May 29, 2009

Washington School Bus Accident at Railroad Crossing

The website wsp.wa.gov reported in a story on April 28, 2009 that a Battle Ground School Bus was rear ended on SR-503, just north of N.E. 149th Street while stopped at a railroad crossing. According to the Washington State Police, the driver of the bus, Nina Millard, 39 of Battle Ground, had stopped at the railroad crossing to clear it when a 2008 VW Jetta, driven by Jace Delgado, 22, also from Battle Ground, struck her from behind blocking both northbound lanes. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and were not seriously injured.

Delgado claims to have been following an SUV that made a lane change to the left at which point Delgado noticed the bus with its stop paddle deployed when he attempted to swerve to avoid a collision. Unsuccessful in his attempt he hit the bus and Delgados’s Jetta ended up partially underneath the bus.

An investigation by the Washington State Patrol concluded that Delgado was traveling at an excessive speed and it's fortunate that no personal injury in Washington was suffered by anyone in this incident.

The United States employs approximately 450,000 school buses to transport children to school each day. There have been many cases of injuries and deaths related to school bus accident, including children being struck or run over by the bus, rollovers, and collisions.

The Bernard Law Group has been representing the victims of negligence for two decades. Our team of dedicated lawyers represents those who have suffered from serious injuries, financial loss, personal loss and future damages due to negligence. Negligence includes, but is not limited to, Washington automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents.

If you have seriously injured in an automobile accident, you need experienced and skilled representation looking out for your rights. At Bernard Law Group, we have the financial resources to take on any defendant and can help you during these difficult times. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

May 28, 2009

Washington Car Hit by Truck’s Fallen Load

The website komonews.com reported in a story on April 20, 2009 that Chrissy Gombos of Kirkland called the authorities to report a near death experience in Skagit County, Washington. Gombos claims that a piece of debris came off the back of a truck on Interstate 5 which thankfully struck her cars’ under carriage and not the windshield.


Gombos said, “All of the sudden, out of nowhere within a split second, I saw a large chunk of something that didn't really have a shape come off a generic delivery truck in front of us.”

It is still unclear what struck Gombos’ Ford Focus but it was rocked as if it had hit a bomb. The debris punctured the gas tank, and bent a front axle. She believes that the driver of the truck never knew what happened and kept driving.

Gombos said, “The noise was so loud, Wendy, my passenger who was knitting, thought we had hit a car.”

Truck driver’s are responsible for their loads and if they fail to secure them and a load causes injury or death they can potentially face jail time and a $5,000 fine. Additional charges can be filed if the unsecured debris causes property damage.

The most common causes of Seattle truck accidents are unsafe driving, driver fatigue, oversized loads and mechanical negligence.

Whether you were involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, a truck hauling hazardous waste, a commercial truck, or a pickup truck, the Bernard Law Group can help. The Bernard Law Group has significant Washington State trucking law experience. We have experience in filing Seattle trucking lawsuits and have recovered significant damages from truck accidents. Our experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys handle almost every trucking accident case on a contingent basis, meaning that they only get paid if they win your case. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

May 27, 2009

Everett Teen Killed on I-5: Family Warns Others

The website king5.com reported in an article on April 14, 2009 that the family of fifteen year old Haley Salvador wants to alert people, especially teens, not to cross Interstate 5. According to reports, Salvador had taken the shortcut countless times but the last time would prove to be a deadly one.

Niky Griffin and Daniel Leatherman accompanied their good friend Salvador the night of the dreadful pedestrian accident in Washington. They say that they went across the first time safely but on the way back Salvador took the wrong shortcut and actually cut across I-5 instead of going up the on ramp.

Griffin said, “You have to make sure cars aren't going too fast that they could hit you. She didn't go up the onramp. She went down it and across the freeway, which she wasn't supposed to do. I don't know why she went that way.”

Salvador is not the first to cross the I-5 at this juncture and will most likely not be the last. According to teens, the shortcut lessens their trip to Everett Mall by 20 minutes. With no pedestrian bridge, the shortcut entices teens to the point that they overlook their safety in order to avoid taking the long way.

Daniel Letherman said, “I live right across the freeway... and this is the fastest way unless you go all the way around. There's no other way to get to the mall.”

Brandon Lee, Washington State Patrol said, “Running across four to five lanes, on-off ramps, it's just not safe, especially at night, it's really deceiving how fast people are going”.

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May 26, 2009

Seattle Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled by Family of Cyclist

The website seattletimes.com reported in an article on April 28, 2009 that the family of Bryce Lewis, 19 who was killed when a dump truck struck the bike she was riding, has settled out of court. The family attorney stated that parents Marc and Laura Paolicelli of Colorado, agreed to an unrevealed sum of money from Nelson & Sons Construction of Woodinville.

According to Police Reports, Lewis and friend Caleb Hall were riding in a bike lane on Eastlake Avenue East near the University Bridge in 2007 when a dump truck owned by Nelson & Sons and driven by David McClane made a right turn without warning the riders. Apparently unaware he had hit anything, McClane kept driving for a short period before stopping.

Months after the tragic bike accident in Washington, a large group of bicyclists carried out a wheeled demonstration along the streets of Seattle in memory of Lewis and to call on city officials to take more actions to ensure bike safety, particularly in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Christensen said, “Nelson & Sons stepped forward and did the right thing and the family was satisfied by their gestures.”

