April 12, 2010

Three Injured in Washington DUI Auto Accident

Three people were injured in a Washington auto accident after their van went off the roadway and slid down an embankment. According to King5 News, the single car accident occurred in the 17000 block of State Route 900 in Renton. Washington State Patrol officials said the 2003 Ford Econoline van veered off the roadway and went into a ditch and then struck an embankment. The driver and two passengers were all ejected from the van. The driver was ejected in spite of wearing a seatbelt, officials said. However he sustained the least of the injuries. Two others, who were not wearing their seatbelts, are in serious condition. Troopers believe alcohol was involved in the crash. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

In such cases, victims can file a claim with the help of an experienced car accident Seattle lawyer against the at-fault party to cover their medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, therapy and other related damages. This incident is also an important reminder for all of us to wear seatbelts. There is no question that seatbelts save lives.

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March 31, 2010

Drunk Driver Seriously Injures Father and Son

A Seattle father and son, who both sustained major injuries in a DUI car accident, received tremendous support from their community. According to a Fox News report, the driver who struck the father and son was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The convicted motorist was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he hit the father and son as they stood on the driveway of their home, causing debilitating injury to both. The son lost his leg in the crash and the father suffered devastating neck and ankle injuries. The family owns a Chinese restaurant in West Seattle, which had to be shut down because of their injuries and inability to work. So far, the family is unsure if and when the restaurant can be reopened.

As we all know, drunk driving is against the law and is a serious crime. What we very often do not hear about is how these accidents affect the families of injured individuals. In this particular case, not only did the father and son suffer catastrophic injuries, but it seems like they have lost the business they worked hard to establish and they've lost their livelihood. One man's decision to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs greatly impacted this family's life. The driver can apologize all he wants. But the young man will never get his leg back. And the family may never get its business back.

When a drunk driver causes an injury accident, he or she can be held not only criminally responsible, but also financially responsible for medical expenses and other costs incurred by the victims or their families. In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation with the help of skilled Seattle car accident lawyers to help cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, as well as costs for any physical therapy or rehabilitation that is needed for treatment of accident-related injuries.

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March 24, 2010

Two Spokane Bars Cited in Fatal DUI Collision

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has issued citations to two Spokane bars in connection with a DUI car crash in December, which resulted in three deaths. According to an Associated Press news report, the driver who caused the head-on collision was "over-served" at the downtown Spokane bars – The Lion's Lair and the BLVD. Officials say they want the BLVD's license suspended for a month and are asking for a five-day suspension or a fine against the Lion's Lair. The drunk driver apparently drove west in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate 90 in Spokane. The drunk driver, as well as two people in the other car, were killed in the collision.

This news, interestingly enough, comes around the same time as when Men's Health and USA Today released a study listing Spokane 51st among the "Drunkest Cities" in the United States. In fact, Spokane ranked higher than Seattle on this list. By assisting drunk driving accident victims, Seattle auto accident lawyers are working to help lower the city’s ranking as the 64th drunkest city in the United States.

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March 23, 2010

Pedestrian Sustains Critical Injuries in Spokane Auto Accident

A pedestrian was critically injured in a Spokane car accident in the South Hill area, according to a KXLY news report. The injury collision occurred at the intersection of 10th and Oak where the victim was hit by a car. The driver of the car fled the scene of the crash. The victim was taken to a local hospital. The pedestrian is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries. The suspect’s vehicle has been described as a light brown or blue sedan with a loud muffler.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, Kirk Bernard understands the serious consequences of hit-and-run accidents. Leaving the scene of an auto collision is a serious crime in Washington State and is punishable by jail time. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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March 22, 2010

Washington Auto Accident Injures Four

Four people were hospitalized with injuries from a Washington car accident on a collision on Highway 99, The Seattle Times reports. A collision between two cars sent one car off the roadway and into adjacent railroad tracks. Another car rolled over and landed on its roof. The four victims were transported to a Seattle hospital for treatment of their injuries. The extent of their injuries is not known. Drugs or alcohol were not involved in the accident. Seattle police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

In auto accident cases where two or more vehicles are involved, one of the most important questions to ask is, “Who was at fault for the accident?” If the collision occurred at an intersection, it is possible that one of the drivers failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection or ran a red light or stop sign. Seattle car accident lawyers often see first-hand how speed, driving recklessly or distracted driving may be common reasons for collisions taking place.

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March 19, 2010

Officials Blame Inattention for Washington Auto Accident

A 50-year-old driver was injured in a Washington car accident after his 2005 Toyota pickup truck was rear-ended by a 1997 Nissan Maxima. The driver of the Toyota was making a left turn into the Sundown M. Ranch from the northbound State Route 821 in Selah, Washington, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known. Officials believe that the woman driving the Maxima may have been inattentive just before the collision occurred. It is not clear what she was doing at the time.

Distractions and inattention amount to negligence when it comes to vehicular accidents. Distractions could include anything from talking on a hand-held cell phone, texting, eating, applying makeup or looking out the window at something that caught your eye. This is how most rear-end accidents are caused and several of these incidents often result in serious injuries. It could cause head injuries, spinal cord injuries or other types of neck and back injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common consequences of a rear-end collision. If you have been injured in a car accident as a result of a rear-end collision caused by a negligent driver, you can file a claim with the help of a Seattle car accident attorney seeking compensation for the medical expenses incurred as well as loss of wages.

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March 18, 2010

Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Seattle Area Car Crash

A 25-year-old man died in a Washington auto accident after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 90 and crashed into a truck. According to a news report in the Snoqualmie Valley Record Reporter, the Bremerton man was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee east in the westbound lanes near milepost 28. The Jeep narrowly missed a Washington State Patrol trooper's vehicle and crashed into a bakery truck. The Jeep driver died. His 25-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries as did the driver of the truck. Both injured victims were transported to a Seattle hospital. Police believe that alcohol was a factor in this fatal car accident.

It is against the law in Washington State to drive under the influence of intoxicants such as alcohol or drugs. It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there were a total of 521 traffic accident fatalities in 2008. Out of those, 225 or 43 percent were alcohol-related collisions. Also, 182 of these DUI collisions (about 35 percent), involved a driver with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent.

In cases where someone has been struck by a drunk driver, the victim can file a claim against the driver's insurance seeking compensation. Victims in such cases, can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization and other related damages. If the drunk driver who caused the accident dies in the crash, then a claim for compensation can be filed against the driver's estate or his liability insurance. These can be complicated claims and are best handled by an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer who has successfully represented injured car accident victims.

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March 16, 2010

Chrysler Recalls Minivans for Airbag Defects

Chrysler has issues an auto product defect recall for more than 355,500 minivans because of a defective airbag sensor, which could cause the airbag to fail in the event of a car accident. According to a news report, Chrysler's recall scheduled to begin in June, covers 355,562 of its 2005-2006 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, including 259,437 in the United States and 72,035 in Canada.

Chrysler officials said they found that one of the front airbag crash sensors could crack under certain environmental conditions and allow water to enter the sensor causing the sensor to become inoperative. So far, no injuries or fatalities relating to these defects have been reported. If the front crash sensors become inoperative in these vehicles, the driver will be warned by the airbag warning light. However, until the vehicle is repaired, the occupants of the vehicle may not receive protection in the event of a car crash.

Airbag defects can result in devastating injuries or even death. Thanks to modern vehicle technology, airbags are an important safety feature in all vehicles today and if they function the way they are supposed to, they definitely offer enhanced protection to the vehicle's occupants. The most common airbag defects in vehicles are failure to deploy and unintentional deployment – which means they deploy when they are not supposed to deploy. Both of these occurrences may result in serious injuries.

If you suspect an airbag malfunction caused your serious injuries or caused your car accident, please contact a reputable Seattle auto accident law firm. Make sure you preserve the vehicle in its current condition, in tact, so it can be examined by an expert for any evidence of product defects. Doing away with the vehicle may destroy the only evidence you may have in an auto products liability case.

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March 2, 2010

Seattle Toyota Auto Accident Victim's Case Raises Questions

Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles over auto product defects – primarily sticky gas pedals, defective floor mats that can slip and jam the accelerator, and brake issues. Based on news reports, outside experts even speculate that electromagnetic interference may have caused several incidents of unintended acceleration in recalled Toyota models. Now, the auto maker is facing a government inquiry over whether it tried to delay or avoid a recall in the first place.

Parents of a Seattle resident are one of many who are asking questions about how and why their son died. According to a KOMO News report, like many injured victims or grieving families, the bereaved parents are wondering whether sudden acceleration caused by a sticky gas pedal in the victim’s Toyota Tundra may have caused the fatal car accident on Oct. 17, 2007. The crash occurred when the pickup truck inexplicably crashed head-on into a tree.

Recently this victim’s parents found out that his Tundra was on the recall list as well. They now rightly believe that had Toyota paid attention to the problem, recalled the vehicles and fixed the defects, their son would have been alive.

Toyota's recall comes too late for those in situations similar to this family’s. It is too little too late for those who have suffered catastrophic injuries potentially as a result of the unintended acceleration problem. It is too late for those drivers who have been sent to prison because their car went out of control and injured or killed someone. Seattle personal injury attorneys understand that there have been several car accident cases nationwide where drivers tried convincing juries that it was not them, but their car that was to blame. But no one believed them. Some of those cases are now being reviewed by local prosecutors in different parts of the country.

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March 1, 2010

Two Pedestrians Injured in Federal Way Auto Accident

Two people sustained serious injuries in a Washington auto accident after they were struck by a car while walking on Southwest 356th Street in Federal Way. According to a news report in the Seattle Times, the driver who struck and injured the pedestrian tried to leave the scene, but was apprehended by police and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run. One of the victims was airlifted to a Seattle hospital due to suffering life-threatening injuries. The other victim, a 50-year-old man, was also transported to a local hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be as serious as the other pedestrian. Officials are also looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved in this major injury collision.

Several motorists and skilled Seattle car accident lawyers know that leaving the scene of an accident is a serious violation of Washington State Law. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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February 25, 2010

Shoreline Auto Accident Involves 23 Vehicles

At least 23 cars were wrecked and one person was injured in a Washington auto accident on the Interstate 5, King5 News reported. The chain-reaction car accident occurred near the NE 145th Street onramp in Shoreline, Washington. Washington State Patrol officials said the accident was caused by a mix of the rain, the brightness from the sunshine and cars following the vehicle in front of them too closely. Troopers say they expect to issue several citations in connection with this auto accident.

Auto accidents involving multiple vehicles and several parties can be extremely complicated. How do you deal with such an accident? Experienced Seattle car accident lawyers will tell you that if you are in an accident, the first thing you need to do is get as much information as possible. Get photographs of the accident scene. Make sketches of the vehicles' positions when your memory is fresh. Collect insurance, vehicle license plate and driver's license information from the parties involved. If you find eyewitnesses on scene, do get their contact information and statements as well. Eyewitness statements can be invaluable in any auto accident, especially in one where a number of vehicles and victims/parties are involved.

After the accident, please remember not to talk to insurance adjusters or attorneys for the other parties before first, consulting with your own attorney. Remember that insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. They are certainly not looking out for you. Do not sign any papers or agree to any monetary settlement before speaking with your attorney.

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February 24, 2010

Toyota and Federal Government Knew about Product Defects for Years

State Farm Insurance Company officials are saying that they alerted federal safety regulators as early as 2007 about an increase in reports of unintended or sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. According to a news report, State Farm insurance said it noticed a rise in reports of such acceleration in Toyotas and notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The federal agency in fact received warnings about sudden acceleration in Toyotas as early as 2003. It is not clear whether the agency completely missed these warning signs. That is an issue congressional investigators are exploring.

Toyota, over the recent months, has recalled over 8 million vehicles for faulty gas pedals and floor mats, which are believed to have caused the sudden acceleration problems. Most recently, the auto maker recalled about 437,000 Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix a braking problem caused by a software glitch. The auto maker also stopped producing and selling eight vehicle models including the top-selling Corolla and Camry models. Federal officials said they are also looking into complaints from Corolla owners about steering problems. So far, consumers and Seattle personal injury attorneys are shocked by the fact that NHTSA has received 80 complaints from drivers of 2009 and 2010 Corollas.

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February 23, 2010

Reports of Toyota Corolla Steering Problems Trigger Federal Investigation

Federal auto safety regulators have now launched an official investigation into possible vehicle defects, this time involving the power steering in 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corollas. According to a news report in USA Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been getting complaints from Toyota Corolla drivers that they cannot hold the steering straight going down the highway. So far, NHTSA has received 168 complaints, including reports of eight crashes, involving this vehicle defect. NHTSA has opened a preliminary evaluation to determine whether it needs to take a closer look at steering problems in the Corolla and also, the Matrix models, which are quite similar to the Corolla. Much to the shock of consumers and Seattle auto product liability attorneys, about 500,000 vehicles could be involved in this investigation.

If this results in a recall, it certainly would not be Toyota's first in recent months. In fact, the number of vehicles that were recently recalled by the Japanese auto maker adds up to more than 8.5 million. That includes vehicles that were recalled for defective gas pedals, floor mats and brakes. Toyota also suspended production and sales of eight different models of vehicles including the Corolla, until all the defective vehicles can be fixed. Government officials are also looking into whether Toyota officials issued these recalls in a timely manner. Meanwhile, the company is also facing a slew of lawsuits over the unintended acceleration caused by the gas pedal and mat defects.

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February 19, 2010

Man Killed in Washington Auto Accident

A 66-year-old man sustained fatal injuries in a Washington auto accident after his car collided head-on with a bridge support on the southbound Valley Freeway at 15th Street Northwest in Auburn. According to a news report in the Auburn Reporter, the man was driving a Toyota pickup truck, when he struck the bridge support at a high rate of speed. In fact, eyewitnesses told investigators that there were no brake lights from the Toyota before the impact. The man died at the scene. The incident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

In such cases, it is extremely important to have a skilled Seattle car accident lawyer help you determine whether the accident was caused by a defective auto. The vehicle involved in this incident was a Toyota pickup truck. Witnesses state that the driver made no attempt to stop and went speeding right into the bridge support. It might be useful in this case to find out whether the vehicle malfunctioned and whether it is one of the models included in Toyota’s recall of more than 8 million vehicles for defective gas pedals or floor mats said to cause sudden or unintended acceleration.

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February 18, 2010

Bellevue DUI Car Crash Injures Driver

The driver of a Toyota was injured in a Bellevue auto accident after he drove the wrong way and collided head-on with a construction vehicle. According to a news report, the crash occurred when a man in a 1998 Toyota entered the Interstate 90 the wrong way from an HOV off-ramp. He ended up crashing head-on with a large road construction vehicle parked near an exit at 150th Avenue SE in Bellevue. The driver of the Toyota was trapped inside and had to be extricated. He was taken to a Seattle hospital with critical injuries. No one else was injured in this crash. Washington State Patrol officials say the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol.

This accident is yet another reminder that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injuries or death. In this case, it is extremely fortunate that this wrong-way driver did not injure anyone else. Yet, it is unfortunate that the driver sustained injury. As any motorist or Seattle car accident attorney should know, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is also a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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February 15, 2010

Spokane Ranks among Nation's "Drunkest" Cities

Men's Health and USA Today released a recent study, which lists Spokane 51st among the "Drunkest Cities" in the United States. According to a KREM news report, these rankings are based on 100 major cities in the country that have high numbers of DUI car accidents, high death rates from liver disease, DUI arrests and severe binge drinking. In fact, Spokane ranked higher than Seattle on this list. Seattle is ranked the 64th drunkest city in the United States.

According to Washington State Patrol officials, there were 100 DUI auto accidents in Spokane County in 2009. Last year there were three high-profile DUI crashes in Spokane, which may have drawn attention to the Lilac City. In December, there was a triple fatal crash on the Interstate 90 where the driver was drunk.

Driving drunk is illegal in all 50 states. In Washington State, as in most other states, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI car accident caused by another driver, please remember that you have a legal right to seek compensation for your injuries, damages and loss. Seattle car accident attorneys may be able to help an injured individual hold a driver who was under the influence financially responsible for causing the accident and resulting injuries.

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February 12, 2010

New Washington State Law Will Keep First Responders Safe on Highways

Troopers and tow truck drivers in Washington State are supporting a bill that creates "emergency zones" which they believe will protect them and other first responders who help stranded motorists on the state's highways. According to a news report in King 5 News, 23 Washington State Patrol vehicles were hit in 2009 on the side of the state's highways. Under the proposed law, drivers who are caught speeding within 200 feet of a vehicle that has flashing lights – police cars, tow trucks or ambulances – would receive citations for double the standard speeding amount.

