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Timothy W. Wagner, 53, and Marla J. Krueger, 65, both of Orondo were taken to Cascade Medical center after a rear-end car accident on Highway 2, 16 miles west of Leavenworth on Friday afternoon around 2pm.

According to a report in The Wenatchee World, Wagner had stopped his Honda Accord to make a left hand turn when he was rear-ended by a west-bound Subaru driven by Robert Krueger, 664, of East Wenatchee. Robert Krueger was not injured in the car accident.

Rear-End Car Accidents

Rear-end collisions are a very common type auto accidents in which the injured seek legal assistance. Often the following driver is assumed to be at fault though sometimes the vehicle in front can be at fault in cases where the vehicle came to a sudden, unexpected stop.

Rear-end car collisions can be caused by some of the following:

  • Following too closely
  • Driver inattentiveness
  • Distractions including eating, using a cell phone or playing with the radio
  • Poor visibility due to heavy rain or snow
  • Pushing a yellow light when the car in front stops
  • Accelerating from a stop more quickly than the car in front
  • The driver accidentally releasing the brake pedal

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Rear-End Car Accident Injuries

Rear-end car accidents often result in serious injuries including whiplash, an injury in which there is a hyperflexion/hyperextension of the cervical spine. In rear-end car accidents, as the vehicle is pushed forward, the head can snap backwards ripping, tearing and stretching muscles in the neck. Because whiplash is a “soft tissue” injury, it is sometimes a challenge to obtain damages even though the injury can be quite painful.

Other types of rear-end injuries may include lacerations, bruises and closed head injuries. Closed head injuries can be the most serious of injuries and can result in temporary or permanent disability.

Washington Car Accident Attorney Can Help You

If you were injured in a rear-end car accident, you may be seeking the assistance of a personal injury attorney. If you have a whiplash or soft tissue injury, you may need to fight insurance adjusters so that you can obtain a fair settlement. The attorneys at The Farber Law Group can make sure your rights are protected.

Washington Rear End Collision Lawyers

The Farber Law Group has been representing car accident victims for more than 40 years. Our rear-end collision attorneys work hard so victims can obtain compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We may be able to assist you too.

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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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whiplash attorneyWhiplash is an injury that is quite common and is often sustained in rear-end car accidents. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head is suddenly thrust backward and then forward on impact. The forces involved cause a person’s head and neck muscles and ligaments to be pushed beyond a normal range of motion causing the injury.

While many people recover from a whiplash injury in a matter of weeks, some people sustain a more severe injury and require pain medications and therapy. Some people, however, suffer chronic pain after a car accident. Women are more likely than men to suffer a whiplash injury because their neck muscles are not as strong.

Symptoms of Whiplash Injury

After a car accident, you might initially feel like that you are OK. However, symptoms of a whiplash injury can begin to present themselves within the next 24 hours. Symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the neck, headaches, dizziness, blurry vision and fatigue. Other people can suffer more severe symptoms including ringing in the ears, problems with concentration, irritability and problems with memory.

By all means seek medical care if you feel tingling, numbness or weakness in your arms, if you have difficulty moving your head or if your neck pain spreads to your shoulders and arms.

Complications of Whiplash Injury

Most people who sustain a whiplash injury recover in a few months however there are some people who continue to suffer from pain and other complications for months or even years. In some patients, pain is caused by injury to the disks, ligaments and joints of the neck. In some cases, no test can point to a particular cause of the pain but patients can attest that the pain is real.

Diagnosis of Whiplash Injury

Your physician should conduct a thorough case history about the onset of your neck and shoulder pain. You would be well-advised to write down information about your injury to aid in communication with your doctor and also to document your injury. Your case hisotry should contain information about what caused your injury, what medications you are taking, and your symptoms. Your description should include information about your pain and whether it is shooting pain or sharp pain and what movements or postures alleviate or increase your pain.

Your doctor may perform a variety of tests including a neurological exam to check for weakness of the muscles, reflexes and numbness. Other tests can include Xrays, MRI or CT scans.
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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).

The Everett Herald Net reports that a 45-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries after his vehicle was rear-ended on Highway 99 in Lynnwood.

According to the report, the accident occurred around 3:50pm and there were multiple vehicles involved in the accident.

Whose at fault in a rear end car accident?
In rear end car accident, fault is frequently found with the following driver. Causes of rear end motor vehicle accidents include “tailgating”, driver distraction such as using a cell phone or a driver not anticipating the traffic flow.

Of course proof of negligence of either driver is required to apportion fault. In any accident, an investigation must be conducted to determine which driver is at fault. The driver of the first car must exercise ordinary care not to stop or slow without giving the driver behind him or her adequate notice of his/her intentions. The following driver must exercise due care by following at a reasonable distance and providing a proper lookout.

Rear End Collision Injuries
Victims of rear end collisions can be seriously injured even in low speed accidents. That is because, even at a low speed, the impact of being hit can cause a person’s headto snap forward and back causing a hyperflexion/hyperextension or “whiplash” injury. Because the head’s movement is greater than the normal range of motion, the neck muscles can be ripped or stretched.

Whiplash is not the only injuries someone can suffer in a rear-end accident, however.
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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.

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 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.

Harborview Medical Center
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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Distracted driving is one of the number one causes of car accident deaths. Distracted driving remains a significant problem in Washington state even through the hands-free cell phone law was enacted. An average of 160 people are killed every year in Washington in car accidents in which the driver was distracted. Distracted driving includes behaviors such as text messaging, eating, reading, applying make-up, attending to children and fiddling with radio controls.

When we look at accident statistics involving distracted driving, in 66% of the cases it is the driver who is killed. 25% of the people killed in car accidents where distracted driving was a factor occur to people between the ages of 16 and 25.

The top 5 counties in Washington State where a death was related to distracted driving are:seattle car accident lawyer

  • King
  • Pierce
  • Yakima
  • Snohomish
  • Thurston

The hours between 3:00pm and 5:59pm is the peak time for distracted driving-related fatalities with the average of 23% of deaths occurred during those hours.

The distracted driver is a negligent driver and thus can be held accountable for his or her actions just as if he or she was driving under the influence of alcohol or breaking another of the myriad of traffic laws.

If the automobile accident in which you were injured was caused by someone using a cell phone or otherwise distracted, you may have a valid case in which you can seek compensation for your damages. At The Farber Law Group, we have more than 40 years experience representing car accident victims and their families.

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration just released a study which looked at incapacitating injuries in children under 8 years of age when involved in motor vehicle accidents. The results of the study tell us what we should all know:

Child safety seats when properly fitted and used through 8 years of age dramatically reduces the incidence of incapacitating injuries and death.

The study found that children fared the worst in rollover car accidents and that their likelihood of incapacitating injury was more than three times than of children properly restrained. In side-impact car accidents, unrestrained children was eight times more likely to receive incapacitating injuries.

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.

Causes of TBI

Seven people were injured this morning in a bus accident when a truck t-boned a King County Metro bus in in Seattle.

According to a report in the, a truck was backing out of a driveway near 4th Avenue South and S. Stacy Street around 11:30am when it hit the bus.

The injured reported back and neck pain after the bus accident and were transported to the hospital.

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