February 26, 2009

Puyallup Boy Dies At Monster Truck Show

The Seattle Times published an article on January 18, 2009 about the tragic story of a young 6 year old boy who was killed by flying debris launched from a Monster Truck during a performance in Tacoma, Washington. Crime scene investigators were taking a closer look at the drive train from a “monster” truck to try to determine why ripped parts came off the vehicle.

Sebastian Hizey 6, was struck with a metal ring-like object that came from the monster truck as it was performing doughnuts on the field. Jessie Hizey, the child’s father, was interviewed by the News Tribune of Tacoma and stated that a metal ring about 7-12 pounds flew at his son partially severing his skull. This accident may lead to a premises liability lawsuit.

Hizey said, “You go out for a night of fun, and you loose your son.”

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February 24, 2009

Origin of SeaTac Apartment Fire Still Unknown

Jennifer Sullivan, a Seattle Times writer, reported in an account on January 19, 2009 that the cause of the SeaTac apartment fire was still unknown to fire fighters. Two women who jumped from their balconies to avoid the fire sustained life-threatening injuries and were being treated at Harborview Medical Center. Flames broke out at the Emerald Place Apartments around 6:55pm, forcing young children to jump from their balconies to get away from the flames.

In all, seven people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Approximately 100 people were left without a home in the area of the 3000 block of South 192nd street. Those affected by the fire may need to contact a skilled premises liability lawyer.

Spokesperson for King County Fire District said, “Everyone in this complex did a great job notifying their neighbors.” Moreover, Nelson stated that the apartment units did not have sprinklers, but were not required by law due to the building’s age. Officials estimated that 15 of the 48 apartments would not be habitable. On a gracious note, the building management opened up empty units and several tenants stayed there while others stayed with family and friends.

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February 19, 2009

Fort Lewis Soldier Dies After Car Accident

The newstribune.com website reported in a story on January 19, 2009 that a Fort Lewis soldier had died while on post. The family of the soldier has yet to be contacted and so the identity of the soldier was not released. The only information that was released by the army was that the soldier died from his injuries sustained during a Washington car accident sometime before 6 am.

Based on Allstate data for 197 U.S. cities with more than 100,000 people, Seattle ranks 150th. Drivers here are 20 percent more likely to have an accident than those in other areas -- and file accident claims on average once every 8.3 years. In Tacoma, ranked 157th, residents are 22 percent more likely to have an accident, and file accident claims every 8.2 years.

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February 17, 2009

Clallam County Sheriff and Man Shot

The Peninsula Daily News reported in a story on January 19, 2009 that a Clallam County sheriff’s deputy along with another male where shot in a residence between Sekiu and Neah Bay on the Olympia Peninsula. Sheriff Bill Benedict confirmed that deputy Bill Cortani, an 18 year veteran, had been shot while answering to a trespassing call.

Each man had shots to the hip and arm area and were being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their status has not been released. The sheriff’s name involved in the shooting is Bill Cortani, 41 of Forks who was fortunate to have been wearing a bullet proof vest according to Krista Hedstrom, State Patrol Trooper. Hedstrom also said that the man came from the Silverdale region and no name was given to report for in this Washington personal injury.

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February 11, 2009

Snohomish County Reaches $300,000 Settlement With Injured Bicyclist

A report states that a $300,000 settlement was reached between Snohomish County and a bicyclist injured in a traffic accident that occurred three years ago. The Washington trucking accident involved a 31-year old man and a public-works employee who hit the bicyclist with his public utility truck.

The accident left the man with two broken elbows. He was subsequently unable to continue his job at a lumber yard and is looking to train for another form of employment.

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If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the skilled Washington auto accident attorneys at Bernard Law Group at 1-800-418-8282. We can help you immediately. All e-mail and form submissions will be responded to by a qualified and knowledgeable member of our firm within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

February 3, 2009

Washington Bike Accident Victim Sues State

Washington State is being sued by a man who was paralyzed in a bicycle crash on the Montlake Bridge. The man hopes to force the Transportation Department and the State Patrol to turn over records about similar accidents for a lawsuit in which he is seeking money for his injuries.

According to a report from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the agencies refuse to give up the records if the information would be used to sue for damages. Information from an assistant attorney general, Rene Tomisser, is that releasing information for a civil suit jeopardizes federal highway safety funds.

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