The new law, if passed, would also require drivers to move out of the far right lane as long as it is safe. Also, drivers who operate their vehicles recklessly in those zones could face a $5,000 fine and lose their license for two months. It is not known yet when this law would go into effect. However, Washington State Patrol officials would be responsible for educating and informing drivers about the law before they start writing out these citations.

As a Seattle auto accident lawyer, I'm absolutely in support of this law. This law is necessary to keep these first responders, who are the first to get to the scene of an accident on the highway, safe and secure so they can do their jobs. Anyone who has had their vehicle break down on the highway knows that it can be a very scary place. A lot of times, motorists are negligent, driving recklessly or simply not paying attention to their surroundings.

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February 11, 2010

Downed Stop Sign Causes Street Intersection Car Crash

A 78-year-old man suffered injuries in a Washington auto accident after he failed to yield to another vehicle at a Cle Elum intersection on State Route 903. However, according to a news report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, this accident occurred because the stop sign at that intersection had been knocked into a snow bank. Thus, the injured driver had no idea he had to stop at that intersection and yield right-of-way to passing vehicles. The man was making a left turn as another man in a Chevy pickup truck was passing the intersection. Police say neither driver will face charges. The 78-year-old man suffered shoulder and ear injuries.

If a vehicular accident is caused by a dangerous condition on the roadway, the injured victims could file a claim against the city or governmental entity responsible for the maintenance of that roadway. In this particular case, it is important to look into when the stop sign fell and for how long it was not fixed. If a reasonable amount of time passed without the stop sign being fixed, then the responsible governmental agency could be held liable for the injuries caused to the 78-year-old man. When it comes to governmental entities or agencies, there are time limits within which you need to file your personal injury claim. So, it would be in your best interest to contact a qualified and experienced Washington car accident attorney as soon as possible.

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February 10, 2010

Bicyclist Injured in Bainbridge Island Accident

A 35-year-old man was recently hospitalized with injuries he sustained in a Washington bicycle accident. According to a news report, the bicyclist was headed east on a road in Bainbridge Island when a driver pulled out in front of the bike and caused the collision. The bicyclist was transported to a Seattle hospital with serious injuries. However, officials said that his injuries were not life-threatening. The bicyclist was wearing proper reflective gear and had lights on his bicycle; however, the car's driver apparently told officials that he was not able to see the bicyclist. The Kitsap County prosecutor's office is reviewing the case to determine whether any charges should be filed.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 698 bicyclists died in 2007 nationwide and about 43,000 were injured. Bicycle accidents often occur because motorists are not actively looking for smaller vehicles such as bicycles or motorcyclists when they attempt a turn on the roadway or come out of a parking lot. As a bicycle accident victim, if you have been injured by a negligent driver, you could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy and other related damages.

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February 9, 2010

Toyota to Fix Defective Gas Pedals

So far, Toyota has recalled more than 7 million vehicles over faulty gas pedals and floor mats. The auto maker has also stopped production and sales of eight models, including its top-selling Camry and Corolla models. The first Toyota recall was issued last year after an auto accident in California killed a highway patrol officer and three members of his family. The officer was in a loaner Lexus and the defective floor mat in the car allegedly caused the accelerator pedal to become jammed. The car accelerated out of control at 120 mph, crashed, and caused four fatalities.

Toyota officials say they have come up with a fix for the gas pedals, which has been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The problem with the gas pedals was that the pedal mechanism could become worn and harder to depress or it could get stuck in a partially depressed position, thus causing sudden or unintended acceleration.

Toyota engineers have been working to insert a spacer in the pedal mechanism in order to increase the tension in a spring and reduce the risk of the gas pedal sticking or staying down. The auto maker has also come under quite a bit of criticism for failing to act quickly on unexpected acceleration issues related to the faulty floor mats. Federal officials say Toyota has known about the problem with the mats since 2007 and has still done nothing to fix it.

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February 1, 2010

Washington DUI Car Accident Injures Two

Two people in Yakima, Washington, were hospitalized with injuries after a DUI car accident in which officials say the suspect was also speeding.

According to a news report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, a 44-year-old man driving a Ford Aerostar was speeding south on Martin Luther King Boulevard when he tried to pass a Dodge Caravan. The Ford van then crashed head-on into a Ford Mustang driven by a 23-year-old woman. The woman was seriously injured and sustained multiple leg and ankle fractures. The suspect was also injured and was taken to a Seattle hospital, but was later arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Officials are also considering vehicular assault charges.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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January 27, 2010

Spokane Man Killed While Crossing the Street

A 60-year-old man from Spokane was killed in a pedestrian accident after he was struck by a car while crossing a street. According to a KHQ news report, the man was walking across Division near the 9600 block in an unmarked crosswalk when he was struck by a southbound car. The injured pedestrian was transported to a Spokane hospital where he later died. The driver remained at the scene, but officials say he is likely to face charges.

Washington State law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.235 (1): "The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section "half of the roadway" means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway."

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January 22, 2010

Washington Couple Injured in Rollover Accident

A Washington couple was injured in an auto accident after their pickup truck and trailer rolled over on the Interstate 82 near Prosser, Washington. According to a news report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, a 64-year-old man was driving a 2002 Ford pickup towing a 37-foot trailer. He lost control of the vehicle rolling both the pickup and the trailer on the inside shoulder of the highway. The man and his wife both suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital, but it is not clear whether they sustained serious injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts. Washington State Patrol officials say the driver's inattention may have caused or contributed to this accident as well.

In any rollover auto accident, it is also important to look into whether an auto product defect, design defect or mechanical malfunction may have caused or in any way contributed to the accident. The auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable for the injuries and damages, if so. If a vehicle defect is suspected in an auto accident, it is important to preserve the vehicle so it can be examined carefully for product defects, malfunctions or other evidence. Experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys will almost always suggest that, if possible, photos are taken of the accident in order to document the scene.

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January 14, 2010

Motorist Injured in Spokane after Collision with Deer

A woman was injured in a Spokane car accident after her vehicles struck a deer on U.S. Highway 2 near Bear Lake, The Spokesman-Review reports. Washington State Patrol officials said the accident occurred at Westwood Avenue after the woman who was driving on the highway hit a deer. The extent of the woman's injuries is not clear.

According to a recent news report, deer versus vehicle collisions in Washington State have increased by 15 percent just in the last five years. According to statistics released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there are about 1.5 million deer versus vehicle collisions every year in the United States. These types of auto accidents cause more than 150 fatalities each year and typically occur in the months of October, November and December. In fact, the chance of a vehicle striking a deer is 1 in 516, according to deer claims data from 2007 and 2008 provided by State Farm Insurance.

Any Seattle personal injury lawyer will tell you that these accidents should not be taken lightly. Motorists – be it car drivers or motorcycle riders – should take every possible precaution to avoid deer collisions. Here are a few safety measures you can take to avoid colliding with deer. First, always be aware of deer crossing signs. These are usually placed in active deer areas. When you are traveling at night, be sure to use the high beam to light up the road ahead. Remember, deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Also, deer tend to travel in groups or herds. So if you see one, stop, because there may be others following.

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January 12, 2010

Woman Critically Injured in Spokane Valley Train Accident

A 44-year-old woman suffered critical injuries in a Washington train accident after her minivan was broadsided at a crossing by a train traveling at 48 mph. According to an Associated Press news report, the woman had just dropped off a child in an elementary school when the accident occurred. She was transported to a local hospital.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2006 alone, train accidents caused 909 fatalities and 8,244 injuries nationwide. Railroad employees, passengers in other autos at railroad crossings, passengers aboard trains, or pedestrians walking on or near railroad tracks are among those injured in these dangerous train accidents. Sometimes, these collisions happen because of the fault of other drivers. But very often, these accidents occur due to the lack of safety features at these street-level train crossings or when the safety features such as crossbars or lights fail to work at the crossings. These types of accidents could also occur as a result of the train operator's error.

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January 11, 2010

Washington Car Accident Injures Three

Three people sustained injuries in a rear-end car accident on the Highway 502. The accident occurred when an eastbound 2003 Mazda pickup stopped to turn left into a driveway when the vehicle was struck from behind by a Nissan Altima. The driver of the pickup truck sustained head injuries while the other driver and his passenger sustained head and neck injuries. Washington State Patrol blames the accident on speed and inattention and cited the driver of the Nissan Altima for speeding.

Rear-end auto accidents are usually caused as a result of carelessness. However, victims of such accidents are very often left with severe back, neck or head injuries that require continued treatment and medical expenses. Recently, The Bernard Law Firm obtained a $91,000 settlement for a Kirkland Washington woman who was rear-ended in Mill Creek. She was a professional body builder who was forced to quit competitive body building due to neck, back and right wrist strain that required surgery and lengthy hand therapy.

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January 7, 2010

Auto Recall for Range Rover Vehicles Involves Airbag Defects

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling 4,001 Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles because of possible airbag defects, which might prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying in the event of a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these affected 2010 Range Rover models may experience airbag lamp illumination on the instrument cluster. The NHTSA report states: “This warning lamp may clear on each subsequent ignition cycle. The passenger airbag will be disabled when the airbag warning lamp is illuminated as a result of this defect and the passenger airbag warning disable lamp in the overhead console will also illuminate.”

The deployment of the passenger side airbag may fail to occur in case of a car accident. This could cause devastating personal injuries and even death to the passenger. When this recall begins, Land Rover dealers will update the vehicles' restraint control module with the integrated diagnostics system tool with updated software.

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January 6, 2010

Fatal Washington Pedestrian Accident on Benson Highway

A 58-year old Seattle man was killed in a pedestrian accident after he was struck by a pickup truck while attempting to the cross Benson Highway in an unincorporated area of Kent. According to a news report, the man was not in a crosswalk when he tried to cross the five-lane highway. Washington State Patrol officials said the driver of the 2000 Toyota pickup truck could not stop in time to avoid colliding with the man.

This is apparently the second pedestrian-car collision in the last seven weeks along the Benson Highway. A 22-year-old woman was killed in October when she tried to cross the highway to catch a bus. That pedestrian was not in a crosswalk either. Officials say it is not illegal to cross the highway, but pedestrians must yield right-of-way to vehicles when they are not in a crosswalk. Officials say that pedestrians should use a crosswalk when crossing any street, especially at night time when visibility is greatly reduced.

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January 4, 2010

Washington Hit-and-Run Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

Washington State Patrol officials are looking for a driver who they say caused a fatal car accident and then left the scene of the crash in Whatcom County. According to a KGMI news report, the car struck and killed and pedestrian on Blaine Road south of Lynden-Birch bay Road. Witnesses described the car as a dark-colored sedan. Authorities believe that the car may have front-end damage.

Leaving the scene of any traffic accident is a serious crime in Washington State, especially if another individual has been seriously injured or killed. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident until he or she has fulfilled the requirements of subsection (3) of this section; every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."

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December 24, 2009

Toyota, Lexus and Ford Models Get Most Sudden Acceleration Complaints

A Consumer Reports analysis of a federal safety complaints database is showing that more than 40 percent of sudden acceleration complaints involve Toyota and Lexus models. According to a recent news report, the study looked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) safety complaints database, which apparently also found Ford standing out with a significant number of complaints relating to sudden acceleration.

Consumer Reports analyzed all 5,916 reports on 2008 models and identified 166 cases in which the complaint described unintended, sudden acceleration that the driver could not control. A fatal car accident in San Diego which killed a California Highway Patrol officer and three members of his family led Toyota and NHTSA to issue a safety advisory on floor-mat entrapment. Toyota is also preparing for a massive recall involving 4 million vehicles to modify gas pedals and make other changes to remedy potential sudden acceleration problems. Consumer Reports' research found that sudden acceleration incidents were distributed over 22 brands with 47 complaints about Toyota models and five about Lexus vehicles.

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December 23, 2009

Washington Auto Accident Causes Granite Spill on Highway

A woman was injured after she crashed into a van hauling a trailer with granite slabs on Highway 305, the Kitsap Sun reports. The woman was traveling north on the highway in a Toyota Camry. Those who saw the incident told officials that the woman was veering in the lanes. Apparently, she first veered right and then to the left of the van before smashing into the van's trailer. The car struck the van on the rear of the driver's side. The impact from the collision knocked the trailer loose, causing the trailer's tires to blow out. The granite slabs spilled and broke on the highway. The woman was transported to a Seattle hospital. Police are investigating this crash.

Such accidents are extremely dangerous because debris spilled on the highway could cause additional accidents and possible injuries. In such cases, it is very important to pinpoint the cause of the accident. It is possible here, that a mechanical problem with the Toyota, or a product defect caused the driver to veer and drive erratically in the first place. In any auto accident where malfunctions or auto product defects are suspected, it is critical that the vehicle be preserved in its current state unaltered, so it can be examined by an accident reconstruction expert carefully, for defects and other problems.

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December 22, 2009

Kirk Bernard Addresses 7 Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

A recent Articlebase post by Kirk Bernard discusses the 7 most common motorcycle accident injuries. For motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing quite like hitting the open road. Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom that cars and trucks simply can’t. Because motorcyclists aren’t as protected as those who drive cars, however, accidents typically result in more severe injuries. In discussing the catastrophic consequences of spinal cord injury, disfigurement, and emotional trauma, the article acts as a way to heighten the awareness of motorists and motorcyclists of these risks in hopes that less serious motorcycle accident injuries will take place.

To learn more about motorcycle accident injuries to help prevent them from taking place, please refer to the full article.

December 22, 2009

Seattle Police Officer Injured in DUI Car Accident

A police officer was injured in a Seattle car accident, when a 21-year-old driver in a sport utility vehicle turned in front of the officer's car. According to a Fox news report, the police officer was on his way to work when the SUV suddenly turned in front of him at the intersection of East Pine and Boylston on Capitol Hill. The officer was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not considered to be major or life-threatening. The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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December 18, 2009

Man Fatally Injured in Seattle Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian has been struck and killed in a Seattle car accident after a wrong-way driver hit him and fled the scene. The hit-and-run suspect was later apprehended by police and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred as the pedestrian was crossing at the intersection of Bell Street and Western Avenue. The motorist was going west on Bell Street in a white 2006 Honda. The Honda then turned left at Western after hitting the pedestrian, traveling the wrong way down the one-way street. The pedestrian was transported to a Seattle hospital where he died shortly afterward. The driver of the Honda was later stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide.

Driving under the influence of intoxicants is a serious crime in Washington State. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502, driving under the influence is when "a person is guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within the state." It is also illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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December 15, 2009

Tire Tread Separation Causes SUV Rollover Accident

Tire defects can become a serious factor in car accidents causing devastating injuries and in numerous cases, fatalities. Many car accidents are the result of what is known as "tire tread separation." The aftermath of such accidents can be catastrophic. Tread belt separations frequently cause tire blowouts. Even when the tire does not lose pressure, the driver often loses control of the vehicle when the tire tread and belt separate from the tire. Even experienced and skilled drivers can lose control of their vehicles. There is also more of a chance that a vehicle can roll over, causing serious personal injury and even deaths.

There was a recent report of an SUV rollover crash involving tire tread separation, which resulted in four people getting ejected from the vehicle. Thankfully, there were no life-threatening injuries. Apparently, in this case, the tread came off a rear tire, causing it to blow out. The driver ended up losing control of the SUV. The SUV then rolled over ejected three men, who were not wearing seatbelts as well as a woman who was wearing her seatbelt. In such accidents where people are ejected in spite of wearing a seatbelt, it is important to look into whether there were any seatbelt defects.

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December 11, 2009

Washington State Trooper Injured in Seattle DUI Car Accident

A Washington State trooper was hospitalized with injuries after a Seattle car accident involving a suspected drunk driver. According to a KOMO news report, a drunk driver in a pickup truck crashed into the patrol car at the intersection of South 348th Street and 16th Avenue South in Federal Way. The pickup was apparently trying to turn north on to 16th Avenue from westbound 348th Street and was speeding.

The 46-year-old driver lost control of his pickup truck, slid across the two northbound lanes and slammed into the trooper's car as she was attempting a left turn from the opposite direction. The truck jumped the curb and struck her at the driver's door. The trooper is believed to be recovering in the hospital. The driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and apparently, also had drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.

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December 10, 2009

Washington Fatal Rollover Car Accident

Rollover accidents can be extremely devastating for the occupants of a vehicle. Because of the intensity of a violent rollover, victims may suffer catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or even death. Sometimes, factors such as vehicle defects including tire defects, seatbelt defects, or seatback failure could cause or contribute to these injuries. That is why it is extremely important that these auto accident victims or their families consult an experienced Seattle personal injury lawyer if they suspect auto product defects, roadway defects or negligence on the part of another driver.

