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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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One in four drivers admit to driving while being so tired that they can hardly keep their eyes open. This is a a serious hazard on our roads because studies show that driving while extremely fatigued is comparable to drunk driving because it affects ones vision, thinking abilities, impairs motors skills and slows ones reaction time. AAA claims that drowsy driving is a factor in up to 11.6% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that 4.2% of all the surveyed drivers admitted to having fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in the past 30 days. This number could even be higher because some people are not even aware when they fall asleep for a few seconds.

A recent auto accident involving Comedian Tracy Morgan highlights what can happen when a driver is driving drowsy. Tracy Morgan was seriously injured and another man was killed when a Wal-Mart truck driver crashed into Morgan’s vehicle. Morgan has filed a negligence lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming that the truck driver, Kevin Roper was speeding and fell asleep at the wheel.

Drivers attempt all sorts of things to attempt to combat drowsiness including drinking coffee, opening windows, stretching, listening to loud music, stretching, and slapping themselves. However there are only two things that are effective to combat the effects of drowsy driving:
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  1. Switching drivers
  2. Pulling off the road and napping

Symptoms of Drowsy Driving
We all know when we are tired but when you start yawning, spacing out, blinking, hitting rumble strips, drifting from your lane, it’s time to get off the road, take a nap and drink some coffee. Drivers should make sure they are well rested, that they seek treatment for sleep disorders like sleep apnea and avoid alcohol to combat drowsy driving.

Drowsy Driving Accidents — Serious Consequences

Drivers who cause an auto accident because they are driving drowsy face serious consequences. In the case of Tracy Morgan’s accident, the Wal-Mart drivers has been charged with “death by auto and assault by auto.” In Washington state, the equivalent would be Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. Roper is accused with not sleeping for 24 hours before he drove.

Morgan’s filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming under the doctrine “respondeat superior” which provides that an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee in the scope of their employment. Morgan’s lawsuit also claims that the collision-avoidance system in the Wal-Mart truck was not functioning properly at the time of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a driver who was driving under the influence or who was negligent, you are well-advised to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years representing car accident victims and their families.
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A Pennsylvania man, who was paralyzed in a rollover car accident, has been awarded a $55.3M product liability lawsuit against Honda Motors by a Pennsylvania jury.

The jury agreed with the plaintiff, Carlos Martinez, 57, that a faulty seat belt design in his Acura Integra was the cause of the paralyzing injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Martinez lost control of his vehicle when a tire blew and his seat belt did not restrain him, allowing his head to hit the roof of the car in the rollover accident.

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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sr522.jpgAn elderly couple from Redmond has been killed and two other people were critically injured on Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on State Route 522 near Fales Road outside of Maltby.

According to news reports, it appears that the male driver of a Mitsubishi Eclipse heading eastbound drifted out of his lane, over-corrected and then crossed the center line striking a Ford Fusion head-on. Speculation is that the driver may have been distracted.

A female passenger riding in the Ford died at the accident scene. The driver of the Ford died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Mitsubishi driver along with a female child who was riding in the rear seat are said to be in critical condition at Harborview.

State Route 522 was listed in a 1995 Reader’s Digest article as “America’s Most Dangerous Highways.” Forbes Magazine, in a July 2007 article, also listed the highway in an article titled “America’s Killer Roads.”

State Route 522 is on slate for being widened but lack of funding has stalled the project.

Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

The Washington State Patrol will investigate this accident and determine what role driver distraction played. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 10% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. involves driver distraction.

Driver distraction can include any behavior which takes the driver’s eyes, hands or mind off of the task at hand, which should be driving. It can include any of the following driver behaviors:

  • Taking eyes off of the road — including to read billboards, looking at things in the car, looking into the mirror, personal grooming, reading a map, reading a text, reaching for something that has fallen and looking after children.
  • Taking hands off of the steering wheel — including taking hands off the wheel to text, eat, drink, use a cell phone, manipulate the radio or CD, manipulating automobile controls.
  • Driving without being mindful — including talking with passengers, being preoccupied, daydreaming, using a cell phone.

