March 31, 2009

Microsoft’s Redmond Campus Construction Accident Kills Worker

The seattletimes.com website reported in an article on February 19, 2009 that an ironworker was crushed to death at a construction site on the Microsoft Redmond campus at 4480 154th Place Northeast, off 156th Avenue Northeast. According to witness reports, the ironworker was attempting to set a rebar formation that had just been cut from a crane into cement when it fell onto him. The iron worker was tied to the rebar formation when a support gave way underneath him. An ironworker who was helping guide the rebar escaped unscathed.

Jim Boye, Redmond police spokesman, said, “The crane operator is devastated. He witnessed the whole thing."

CPR attempts, as well as the use of a defibrillator, were all useless, and the ironworker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Work at the construction site has come to a standstill while the Washington work related death is investigated.

Construction sites are dangerous by nature; however, there are certain factors that increase that inherent hazard. One of the leading causes of construction related deaths is being struck by objects. About 75 percent of struck by fatalities involve heavy equipment used in construction work such as trucks or cranes. According to Department of Labor statistics, the number of workers fatally struck by a vehicle was at a seven-year high in 1998.

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March 30, 2009

Seattle Bike Accident Kills U. Washington Researcher

The seattletimes.com website reported in an account on February 6, 2009 that Kevin Black, 39, was struck by a vehicle while riding his bike and died from his injuries. Black was a University of Washington molecular neurobiologist. Black’s research looked at molecules that create electrical signals in the brain. According to police reports, Black was on 24th Avenue Northwest near Northwest 64th street in north Ballard when the bicycle accident in Washington occurred. Black then attempted to pass a van on its left side when the van turned striking Black. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

Bryan Black, brother, said, "He was the most incredible human being you'd ever want to know."

Words of kindness and admiration were shared between friends and family at a vigil at the site of the accident. Black was a father of two daughters ages 13 and 10.

Bryan Black was on his brother’s bike, and led a procession of 30 or more bicyclists who made a short memorial ride.

Every six hours a bicyclist is fatally injured in America. Head injuries account for seventy-five percent of all serious injuries and deaths from bicycle accidents. Negligent drivers are a major factor in bicycle accidents. If a driver makes a turn, pulls out of a driveway or alley, or opens a car door without being observant, they are putting bicyclists in danger. Injuries sustained to bicyclists may be fatal because of the lack of protection that a bicycle provides. There is no competition between a bicycle and a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. Drivers must be held accountable for the injuries that they cause when a car accident in Seattle occurs.

If you have been involved in a serious bicycle accident in Washington, the Bernard Law Group can help you during this most difficult time. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation with on of our top Seattle personal injury attorneys.

March 27, 2009

Seattle Boat Explosion Injures Two

The seattletimes.com reported in a story on February 28, 2009 that a pleasure boat exploded just west of Lake Union injuring one person and damaging another boat that was in close proximity. The joy boat was tied to a fuel dock when the Seattle boat explosion happened.

Workers at Morrision’s North Star Marine Fuel Dock, 2732 Westlake Ave. quickly jumped into action and doused the flames; otherwise, it could have been a much larger fire.

Craig Edwards, who was working on a nearby boat said, “I heard an explosion and I saw the guys at the fuel dock chopping the line, and pushed the goat out away from the fuel dock.” Edwards phoned the Seattle Harbor Patrol and “told them to get over here quick because it’s burning.”

Every year in the United States, thousands of people suffer physical injuries as the result of maritime accidents, including harbor workers, dock workers and longshoremen. Maritime laws apply to workers who are employed on floating vessels such as cruise ships, barge tugs, diving ships, cargo ships, fishing boats, tankers, drill vessels and barges.

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March 26, 2009

Washington Motorcycle Accidents Increase, Alarming State

The seattletimes.com website reported in an account on February 23, 2009 that the fifth casualty resulting from a motorcycle accident in Washington this year has occurred in what appears to be a growing trend. This is alarming state officials with the latest victim being a 46 year old Auburn man.

According to state records, the total number of motorcycle deaths reached 75 in 2008, reflecting a nine person increase from the 66 deaths in 2007.

Examination of the motorcycle crash date shows that approximately 60% of motorcycle deaths are tied to single-vehicle incidents, most resulting from high speeds or an impaired driver. An estimated 40% are of deaths are related to motorcyclists being drunk, a much larger percentage of any other type of driver.