A recent car crash in Yakima, Washington, shows how deadly a rollover accident can be. A 67-yar-old man was killed in Pasco after his car hit another driver's SUV. According to a news report in the Yakima Herald-Republic, the crash occurred on the Interstate 182 in Pasco. Both drivers were westbound on the highway when the man's Honda Accord clipped the rear of a Dodge Durango SUV. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to roll over and land on its top. Officials determined that the man was not wearing his seatbelt and believe that speed may have played a part in the crash as well.

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December 10, 2009

Mason County Motorcycle vs. Deer Accident Results in Serious Injuries

Motorcycle accidents throughout the State of Washington have been known to occur for various reasons. Most collisions involving motorcycles have to do with the inattention or negligent driving on the part of a motorist other than the motorcyclist. Other accidents have been known to be caused by dangerous road conditions, inclement weather, or even a defective motorcycle part or auto part of another vehicle involved in an accident. Aside from these more obvious causes, incidents involving animals, such as deer in the road, are another unfortunate cause of vehicular accidents.

According to a kitsapsun.com article, a Port Orchard motorcyclist hit a deer recently while riding in Mason County. The motorcyclist and his rider suffered serious injuries after being thrown from the bike, which slid approximately 25 yards, after striking the deer. Apparently, alcohol was involved in the accident, and a Washington State Patrol report even mentions that the 55-year-old motorcyclist may face vehicular assault charges since his passenger was injured. The report did not mention any other cause contributing to the accident.

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December 9, 2009

Washington DUI Car Accident Injures Two

Authorities say alcohol was a factor in a Washington car accident involving four vehicles, which sent one person to a Seattle hospital. According to a news report in the Columbia Basin Herald, a 23-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and DUI. The driver was apparently driving at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car, causing a chain reaction crash involving three other cars, which were legally parked on the street and thankfully, not occupied. The suspected drunk driver sustained head injuries. His passenger suffered facial injuries and was also transported to the hospital. The suspected drunk driver reportedly did not have car insurance.

Drunk driving is a serious crime in the state of Washington. It is against Washington law (Revised Code of Washington Section 46.61.502) to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. When a drunk driver injures or kills individuals other than himself, he could not only face criminal charges, but may also be held civilly liable for his wrongdoing.

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December 7, 2009

Hyundai Ordered to Pay $8 Million to Washington Car Accident Victim

The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled in an auto products liability case against Hyundai Motor Co. that the auto maker withheld evidence in a lawsuit over flawed seat design and should pay $8 million to a man who was rendered paraplegic in a car accident as a result of that auto product defect. According to a Bloomberg news report, the state's high court reversed an appellate court ruling and reinstated a trial court's judgment. The Olympia, Washington court, in its 7-2 ruling stated that the Korean auto maker tried to undermine the discovery of evidence in the 9-year-old case.

One of the Supreme Court justices said he hoped the ruling in addition to appropriately compensating the victim will also send a strong message to Hyundai and other corporations, deterring them from involving themselves in such "deliberate and willful discovery abuse." The victim in this case sued Hyundai in 2000, three years after he was injured as a passenger in a Hyundai hatchback that went off the road. The victim was ejected from the rear window and claimed that his injuries were partly caused by design flaws in the seat, which collapsed during the crash. In 2006, the trial court found that Hyundai officials had falsely responded to the victim's request for internal documents and police reports relating to previous accidents. The court found that this impeded the victim's preparation for trial and undermined this important evidence.

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December 4, 2009

Washington Fatal DUI Car Accident

A 20-year-old Grandview, Washington, woman was killed after a drunk driver going the wrong way struck her vehicle head-on on the Interstate 82, the Tri-City Herald reports. The 49-year-old man was charged with vehicular homicide. Prosecutors say the man had been drinking beer before he got behind the wheel of his truck and drove the wrong way on the Interstate 82 slamming into a 2007 Chrysler 300 driven by the young victim. The wrong-way driver apparently had bloodshot and watery eyes and emitted a strong odor of alcohol. His speech was slurred and he admitted to drinking beer, Washington State Patrol officials said.

In Washington State, it is illegal to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is also against the law to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. If a DUI accident results in the death of an individual other than the drunk driver, the person will face vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide. Conviction on these charges could mean a lengthy prison time.

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December 3, 2009

Washington Car Accident Kills One, Injures Five

A Washington car accident killed a 25-year-old man and injured five of his passengers including a toddler, The Kitsap Sun reports. Washington State Patrol officials said that the 1993 Dodge four-door was heading south on Highway 3 when it collided with a 2002 Toyota pickup truck heading north. According to officials, it was the driver of the Dodge who failed to yield right-of-way to the other vehicle. The driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. Five passengers were taken to a Seattle hospital in serious condition. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was apparently not injured.

A number of car accidents in Seattle and elsewhere in Washington occur as a result of drivers failing to yield the right-of-way at intersections. That's exactly what happened in this car accident. The driver, whom officials say failed to yield the right-of-way, was killed, and all of his passengers were seriously injured. I hope that these injured victims recover from their injuries.

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December 3, 2009

Washington Car Accident Kills One, Injures Five

A Washington car accident killed a 25-year-old man and injured five of his passengers including a toddler, The Kitsap Sun reports. Washington State Patrol officials said that the 1993 Dodge four-door was heading south on Highway 3 when it collided with a 2002 Toyota pickup truck heading north. According to officials, it was the driver of the Dodge who failed to yield right-of-way to the other vehicle. The driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. Five passengers were taken to a Seattle hospital in serious condition. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was apparently not injured.

A number of car accidents in Seattle and elsewhere in Washington occur as a result of drivers failing to yield the right-of-way at intersections. That's exactly what happened in this car accident. The driver, whom officials say failed to yield the right-of-way, was killed, and all of his passengers were seriously injured. I hope that these injured victims recover from their injuries.

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December 2, 2009

Three Injured in SUV versus Bus Accident

A Washington car accident involving a Valley Transit bus injured at least three people, the Union-Bulletin reports. The collision apparently occurred at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Main Street in Walla Walla, Washington. There was not much information as to what caused the car accident. A city ambulance transported a 28-year-old woman to a local hospital with injuries. A 20-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man were treated at the scene for unspecified injuries, as well.

In any case where a collision occurs at a street intersection, it usually means that one of the vehicles did not yield right-of-way to the other. One of the vehicles may have also run a red light slamming into the other. In such cases, where a negligent driver may have caused an accident, he or she could be held liable for the accident or injuries caused. If the negligent driver works for a public or private bus carrier, then the bus company or transit authority could also be liable for the victims' injuries.

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December 1, 2009

Seattle Man Killed in Rollover Car Accident

A 43-year-old Seattle man has been killed in a rollover car accident involving several vehicles on the Interstate 5 just north of Highway 518, the News Tribune reports. The victim was apparently driving a 1996 black Toyota Land Cruiser heading south on the 5 Freeway when there was a crash between a white Ford Crown Victoria operated by a taxicab company and a Toyota Land Cruiser. After the impact, the Toyota rolled over and landed on its roof where it was struck by a 2000 Toyota Camry. The driver of the taxi and the Camry were not injured, but the driver of the Land Cruiser, who authorities say, was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead. The incident is still under investigation.

In cases that involve multiple vehicles and victims, it's always a good idea to get legal representation, especially if you've suffered serious personal injury and damages. That's because in these accidents, the investigation is bound to be complicated and will invariably involve insurance adjusters and attorneys for several other parties. There will be conflicting reports and accounts from those involved in the accident as well as eyewitnesses.

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November 30, 2009

Pedestrian Sustains Critical Injuries in Hit-and-Run Accident

A 22-year-old woman sustained critical injuries in a Washington pedestrian accident after a car hit her and left the scene. According to an article in the News Tribune, the young woman from Kent, Washington, was walking along the 2400 block of Benson Road when she was struck. Washington State Patrol troopers apparently found the woman in the northbound lanes of the roadway, 150 to 200 feet from where she was hit. The woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

Pedestrian accidents can cause extremely critical injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, coma or even death. In the United States, about 1,000 innocent pedestrians are injured every day by negligent drivers. According to the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there were a total of 5,648 pedestrian accidents in the state in 2007. In those incidents, there were 208 fatalities and 867 serious injuries.

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November 26, 2009

Washington One of 7 States Banning Hand-Held Cell Phone Use

As November begins, residents of the State of Washington must brush-up on new laws pertaining to hand-held cell phone use. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, November 2009 marks the beginning of the ban against hand-held cell phones.

Based on the announcement, the other six states participating in the new ban besides Washington include California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, and Utah, as well as the District of Columbia. Considering that Utah has defined the offense of using a hand-held cell phone as careless driving, it leaves one to question why all the other states issuing the ban have not done the same. On the other hand, speaking on a cell phone while driving will not be considered an offense in Utah unless a motorist is also committing some other moving violation other than speeding.

Many residents of Washington are likely to support the ban against hand-held cell phone use. This support is likely considering that it should contribute to lowering incidents of auto collisions caused by these devices distracting a driver or preventing a motorist from having both hands on the wheel. However, while Washington has banned texting while driving for all drivers, it has not issued a ban on young/novice drivers from using cell phones while driving, nor has a ban been placed against bus drivers from using cell phones while transporting a large bus with many passengers in tow.

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November 24, 2009

Hoquiam 6-Year-Old Trick-or-Treater Injured in Pedestrian Accident

A recent article reported that a 6-year-old boy from Hoquiam was hit by a car on Halloween night and suffered leg and head injuries. It was noted that his condition was considered satisfactory on the morning of November 2, 2009. Although, sadly, this young child was hurt, he is lucky that he did not suffer more catastrophic injuries, which is unfortunately what usually occurs when vulnerably exposed pedestrians are struck by automobiles.

Apparently, while the State Patrol collision report stated that the young boy “darted out between cars” while crossing the street, the man accompanying the boy for trick-or-treating claims that the child did not jump into the road amidst traffic. When there are conflicting stories in auto accident and pedestrian accident incidents, law enforcement often turns to witnesses, as was the case in this particular situation. Based on the interviews witnesses provided regarding this pedestrian accident, law enforcement is currently standing by the claim that the driver was not at fault.

Although this particular accident was determined to have been caused by pedestrian inattention, some form of driver inattention may have also played a contributing role considering that many pedestrian accidents in Washington are caused by negligent motorists.

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November 23, 2009

Rainier Beach Pedestrian Critically Injured

On the morning of November 19th there was a two-vehicle versus pedestrian collision near Renton Avenue South and 62nd Avenue South. A white pickup truck, driven by a 43-year-old male, was towing a black car. The car was being driven by a 45-year-old male, using a nylon rope as a tow cable. The two vehicles were traveling southeast on Renton Avenue South approaching 62nd Avenue South. At the same time, in an unmarked crosswalk, a 44-year-old male pedestrian was crossing 62nd Avenue South.

According to preliminary investigations, the driver of the truck made a right turn onto 62nd Avenue South. The car being towed did not make the turn and continued going straight. The pedestrian’s legs got caught on the towing rope, which caused him to lose his footing. The pedestrian then fell to the ground, and struck his head on the pavement.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries by SFD Medics who responded to the scene.

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November 19, 2009

Kirk Bernard Addresses Whether Injured Passengers Have the Same Rights as Drivers in a Collision

A recently published article by Kirk Bernard on ArticleBase addresses how an auto accident can change a person’s life forever. There are vehicle repairs to worry about, of course, but those costs are often negligible compared to the other possible consequences. You may have to deal with medical issues that will affect you for the rest of your life; you may need to miss work for a long period; or you might even be unable to continue working. Most people know that as a driver they are eligible for damages if someone else was at fault, but people are often less clear about their rights as a passenger. If you have been injured in Washington State in an auto accident while you were a passenger, you should be aware that you do have rights.

To learn more about the legal rights of a passenger injured in an auto accident, read the entire article here.

November 18, 2009

Driver and 5 Passengers Killed in Kitsap County Crash

According to State Patrol, a collision late Friday night left a man dead on Highway 3 about three miles north of Poulsbo in Kitsap County. The man was 25-years-old, and from Marysville. He reportedly died at the scene.

The driver apparently failed to field to yield the right of way while pulling out of the Hilltop Store onto Southbound Highway 3. His car was struck by a pickup truck headed Northbound. The truck was driven by a 46-year-old Bainbridge Island man who was not hurt in the accident.

Five passengers car were hurt, including a one-year-old boy.

Two of the passengers, including a 29-year-old man and 23-year-old woman, were transported to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton. The woman suffered from broken ribs and pelvis.

Additionally, two women, ages 20 and 21, were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries. The young child was also airlifted to Harborview with a head injury. All of the passengers were from Marysville.

Both the car and the pickup were totaled in the accident. Drugs and alcohol are suspected in the crash according to the State Patrol.

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November 13, 2009

Former Richland Swimmer Hit by Car

A 22-year-old former Richland High School swimmer was hit by a car while crossing a Seattle street Wednesday night. It was reported that she sustained a serious head injury in the accident. She was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. The driver of the car was a 20-year-old man.

The 22-year-old was a swim champion, and was the first swimmer to make it onto the high school's Wall of Fame, said her prior swim coach.

"She was an amazing athlete," the coach said. "She was an extremely outgoing girl who loved life, every minute of it."

Our hearts certainly go out to this woman’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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November 10, 2009

Two Women Killed As Car Crashes in Ravine in Bremerton

Two women, both in their 20s, died early Sunday morning when the car they were in veered off the roadway in Bremerton. The car then plunged down a ravine and slammed into an embankment.

The driver of the car, a 24-year-old man, survived the crash. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

At approximately 12:50a.m. Sunday morning, medics and Kitsap County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene, at National Avenue South and McCall Boulevard West in the Navy Yard City area of Bremerton. According to investigators, the car was heading south on National Avenue when it left the roadway near McCall Boulevard.

The vehicle then launched off the roadway and plunged down into a ravine. There, it crashed into a dirt embankment, said a statement released by the Kitsap County Sheriff.

The two passengers were declared dead at the scene. According to Komonews.com, Sheriff’s deputies are still trying to determine the vehicle’s speed at the time of the accident. It is not yet known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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November 4, 2009

South Kitsap Van Crash Injures Two

A single car crash, which resulted in serious injuries to a 47-year-old woman and her 27-year-old daughter, is being investigated by the Kitsap County Sheriff deputies. The accident occurred Saturday in South Kitsap.

Both victims are South Kitsap County residents. Both mother and daughter sustained skeletal fractures, internal injuries and lacerations. The mother, who was driving, was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. The daughter was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. No other passengers were in the van at the time of the crash.

The accident happened in the 8100 block of S.E. Southworth Drive, east of Yukon Harbor Road S.E., in the South Colby community of South Kitsap.

According to deputies, the van was driving eastbound on S.E. Southworth Drive when the driver failed to properly negotiate a curve to the left. The van went off the road and over the south shoulder into a ditch. There it hit a large culvert.

The force of the collision left both occupants trapped inside the van. In order to free them, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters used emergency rescue equipment.

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November 3, 2009

Kirk Bernard Shares the 4 Most Common Extraordinary Automobile Accidents Circumstances

Ezines recently published an article by Seattle auto accident lawyer, Kirk Bernard, called “4 Most Common Extraordinary Automobile Accidents Circumstances.” In addressing the 4 most frequently seen complications that may arise after an auto accident, Mr. Bernard discusses injured victims’ options for filing a claim when dealing with a leased vehicle, business vehicle, auto defects, and the seatbelt defense. Although auto accident litigation may be a rather simple kind of case, these 4 situations have been known to arise in which a person injured by another motorist’s negligence should be informed of their legal options.

Read the entire article to learn more about circumstances surrounding extraordinary automobile accidents in relation to what an injured victim may be able to do to obtain the compensation he or she deserves.

October 30, 2009

Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves Seattle Man Seriously Injured

A 51-year-old Seattle man, who remains unidentified, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a pedestrian accident. He sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Seattle Times reported that the unidentified man was walking on the shoulder of an Interstate 5 ramp when he was hit by a car. Although the driver of the car drove away, a Bremerton man called 911, described the vehicle and followed it until Washington State Patrol troopers apprehended the driver, a 45-year-old woman, who was arrested for driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run.

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October 29, 2009

Kirk Bernard Offers 12 Answers to Common Auto Insurance Questions

A current ArticlesBase piece by Seattle personal injury attorney, Kirk Bernard, addresses twelve answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding auto insurance in Washington. The article provides answers to questions that range from what a person should do after being in a car accident, to how a motorist can save money on auto insurance.

