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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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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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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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Bellevue personal injury attorney represents workers injured in forklift accidents and the family of those killed
forklift and construcation accident lawyerForklift trucks are amazing industrial machines which can be found in almost every warehouse and manufacturing plant and on many construction sites across the U.S. Forklift sales are enormous with sales of over $30 billion in 2013. There are four basic types of lift trucks: Diesel powered; Electric powered; Gasoline powered; LP-Gas powered
Forklifts have increased warehouse capacity by allowing for narrower aisles and higher stacking levels.

Unfortunately, there are approximately 85 workers killed in forklift accidents and another 34,900 workers who are seriously injured. 42% of all fatal forklift accidents occur when a forklift tips, crushing the operator.  

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the use of forklifts or lift trucks throughout the U.S. because they pose hazards to both forklift drivers as well as pedestrians working in proximity to the forklift. OSHA requires that forklift operators be at least 18 years of age and that the operator get certified for the class of forklift they are using.

CFR1910.178: “Only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck.”

Forklift hazards
Depending on the type of forklift, different hazards are presented. For example, a hand truck forklift is more apt to be involved in a falling load accident because a sit-down rider truck has a higher lift capacity.

Types of forklift accidents

  • Driving forklift accidentally off of a loading duck
  • For k lift falls between a trailer that is not secured and a loading dock
  • Fork lift hit crashing into another motor vehicle accident
  • Forklift drift or tip over accident
  • Driver attempting to perform stunts
  • Tip over accident caused by unbalanced load
  • Items not being properly fastened to a pallet that the forklift is lifting
  • Forklift operator attempting to go through a narrow aisle with a wide load

Forklift training
Good forklift operating training begins with a qualified instructor. Instructors must have sufficient experience, knowledge and teaching skills to train others.

Operators must earn their certificate and then get refresher training if and when they are observed operating a forklift unsafely, if they’ve received an unsatisfactory evaluation, whenever they are required to operator a different type of lift or when workplace conditions have changed sufficiently to require additional training.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a forklift accident, you should seek legal advice to protect your rights to workers’ compensation and for potential liability claims against your workplace or or a third party. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years legal experience and we have helped many injured workers maximize their compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and for other non-economic damages. We also assist families whose loved ones have been killed with their wrongful death claims.

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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Yesterday was the year anniversary of the death of Maurecio Bell, who died in an escalator accident after he fell and his clothing got tangled on the University Street Station escalator in Seattle.escalator

Since then, The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries estimates that more than 60 people have suffered injuries related to riding on an escalator in Washington.

Escalators seem such a ubiquitous part of American life whether one is shopping at Bellevue Square or catching a flight at SeaTac airport. It’s hard to imagine that can pose a hazard, especially to small children.

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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A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that drivers, age 70 and older, are less likely to be involved in car accidents than in prior years and the rates for serious injury and fatal accidents has fallen significantly in the past 15 years.

The IIHS study reports that the fatal car crashes of persons 70-years-of age and older has fallen 42% between 1997 and 2012. This is good news especially given that the older population of Americans has been growing as the nation ages.

IIHS senior vice president, Anne McCartt, says there may be several factors involved in the reduction of serious and fatal accidents among the elderly including:

  • Motor vehicles are safer with crashworthiness built into all new cars and trucks.
  • Safety features such as crash avoidance and mitigation help prevent accidents and lessen their severity.
  • Older drivers may be healthier than previous generations in both physical health but in cognitive processing.

Safer cars and trucks benefit everyone

There is no doubt about it that car safety technologies save lives. Shoulder belts, headrest designs and air bags protect the occupants in a crash and these are technologies that we take for granted today. Car manufacturers are now making cars that protect the occupants and in rear, front and side impact crashes. Vehicle roofs have been made stronger to protect occupants in rollover accidents.

Electronic stability control is a technology that has reduced by half the risk of a fatal single-car accidence. ESC has been required on all model years since 2012.

Crash avoidance technologies such forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure prevention, blind spot detection and adaptive headlights are features that most certainly save lives in the future as automobile manufacturers embrace these technologies and build them into every model.

If you are considering buying a car whether new or used, we recommend you check the IIHS.org website to see the safety ratings. So many models these days are being awarded TOP SAFETY PICK designation and these are vehicles that should be worthy of consideration for you and your family.

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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crashed-car-921217-m.jpgThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety began conducting frontal overlap crash tests in 2012. In these tests, the Institute tests how well a vehicle traveling 40 mph will protect a passenger if it hits a barrier in the front 25% of the front (the outer edges) of the vehicle.

In a small frontal overlap crash, a wheel of the vehicle can be forced into the foot-well of the passenger compartment leaving the driver with serious leg and foot injuries.

Since the IIHS testing began, car manufacturers have responded and improved the design of many of their models to do well in these types of car accidents.

Unfortunately, according to a new report by the IIHS, there is one class of car that is not rated well and that is mini cars.

Only 1 of 11 mini cars tested pass small overlap frontal crash tests
Mini cars were the worst performing group of vehicles in the frontal overlap crash tests of any groups tested.

Mini cars include the2013 and 2014 models of the Chevrolet Spark, Mazda 2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, 2014 Ford Fiesta (after August 2013), 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa sedan, Toyota Prius C, Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500 and the 2013 Honda Fit.

Only the Chevrolet Spark received an Acceptable rating in recent testing. The other mini cars received a Marginal or Poor rating.

It is important in an accident that the occupant space remain intact so that the airbags and the restraint systems can do their jobs. If the occupant space is intruded on in an accident, then the passengers are at risk of serious injury or even death.

The Fiat 500 performed especially poor in testing with the door coming off of its hinges and open. Car doors should never open in a accident because the occupants risk being ejected.

If you are in the market for new vehicle, we suggest you check the IIHS.org website to peruse the ratings of the vehicles you are considering purchasing.
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