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March 25, 2009

Everett Bus Accident Injures Pedestrian

The seattletimes.com reported in an article on February 22, 2009 that an unidentified 44 year old pedestrian was hit by a Sound Transit bus. The pedestrian accident in Washington happened at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore Avenue just before 5 p.m. It was not known if the man was in the crosswalk when he was struck. Police investigators will be looking at an on board bus camera to try to determine what happened. The injured pedestrian was taken to Providence Hospital and later airlifted to Harborview.

Whether you are a child or an adult, ride a school bus or metro bus, you may be at risk for serious bus accident related injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident in Washington involving a bus, you may experience a variety of injuries, such as cuts and bruises, bone fractures, head injuries, and other serious injuries. The bus company may be held liable for your injuries and may compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other accident-related costs.

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March 24, 2009

Algona Car Accident Seriously Injures Two People

Valley Regional Fire Authority reported that two people were critically injured when a vehicle struck a power pole and landed in a ditch in this Algona car accident.

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Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at Algona Boulevard and Boundary Boulevard.

When crews arrived, they found the car in a ditch. Both people inside the car were trapped and had to be cut out. One was unconscious, the Authority reported.

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March 23, 2009

Washington Auto Accidents May Involve More Uninsured Drivers As Recession Grows

The washingtontimes.com website reported on February 16, 2009 in an article released by the Insurance Research Council that estimates that by next year, one out of six drivers may be driving without insurance. This would mean bad news for an uninsured driver or those involved in a car accident in Washington with an uninsured driver. As the nation’s economy worsens and more people are laid off, families are being forced to cut expenses including their insurance coverage. This translates into more than 3 million drivers behind the wheel without insurance than just five years ago.

David Corum, Vice President of IRC said, "We can't explain why people drive uninsured. We just know that a certain percentage of people do, and it does change with economic conditions like unemployment."

According to Corum, the percentage of drivers without insurance goes up ¾ of a percentage point for every 1% percent increase in unemployment nationwide.

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March 20, 2009

Everett Pedestrian Accident Hospitalizes Man After Being Hit By Bus

A pedestrian, 44 years old, was seriously injured by a Sound Transit bus Friday night in Everett. He is now recovering at Harborview Hospital from the Everett pedestrian accident.

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The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at the intersection of Pacific and Wetmore avenues. It is being investigated by Everett police.

It's not certain whether or not the Everett man was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. A bus-camera video will need to be reviewed by police to help determine the cause of the accident.

The man was taken to Providence Hospital and airlifted later to Harborview.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the Washington pedestrian accident lawyers at Bernard Law Group, 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.

March 19, 2009

Kirkland Car Accident Stems From Carjacking and Chase On I-5

A Kirkland carjacking, followed by a police chase, ended in a serious Seattle auto accident on Interstate 5 on Saturday. It added to traffic already jammed from construction on the freeway's southbound lanes.

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The carjacking happened just after noon in the 13000 block of 116th Way Northeast. The driver of a parked Jaguar XJ6 was threatened by a man with a knife. The man appeared to be in his 20’s. He demanded the Kirkland man's vehicle, according to police.

Medina police officer saw the stolen Jaguar heading west on Highway 520 and chased it, while Kirkland police were at the scene gathering information. The chase continued across Lake Washington and onto I-5 southbound. It ended when the stolen car collided with two other cars and came to a stop on the freeway at Pine Street.

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March 18, 2009

Washington Car Accident On Highway 99 Hospitalizes Four People

Four people, including one child, were taken to a hospital Sunday evening after a three-car crash on Highway 99 north of Seattle.

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Edmonds Fire Battalion Chief Don White said that medics responded to the 21700 block of Highway 99 about 6:30 p.m. They then drove a 9-year-old boy and two adults to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Another woman was taken to Stevens Memorial Hospital. White said that their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

The collision blocked both southbound lanes and the turn lane of Highway 99, White said.

All three vehicles suffered serious damage.

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March 17, 2009

Lakewood Auto Accident On Highway 512 Invovled Pierce Transit Van

According to Seattletimes.com, a Pierce Transit shuttle van for the disabled was involved in a car accident on Highway 512 in Lakewood.

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Lars Erickson, a Pierce Transit spokesman, said that the driver and all five passengers were taken to St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood.