Considering that auto collisions are incidents that no one ever plans to have befall upon them, the consequences that follow are often just as unexpected. However, learning more about your legal rights as an auto accident victim can help ensure that you know all of your options when it comes to auto insurance and compensation.

Read the full article for more information regarding common answers to auto insurance questions.

October 29, 2009

Kirk Bernard Discusses How the Value of a Claim is Determined

An article was recently published on American Chronicle by Kirk Bernard that focuses on how the value of a personal injury claim is determined. Although formulating how much a claim is worth is not an easy task, the article emphasizes specific factors such as the extent of medical treatment (physical therapy, surgery, etc.), limits of insurance coverage, extent of property damage, and many other circumstances surrounding an accident that may influence a claim’s significance.

To learn more about what issues or conditions may influence the value of your injury claim, read the full article.

October 29, 2009

Drug Deaths Rise Above Traffic Fatalities: Washington One of 16 States

A recent washingtonexaminer.com article has revealed some startling statistics regarding the increase in deaths caused by drug use and overdose in comparison to a decrease in traffic-related fatalities. Washington State is among 16 others in the United States where it would seem that motorists are becoming more cautious when driving but taking more risks when it comes to drugs. So, can this information lead us to simply conclude that the legal and illegal use of prescription painkillers is on the upswing? And, has driving really become safer?

The article stated that based on recent CDC data, the drug-related death rate has almost doubled from the late 1990s to 2006. On the other hand, a decrease in auto accident fatalities is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, revealing that throughout the U.S., traffic fatalities dropped by approximately 6.5 percent from 1999 through 2006 (a drop from 15.3 deaths per 100,000 people to 14.3 per 100,000).

Aside from Washington state, the other locations in which drug-related deaths have risen above traffic fatalities include: Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. Although it is not apparent at this time as to why these particular U.S. States have experienced such a change, experts are wondering if certain drugs in particular may be more of an issue in some states than they are in others.

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October 28, 2009

Kirk Bernard Provides 6 Pointers On What Kind of Compensation Auto Accident Victims Can Expect

The latest American Chronicle article by Kirk Bernard provides six pointers on what kind of compensation auto accident victims can expect for their particular situation. The article begins its discussion by stating that the devastation of an auto collision can impact a victim’s quality of life for many years, if not indefinitely. Furthermore, the article states that it is very common for injury victims to not know their legal rights or the types of compensation that they may be able to receive. It is for this very reason that the article goes on to discuss different kinds of compensation injury victims should be aware of.

Read the entire article to learn the specifics about the top 6 points regarding auto accident victim compensation.

October 26, 2009

Kirk Bernard of the Bernard Law Group Announces $425,500.00 Settlement in Washington Motorcycle Injury Case

PRWEB announced on October 22, 2009 that Kirk Bernard, founding partner of The Bernard Law Group, declared that partner and personal injury attorney Elizabeth Lindquist reached a settlement at mediation in September 2009 for $425,500 in a Washington motorcycle accident injury case. This news reflects a successful outcome for a motorcycle passenger who suffered a burst facture of her lower back due to a negligent motorist that drove past a stop sign, pulled into an intersection, and directly into the path of the motorcycle. Now that the female plaintiff represented by Ms. Lindquist has received compensation to help pay for her pain and suffering, as well as much needed medical surgery and treatment, she can focus on rehabilitation.

The entire press release can be accessed on PRWEB for those who wish to learn more about this specific personal injury case and the efforts of The Bernard Law Group.

October 16, 2009

Cyclists Want Tougher Driving Laws in Seattle

Last February, a 39 year old father was killed when he was hit by a car while riding his bike to work.

His widow says, "…I don't want it to happen again." Speaking at a crowded bicycle summit at Seattle City Hall on Wednesday night in support of tougher laws against dangerous drivers, she said, "The person behind the wheel was negligent; their behavior was the cause of someone's death. Why are they allowed to get behind the wheel of a car?"

A Seattle city ordinance that made it a misdemeanor to kill or injure someone in a traffic accident was overturned by the state Court of Appeals in August of this year.

As a result, drivers involved in deadly crashes can only be charged with felony vehicular homicide, and the charge only applies if they were drunk, on drugs or acting recklessly at the time of the crash.

KOMOnews.com reports that according to statistics, some 500 people are killed or badly injured in traffic accidents in Washington state every year. But many of the offenders can't be charged with any type of felony, and instead are just given traffic tickets.

One man at the summit said, "It just seems like you can break a whole lot of laws at the same time and you're still not being reckless in the legal sense."

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October 15, 2009

Wet Road Conditions Contributed to Yelm Head-On Collision

A recent king5.com article reported that two teens have suffered serious chest, leg, and head injuries from a head-on collision that took place on the morning of September 29, 2009. According the story, Washington State Patrol said that the 16-year-old driver was driving at speeds too great for the wet road conditions. As she was headed northbound on Morris Road and approached a curve, her 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass crossed over the center line and hit a GMC truck. The teen driver is reported to be in critical condition and her passenger is in serious condition. The 43-year-old driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries.

As we hear of more and more auto accidents in Washington taking place, we can only hope that those injured have a smooth recovery. As a result of receiving the proper care auto accident victims need to recuperate, unfortunate accident victims are often saddled with steep medical bills after the fact. When it is determined that another driver’s negligence caused such financial consequences in addition to serious physical and emotional calamities, an injured victim may be able to seek compensation to help pay for such expenses.

With some of these consequences in mind as to what the aftermath of a car accident can be like, please alter your driving speed during wet road conditions so that you do not lose control of your vehicle. Although we all know that it is extremely important to drive safely, it is even more vital to do so during or after inclement weather. No matter how late you are for school, work, or if you’re in a hurry for any other reason, your well-being is more important than arriving on time.

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October 13, 2009

Lakewood Residents Argue that Speed Cameras Don’t Capture their Best Side

Much debate has circulated around the use of camera vans and the effectiveness of fixed camera installation to help prevent speeding in school zones. Lakewood school zones in particular have had camera vans in position to catch such speeders. However, according to a report from thenewstribune.com, these roving vans should be removed within two to three weeks due to an amended contract with Redflex Traffic Systems. Lakewood’s city council voted 3-2 to install fixed cameras near Park Lodge Elementary and Lochburn Middle School, in addition to having uniformed officers periodically patrol the school zones.

The main argument residents seem to make in regard to speeding cameras and the tickets that result is that the cameras are error-prone and the tickets are more difficult to challenge than those issued directly by an officer. In opposition to the amendment to install fixed cameras, a councilman referred to the process as a “disproportionate reaction, or solution, to a problem we don’t have.” Undoubtedly behind the councilman’s statement is the fact that officials have noted there hasn’t been a serious pedestrian-auto accident in a school zone in Lakewood’s 13-year history. However, in argument against the councilman’s stance, perhaps the reason for this is the very existence of the cameras.

Pertaining to the complaints of residents that the cameras are inaccurate in “capturing” speeders, local Police Chief stated, “Technology has bugs, and we will try our best to work them out”.

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October 5, 2009

Speeding Causes Car to Crash into SeaTac Building

Any kind of auto accident is tragic, especially when such an incident is caused by a preventable factor like speeding, cell phone use, or impaired driving. A recent car collision reported by seattletimes.nwsource.com is a reminder of how detrimental speeding can actually be, and should serve as a powerful deterrent next time a motorist thinks of violating the speed limit. According to the article, high speed driving influenced the accident in SeaTac, causing an SUV carrying three people to run off the road, crash into a building, and catch fire. Sadly, all three people in the vehicle did not survive the fiery collision.

Although the report did not mention how fast the vehicle was traveling, it can be assumed that speeds were quite extreme considering that the car jumped a curb after passing the center line, broke a utility pole support wire, and proceeded to crash into the building. Apparently, residents consider the particular street that this accident occurred on to be a common spot for speeding. One resident said she has contacted police many times to either increase their patrol of the area or do something about putting in speed bumps to help curtail speeding.

Negligent drivers put passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers at great risk of suffering catastrophic injury or even death. Auto accidents in Seattle can be devastating, partly because they are so unexpected, and often result in life-changing consequences.

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September 30, 2009

Seattle Motorcycle Collision Kills Man, Injures Another

The investigation continues into the cause of a serious motorcycle accident in Seattle that took the life of one man and left another motorcyclist in critical condition with severe injuries. Seattle Police reported that even though there is no indication that the two motorcycles hit each other, they were both involved in the accident that occurred at around 2 a.m. in downtown Seattle. The man who was killed has been identified and was 36-years-old.

The two men in this incident were members of the “Drama Boyz” motorcycle club, its headquarters located in very close proximity to the scene of the crash. The two crash victims were on their way to the club at the time of the accident, its cause unknown at this time. According to an article from nwcn.com, the debris field stretched over two city blocks. It is speculated that high speeds may have played a determining factor in the accident.

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience and provide a person with a more gas-conservative means of transportation; however, it’s no secret that motorcyclists are more exposed to the many threats that a collision poses. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2007 motorcycle report, there were 5,154 motorcycle fatalities. The report also stated that helmets saved an estimated 1,784 lives in 2007 in which 800 more lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn their helmets.

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September 28, 2009

Two Injured and Hospitalized after Sound Transit Collision

Saturday afternoon, two people went to Harborview Medical Center after their car hit a Sound Transit train. The collision happened at Martin Luther King Junior Way South and South Kenyon Street.

Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Dana Vander Houwen said that their injuries were not life-threatening. The auto accident in Washington happened at about 3:20 p.m.

Vander Houwen also reported that no train passengers were injured. Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said officers conducted traffic control after the collision, but did not have additional details about the incident.

According to Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray, the car was going southbound in Martin Luther King and made an illegal left turn on Kenyon. The train had front end damage and service was disrupted for about 30 minutes and passengers were taken by bus to the Rainier Beach station.

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September 23, 2009

Yakima County Car Wreck Injures 7, Kills 3

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 2, 2009, a serious car accident took place in Washington, killing three men, all identified as brothers from Yakima. According to a kings5.com report, the three brothers were riding in a Jeep Wrangler, which swung into oncoming traffic and ran into a Ford Expedition that had a boat in tow. Seven others suffered injuries in the crash and were taken to local area hospitals to be treated. According to Washington State Patrol, the driver of the Jeep was 21-years-old, his two sibling passengers ages 15 and 11.

There could be any number of reasons why this tragic accident occurred; however it is not known at this time why the Jeep drove into oncoming traffic. Regardless, life was lost, grief is now undoubtedly being felt by many, and pain and injury are the nagging remnants of reckless driving gone awry. The aftermath of an auto accident in Seattle or anywhere in the state of Washington can create unimaginable challenges for an individual and his or her family to overcome. Far too often, a passenger or driver must endure catastrophic injuries such as spinal injury, brain injury, or severe burns. No one ever expects that they will be injured in an auto accident or that a loved one will be lost due to the negligence of another driver, but it unfortunately does happen on a regular basis.

The Washington State Department of Transportation continues to implement new ways to improve the safety of our roads and to decrease congestion. According to WSDT, the number of traffic fatalities in the state of Washington is among the lowest in the nation. However, such a number could always be lower, and certainly does not mean that preventative measures seeking to improve Washington roads and highways should at all decrease or be called off.

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September 16, 2009

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Hits Bus, 5 Injured

An alleged hit and run driver, fleeing the scene of one accident, slammed head-on into a Clallam County transit bus. The bus then hit another car. Five people are recovering from injuries suffered when the collision occurred.

The accident took place just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, on US Highway 101 near State Route112, west of Port Angeles. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 30-year-old man from California who was driving a pickup truck with a camper shell, had allegedly side swiped an SUV on Euclid Avenue near State Route 117 in Port Angeles and was fleeing that scene.

"The pickup truck that had a camper in its' bed was involved in a minor hit and run collision about a mile and a half, two miles back," said Trooper John Ryan. "The pickup truck continued westbound on 101 eventually crossing over the center line here where it hit head-on with a Clallam County Transit bus."

A small car was pushed off the road after the bus was forced to the right. Both the small car and the bus ended up in a ditch. The California man’s pickup truck rolled over, trapping him inside. The 30-year-old suffered a serious leg injury and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being removed from the wreckage.

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September 16, 2009

Making Seattle's Roads Safer: Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

On August 12, 2009, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced its intent to increase safety in the Ballard Community by implementing a two-phase plan to impede speeding. In order to steer drivers in the right direction towards increasing safety, the program will focus on making motorists driving through neighborhoods aware of how fast they are driving. Representatives from the Department of Transportation stated that the program is aiming to fulfill neighborhood concerns regarding ways to ease traffic volumes and decrease the amount of cut-through traffic, as well as hinder traffic speeds in the process. In fact, it has been reported that a radar gun will supposedly be lent to residents that would like to measure and report the speed of drivers on their street so that they can play an active role in the department’s efforts.

The program’s Phase 1 measures include speed watch trailers, Neighborhood Speed Watch signs, Seattle Police Department enforcement requests, painted intersections, parking management measures, and yard-placed signs advocating driver awareness to reduce speeds. If these tools turn out to be ineffective at reducing speeds on residential streets, physical traffic calming devices such as speed humps, movable barriers, and traffic circles are likely to be installed as part of Phase 2.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2005 Highway Collision Data Summary, speeding is consistently the number one contributing circumstance for auto accidents throughout all the regions of the state. When someone causes an auto collision because he or she was speeding, that person is responsible for committing a negligent and careless act in which he or she may be held financially accountable for the costs associated with another person’s injuries or property damage. Speeding accidents are one of the most preventable types of car accidents, and programs such as the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program will hopefully remind drivers about how serious operating a motor vehicle truly is in order to create safer Washington communities.

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September 15, 2009

Mount Vernon Multi-Vehicle Accident Kills 1, Injures 4

Friday night on State Route 9 in Mount Vernon, a 60-year-old Mount Vernon motorcyclist was killed and four other people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident.

Seattle's KOMO news.com reported that the motorcyclist was heading north on SR 9 when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a Honda CRS that was heading south. The Honda then crossed the median and hit a northbound Hyundai.

The 53 year old woman who was driving the Honda was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Hyundai, who sustained minor injuries, was treated at the accident scene. Two passengers in the Hyundai were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital with minor injuries.

The accident is being investigated by police.

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September 9, 2009

Truck's Brakes Give Out on Seattle Street

A runaway dump truck hauling shards of broken concrete took motorists traveling down Madison Street, including the truck’s driver, by surprise when it crashed into a strip mall. However, the incident could have resulted in serious injury to a large number of people had the truck driver not intentionally crashed into a nearby building, thus bringing his vehicle to a halt and avoiding further reckless travel down the street. The truck did hit three cars in the process though, only one of which included a motorist that required medical attention. The dump truck driver was not injured.

According to the seattletimes.nwsource.com report, one man whose driver’s side of his car was clipped by the truck said that he saw the truck coming toward him at a high speed when he looked in his rear-view mirror. The man stated, “I could have been killed…it was unbelievable.”

Trucks serve multiple purposes and are required to dispose of waste and also transport commodities that our communities rely heavily on. Although we need trucks of all kinds to function on a daily basis, due to their great size and heavy loads, trucks can pose many dangers and hazards to other drivers on the road. Truck maintenance requires acute attention and, although it is not known at this time why the truck’s brakes failed in the above incident, defective auto parts are capable of causing serious truck accidents in Seattle that can result in catastrophic injuries.

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September 3, 2009

Seattle Traffic Law Denied Relating to Bicyclists' Death

A recent article from seattletimes.nwsource.com discusses the recent conclusion that a Seattle ordinance created in 2005 that criminalizes certain traffic violations resulting in injury or death of an individual is in fact invalid due to its conflict with state law. Specifically in question is whether or not failing to yield the right-of-way is a violation in which a person could be held criminally responsible for. That is, the article mentions a man that failed to yield the right of way to a bicyclist. The bicyclist was consequently struck by the man’s vehicle, and died from brain injury sustained during the crash. The driver of the vehicle, having a previously unblemished driving record, was at first not prosecuted, then was charged with misdemeanor assault based on local city ordinance, and then eventually had the charges dropped once the ordinance’s inconsistency with state law was realized, ultimately deeming the man’s charges as being unenforceable and, therefore, reversed.

There are 60 traffic-related crimes in Washington in which vehicular homicide and assault, racing, reckless endangerment of roadway workers, and driving while intoxicated are included. Failing to yield the right-of-way is not a criminal traffic offense. It goes without saying that this realization represents both relief and anger to citizens. On the one hand, some believe that negligent drivers that cause imposing catastrophic injuries, especially those that take another person’s life, should not only be held civilly responsible for their actions, but criminally responsible as well, even if their actions result from failing to yield the right-of-way. On the other hand, criminal charges are extremely serious, and some feel that the harsh consequences are too intense for a person, one that has already made a mistake and is now forced to have to live with the results of reckless, negligent driving, to have to endure.