Distracted Driving Liability in Washington State

In Washington state, distracted drivers can be held liable for the injuries or the deaths caused by their action. The victim, or the family of a victims, can file a claim against the driver to recover compensation for medical costs and other losses.

In the case of a victim who has died, the family is entitled to file a claim under Washington’s wrongful death statute. In the case of a fatal car accident, the family can request compensation for medical expenses, burial expenses and sometimes other damages such as loss of consortium.

Bellevue Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

The Farber Law Group is dedicated to providing distracted driving victims with excellent legal representation. We have more than 30 years experience and are prepared to handle the most complex personal injury or wrongful death claims. We serve clients throughout the greater Seattle area, King County and Western Washington.

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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An 18-year-old woman, Heather, Lee, faces charges of vehicular assault after eight people were injured in a multi-car accident on State Route 2 between Sultan and Monroe around 6:20pm last night. Lee admitted to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day prior to the chain reaction collision that injured five children, three adults, some critically.

KOMO News reports that the chain reaction car accident occurred when Lee, apparently distracted by the two children in the back seat of her Dodge Durango, slammed into a Chevy Blazer that was slowing to a stop for a Chrysler minivan that was attempting a left hand turn.

The 23-year-old female driver of the Chevy Blazer, along with three boys and two girls in her vehicle were all injured in the accident. A 10-0year-old boy appears to have suffered the most critical injuries — an injury described by KOMO as a “crushed skull.” The most severely injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The others injured were taken to area hospitals.

Also involved in the accident was a Dodge Caravan which was struck when Lee’s Durango crossed the centerline after impact with the Blazer. A 37-year-old woman in the Caravan was injured.

A vehicle following the Caravan ended up in a ditch when its driver veered off the roadway to avoid the accident.

The children in Lee’s vehicle reportedly were not injured in the accident.

Vehicular Assault

Lee faces charges of Vehicular Assault, RCW 46.61.522, which can be charged if a driver seriously injured another person while driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without the regard for the safety of others.

Marijuana and Driving

roach-439288-m.jpgIt’s unfortunate for the all those injured on SR 2 that Lee had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Studies show that marijuana raises the risk of a car accident by 1.75 if the marijuana user smokes within three hours of driving. Marijuana appears to increasingly play a role in fatal car accidents.

According to the British Medical Journal:

“… cannabis impairs performance of the cognitive and motor tasks necessary for safe driving, increasing the risk of collision.

There is actually quite a lot of research on the use of cannabis and car accident risk and drugged driving is definitively a problem across the nation. With Washington state legalizing marijuana use, it only stands to reason that usage of the drug will increase . The American Journal of Epidemiology found that even before Washington state enacted their pot law, the incidence of motor vehicle accident victims increased from 4.2 percent in 199 to 12.2 percent in 2010.

There is the feeling that people will not take marijuana usage seriously until enough people lose a loved one eve. Said Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center said, “The increased availability of marijuana and increased acceptance of marijuana use” are fueling the higher rate of cannabinol found in dead drivers.”

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

This information is provided by the Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured in car 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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Five students, their charter bus driver, three chaperones and the driver of a FedEx semi-truck were all killed yesterday when the FedEx truck crossed the centerline and struck the tour bus head-on on Interstate 5 in Northern California reports The Seattle Times.

Both the bus and FedEx truck burst into flames and not all students were able to escape.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the FedEx truck to veer out of its lane, cross the center median.

Investigators will attempt to determine if the FedEx driver had fallen asleep, if there was mechanical failure or if a previous collision caused the FedEx driver to lose control.

Investigators say that one other vehicle, a Nissan sedan, was involved in the accident but its occupants injuries were not life threatening.

The students all attended LAUSD schools and were on a college trip to visit Humboldt State University in Northern California when the accident occurred.

The NTSB says that they made proposals to the design of school and charter buses, making it easier for occupants to escape, but those changes have not been implemented.

