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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 40 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 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 to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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A 17-year-old teen from Toledo, Washington, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering a traumatic head injury after he was involved in a ATV accident reports The Republic.

According to the report , the boy’s ATV flipped when the rear tire came off of the rim. Low tire pressure may have been a factor in the accident.

The boy was apparently riding his ATV on a local road and was not wearing a helmet.

This accident came right after a report was published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on ATV crashes on public roads.

According to the IIHS, 1,700 ATV riders were killed after accidents on public roads between 2007 and 2011. In fact, nearly 70% of all fatal accidents occurred on public roadways. Of those killed, only 13% of the ATV drivers and 6% of the passengers who were killed were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

The IIHS recommends several possible ways of reducing the number of ATV accidents:

1. Increase laws that prohibit ATVs on paved public roads.
2. Require helmets to be worn by riders.
3. Improve ATV stability
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.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Sheria A. Warner, 35, of Beaverton, Oregon was struck and killed by a passing motor vehicle after she was ejected from the motorcycle she was riding on on Interstate 90 near George on Friday evening.

Warner was riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by a 56-year-old Federal Way man when she ended up in the left lane. The vehicle that struck her did not stop after hitting her.

The motorcycle driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If this proves to be the case, he faces serious charges of Vehicular Homicide. Washington state vehicle code, RCW 46.61.520, provides that if a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence, driving recklessly or driving without regard to the safety of others, the driver can be found guilty of a class A felony punishable under chapter RCW 9A.20.

Washington state’s vehicular homicide statute considers a motor vehicle as a deadly weapon when used negligently.

Drunk driving is a factor in approximately 50% of all motor vehicle accidents that involve a fatality. Those found guilty can be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison and fined up to $50,000. However, sentencing guidelines provide for a range of 78-102 months. The penalties also include revocation of the driver’s license and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device.

Wrongful Death

When a loved one dies due to the fault of another person or entity, the surviving family members may be able to bring about a wrongful death lawsuit. Under Washington state law, the surviving family members may seek compensation on behalf of their loved one including funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship.

A wrongful death lawsuit involves all types of fatal accidents from motor vehicle accidents, product liability, medical malpractice or assault.

Wrongful death lawsuits may be brought against the at-fault driver in a motor vehicle accident.
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Many Americans have a digital or cell phone cameras and one can use these ubiquitous devices to document injury accidents, car accidents and injuries for evidence to use as documentation of an accident claim. Some people keep a disposable camera in their glove compartment in case of an accident.

If you have the presence of mind after your accident, you can photograph the accident scene. If you were involved in a car accident, you should photograph your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the accident. Be sure to take photographs from a several angles and especially what your view might have been right before the accident. You should also take pictures of the environs at the accident scene including traffic, road conditions and any malfunctioning lights. You should also take photos of skid marks and broken glass. Remember to take photos of license plates of the vehicles involved.

seattle injury law attorneyYou should also photograph the highway or road where your accident occurred including driveways, embankments, obstacles, signage and traffic lights.

If you’ve been in a car accident in which your airbags deployed, you should take interior pictures of your vehicle.

If you don’t have the presence of mind to take photographs immediately after the accident, you can return to the accident scene on another day. Be sure you take pictures around the same time of day that your accident happened.

If your accident was a slip and fall, you can return to the accident scene and take pictures of the factors that caused your fall, say for example the area where the concrete was wet in a store or a broken stair that caused you to fall.
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If you have been in a fender bender accident or your car breaks down on the highway, your first thought should be your own safety. You should try to get your vehicle to a safe location before getting out if it to avoid being hit by other vehicles. Unfortunately, approximately 600 people are killed every year as pedestrians on interstate highways.

When driving, if you suspect car trouble, slow your car down, turn your signals on and maneuver your car to the breakdown lane or off of the road. Turn on your hazard lights.

Car Break Down Safety Tipsemergency flares

  • Do not get out of your vehicle until it is safely off of the highway or road.
  • If your car or truck is not drivable, stay in the vehicle and call for help. In most circumstances, it is not safe to stand outside of your vehicle when traffic is flowing around it.
  • Even if you have a blowout or flat tire, move the vehicle to safe place even if it means driving on the rim of the wheel.
  • Do not stand behind your car while waiting for help. If the vehicle is in the roadway, you should stand away from the vehicle while you wait for help to arrive.
  • Use road flares and hazard lights to warn advancing drivers of your vehicle’s location.

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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We were just reading a case result in which a defendant claimed a “sudden emergency defense” — that the driver was avoiding another car — when he hit a pedestrian. We thought we’d take the opportunity to look at this case and discuss what a “sudden emergency defense” is.

The Case in Question

Citation: Dacosta v. Drummond, No. 10835/10 (N.Y., Kings Co. Sup. May 10, 2012).