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September 2, 2009

Accident on Washington State Highway 2 Leaves Woman Injured

Early Thursday morning, a Ferndale woman was left in critical condition after a pickup truck struck her on Highway 2 near Gold Bar. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The 49-year-old woman was taken to Harborview by ambulance after suffering leg and chest injuries in the accident, said Trooper Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol.

At about 4:40 am, the woman was crossing an eastbound lane of traffic west of Gold Bar near the highway’s intersection with Reiter Road. The truck, driven by a 19-year-old Sedro-Woolley man, struck her near the highway’s centerline, said Leary.

According to Leary, the man saw the woman and braked hard to avoid striking her, but she continued walking in front of the truck. Troopers believe the pedestrian may have been drinking alcohol before she was struck, as she had a strong odor of intoxicants on her breath, Leary said.

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September 1, 2009

Seattle Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident Kills Man

On June 24, 2009, a Seattle man was killed in a pedestrian accident suspected to have been caused by a light-shaded bus that left the scene of the incident without offering assistance. Police are in search of any information from the public regarding the details of the tragic hit-and-run crash in hopes of finding those responsible for the innocent man’s death. It is possible that the accident was recorded by a security camera on the east side of the Seattle Metropolitan Tower. In a recently released police statement, it was discussed that police officers have contacted building management in hopes of acquiring the footage and possibly identify the vehicle responsible for the accident.

If anyone within the downtown Seattle area has any information or recognizes a light-colored bus, which resembles a tour bus, with a dark stripe or dark tinted windows, please don’t hesitate to notify police at 1-800-222-TIPS with any information you may have that could help lead to finding to suspected accident vehicle.

Although it is unclear at this time what exactly caused the pedestrian accident in Seattle, it serves as an example of the immense devastation one moment of negligence can cause. Wrongful death cases such as these are especially difficult for families to endure because wrongful death incidents often leave those closest to the decedent feeling confused and without any sense of closure regarding the loss of their loved one.

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August 31, 2009

Crash in Allyn, Washington Leaves 2 Seriously Injured

A suspected drunk driving car crash in Washington Thursday night in Allyn left two people seriously injured, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

A 19-year-old Allyn man was driving west on the 700 block of East Lake Shore Drive in Lakeland Village around 10:15 p.m. when the car left the roadway and crashed, said deputies.

His male passenger, who was unidentified, was seriously injured, according to Mason County Chief Deputy Dean Byrd. The man was then taken to Harborview Medical Center by helicopter. He is listed in serious condition at the Seattle hospital.

A 17-year-old girl, also from Allyn, was taken to Mason General Hospital in Shelton and later flown to Harborivew. She is listed in serious but stable condition, Byrd also said.

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August 27, 2009

Washington Motorcycle Collision Caused by Bear in the Road

An article from yakima-herald.com reported that a motorcycle accident in Washington occurred after a 46-year-old Yakima-area man lost control of his bike. On Sunday morning, August 2, 2009, around 10:30 a.m., the motorcyclist was riding on the North Fork Road outside Tampico when it came to his attention that a bear was in his lane up ahead after he rounded a curve. He tried to avoid hitting the bear when he lost control and crashed. The man suffered a rib injury and was treated at a local hospital. A sergeant at the scene said the bear did not appear to have been hurt and wandered from the scene of the accident.

Although we hear about auto accidents and motorcycle accidents caused by animals in the road less often than accidents caused by negligent drivers, drivers and cyclists must prepare for anything they might encounter on the highway. As was the case in the aforementioned incident, when rounding a curve in the road, it is especially important to proceed with reduced speed and caution. Fortunately in this accident, no one was killed. Based on a 2008 NHTSA report, in 2005, motor vehicle traffic crashes were the leading cause of death amongst persons ages 3 through 6 and 8 through 34, an astounding figure that needs to be shrunk sooner rather than later.

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August 25, 2009

Everett Fiery Auto Accident Injures 2 after Car Split in Half

Two women in Washington have suffered serious injuries in a car accident and have been taken to a Seattle-area hospital. The fiery crash occurred the night of June 23, 2009 on Evergreen Way when the vehicle with the two women was hit, while making a left-hand turn into a parking lot, by a car heading southbound. The impact of the collision split the women’s car in half just inches behind the front seats. Landing about eighty feet away, the back half of the car instantly exploded in flames that shot fifteen feet in the air. Luckily, no one was sitting in the backseat.

The accident is still being investigated by police to determine whether alcohol was a factor or if the southbound vehicle was speeding at the time of the collision. If police discover that the auto accident was caused by any of these factors, the driver of the southbound vehicle could face criminal charges and/or be held financially responsible for expenses, pain and suffering, and damages suffered by the victims.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s 2005 Annual State Highway Collision Data Summary, fatalities caused by auto accidents have dropped 5% since 2001. Consequently, catastrophic injuries have also declined during the same period of time. Unfortunately though, total crashes have increased 5% over the last five years.

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August 19, 2009

Sumner Single Car Accident Injures Two

According to the Tacoma News Tribune, a 41-year-old Sumner man was critically injured and a 41-year-old Puyallup woman was seriously injured in a single-car accident on Highway 162 near Sumner.

It was reported that the man lost control of the car he was driving as he was attempting to pass another car around 11:15pm on Sunday. Apparently, his car hit a fire hydrant, two concrete dividers and a telephone pole.

Police are reporting that alcohol was a factor in the car accident. The female passenger was apparently wearing her seat belt while the male driver was not wearing a seat belt.

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August 14, 2009

Bellingham Motorcycle Accident Injures Two

The Bellingham Herald reports that a motorcycle rider and his passenger were injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington.

According to the report, the 34 year old Bellingham man was driving his motorcycle Marigold eastbound, near Lake Whatcom Boulevard. He then went off the road and hit a tree. The driver and his passenger, a 37 year old from Port Orchard, were both taken to St Joseph Hospital in Bellingham for treatment of injuries and were then released.

The driver faces possible vehicular assault charges, or driving under the influence charges, pending results of toxicology tests. The charge of vehicular assault can be made if a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that the driver was driving under the influence or driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

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August 12, 2009

Oregon Crash Leaves 4 Washington Teens Dead

Authorities say that four Washington teenagers tragically died and a fifth was critically injured in a car crash on State Highway 30 in northwest Oregon on Monday.

The teenagers were in a sport utility vehicle that was heading westbound. The vehicle collided with an eastbound van just west of Clatskanie, Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said. Dead at the scene were the female SUV driver and three passengers.

The remaining SUV passenger, an 18-year-old Ridgefield boy, was taken by Life Flight Network to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland in critical condition, Hastings said.

The van driver, whose injuries were described as serious, was a 55-year-old man from Vancouver. He was taken by ambulance to a Longview, Wash., hospital.

According to Hastings, the teens had just graduated from Ridgefield High School.

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August 5, 2009

A Car and Bicyclist Collide On Street in Ballard

A bicyclist and a small passenger car collided at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of 14th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 58th Street in Ballard. The cyclist sustained minor injuries in the bike accident in Washington.

According to a local news source, the 14th Avenue Northwest Visioning Project has been working on improvements to the street for the past several years. Curb bulbs and a rain garden were installed at the same intersection of the accident last winter.

Seattle police spokesperson Mark Jamieson said that in the case of last night's collision, the bicyclist was at fault because he failed to yield to the vehicle.

“The cyclist did sustain some minor injuries, an injured knee and maybe had a hurt hand or finger,”Jamieson said. “He was checked out of the hospital as a precaution."

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August 4, 2009

Pickup Crash Near Monroe Leaves 2 Dead

A crash early Saturday morning outside Monroe, Washington has left two people dead. State troopers believe alcohol or other drugs may be involved.

According to troopers, shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, a 2008 Hyundai Tiburon that was driving eastbound went off State Route 522 to the right, then veered across the center line and hit a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Dead at the scene of the auto accident in Washington were the driver of the car, as well as the passenger. Both were men in their 20s, said a local Trooper. A second passenger in the car was listed in serious condition Sunday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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July 29, 2009

Fatal Crash Fault of 15-Year-Old Driver

According to the San Juan County sheriff's office, a 15-year-old was driving a speeding car that hit a group of bicycle riders and a jogger. The jogger was killed, and a 7-year-old girl was badly injured.

Sheriff Bill Cumming said that the driver and a 17-year-old passenger had been doing some work on a 1974 Chevrolet Nova. On Sunday afternoon, they took it out for a drive on Lopez Island.

The teenage driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the pedestrians and a group of bicyclists at about 2:40 p.m. on Lopez Sound Road. A 26-year-old jogger from Abbotsford, British Columbia died at the scene of the car crash in Washington.

The 7-year-old girl who was on the bicycle had severe injuries and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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July 21, 2009

Washington Rush Hour Crash on I-90 Bridge Caused by Unsecured Load

According to the Washington State Patrol, an unsecured load caused a chain reaction crash on the Interstate 90 floating bridge across Lake Washington. The crash delayed Monday evening commuter traffic for hours.

Two westbound lanes were blocked for nearly 2 1/2 hours by the auto accident in Washington. The collision involved five vehicles and a tractor-trailer rig, said a local Trooper.

The Trooper also said that the problem started when a car swerved to avoid a bucket on the freeway. This accident demonstrates how important it is to secure any and all items being transported in a truck or on a vehicle roof to ensure that roads and highways aren't obstructed.

Though none appeared to have serious injuries, six people were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

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July 20, 2009

Washington State Restores $14 Million DUI Award

On Thursday, the Supreme Court in Washington State unanimously voted to reinstate a $14 million award to a family who sued a tavern and a bartender after one of the bar's customers drove away from the establishment and crashed into their vehicle. Their 7-year-old-son is now a paraplegic due to the tragic collision.

According to information from an Associated Press article, the law states that bartenders who serve visibly intoxicated customers are liable for damages to potential victims. At question was the type of evidence needed to prove "negligent over-service". Most states have so-called "dram shop" laws that can make taverns or bartenders — and in some states, even social hosts — liable for damages if they serve intoxicated customers who leave the premises and harm themselves or others.

It was noted by Washington State’s justices that a forensic consultant found that the bar patron likely drank the equivalent of either 21 12-ounce beers or 30 ounces of 80-proof alcohol, and probably had a blood alcohol content of 0.32 at the time of the collision. The legal blood alcohol limit in Washington State is 0.08.

The man was drinking at the Bellingham Moose Lodge, about 90 miles north of Seattle, just before the April 2000 auto accident in Washington. His girlfriend was the bartender at the lodge and served him the night of the accident.

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July 10, 2009

Fatal Washington Crash on Hwy 2 Leaves Snohomish Deputy, Prisoner Injured

A full recovery is expected for a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy and his prisoner who suffered injuries in a Washington car collision that killed the other driver on Highway 2 near Snohomish.

According to a Washington State Patrol Trooper, the 35-year-old deputy is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The prisoner who was traveling in the car with the deputy, and was on his way to jail for domestic violence, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital in Everett.

A pickup truck apparently crossed the center line and collided with the patrol car at about 4:30 a.m., said Leary. The pickup truck caught fire and burned in the accident in which the driver died at the scene.

In order to reach the deputy and the prisoner, rescuers had to cut the roof off the patrol car.

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July 8, 2009

Unsafe Driving Around Commercial Trucks Targeted by Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol reports that between 2005 and 2007, there were almost 5000 commercial truck accidents in Washington alone. These accidents involved drivers of cars who drive unsafely around large commercial trucks. In two-thirds of the accidents, statistics show that the driver of the car was at-fault. These accidents resulted in 175 fatalities and 450 injuries. According to the Patrol, drivers need to leave space for trucks and learn ways to share the road.

John R. Batiste, chief of the Washington State Patrol, says, “Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble. When a car and a commercial vehicle are involved in a collision, the car will lose.”

Given these statistics, the Patrol has a worked with other law enforcement agencies to create the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck (TACT) project. In an effort to reduce accidents, the Washington State Patrol is trying to increase the public's awareness of unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles. These dangerous driving behaviors include:

  • cutting off trucks

  • tailgating

  • failure to yield the right of way

  • speeding

  • aggressive driving

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July 6, 2009

Seattle Fatal Bike Accident on Highway 99

According to KOMOnews.com, a 35-year-old Seattle man was killed Wednesday night in a bicycle accident in Seattle on Highway 99.

Apparently, the bicyclist collided with a car a little after 10pm in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 near the Dexter Avenue exit. The driver of the car is suspected of driving under the influence at the time of the accident and was taken to the hospital with injuries.

If it is determined that the driver was in fact under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, he or she could be charged with Vehicular Homicide, RCW 46.61.520. This Washington State statute provides that if a person succumbs to injuries as a result of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, the driver can be charged.

Additionally, the family of the person killed as a result of vehicular homicide can bring a suit for Seattle wrongful death against the person charged with vehicular homicide.

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June 26, 2009

Thurston County Hit and Run Accident Leaves Boy Seriously Injured

Tuesday night in Thurston County, a 5-year-old boy was badly hurt in a hit-and-run accident. The boy sustained serious facial injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to troopers, the boy was in a car that rolled across Yelm Highway. They believe that the car was either hit or cut off by another vehicle. The car ended up running through the fence of a golf course.

The suspect, who had two dogs in his car according to the police, kept driving after the Washington car accident. He was later found at a veterinarian's office, where he was taken into custody.

An adult and another child in the vehicle that rolled were taken to local hospitals.

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June 15, 2009

Tests Show Higher Risk for Small Cars in Crashes

The website latimes.com reported in an article on April 14, 2009 that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently published the results of a series of crash tests. The Institute crashed a Honda Fit into a Honda Accord, a Smart ForTwo into a Mercedes C-Class, and a Toyota Yaris into a Toyota Camry each at 40 miles per hour. Test results showed that small cars may be more efficient but your safety is definitely compromised. The vehicles were tested in “offset” crashes in which the cars do not crash head on; instead, the collisions are made to simulate the type of collision that would occur during an auto accident if a car had veered over the center line where the damage can easily break into the passenger compartment. The institute believes that the cars sustained enough damage that their occupants would also have suffered moderate to serious injuries.

Adrian Lund, president of the Arlington, Virginia based institute said, “Though much safer than they were a few years ago, minicars as a group do a comparatively poor job of protecting people in crashes, simply because they're smaller and lighter. In collisions with bigger vehicles, the forces acting on the smaller ones are higher, and there's less distance from the front of a small car to the occupant compartment to 'ride down' the impact. These and other factors increase injury likelihood."

Dave Schembri, president of Smart’s U.S. operations said the tests were an example of “rare and extreme” accidents. The Smart ForTwo meets or exceeds all U.S. government crash-test standards. The other manufactures released similar statements.

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If you have been seriously injured in an car accident in Seattle, the Bernard Law Group can help you determine if the manufacture was at fault. They have been representing the victims of wrongdoing for years. Their team of devoted Washington defective product attorneys represents those persons who have suffered monetary loss, serious injury, personal loss and future damages due to negligence, including but not limited to, recalled products, auto product liability. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

June 2, 2009

Multiple Seattle Car Crashes on I-5 Results in Injuries

Tuesday morning during rush hour, a multiple vehicle crash occurred on southbound Interstate 5 at Northgate. Apparently, this crash led to a second, more serious crash in the northbound lanes when a motorcyclist struck an ambulance.

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According to SeattleTimes.com, a motorcyclist, riding north on Interstate 5 near Northgate this morning apparently became distracted by the commotion on the other side of the freeway as emergency workers dealt with the aftermath of three, near-simultaneous collisions that blocked southbound lanes for nearly two hours.

Washington State Trooper Cliff Pratt said that the 29-year-old Seattle man on the motorcycle "was watching the accident scene the entire time" and was illegally listening to music with ear buds stuck in each ear. "He wasn't paying attention", Pratt also said, and he slammed into the back of an ambulance that had parked in the northbound carpool lane, narrowly missing an EMT who had gone to her rig for medical supplies to treat patients involved in the earlier crashes.

Pratt also said it's illegal for drivers to have headphones on or ear buds in both ears, though it's fine to drive with one ear bud so long as you can hear surrounding noises. The motorcyclist will likely be cited for inattention to driving, he said.

"He's not as bad as we first thought," Pratt said. "He's definitely messed up but it looks like he's going to make it."

