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The World Health Organization estimates that motor vehicle accidents will kill 1.9 million peope a year between now and 2010. Starting May 11, 2011, the WHO — with the participation of dozens of countries — have kicked off a global road safety campaign called “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010” and their goal is to save millions of lives.

Motor vehicle accidents affect all nations and is the leading killer of the world’s young, ages 15-29. With 1.3 million people killed annually in motor vehicle accidents, car accidents are the ninth leading cause of fatalities globally.

In addition to those killed in motor vehicle accidents, 20-50 million people are injured every year, many seriously.

The Global Plan to reduce motor vehicle fatalities includes:

  • Improving road safety
  • Improving vehicle safety
  • Improving emergency services
  • Building up road safety management.

The plan also seeks legislation and enforcement of safety precautions including helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists; mandatory seat belt use; mandatory child safety restraints; reduction in drinking and driving; reduction of speeding.

The Global Plan seeks to save 5 million lives every year and prevent 50 millision serious injuries in the ensuing decade.

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World unites to halt death and injury on roads
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 set to save millions of lives
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 car, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages which includes medical care, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

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The Bellevue Police Department in partnership with The Market Place @ Factoria, City of Bellevue, and Savvy Parents Safe Kids is hosting a free Child Safety Event which will also include a bicycle helmet giveaway and additional bicycle helmets sold at a low cost.

bellevue bicycle accident lawyerThe event is being held on Saturday Mary 14 between 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Market Place @ Factoria which is located at 4055 Factoria Mall SE in Bellevue.

In Washington state, there were 453 fatal bicycle accidents in 2009 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 91% of the fatal accidents, the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. Brain injuries are the leading reason for bicycle accident fatalities.

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 bicycle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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The Washington Department of Health has designed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington a Level III Trauma Center.

Level III Trauma centers can perform 24-hour emergency surgery and resuscitation. Previously, Evergreen Hospital was designated a level IV trauma center.

Evergreen was ranked #2 in Washington state and Top 10% in the nation for General Surgery by HealthGrades.

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in Seattle provides Level I trauma services in the region for patients requiring neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery or a maxillofacial surgeon.

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, construction accidents and slip, trip & fall accidents.

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Washington House Bill 1018 which is sponsored by Representative Jamie Pederson, D-Seattle, seeks to add new sections to the Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61 and to recodify two existing sections: RCW 46.61.755 and 46.61.770.

The proposed new section is an attempt to reduce car and bicycle accidents. The section clarifies responsibilities of both bicyclists and motorists.

Section 46.61.755 would be amended to include the following:

  • Bicyclists shall have same rights and duties as a motorist on a roadway.
  • Bicyclists on sidewalks, crosswalks or multi-use trail shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian, however, the pedestrian should exercise due care.

Section 46.61.770 would be amended with language that tells motorists to give bicyclists more room and drive at a safe distance away from bicyclists and pedestrians and not to honk at them. Language was also added that tells bicyclists that when they are traveling at speeds slower than motorists, they should right in the designated bicycle lane or as close to the curb as is safe.

In 2009, there were 630 bicyclists killed in accidents with motor vehicles. This was the lowest number of fatal bicycle accidents since 1975. The wider use of helmets is one reason for the reduction in deaths; helmet use reduces the risk of a head injury by 85%. 36% of bicycle deaths occurred in intersections according to data collected by the Federal Accident Reporting System.

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 bicycle accidents and the family of those who were killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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A Child Safety Day will be held at Factoria Market Place in Bellevue on Saturday between 11m and 3pm according to The Bellevue Reporter.

At the fair, children will be able to have their bike helmets correctly fitted. The first 50 children under the age of 12 will receive a free helmet. Child bicycle helmets will also be on sale for $9 each while supplies last.

seattle bicycle accident lawyerThe event is being sponsored by the Bellevue Police Department, Overlake Hospital Medical Center and Factoria Market Place.

While there is not a Washington state law requiring bicyclists to wear helmets, Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties do require them as well as the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.

Every year, approximately 700 bicyclists die in bicycle accidents and two-third of those suffered a traumatic brain injury. Bicycle helmets protect the brain and skull and the neck in an accident. However, the helmet needs to be fitted properly for maximum protection. Improperly fitted helmets have a tendency to shift so an expert fitting can insure a snug and correct fit.

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 bicycle accidents and the family of those killed.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the major causes of accidental death and disability in the United States. Causes of TBI can include falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and violence.

Because brain injuries are so devastating, there is a great effort in creating technologies to prevent and protect from these injuries. Seat belts, motorcycle and bicycle helmets are an example of technologies that have reduced the incidence of severe injury.

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Andrew W. Hayes, 62, of Soap Lake was critically injured with a head injury in a bicycle accident at Highway 28 and Grant Street in Soap Lake around 2pm on Thursday.

The Wenatchee World reports that Hayes was riding a 10-speed bicycle when he collided with a car driven by Vera M. Walker, 80 of Quincy.

The report said that Hayes was initially taken to Columbia Basin Hospital and then airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Walker was not injured in the accident.

Patricia A. Lambine, 46, of Greenacres, Washington was killed in a bicycle accident on U.S. Highway 41 near Blanchard in northern Idaho on Saturday morning around 6:30am.

According to a report by The Seattle Times, Lambine was riding a bicycle in support of a runner who was running a leg of the 185 mile team relay race from Spokane, Washington to Sandpoint, Idaho.

Lambine was killed and an unidentified 17-year-old runner was injured when a vehicle driven by Bowden S. Kahuhu, 31, of Newport, Washington, crossed the center line and onto the shoulder and hit the two. It is suspected that Kahuhu may have been driving drunk at the time.

safety_post.jpgJohn Gerrity has disclosed that he has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of Menlo Park and the city has agreed to pay him a $2.4 million settlement.

Gerrity’s wife, Deborah Johnson, was critically injured in a bicycle accident in July 2007 and she died several days later of a head injury.

According to a report on Mercury News, Johnson’s bicycle accident was due to the fact that Menlo Park Public Works Department had inadvertently left a flat black octagonal rubber disk they had used as a lane divider in the roadway. The orange post had become detached from the octagonal piece so Johnson did not see the disk and she hit it with her bicycle wheel, causing her to fall and strike her head.

The National Highway Safety Administration has seven rules for bicycle safety:

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  1. Wear a properly fitted helmet. While there is no state law in Washington requiring you to wear a helmet, many counties including Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties require them.
  2. Assure your bicycle is in good working order — make sure brakes work, handlebars won’t slip, cranks are tightened and the quick release hub bolt closed.
  3. Follow traffic laws — bicyclists must follow the rules of the road the same as drivers of motor vehicles. Washington State law provides that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.