A motorcyclist, who suffered paraplegia and a traumatic brain injury when he crashed his motorcycle, has agreed to a $2M structured settlement from Woodbury County, Iowa. Citation: Lamoureux v. Woodbury Co., No. LACV143082 (Iowa, Woodbury Co. Dist. Mar. 20, 2012).

Justin Lamoureux, 26, was involved in a motorcycle accident on a paved county road when he rounded a curve in the road to come upon a pile of gravel the size of a pickup truck in the roadway. The gravel was being used by road crews to repair the roadway.

Lamoureux sued Woodbury County claiming that they were negligent and violated their statutory duty to properly secure the gravel.

The settlement provides for Lamoureux’s medical expenses which were $650,000 and loss of future earnings. He had worked as a welder earning approximately $30,000 a year.

Roadway defects can cause accidents

All motorists rely on the state and local governments to keep the streets and highways safe for driving. Defective roadways can and cause serious car, truck, bicycle and motorcycle accidents. When the state or city fails to properly maintain a road, they may be liable for serious injuries caused in the case of an accident.

The following factors can contribute to a roadway accident that causes serious injury or even death:
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Voters in three Washington state cities, Bellingham, Monroe and Longview, voted to ban red-light cameras in elections yesterday.

According to The Seattle Times”Voters put a stop sign on red-light camera use“, 65% of the voters in Monroe and 60% of the voters in Longview voted to discontinue the use of red light cameras in their cities. Voters in Bellingham voted 65% against starting a red light camera system.

Last week in Redmond, the city council voted to discontinue red light cameras in that city.

It’s interesting to note that voters in Longview, ok’d continuing traffic cameras that catch speeders in school zones.

Washington state is not the only state in which red light camera bans have been put forth to the voters. In Ashtabula, Ohio, 60% of the voters voted for an addition to the city charter stating the city “shall not use any traffic law photo-monitoring device” unless a police officer is also there to write the citation.

Red light cameras have been controversial for sure. One study cited by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that red light cameras change driver behavior not only at the intersections where they are installed but throughout a city. Opponents say they actually cause accidents.

Why the voter backlash against red light cameras?
The crux of the arguments against the cameras seem to be that:

  • Cities are using the cameras as a revenue-generating device.
  • People feel that since citations are sent to the registered driver, sometimes weeks or months after the fact, the car owner is stuck paying the ticket because he or she cannot always remember who was driving the car at the time the ticket was issued.
  • Many tickets are “technical” and issue citations for motorists won’t don’t stop long enough or not in the right position.
  • Motorists are issued school zone tickets even when children are not present.
  • The cameras can be a distraction to drivers.

The red light camera issues is a contentious one and with a strong movement opposed them, you’ll probably be voting on them in your city before too long.

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 your damages.

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The Washington State Patrol just released a media release about the dangers of drowsy driving. According to the WSP, driving drowsy can be just as dangers as driving under the influence or driving distracted.

The WSP reports that 17 people were injured and 74 people were seriously injured in 2010 in Washington state due to motor vehicle accidents in which a driver was driving while drowsy or fell asleep at the wheel. Sleep deprivation is one of the top causes of car accidents and people who are tired and drowsy have impaired brains in the same way that alcohol can impair a brain.

“It always breaks my heart to hear that someone was killed or injured because a driver fell asleep at the wheel; these are totally preventable deaths and collisions,” said Chief John Batiste, Washington State Patrol.

Drivers know when they are driving drowsy. The signs are unmistakable: having trouble keeping eyes open, problems keeping the head up, drifting from their line, swerving, tailgating, missing traffic signs, driving past their exit, inability to remember miles driven and feelings of restlessness. These are signs that drivers must pay attention to.

Drivers who fall asleep often are involved in single car accidents in which they go off the road and hit a tree, a telephone pole or land in a ditch. Drivers who are sleep deprived have impaired coordination, longer reaction ties and impaired judgment. Sometimes they kill their passenger, their baby or a spouse. Sometimes they kill bicyclists or people walking along the road or innocent people in another passenger vehicle.

Driving while drowsy is not only dangerous but it is illegal. If a driver is so drowsy that they fall asleep at the wheel or cause an accident, they are failing to exercise due care and they can be charged with negligent driving. Last week, a Seattle motorcyclist was sentenced to 16 months confinement because she fell asleep during a cross-country motorcycle race and hit and injured two bicyclists causing serious injuries.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has been working hard to reduce sleep-deprived driving in the commercial trucking industry by requiring physical exams, screening for sleep apnea and requiring rest periods.

The Washington State Patrol provides the following safety trips for motorists to avoid accidents:

  • Make sure you are rested before taking a road trip
  • Stop for breaks
  • Tag team driving with a buddy
  • Take a break every 100 miles or 2 hours
  • Take a 15-20 minute nap if you feel drowsy
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness
  • Don’t drive at time when you would normally be sleeping

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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