By 8:30am, southbound lanes were completely reopened. Northbound lanes were cleared by approximately 9:30. But traffic was backed up for miles in both directions starting about 6:40 a.m., when seven southbound vehicles were involved in three separate car accidents in Seattle that caused one vehicle to roll onto its top and skid across into the carpool lane.

Though only minor injuries were sustained in that accident, southbound traffic was backed up during the morning's commute more than six miles, to Lynnwood.

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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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April 29, 2009

Yakima Auto Injury Crash

A Yakima man was involved in a weekend crash that seriously injured a 25-year-old woman. He made his first court appearance Monday in connection the vehicle crash.

The 68-year-old man is being held at the Yakima County jail on $25,000 bail on a requested charge of vehicular assault. His arraignment is in two weeks.

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A nursing supervisor for Harborview Medical Center reported that the injured Yakima woman in the vehicle that was struck remained in serious condition at the hospital in Seattle. The crash was reported about 3:20 p.m. Saturday in the 11900 block of Wide Hollow Road.

According to State troopers, Harris was westbound around a curve when his Dodge Intrepid crossed over the centerline and struck an eastbound Toyota Corolla nearly head-on. It is suspected by investigators that Harris was intoxicated at the time of the Washington car crash.

The woman who was driving the Corolla at the time of the collision is a 26 year old woman from Yakima. She was treated at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and released, a nursing supervisor said. An unnamed 1-year-old girl in the car was also treated at Memorial, but an update on her condition was not available.

According to authorities, all occupants were using seat belts or other legal restraints.

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April 28, 2009

Seattle Light Rail Accidents Result in Injuries

Friday afternoon in South Seattle, a woman sustained facial injuries when she ran into the side of a light rail train in testing service on tracks along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at South Othello Street.

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Geoff Patrick, Sound Transit spokesman, said the woman, who was on foot, was running in a crosswalk at the intersection when she ran into the side of the moving northbound train. The train had a green light at the intersection. The injured woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment due to the Seattle pedestrian accident.

According to the Seattle Times report, Sound Transit's Link light rail trains are in testing in preparation for the start of public service in July.

In another railroad accident in Seattle last week, a light rail train and a car collided shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Dawson Street. Sound Transit officials stated that it was the first collision between a light rail train and a car since light rail testing started. Both the vehicle and the train were headed north. The car made a left turn into the path of the moving train at the intersection. Sount Transit officials said that the intersection is controlled by a signal.

The woman who was driving the car complained of some pain and was taken to Harborview Medical center to be examined. A passenger in the car was not injured. According to Patrick, there were no passengers on the train, and the train operator was not injured.

If you are seriously injured in an accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call Seattle's skilled 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.

April 24, 2009

Tacoma Auto Accident & Wrongful Death Attorneys

Tacoma is Washington state's third-largest city, with approximately 202,700 residents. Known as the city of destiny, it was designated as the Northern Pacific Railroad's western terminus in 1873. Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region and the third largest in the state. Located 32 miles south of Seattle, 31 miles north of our state capital, Olympia, and 18 miles south of Sea-Tac International Airport, Tacoma has recently enjoyed a renaissance of sorts as more Washingtonians are calling the city home.

With such close proximity to major cities like Seattle and being a thoroughfare to and from centers of commerce and industry, the dangers on the highways in Tacoma have increased. Tacoma auto accidents change the lives of both the victim and their families. In fact, in the year 2001, over 3 million people were seriously hurt in motor vehicle accidents, and approximately 42 thousand people were killed.

The Bernard Law Group, has years of experience in auto accident and wrongful death cases in Tacoma. Our skilled and experienced team of Tacoma car accident lawyers will examine the facts, evaluate your claim, determine which parties and insurance companies are responsible, and organize all of the details of preparing and presenting your case.

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. Or call our toll-free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we promise to respond immediately.

April 14, 2009

Texting Driver Crashes into Idaho Police Officer

Seattle's KOMO TV News Station reports in an article that a driver who was texting while driving over 60 miles per hour crashed into the back end of a Boise patrol car on Interstate 84 in Meridian, Idaho.

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Though the patrol car was empty at the time of impact, the driver suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital in Meridian for treatment. The 37 year old driver had been drinking, but his blood alcohol was under the legal limit.

At this time, the driver has not been charged. Washington State Vehicle Code has several statutes which provide penalties for sending, reading or writing a text message while driving (RCW 46.61.668) or using a cell phone that is not hands-free while driving (RCW 46.61.667).

If you believe your car accident was caused by a negligent driver using their cell phone, call Seattle's top 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.

April 9, 2009

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Death Results in Vehicular Homicide Charges

Prosecutors have filed vehicular homicide charges against the driver more than a year after a 73-year-old pedestrian was run down on a Seattle street.

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Prosecutors say that the driver, a 40 year old woman, was stoned on marijuana when the pickup truck she was driving hit the 73 year old man at a First Avenue South crosswalk near South Dearborn Street. The victim died minutes after the pedestrian accident in Seattle, which occurred March 30, 2008. The crash was witnessed by two Seattle police officers.

According to court documents, the elderly man was walking slowly with a cane in the four-lane street's left lane when the pickup sped around the stopped vehicle on the right side and hit him. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center by aid crews, but died from multiple internal injuries.

"The defendant failed to slow for the stopped traffic, changed lanes and proceeded through the intersection slamming into Mr. Fuller," Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim said in court documents.

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April 8, 2009

Spanaway Man Killed in Fiery Car Accident

According to a report from SeattlePI.com, a Spanaway man, 26 year old Ryan D. Allen, died this weekend after crashing his speeding truck on State Route 512 in Puyallup. Witnesses reported that he might have been traveling up to 100 miles per hour when he ran his truck off the road.

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The fiery Washington car accident happened about 2am. According to reports, the truck careened across all lanes of traffic, through a guardrail and rolled a couple of times before bursting into flames. The driver was ejected and died. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident, but it is believed that alcohol was a factor.

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April 7, 2009

Washington Car Accident Caused by Blackberry Phone Use

According to a report from the Seattle Times, Brian J. Wilson, Police Chief of Federal Way, was in a minor car accident in his unmarked police car because he was checking his BlackBerry device at the time. The car accident in Washington happened at the intersection of South 324th Street and Pacific Highway South in Federal Way on March 18. Pacific Highway South is part of State Route 99.

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The article states that Wilson was stopped at a red light when he checked his BlackBerry. He then let off the brake and hit the car stopped ahead of him, due to driver distraction.

Wilson has issued an apology, and was given a verbal reprimand. However, he will not be ticketed or formally reprimanded. This is due to a city policy which does not hold officers responsible for accidents with less than $700 in damage. Many people believe that the Washington State Law forbidding text messaging while driving should apply to everyone, though there is an exemption for emergency vehicles.

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April 6, 2009

Everett Sheriff's Deputy Crashes Car Into Apartment

A Snohomish County sheriff's deputy swerved and ran his cruiser through a fence and into an apartment building, in an effort to avoid an accident. According to a report from the Everett HeraldNet.com, the accident occurred on 112th Street SW between 2nd Place W and 3rd Avenue, W in Everett.

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A sheriff's spokeswoman, Rebecca Hover, said that the deputy had been responding to reports of a stolen car and was driving with lights flashing when another car pulled into the intersection.

The article did not say whether the deputy was injured in the Washington car accident but it did report that the patrol car was a total loss and the apartment building was damaged.

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April 3, 2009

Kent Head-On Car Crash Kills Three People

Early Sunday near Kent, three people were killed in a Washington car accident after the driver of a Mazda Protege entered northbound state Route 167 in the wrong direction, according to a report. She then crossed three lanes of traffic, and according to Washington State Patrol, hit another car head-on. The driver was a 21 year old Kent woman.

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The others who died were driving in a Honda Accord. The 69 year old woman and 72 year old man were both from Renton.

The accident happened approximately 1:45 a.m. when the Kent woman drove onto the northbound state Route 167 ramp at South 277th Street. She hit the other car in the HOV lane.

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April 1, 2009

Seattle Car Accident Kills Cab Driver

A report from seattletimes.com stated on February 13, 2009 that Getnet Endeshaw’s, 28, was struck by several cars and killed. According to police reports Endeshaw’s cab spun out of control on the icy roads and ended up facing south in the northbound lanes. Attempting to get out of harms way, he jumped out of his car and was struck by three vehicles in this tragic car accident in Washington.

Friends have been gathering at the St. Gebriel Church of Ethiopians to console each other. He is described as “the best”, not only a good husband, but a great father and son.

Wassie Kebde Hermel, friend, said, "He was so happy to be a father. He brought his daughter to church.”

Auto accidents in Seattle change the lives of both the victim and their families. In fact, in the year 2001, over 3 million people were seriously hurt in motor vehicle accidents, and approximately 42 thousand people were killed.

Repairs to your vehicle are important and can be assessed by a body shop. Physical and emotional problems related to your auto accident are of the utmost importance. Some results of an auto accident are pain and suffering, loss of current and future income, impaired physical ability, and loss of enjoyment, just to name a few.

After an auto accident, contact the skilled Seattle Auto Accident Attorneys at The Bernard Law Group who will immediately begin the process of a financial settlement. Do not consider accepting a settlement from an insurance company without first contacting and obtaining a lawyer. Please call 1-800-418-8282 for a free consultation.

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 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.

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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 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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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 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.

January 29, 2009

Beacon Hill car crash leaves man critically injured

A man was critically injured on Beacon Hill early this morning after a Seattle rollover accident and he was thrown from the vehicle.

According to Seattle police, the driver was heading south in the 4600 block of Beacon Avenue South at 1:13 a.m. when he veered into the northbound lane. As he was attempting to return to the southbound lane, he hit a landscaped median, flipping his car.

Police said that firefighters determined the man, who was thrown from the vehicle, suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The crash is under investigation.

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

January 28, 2009

SUV crash in King County leaves Covington man dead

According to the King County Sheriff’s office, a 48-year-old man from Covington was killed last week after his vehicle went off the road and crashed into a tree.

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The accident occurred in the 17800 block of Southeast Covington-Sawyer Road on Thursday evening, at about 11:10 p.m. The man was alone in his SUV, and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to deputies, he died a short time later.

Speed might have contributed to the deadly King County SUV accident. Deputies are investigating the crash.

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January 26, 2009

Seattle car accident injures 3; driver arrested for vehicular assault

According to the Seattle Times, three people were seriously injured in a Seattle car accident when a speeding BMW slammed into a Subaru that was stopped at a stoplight on Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast 95th Street. The driver and passengers in both cars were taken to area hospitals with life threatening injuries.

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The driver of the BMW was jailed on suspicion of Vehicular Assault. Vehicular Assault can be charged if a person is seriously injured when a motorist is driving recklessly, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and/or driving without regard for the safety of other people.

According to the report, the driver of the BMW may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

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January 21, 2009

Sunnyside Car Wreck Leaves Two Teens Hospitalized

A 14-year-old driver crashed his car in Sunnyside on Tuesday morning, according to State Troopers. Both he and his 16-year-old passenger were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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Both boys are from Sunnyside, but their names were not released. According to the news release from the Washington State Patrol, the 14-year-old was headed on East Edison Avenue about 8:45 a.m. in a 1992 BMW when he failed to yield for a stop sign. The car crossed State Route 241 and landed on its wheels in a canal on the north side of the road.

Although Troopers said they did not know whether the driver was wearing a seat belt, it appears that the passenger was. The news release indicated that intoxicants were not involved.

The cause of the Sunnyside car accident and any charges remained under investigation.

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January 14, 2009

Three-Car Car Accident in Kent

A three-vehicle car crash in Kent on Monday night on Pacific Highway left a 29-year-old Kent man injured. One man involved was chased on foot and subsequently arrested.

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Kent Police spokesman Paul Peterson said that the injured man remained in critical condition with undisclosed injuries, as of noon Tuesday, at Harborview.

Police arrested one of the drivers involved in the King County auto accident, a 24-year-old man, for investigation of vehicular assault. Peterson said that there is an indication that the 24-year-old man had been drinking alcohol.

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January 12, 2009

Speed Traps Catch 471 Pierce County Motorists

Tacoma Pierce County DUI Task Force is trying to make the roads safer for drivers. On January 3rd, they conducted an X-52 speeding patrol 3 focused on enforcing the speed limit on State Routes 512 and 7 and on Meridian and 176th Streets where there are a significant number of speed-related crashes.

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According to the Tacoma Daily Index, 36 officers, deputies and troopers stopped 558 motorists and issued 288 speeding tickets. An additional 183 citations for unsafe driving were issued including driving aggressively or while suspended or, in the case of teenagers, in violation of intermediate driver's license restrictions.

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December 16, 2008

Seattle Car Accident Involving Drunk Driver and Washington State Trooper

Drunk driver hits trooper, cadet on I-5

A drunk driver crashed into the patrol car of a state trooper and cadet, who were both injured in the collision. The crash happened Sunday, along Interstate 5, just south of downtown Seattle, the Washington State Patrol reported.

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The Washington State Patrol also reported that an 18-year-old passenger in other car also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Firefighters had to cut into the wreckage to pull him out.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, on the southbound shoulder of I-5 where the troopers were parked to investigate an earlier Seattle automobile accident near the Albro Place exit, the car rear-ended the patrol car, which had emergency lights on.

The driver, an 18-year-old Tacoma man, was arrested for investigation of vehicular assault and booked into the King County Jail.

The troopers were taken to Harborview Medical Center with nonfatal injuries.

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December 15, 2008

Snohomish Pedestrain Accident Sends Man to Harborview

Snohomish man transported to Harborview after being hit by car

A Snohomish man suffered life-threatening injuries on Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle.

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Snohomish County Fire District 4 Battalion Chief Craig Heike said that medics responded to a call in the 1200 block of 13th Street about 5:20 p.m.
The man, who is in his 80s, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to Heike, the man was wearing all-black clothing and tried to cross the street where no crosswalk is present. Bad visibility and snow played a role in the Snohomish auto accident, he said.

The incident is being investigated by police.

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December 12, 2008

Renton Car Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

A bicyclist was hit by a driver this morning in the Skyway neighborhood. According to King County sheriff's Deputies, the cyclist was killed.

Sgt. John Urquhart said that the accident happened on South 130th Street and Renton Avenue South around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The driver was a man in his 70s, and the male cyclist died at the scene. There was no further information available about the driver or the victim.

Urquhart also said that police are investigating how the fatal Renton car crash happened. The road will remain closed for several hours, he added.

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December 10, 2008

Two Injured in Washington Car Accident

Two injured in head on crash

Washington State Patrol reported that Monday night, two people were seriously injured in a head-on crash on River Road.

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According to toopers, a 45-year-old man driving a pickup truck got a broken ankle and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

A 25-year-old Tacoma woman driving a four-door sedan suffered a skull fracture and two broken bones. She was taken to Tacoma General Hospital by paramedics for treatment.

The pickup truck was going north on River Road when the driver crossed the center line near Gratzer Road and struck the southbound sedan head-on just before 9:30 p.m. Both vehicles were totaled, and the River Road car crash blocked the roadway until early Tuesday morning.

The crash is still under investigation.

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December 1, 2008

Hit-and-Run Car Accident in Toppenish Kills One, Two Flee

Police still searching for two people involved in deadly car accident

Washington State Police are looking for two people involved in a deadly hit-and-run car crash Thanksgiving Day in Toppenish, Washington.

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According to troopers, the driver of one car failed to stop at a stop sign west of Toppenish. That car hit another car, ramming it through a fence.

The 37 year old driver of the second car died in the crash. Two children who were also in the car were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and are still in critical condition.

"The search will continue for these two individuals that left the scene," Sgt. Ed McAvoy said. "They will be found. It'll just be a matter of time."

The first car is in police custody and McAvoy says they will check the car's past and current owners to get leads.

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November 26, 2008

Federal Way Rollover Accident and Passenger Ejection Injures Infant

Baby critically injured when ejected from car in auto accident in Federal Way

Early Monday morning in Federal Way, an 11-month-old boy was critically injured when he was ejected from a car during a crash. According to police, the crash occurred just before 12:20 a.m. in the 800 block of Southwest 356th Street.

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Federal Way Police Department reported that the 30 year old man who was driving the car was also injured. He had to be extricated from the car. Both people were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police reported that the boy may have suffered traumatic brain injury.

Officers think that the car was heading east on Southwest 356th Street when it lost control, rolled several times and came to rest upside down on an embankment.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

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November 19, 2008

Car and Truck Accidents Injure Two People on Highway 530

The Washington State Patrol reported that two people were injured Tuesday evening after two cars collided along Highway 530 near the rodeo grounds.