This may be one of the worst bus accidents in the U.S. in a number of years. In 2013, eight Mexican tourists were killed in California after their bus went off of a mountain road. In December 2012, a charter bus went off of a snow road in Oregon and nine people were killed. In Mary 2011, fifteen passengers were killed when a charter bus were travelling to New York city from a Connecticut casino when it crashed it to a barrier. In 2008, a charter bus of Vietnamese who were returning from a religious pilgrimage were killed when their bus went off a over pass.

Besides deaths, there are thousands of people injured in bus accidents every year. Bus accidents can result in catastrophic and serious injuries to passengers including brain and spinal cord injuries, fractures, internal and soft tissue injuries and burn injuries. Often these injuries require extensive medical treatment.

Bus Accident Causes

Bus accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons, and some having nothing to do with the bus driver or bus company. However, in a lot of bus accidents one can focus at some of the following factors:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driver intoxication
  • Bus maintenance
  • Overloaded buses
  • Absence of safety equipment
  • Poor road conditions

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a bus accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can insure your legal rights are protected. Liability for the bus accident must be established to persevere with a claim and an experienced bus accident attorney can assist you.

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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iStock_000012404949Small.jpgAs you may be aware, General Motors has recalled several of their models because the ignition switch may move from the “on” or “run” position causing the engine to lose power.

According to GM, the risk of an engine shut-down increases if the driver’s key ring has additional keys besides the key fob on the key ring. The engine can also shut off if a driver is driving on rough roads.

Imagine how frightening it must be for motorists speeding down the highway to have their engine shut off.

One of the other risks of this defect is that the airbags may not deploy in a car accident.

GM says the ignition switch problem is linked to 31 car accidents and 12 deaths in the U.S. and one fatal car accident in Canada.

In all, nearly 2.5 million vehicles have been recalled including:

  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada)
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles
  • 2008 – 2010 Pontiac Solstice and G5
  • 2008-2010 Saturn Sky
  • 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR.

U.S. Senator Richard Bllumenthal has started a petition asking GM “ground” or refrain driving driving any vehicle on the recalled list until the ignition switch has been replaced saying that the vehicles pose a safety hazard.

Some drivers are opting to drive their vehicle with no ignition keys attached.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed against GM due to the defective ignition switch.

The Farber Law Group is available to answer your legal questions if your car accident was caused by a defect in your vehicle. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in complex civil litigation and works to obtain settlements on behalf of individuals who were harmed by large corporations.

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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Hit and run car accidents are far too common. In performing a search for “hit and run car accidents” on The Seattle Times, we quickly found these headlines:

With all of these headlines, one almost wonders, “Doesn’t anyone stop after an accident anymore?” The truth of the matter is that nearly 11% of all motor vehicle accidents reported to police are of the hit and run variety. Hit and run simply means that the driver who was at fault in the accident left the accident scene without seeking medical aid for the injured and without providing identification and insurance information as is required by law.

Every year, at least 1,500 people are killed in hit and run auto accidents and scores more suffer serious injuries.

That leaves us to ask, “Why do motorists hit and run?”

Often hit and run drivers are caught or they turn themselves in. Some common excuses for their behavior includes:

  • I was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.
  • I had a warrant out on another charge.
  • I didn’t have insurance.
  • I didn’t have a valid driver’s license.
  • I was driving a friend’s car.
  • I was doing something I shouldn’t have been doing when the accident occurred.

First of all, anyone with a driver’s license should know it is a class B or class C felony to leave the scene of an accident. Leaving the accident scene most often results in a jail sentence and/or fines.
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Nissan motor company has issued a recall of 1 million motor vehicles because the front passenger-side air bags may not deploy in a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 model year vehicles are part of the recall:
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The problem involves the Occupant Classification System (OCS) software erroneously classifying the front passenger seat as empty when there may actually be a person sitting in the seat.

Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified in mid-April and they can bring their vehicle in to have the OCS reprogrammed.

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Airbags have been standard in all passenger vehicles since 1998 and the save lives by cushioning the driver and front passengers from coming into contact with the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel which may prevent serious injuries.

Airbags and lap/shoulder safety belts are effective to protect occupants in the case of a car crash and are 75% effective in preventing traumatic brain injury or preventing serious chest injuries.

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.
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