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March 16, 2009

Washington Auto Accident Kills Redmond Woman On State Route 202

A woman from Redmond died Saturday when a Honda Civic hydroplaned on state Route 202, entered oncoming traffic and hit a mini-van. Several other people were injured in the Washington car accident, the State Patrol reported.

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Troopers said that around 4:25 p.m., a 33-year-old Redmond man was driving east in the Civic on the state highway near the intersection with Ames Lake Road. He then lost control of the car, entered westbound traffic and hit a 2005 Kia Sedona. A 32-year-old woman inside the 2000 model car was dead at the scene of the accident.

The people inside the mini-van are all from Redmond. They suffered unspecified injuries and were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The driver, a 38-year-old woman was injured in the crash. Also injured were a 35-year-old man and two boys, ages 8 and 6.

According to State Patrol investigators, speed and Saturday's wet weather contributed to the accident. The case remains under investigation.

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March 13, 2009

Yakima County Two-vehicle Accident Hospitalizes Woman

Following an accident Wednesday night at Branch Road and U.S. Highway 97, a report stated that a woman is in a Seattle hospital and a man is in the Yakima County jail for investigation of vehicular assault. According to a patrol accident memorandum issued late Wednesday, the Washington State Patrol said drugs or alcohol were a factor in the Washington auto accident.

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The 31 year old Yakima woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following the 6:50 p.m. crash. The hospital reported her to be in intensive care in serious condition. The man in custody is 36 years old, and from Yakima. A passenger who was riding with the male driver was not injured.

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March 12, 2009

Washington Bill Seeks A Ban On Novelty Lighters

The seattletimes.com website reported in a story on January 20, 2009 that State Senator Claudia Kauffman was sponsoring the senate version of bill SB 5011 that would ban Novelty lighters to prevent personal injury in Seattle.

Kauffman said, “It’s really to stave off any potential dangers that are out there for youth in such a confusing manner.”

One lighter that particularly struck Kauffman as dangerous was one shaped like a miniature camera. Kauffman said, “you put it up to your eye, and the flame comes out the top, and these lighters are displayed at the front counter of any convenience store.”

Joe Meinecke, public educator with the Tacoma Fire Department can attest personally to the dangers of these novelty lighters. As a matter of fact, he owns one shaped like a miniature gun and refers to it as his $50,000 lighter. The reason for this name is because that is the total sum of damage it caused to a Tacoma family’s home when a four year old played with it and set a couch on fire. Meinecke now uses it as a prop in his fire safety lessons with children and families.

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March 10, 2009

Seattle Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Blames University President

The Seattle Times reported in an article on January 14, 2009 that the President of Seattle University, Rev. Stephen Sundborg, has been sued. The claim is that since he is president, Sundborg must have been aware of an abusive Jesuit priest. Nonetheless, the priest was allowed to continue with the ministry. According to the Seattle personal injury lawsuit, more than 40 victims claim to have been abused when they were children or teenagers by Sundborg and/or other defendants who are mentioned in the lawsuit. The suit also states that Sundborg had examined “hell files” which were files comprising of information about priests that was “not public,” and “not good.”

Given this information, Sundborg must have been aware of Rev. Henry Hargreaves past of child abuse. The priest now resides with a Jesuit community in Spokane.

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March 5, 2009

Seattle Car Crash On Aurora Avenue Results From Stolen Vehicle

The man driving a stolen car at high speeds crashed into another vehicle in Seattle Tuesday afternoon. Three people were sent to the hospital and traffic was shut down on Aurora Avenue North.

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Several 911 calls about a reckless driver in a white Dodge Durango were received by Seattle police. The driver ran a stop sign at North 93rd Street and Aurora Avenue North just before 5 p.m. The Durango hit a Mitsubishi sedan, causing the Durango to roll over.

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March 3, 2009

Seattle Wrongful Death Search For Woman By Coastguard Suspended

The website pnwlocalnew.com reported in an article on January 14, 2009 that the search for Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz 45, had been called off. Stafford-Yilmaz’s van was found with no sight of the woman when the Puyallup ferry she was riding from Seattle to Bainbridge arrived at Eagle Harbor. Washington state police reported that Stafford-Yilmaz’s personal items were found on the passenger deck.

Marine divisions from the Seattle police department, Bainbridge police department, along with a coast guard helicopter, searched the area with no luck in this wrongful death case. Commander Michael Long, chief response for the Seattle coast guard, stated that the search had been exhaustive.

Long said, “We have saturated the search area and have not located anyone. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

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