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The collision happened at 5:40 p.m. when the car driven by a 30-year-old man from Darrington hit a car driven by a 48-year-old woman from Darrington. The woman’s car was hit from behind and sent into the oncoming lane while she was stopped for rodeo grounds traffic.

The man’s car continued into eastbound traffic, where it was involved in another collision, this time a truck accident on Highway 530 with a truck driven by an elderly Snohomish man and then stopped on the eastbound shoulder of the highway.

According to the State Patrol, the 30-year-old man was transported to Cascade Hospital, but no one was seriously injured.

At 6:30pm, the state Department of Transportation reported that all lanes of the highway were blocked near Little French Creek Road.

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November 12, 2008

Three-Vehicle Truck Accident in Kent Washington

According to authorities, a traffic light that wasn't working led to a car crash in Kent that pinned two small cars under a 1-ton pickup truck.

The crash occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Monday at South 212 Street and 84th Avenue South. Kent police and firefighters responded.

The 1-ton pickup had been towing another full-size pickup truck when the King County truck accident occurred. The two cars and the truck ran into a semi truck in the middle of the intersection.

Kent Fire Department spokesman Kyle Ohashi said that the driver of one of the cars was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the other car had less serious injuries. Neither truck driver was injured, he said.

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

November 3, 2008

Highlands Drive Head-on Auto Accident Sends Two to Hospital

A head-on car crash in Washington Friday, involving two cars, shut down Highlands Drive on Friday. Drivers of both cars were transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A 21-year-old woman, the driver of one of the cars, was in critical condition. According to Issaquah Police Deputy Chief Steve Cozart, she was heading uphill (southbound) on Highlands Drive, crossed the center line and hit the other car head on.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich said that several fire engines, aid cars, a chaplain and a public information officer from EFR were dispatched to the scene, as well as Issaquah Police and Bellevue paramedics.

According to Cozart, there were no signs of alcohol at the scene of the injury auto accident.

A team from the state Department of Transportation headed to the scene to investigate.

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October 27, 2008

Seattle Pedestrian Accident Leaves 1 in Critical Condition

Late Friday, a motorist struck a man crossing the street near Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The pedestrian was left with life-threatening injuries.

At around 11:40 pm, the Seattle auto accident happened on Broadway Avenue near East Pike Street. Seattle police reported that the driver, a 25-year-old man, was in the center lane heading north on Broadway approaching Pike when he hit a 24-year-old man crossing the street.

According to Seattlepi.com, the impact sent the pedestrian onto the hood of the Ford Mustang, causing the victim to strike his head on the windshield before flying over the top of the vehicle and landing in the road.

When Seattle fire medics responded, they found the victim suffering from serious head injuries and a broken leg. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

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October 21, 2008

Lynnwood Woman Killed in Fatal DUI Crash

Oregon State Police reported that a woman from Lynnwood, along with three Oregon men were killed in a fatal DUI accident on Sunday when their car was slammed into from behind by a pickup on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Or.

Police say that a 46-year-old Carlton, Oregon man who was driving the pickup was booked into the Umatilla County Jail on investigation of manslaughter and drunk driving.

Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police said that the man "has previous convictions for driving while under the influence".

Hastings said that accident investigators worked through the night and into mid- afternoon because of what he called "the serious nature of the accident."

"Four counts of manslaughter requires an in-depth and detailed investigation," Hastings said.

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October 20, 2008

Driver on Cell Phone Triggers Morning Crash

A head-on collision on I-5 Wednesday that snarled the morning commute is being blamed on a man trying to talk on his cell phone.

Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said that just before 8 a.m. the crash happened when a 29 year old Lynnwood man was headed north on I-5 just north of the King County line. The man tried to put his phone in speaker mode, lost control of his car, jumped the median and collided with a car driving southbound and moving at slow speeds in heavy traffic.

"It took a toll on our commute," Leary said.

According to www.HeraldNet.com, the collision left three people injured. As a precaution, they were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life threatening injuries.

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September 29, 2008

Snohomish County Truck and Car Accident Injures One and Blocks Highway 9

Highway 9 in Maltby was blocked for about an hour Thursday afternoon by a three-vehicle pileup. Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said that one person was hurt and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Leary, a semi-truck that was heading north hit a passenger car that was pulling out of a residential area near 203rd Street SE, at about 2pm. A 68 year old man from Kirkland was driving a pickup truck southbound. The driver braked to avoid the collision, but the semi crossed the center line and the two trucks collided head-on.

The man had to be helped out of his truck by Snohomish County Fire District 7 rescue crews before being rushed to the hospital.

Leary also said that about 20 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and was contained on the side of the road. The cleanup was expected to be monitored by State Department of Ecology crews.

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September 25, 2008

Fatal SUV Rollover Accident in Everett

On I-5 early this morning, a man died after an SUV rollover crash in Everett.

Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said that around 2:30 a.m., the man’s SUV clipped a FedEx owned semi-truck while changing lanes headed south bound near the Silver Lake rest area.

His SUV went off the road to the right, rolled and the driver was thrown, said Leary.

According to Learny and www.heraldnet.com , the identity of the man who died has not been released pending family notification. This is the third fatal auto accident in Snohomish County this year on I-5 alone, Leary said.

Several lanes of I-5 south were closed early this morning as police collected evidence.

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September 14, 2008

Two-car accident in Marysville injures two drivers

Late Friday, a driver was airlifted to Harborview Hospital after a two-car accident on 108th Street NE near Highway 9 in Marysville. The driver of the second car suffered injuries as well and was taken to a local hospital.

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ty Trenary said that officers were called to the 8000 block of 108th Street NE at 8.48 p.m.

Lt. Trenary also said that a portion of 108th Street between 67th Avenue NE and Highway 9 was expected to be closed off for several hours while officers investigated.

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September 11, 2008

Camano Island Thee-Car Accident Injures Two

As a result of a three-car crash on Camano Island Wednesday morning, two people were hospitalized.

According to a Washington State Patrol press release, the accident occurred about 11 a.m. at E. Short Road and SE Camano Drive.

The Washington State Patrol press release stated that one of the vehicles, a minivan, stopped when a vehicle in front of it was making a U-turn. A third vehicle, a pickup truck towing a horse trailer, struck the minivan and went into a ditch.

Police are investigating whether speed was a factor.

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September 2, 2008

Lewis County Car Crash Leaves 2 Dead

One man was seriously injured, and two other men were killed in a Morton auto accident on Highway 12.

According to the State Patrol, a collision Saturday between a VW Cabriolet and a 26-foot motor home killed the 18 year old driver of the car, who was from Poulsbo, and a passenger, who was from SeaTac. Another passenger, a 17-year-old from Seattle was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The 63-year-old woman driving the motor home was not injured.

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August 15, 2008

South Seattle Hit and Run Suspect Sought by Police

A car involved in a pedestrian hit and run in Seattle is being sought by Seattle police. The car struck a 6 year old girl at the intersection of South Henderson Street and Seward Park Ave South, on Thursday afternoon.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was driving south on Seward Park Avenue South when it "veered" into the oncoming lanes and hit a girl walking in a crosswalk. Seattle policewoman Renee Witt said that the impact launched the girl approximately 20 feet in the air. It also knocked out several of the girl's teeth and left her with nonfatal injuries. The car then left the scene.

According to police spokesman Mark Jamieson, the car involved in the Seattle car crash could be a Lincoln. Police don't have the fleeing vehicle's license plate, but witnesses said the two men in the car appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, Jamieson said.

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August 11, 2008

Monroe Man Dead in Collision on U.S. 2

A fatal SUV accident on U.S. 2 claimed the life of a Monroe man Friday night at E. Fern Bluff Road. This is a dangerous road that residents have asked the state to improve.

Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said the 32 year old man was driving westbound on the highway when his car crossed the centerline and crashed into an SUV and then into a pickup in the highway's eastbound lane.

The 60 year old driver of the pickup suffered neck injuries and was transported to Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Leary said. The three people in the SUV were not injured.

"It could've been a lot worse," he said.

The Monroe man was died at the scene. State accident data shows that his death marked the 50th death since 1999 in crashes along U.S. 2 between Snohomish and Stevens Pass. Among all the fatal auto accidents in Washington along this stretch, 18 occurred in crossover collisions.

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July 31, 2008

Wrong-Way I-5 Driver Triggers 5-Car Wreck in Lynnwood

A woman, apparently drunk, was driving the wrong way in her SUV on I-5 and caused a five-car collision in the southbound lanes of I-5 near Lynnwood. The Lynnwood SUV accident happened late Friday night, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The driver, a 44-year-old woman from Monroe, was the only one injured in the crash, said trooper Keith. She was taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett with possible neck injuries. She was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, he said.

“The accident was reported at 10:33 p.m. beneath the I-405 bridge. The woman's white sport utility vehicle was reported headed northbound in the southbound lanes from 196th Street SW”, Leary said.

"She hit two different cars, then hit another car that ran into another. It's very lucky in a wrong way collision. This could have been much worse," he said.

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June 20, 2008

Woman Arrested After Man Dies in Crash

The life of a man was claimed in a head-on crash on Highway 12 about five miles south of Porter, Washington, and a woman has been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide related to the case.

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The woman was identified by police as a 32-year-old from Olympia. A fifty-five-year-old man from Oakville died at the scene.

According to the State Patrol, after striking the guard rails on each side of the road, the woman’s SUV hit the man’s car head-on. The vehicles were going in opposite directions.

The woman apparently suffered bruises and was taken by ambulance to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. There she was treated and released. She was then booked into jail. The woman was wearing a seatbelt, but the man who died was not, according to the State Patrol.

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June 5, 2008

Lacey car crash leaves teen girl dead

An 18-year-old girl who was slated to graduate from high school in one week, died in a Lacey car crash over the weekend. According to police, she was driving drunk.

Mason County Sheriff's Deputies say they think the teen was speeding and had been drinking early Saturday morning when she lost control of her Suzuki Sidekick and crashed into a tree.

The girls’ family members do not know whether or not there was alcohol involved in the crash, all they know is that their daughter/granddaughter is gone – a week before graduating from North Thurston High School.

Fellow students say the teen’s death has made them appreciate life, and her family says if she was drinking they hope her mistake will teach others.

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June 2, 2008

I-5 Traffic Snarl in Everett Due to Crash

A dramatic two-car accident on I-5 just north of the Highway 526 interchange in Everett on Thursday afternoon left two people with minor injuries.

According to the Washington State Patrol, two trucks went off the freeway, took out 15 sections of concrete barrier and went down a 70-foot embankment.

In one truck was a driver and two passengers, while the other had only a driver. All four suffered non life-threatening injuries that and were taken to Providence Everett Medical Center for treatment.

"It could have been a lot worse," State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said.

According to a witness, a different vehicle quickly drove across three lanes of traffic after entering I-5 from the Highway 526 onramp, cut off one truck, and sent it into the other truck. Leary stated that this account was unconfirmed. A third vehicle was not located by police.

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May 28, 2008

Auto collision in Tukwila leaves one dead

Tukwila police reported that a 46-year-old man from Connecticut died Saturday morning after his sedan veered across traffic and was struck by an SUV.

The auto accident happened around 10:50 a.m. in the 13500 block of Tukwila International Boulevard.

According to police, te sedan was driving southbound when it left the road, returned to traffic and was struck on its passenger side by the SUV, which was driving northbound.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The passengers of the SUV were taken to Highline Medical Center in Burien. They were treated for minor injuries.

The SUV accident remains under investigation.

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May 20, 2008

Road closed after crash Tuesday morning

An automobile driver was arrested by Seattle police after driving into a construction site early Tuesday.

Just before 12:45a.m., the automobile crash occured in the 10100 block of Holman Road Northwest, Seattle police reported.

According to witnesses, the driver was speeding when he hit a truck and then a light tower used by crews working at the site.

The driver was apparently trapped at one point, but managed to get out and even tried to run. He did not get far before police officers arrested him.

The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment, said spokeswoman Renee Witt. The automobile crash prompted police to close Holman Road to all traffic for about two hours.

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May 13, 2008

Car in water, passenger dead, after Tacoma chase

A man from Tacoma has been accused of driving a stolen car into the water at a marina, leaving his passenger dead following the Washington auto accident..

On Saturday, just before 10 p.m. a Tacoma police officer determined a car had been stolen by running the license plate, said Officer Mark Fulghum. He also said that police pulled the car over but the driver sped away.

Officers called it off the chase which ensued because it was too dangerous. But, they continued following the car until the street dead-ended at a marina. An officer watched as the car sunk and saw the driver climb onto the dock.

A police dive team pulled the other man, whose name has not been released, from the water. He died at the scene.

Subsequently booked into the Pierce County Jail, the driver is facing charges of suspicion of vehicular assault, possession of stolen property and eluding police.

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May 8, 2008

Skateboarder’s death results in two-year sentence for driver responsible

A man from Everett was sentenced to two years in prison for striking and killing a 12 year old skateboarder.

On the night of August 21st, 2006, Justin Freeman was skateboarding with friends in Everett. Kasey Cline, 28, was driving a pickup when he struck and killed Freeman. Cline kept driving after the Seattle Auto Accident.

The day following the car accident, Cline contacted Everett police and claimed he didn't know he had hit the boy. Cline pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in February.

According to Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Paul Stern, Kline also faces up to three years of probation.

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May 5, 2008

Driver left dead in 2 car auto crash

Two women were injured, and one man died on Sunday in a Seattle Auto Accident when a sports car hit a sedan in the 2500 block of Westlake Avenue North in Seattle.

Mark Jamieson, Seattle police spokesman, said that police were called to the area right before 5pm. A head-on automobile crash had occurred, involving a Porsche convertible and a Ford Taurus.

The driver of the Porsche convertible was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the woman passenger of the Porsche, and the woman driving the Taurus, were hospitalized with critical injuries.

According to Jamieson, the Porsche might have been speeding. The driver apparently lost control of the convertible, and veered into the northbound lane of traffic.

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May 2, 2008

Renton couple killed in auto crash

A one-car crash left a young couple in Renton dead Tuesday night, and police said speed is likely to blame.

A 22-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend, both from Renton, were driving on the 11200 block of Southeast 162nd Street shortly after 10 p.m. "at a speed greater than the posted 25 miles per hour," said police.

The man lost control of the SUV he was driving, and drove into a drainage ditch, flipped and struck a concrete retaining wall. According to Seattletimes.com, the man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

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May 1, 2008

Eastside crash causes death of Kirkland man

A crash killed a 30-year-old Kirkland man early this morning who lost control of his car on Avondale Road Northeast, and struck several trees and landed on the side of the road. Police said that speed, and alcohol, were definitely to blame for the seattle automobile accidents.

According to investigators, the man was driving more than 100 miles an hour and not wearing a seat belt. He was driving south on Avondale shortly before 3 a.m., when nearby residents heard a crash and called 911, police said.

Jim Bove, Police department spokesman, said the white Cadillac finally stopped on the east side of Avondale Road along Bear Creek, facing the northbound lanes. Before coming to a rest, it had sheared off several trees and the impact of the car accident left it ripped into sections.

"Basically, it did a 360," Bove said

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April 28, 2008

Two students from PLU die in car accident

Two Pacific Lutheran University students died in a fiery car crash near Brewster, in Eastern Washington, Friday night. The two were also close friends.

The driver, from Tonasket, Washington, swerved and hit another car head. His twin brother, who is a student at the University of Puget Sound, was critically injured in the accident.

The driver who died was an offensive lineman for PLU. Denham was from Bend, Ore.

Students gathered Saturday morning at the PLU track to remember the victims. Another student gathering was planned for Saturday at 8 p.m.

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April 25, 2008

Three car pileup near Mill Creek leaves 5 injured

An automobile accident that blocked 132nd street near Mill creek left a seriously injured teen trapped in the wreckage of a car for nearly an hour Tuesday.

The cause of the three-car crash is still being determined, Mill Creek police spokeswoman Robin Swanson said.

According to officials, the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a red SUV and a black minivan collided head-on. A third car then became involved in the pileup.

"It was almost like a bomb," said Courtney Norkin, 21, a barista at Buffalo Espresso, located opposite the crash scene. She said she turned away from making coffee drinks and saw the air bags explode inside the cars.

"It was really scary. I've never actually witnessed an accident like that," she said. "It was intense."

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Battalion Chief Ralph Provenzano said that five people were hurt, including the 17-year-old boy, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by helicopter with what appeared to be multiple broken bones. The other Washington car accident injuries seemed to be minor.

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April 21, 2008

Lakewood crash leaves two dead

A man and a woman from Lakewood were killed and three others injured when a Ferrari hit a shuttle bus in an auto accident in Lakewood. The two people in the Ferrari were killed in the crash.