Accidents involving trucks account for over 130,000 injuries in the United States. There are 5,000 deaths each year and close to 35% of the injuries are catastrophic. Trucks over 10,000 pounds (semis and tractor-trailer) represent only 3% of all registered vehicles but are responsible for over 25% of vehicle related deaths.

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May 20, 2009

Washington I-5 Rollover Injures Two

Just after 4 p.m. Monday, an SUV rolled after hitting the cement median barrier on I-5. The accident happened in the northbound lane in Chehalis.

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One of the two occupants in the vehicle, a male passenger, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries. The man's arm appeared to be severely fractured, said State Trooper Neil Weaver.

The woman who was driving the car sustained minor injuries and was taken to Providence Centralia Hospital after complaining of neck pain.

According to witnesses, the SUV was driving in the left lane just south of Exit 76 when a four-door passenger car attempted to merge into its lane. The SUV swerved to avoid a collision with the car, but ran into the cement guardrail.

One witness said, “She went really high.” She also said the vehicle went about six feet in the air “and then tumbled at least two times.”

The investigation is ongoing.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the skilled Seattle personal injury attorneys 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.

May 18, 2009

Crash on Highway 167 Leaves One Woman Killed, 2 People Injured

Last Thursday, in an accident on River Road in Puyallup, one woman died, and a girl and a man were injured. The accident involved four cars and one of the vehicles was actually torn in two.

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According to the Washington State Patrol, the 19 year old driver of the vehicle, a woman from Tacoma, died at the scene. She was the driver of a black 1987 Mercedes that was northbound on Highway 167 near Gay Road just after 5 a.m.

Patrol spokeswoman Brandy Kessler said that the Mercedes hit two oncoming vehicles. Half of the car flew into the nearby Puyallup River; the other half stayed on the highway.

State Patrol Sgt. Patrick Pronovost said that the driver was found dead outside of the section of the car near a guardrail.

A 14-year-old Tacoma girl who was a passenger in the Mercedes was thrown onto the pavement, said troopers. She was taken to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.

Troopers said a car driven by a 30-year-old Buckley man collided with the Mercedes. The man had critical injuries from the Washington car accident and was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, Kessler said.

The 26-year-old Bonney Lake man who was the driver of another oncoming car, was treated for minor injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. In addition to the vehicles in the crash, a fourth car was hit by debris.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys 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.

May 13, 2009

Washington SUV Auto Accident Kills Boy

Monday afternoon, just east of Gold Bar, a 5-year-old boy died in a vehicle crash.

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According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office, the Dodge Durango SUV he was riding in veered off the road in the 44000 block of Fir Road and struck a tree.

The boy, who died at the scene, was in the back seat of the SUV. A 3-year-old girl was also in the back seat. It was initially reported that she suffered minor injuries and was taken to an Everett Hospital. Later, she was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Deputies believe the girl was in a child seat. It’s not immediately known if the boy was in a child seat or wearing a seatbelt.

The SUV was driven by a 27-year-old man who suffered face and back injuries in the crash. He was taken to Harborview.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the skilled Seattle personal injury attorneys 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.

May 4, 2009

Jury awards $5.5 Million in Drunk Driving Accident

A drunk driver seriously injured another motorist in a 2007 head –on collision, and a Skagit County jury has concluded the Washington State Patrol and Whatcom County must pay $5.5 million for not doing enough to stop the drunk driver.

According to the attorney in the case, the verdict, on April 28, is the largest ever in Skagit County. The county’s second largest verdict prior was $2.4 million.

At Bernard Law Group, we handle personal injury lawsuits that are the results of auto accidents in Washington State every day. Call our attorneys at 1-800-418-8282. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Skagit County car accident happened on Highway 542, on Jan. 4, 2007. A drunk driver crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a car driven a 22 year old woman. The woman suffered severe injuries to her legs, pelvis and wrists. With already 13 surgeries since, she is expected to need many more.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the injured driver in October, 2007.

"We sue drunk drivers - and those who enable them to wreak havoc on our highways. This catch-and-release system of dealing with drunk drivers must stop," said the attorney.

One interesting twist in the lawsuit was that the Washington State Patrol and Whatcom County were named as defendants.

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May 2, 2009

Liver Damage and Death Lead to Hydroxycut Recall

Weight Loss Supplement Hydroxycut Recalled Due to Liver Damage, Injuries and Death

Hydroxycut, the number one weight loss supplement in the world, was recalled on May 1st by the FDA. The FDA reports that there are at least 23 reports of serious liver injuries and death (http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02006.html), including jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplant. Other health problems reported include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a serious type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

If you or anyone you know have been using Hydroxycut, stop using it immediately. Symptoms to watch for include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), brown urine, light-colored stools, fatigue, stomach cramps or pain, weakness, nausea, and vomiting.

This Hydroxycut recall applies to the following products, which are being removed from the market:
• Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
• Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
• Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
• Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
• Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
• Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
• Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
• Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
• Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
• Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
• Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
• Hydroxycut 24
• Hydroxycut Carb Control
• Hydroxycut Natural

If you have any symptoms of liver injury you should see your doctor immediately. Keep any unused portions of the product for evidence in case you decide to pursue a claim for compensation.

If you have suffered any of these symptoms or injuries contact our experienced Product Defect and Personal Injury Lawyers and click here to visit our website for more information.