accident involving a car, semi truck or whether your loved one was killed in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, our car accident attorneys will help you achieve justice.

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An unidentified woman was struck and killed by a commercial truck on Monday in Bellevue
According to Carla laFrate of the Bellevue Police Department, the pedestrian accident occurred in the around 12:00pm on Monday in the 12400 block of Northeast 12th street as the woman was crossing the street.

The Bellevue Police Department is investigating the pedestrian accident and they do not know at this time whether the woman was in a crosswalk. It appears that she was struck as the truck turned west on Bel-Red Road from 124th Avenue Northeast.

According to a report in the Bellevue Reporter, it does not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

In 2011, approximately 69,000 pedestrian were injured in motor vehicle accidents and of those, 4,432 are killed. However, more pedestrians are injured than are accounted for in that figure since pedestrians injured in parking lots and other areas besides roads are not figured in the statistics.

Since 1975, the number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles has decreased and one factor is that people may be walking less.

Pedestrians are often responsible for accidents when they misjudge traffic but in cases where a vehicle is turning, as in this Bellevue pedestrian accident, it is often the fault of the driver. Often, truck driver visibility and the design of the truck cab may lead to poor visibility.

Other causes of pedestrian accidents may be driver distraction. Whatever the cause, the loss of life is devastating.

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 pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed. We provide free and confidential case consultations for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one.

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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Motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, violence and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injury which can result in various level of impairment.

When the spinal cord or spinal nerves are injured, a person can experience having problems with sensation, strength or permanent paralysis.

In many cases, spinal cord injuries can be prevented, whether it is avoiding a risky behavior or taking precautions when doing everyday activities.

Motor vehicle accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries but using a seatbelt every time one drives, goes a long way in preventing a spinal cord injury. Children should always be placed in a age-appropriate child seat or booster. Drivers should also avoid drinking and driving or using drugs and driving.

Sports injuries

snowboarding.jpgSports injuries are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. It is important that children receive proper coaching in many sporting activities such as gymnastics and football.

In other sporting endeavors such as motor biking, skiing or snowboarding, the participant should make sure they have the proper equipment such as wearing a helmet. Participants should also use caution when participating in these activities including staying on marked trails and not skiing or riding beyond one’s ability.

If a concussion is suspected, the person should not return to their sport until cleared by a physician.

Falls

Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries and fractures, especially in the elderly and frail. People are warned to use step stools or ladders to reach objects in high places to prevent falls. The elderly should also “fall proof” their home but removing extraneous rugs, installing handrails and have proper lighting.

Seeking help for the injured person

It is important that after an accident, proper medical care be administered. A secondary injury could occur if the injured person is moved without proper support. If person loses consciousness, has severe pain in the back, neck or head, suffers from paralysis or weakness in the extremities or loses bowel or bladder control, call 9-1-1 immediately and do not move the person.
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A 32-year-old male pedestrian was injured this morning when he was struck by a Seattle Metro bus at Third Avenue near Stewart Street after he walked in front of it according to the Seattle Police Department.

The injured pedestrian walked away from the pedestrian accident scene to a nearby Starbucks at Westlake Center but he was evaluated by the Seattle fire department who took him to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

The bus driver was arrested after a police drug recognition expert (DRE) determined that the driver was possibly under the influence of drug or alcohol at the time of accident. The bus driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center as well where a blood draw was taken.

It is mandatory for truck and bus drivers to be tested for alcohol and drugs after an accident.

Commercial Trucking and Bus Accidents

There are nearly 4,000 fatal accidents involving buses and commercial trucks every year and in about 3% of the motor carrier drivers and 27% of non-motor-carrier drivers are found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

In Washington state, a driver who has a blood alcohol content of .04 or more can be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year. For a second infraction, a driver is disqualified for a life time. If a driver test positive on a Department of Transportation test for drugs or alcohol their license can be disqualified for up to 10 years.
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For people living in the greater Seattle area and in the Northwest, this time of year finds us with short days and long nights which can cause an increase in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. In the evening hours between 6pm and 12am and early morning hours between 5am and 8am, pedestrians and bicyclists have to be extra careful to avoid being a victim.

We just read about a pedestrian accident near Parkland, Washington in which three pedestrians were injured when they were hit by a car. The three were crossing Route 7 at the intersection of 134th street when they struck.

The driver has not been cited pending an investigation. The driver told police that he did not see the pedestrians who were in an unlighted crosswalk. All three of the pedestrians were wearing dark clothing.

While the investigation is ongoing, we wish all three of the injured a speedy recovery. It’s also time to use this accident as a cautionary tale to remind pedestrians of some nighttime walking safety tips to prevent the pain and injury of an accident.

  1. Realize that drivers may not be able to see you at night time especially if the weather is poor and the streets not well-lighted.
  2. Wear reflective clothing or carry a light so you can been seen. Light clothing and reflective products such as 3M Scotchlite and Reflexite can improve your visibility.
  3. Avoid streets and roads that are not well lit
  4. Do not presume a motorist sees you because you are in a crosswalk.
  5. Do not dart in the street or cross mid-block.
  6. Scan the road for oncoming traffic before crossing.

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