Lt. Dave Guttu, of the Lakewood police, said the driver and passenger in the Ferrari died at the scene of the automobile accident on Sunday afternoon.

According to local news reports, the driver and two of the passengers in the Transpro shuttle were injured. They were then taken to local hospitals for treatment. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Guttu.

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April 20, 2008

$850,000 paid by state in fatal crash

According to Seattletimes.com, the State of Washington has agreed to pay $850,000 to the estate of a woman who died four years ago in a fatal traffic collision with a man who was on Department of Corrections (DOC) community supervision.

Seattle police say that Gloria Daquep, 55, was killed April 24th, 2004, when Charles W. Roberson III crossed the center line of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in Seattle and collided with her car. Roberson's blood-alcohol level was double the 0.08 percent limit for legal intoxication at the time of the crash.

Police also say that just before hitting Daquep, Roberson was involved in a separate hit-and-run accident with a different car.

Roberson apparently had a history of driving offenses. In this Seattle Auto accident, he was seriously injured and was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. He was later convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to nine years at McNeil Island Corrections Center.

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April 14, 2008

Highway 202 crash in Redmond leaves one dead

A two-car collision killed a man and injured another Monday afternoon in Redmond. Rain and wet conditions likely contributed to this Washignton state highway accident.

The driver of a Honda was driving west on Highway 202 at Sahalee Way Northeast. According to Keith Trowbridge, State Patrol spokesman, he then drove into standing water and lost control of his car.

Veering into oncoming traffic, the Honda then struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, Trowbridge said.

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April 4, 2008

Two injured in Lakewood crash

A head-on automobile crash in Lakewood late Friday morning left at least two people seriously injured. According to Lakewood police, the cars collided just after 11 a.m. on Bridgeport Way SW near Seattle Avenue.

Two people who were trapped inside the cars need to be extricated when medics arrived. No word on if there were additional injuries or the extent of the injuries to the two trapped.

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April 1, 2008

Driver charged with leaving scene of fatal crash

An Auburn man, 22, was arrested today after he allegedly fled the scene of a four-vehicle collision. A 50-year-old woman was killed in the collision, and at least five other people were injured in the auto accident.

The man was driving on A Street Southeast in Auburn when he was involved in a verbal exchange with the male passenger in another car in the next lane. The two cars collided, and the second car veered into the northbound lane into oncoming traffic, colliding with a third car and a pickup.

The woman, 50, who was driving the third car, died at the scene of the Washington Car Accident, said Scott Near, spokesman for the Auburn Police Department. The elderly man who was driving the pickup was unharmed.

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March 25, 2008

Tacoma man dies after being hit by 2 separate vehicles

Two separate vehicles hit and killed a 48-year-old man early Sunday morning in a Tacoma intersection. Both vehicles fled the scene after the auto accident and police are looking for the drivers.

Residents near the intersection of 38th and Fawcett say they've seen many bad accidents here. They say drivers frequently drive way too fast

Shortly before 2 a.m., Christy Lawson heard a noise outside her house.

"I heard kind of what I thought was like a thumping. I thought it was like a door closing, a car or a door or something," she said. She realized something serious had happened when she saw police lights through the window a few minutes later.

"Lights and cops and unfortunately there was a man laying on the ground being treated by the ambulance," she said.

“My neighbor's dog was hit not too long ago. I've seen many dogs and animals hit. Killed. Our neighbor up the street got hit by a car, he lived, just earlier this year. It happens all the time," said Lindsey Spaulding.

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March 17, 2008

Extra patrols in King County to target drunken drivers

The streets of King County will see some extra patrol cars in search of drunken drivers this weekend.

X-52, which is the nickname of the State Patrol-sponsored program, is part of a statewide effort to catch and stop people from drinking and driving. Trooper Jeff Merrill said the patrols will be in North King County, but didn’t to specify where.

By the year 2030, law enforcement across the state are trying to eliminate all Seattle auto accident deaths. They are hopeful that the X-52 emphasis will be helpful with this goal, Merrill said.

Between 2002 and 2006, 595 people were killed in traffic crashes in King County, and 4,169 people were left with disabling injuries, said Matías Valenzuela, spokesman for Public Health — Seattle & King County. Thirty-nine percent, or 234 of these deaths, were caused by impaired drivers.

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March 3, 2008

Marysville man killed by vehicle while crossing street

The death of an elderly Marysville man who was hit by a car while crossing the street on Saturday morning is being investigated by police.

According to Marysville police Lt. Jeff Goldman, the Washington auto accident occurred around 5:20 a.m. in the 9600 block of State Avenue, in Marysville.

Rescue crews said the man was dead when they arrived, Marysville Fire District spokeswoman Stephanie Price said. She also said that the man apparently was not in a crosswalk.

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February 27, 2008

10-year old boy hurt in crash on U.S. Highway 2

A collision on U.S. Highway 2 about seven miles west of Stevens Pass left a 10-year-old Marysville boy seriously injured. The Washington Auto accident occurred on Saturday morning.

After the accident, the boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. Washington State Patrol trooper Kirk Rudeen said that the boy’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

According to the State Patrol, the Seattle Car accident happened when the boy and his mother, traveling westbound in a Ford sport-utility vehicle, were hit head-on by an eastbound GMC pickup. It is believed that the pickup slipped on ice and crossed the centerline.

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February 26, 2008

Man hit by bus in Lynnwood

A Community Transit bus hit and seriously injured a man in Lynnwood, officials said. The Seattle Auto Accident occurred late Wednesday.

The as yet unidentified man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said. The man is believed by police to be a transient. Sessions said that as of Thursday, the man was in critical but stable condition.

The collision happened around 11:15 p.m. on Highway 99 just south of 164th Street SW.

Community Transit spokesman Tom Pearce said that although several passengers were aboard the bus, no one was injured.

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February 19, 2008

MySpace page of car crash victim subpoenaed in lawsuit

Marissa Schneider was terribly injured in the Seattle car crash that wasn’t her fault. Her family sued both the driver and Chrysler, the makers of her car, with allegations that her injuries were, in part, to a design flaw in her Dodge Spirit.

But now the lawyers for the Chrysler Company have issued a subpoena for a court order to get inside her MySpace page and see her personal blogs, and her family wants to know why.

"Cyber-investigations" such as these are becoming more common in lawsuits.

The driver of the car in the Seattle Auto Accident, a 21 year old Arlington woman, is now in a nursing home because she can't talk or take care of herself. She was on her way to work when her car was hit by an on-coming vehicle that crossed the center line.

After denying the claim, Chrysler turned its attention on the victim, and issued a subpoena to get full access to Marissa's MySpace account, which includes private blogs which have been largely unchanged since her accident.

“It's what Marissa wrote and I don't see anything that has to do with it. It's just her private little messages to her friends," said her mother.

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February 5, 2008

Woman killed in auto accident Eastside

According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver of an SUV, traveling on Washington State Route 202 between Redmond and Fall City, died last week after her vehicle left the road and rolled into a ditch filled with water.

Troopers believe the Washington auto accident occurred around 12:10 p.m. near the intersection with 264th Street S.E., said State Patrol spokesman Jeff Merrill.

A motorist who was passing by spotted the SUV and stopped to offer first aid, Merrill said. Unable to pull the 60-year-old woman out of the vehicle, the motorist called troopers.

"We don't think speed was a factor," Merrill said. "We're trying to determine what caused her to drift off the roadway."

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January 28, 2008

Hit and run leaves Kingston man dead.

A man was found dead near the Kingston ferry landing on a dark rural road. Though no vehicle was in sight, he was surrounded by broken glass.

The man is believed to be 85 years old and a resident of the area. He was apparently out for a walk when the pedestrian accident happened, at approximately 6pm.

"Initial evidence indicates that the individual was struck by a motor vehicle and the motor vehicle is no longer on scene, neither is the driver," said Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

"I saw a car slamming on their brakes, and headlights, and a screeching like they couldn't stop," a witness described.

"I heard like a thump, like something got hit, and I heard screeching" said another witness. "I saw it pull into a driveway, turn around and then look at what it hit, and then speed off," he said.

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January 27, 2008

Head-on crash on Kent-area highway results in death

According to the Washington State patrol, a head-on auto accident collision this morning on Benson Highway near Kent resulted in the death of a Seattle man.

Trooper Jeff Merrill reported that the Washington auto accident happened in the 23400 block of State Route 515 in South King County. At about 8:30 a.m. today, a car crossed the center line and hit a pickup traveling the opposite direction.

The driver of the car went through the windshield and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the pickup, as well as her passenger, were both taken to an area hospital with neck and back injuries, said Merrill.

A dog that was riding in the car was also critically injured and taken to a local veterinary hospital for surgery, he said.

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January 24, 2008

Collision between street racer and truck on Highway 167

On Monday night, a 22-year-old Kent man was taken to the hospital after crashing into a truck while street racing at extremely high speeds along Washington Highway 167. According to the state patrol, the injuries suffered in the Washington Auto Accident were life threatening.

The injured driver was racing another car southbound on the highway near South 180th Street. State patrol spokesman Cliff Pratt said a 911 caller told dispatchers that the two cars were racing as fast as 120 mph.

The driver struck a DOT truck in an HOV lane that was closed for construction. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with skull fractures, said Pratt. The DOT worker in the truck was not injured, he said.

According to reports by King5.com, the driver of the other vehicle, a 19-year-old also from Kent, was booked into King County Jail. He is being investigated on vehicular assault charges.

If you are seriously injured in a Washington automobile accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the 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.


January 8, 2008

Driver arrested in fatal wrong way car accident

A man from Federal Way was arrested early Sunday after driving the wrong way on SR 18 east of the Auburn Black Diamond Road, hitting another vehicle head-on, and killing the driver involved in the Washington Auto Accident.

According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the man was driving a Honda Accord eastbound in the westbound lanes at about 4:38 a.m. When he crossed the Green River Bridge, he hit a Honda Civic, which was traveling westbound.

The driver of the Civic, a 25 year old Federal Way woman, died at the scene.

Alcohol, say troopers, was a factor in the Seattle Auto Accident.

"Unfortunately, it's all too common. The causing drivers, the impaired drivers tend to be the ones that don't get injured very often and the victims, minding their business, doing what they're supposed to be, end up getting seriously injured or killed," said Trooper Jeff Merrill.

The driver of the Accord was not injured. However, he was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide and booked into the King County jail.

If you are seriously injured in a Washington automobile accident, or someone you know is injured or possibly even killed, call the 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.

January 4, 2008

Tulalip Teen Injured in Rollover Accident

Late Tuesday night, a Tulalip girl was seriously injured in a rollover automobile accident, police said.

According to Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover, the 15-year-old girl was a passenger in an SUV that rolled over and smashed into a pole at about 11:30 p.m. in the 11200 block of Quil Ceda Boulevard.

The girl was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with head and foot injuries, said Hover. According to Susan Gregg-Hanson, a Harborview spokeswoman, she was in satisfactory condition by Wednesday.

Neither the driver, 17, nor the 18 year old passenger in the back seat were seriously injured. Both are also from Tulalip, Hover said.

Detectives are investigating speed as a factor in the Washington SUV Accident, she said.

If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a Washington automobile accident, call the 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.

December 10, 2007

Train Strikes Car, Driver Killed

Saturday night, a car was hit by a train and the driver killed at a railroad crossing in the Vancouver, Washington area. The crossing was located on private property.

The train, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad freight train, was heading westbound. Just after 8:30pm, it struck a station wagon. The Washington Auto Accident happened in the 17200 block of the Old Evergreen Highway.

Vancouver police officers and fire fighters rushed to the scene, but reported that the driver was already dead when they arrived. The driver was still inside the vehicle. According to investigators, the car was knocked nearly a mile down the tracks due to the impact.

Information about the driver involved in the Seattle Car Accident has not yet been released, according to King5.com.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Washingotn auto accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

November 28, 2007

16 Car Pile-up on Northbound I-5

Five separate crashes, involving 16 vehicles, slowed traffic Friday on I-5 between Burlington and Mount Vernon. This caused major problems for holiday shoppers driving to local malls. The automobile accidents included two hit-and-run drivers who troopers are still looking for.

“Everyone stopped and there was a semi in front of me and just, there it is,” said one driver, slapping his hand to show how quickly the truck accident he was involved in happened.

One bad move started the whole mess at approximately 11:30am. Traffic crossing the Skagit River Bridge started to back up. “We had a couple of cars slow down on the bridge, one of those was struck and basically a chain reaction after that,” said Trooper Keith Learn, of the Washington State Patrol.

One driver involved in the Washington Car Accident was pushed up against a concrete barrier, and almost went over. “I had no clue what was happening. I thought for sure we were going into the river,” he said.

The freeway was shut down for about an hour and a half, which led to traffic being backed up for miles. Paramedics took the injured to the hospital for treatment, but surprisingly, no one was seriously hurt.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington Auto accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282.

November 14, 2007

$15 Million Verdict in I-405 Car Accident Case

A 2004 freeway auto accident on I-405 in the Seattle area which left a Renton woman blind and disfigured has resulted in a $15.5 million verdict. According to the Seattle Post Intelligencer, 28 year Maria Federici said she hopes the money will help her get back to living a more normal, independent life.

The University of Washington graduate was nearly killed when a board flew from a U-Haul trailer and smashed through her windshield. It took the Superior Court jury nearly a week to decide that U-Haul was a big part to blame for the accident. Jurors found U-Haul to be 67% at fault in the accident, and the driver of the U-Haul truck to be 33% at fault, for not tying down the entertainment center he was towing in the open trailer.

The $15.5 million verdict will help Federici pay for the innumerable surgeries she still faces and possibly a house. Federici hopes to someday be able to live on her own. “It’ll just help me get back to living a bit more of a normal life—as normal as it can get. I hope it opens people’s eyes up on this matter,” she said, referring to bringing awareness about the dangers of driving with unsecured loads.

Maria’s Law, which stiffens penalties in Washington for motorists who fail to properly secure their loads, was inspired by this 2004 trucking accident.

Although the driver was found to be 33% responsible for this accident, if he is unable to pay his share, U-Haul would have to pay the entire $15.5 million, under state law. Jurors decided that the trailer was “not reasonably safe”, as it did not come with adequate instructions or warnings. The general consensus was that U-Haul International Inc. and U-Haul Co. of Washington were negligent. Also found negligence in part was Capron Holdings Inc., owner of the Bellevue Texaco station where the trailer was rented. However, they were not found to be a cause of the accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Seattle auto accident such as this, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282, or visit our website at www.4injured.com .

November 12, 2007

Head-on Crash in Centralia Leaves Teen in Critical Condition

A 17-year-old smashed head-on into a truck on Wednesday, leaving him with critical injuries. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after the trucking accident.

According to state troopers, the teen, who was driving a Honda, was heading north on I-5 near Centralia. He apparently drifted off the right side of the road. Then, say the troopers, he overcorrected and flew under (not over) the median.

Lt. Sean Hartsock, of Washington State Patrol, said, “His front end was down so as he went underneath, that cable barrier came back up the other side and hit this pickup. I’ve not personally seen a case where a vehicle has come under.” The crash is being investigated by both the state patrol and the state Department of Transportation.

Since the accident, design engineers with the state Department of Transportation have been taking a close look at how the cable barriers performed in the crash. Over the past few years, cable barriers have been called into question several times. According to King5.com, a recent study found that cable barriers decreased crossover collisions by 74%, except along a stretch of I-5 in Marysville. Eight people died on that particular stretch in seven years after vehicles were able to cross the median during Washington Auto Accidents. Since then, the governor has ordered improvements to add a concrete barrier on that stretch of the Interstate.

Regarding the Centralia area collision, the Department of Transportation says that before barriers had been installed on that section of highway in 2004, there were several crossover accidents. The DOT also stated that before any conclusion in this case can be arrived at, they have to wait for the state patrol to finish their report. However, investigators at this point say neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in this crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Seattle truck crash such as this, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282, or visit our website, www.4injured.com .

November 9, 2007

Falling Cow Hits Mini-Van…Couple Escapes Injury

A couple from Michigan escaped personal injury last Sunday when a 600 pound cow fell on their mini-van in Manson, located in Eastern Washington.

The Chelan County Fire Chief said the couple was lucky they weren’t killed when the cow fell from a cliff, smashing into their vehicle. According to the Seattle Times, District 5 Chief Arnold Baker said that the couple missed being killed by a matter of inches, as they drove on Highway 150 near Manson, which is located in Chelan County.

“It was “bam” – you just saw something come down and hit the hood,” the mini-van driver told the Wenatchee World newspaper. The newspaper also reported that the man said he didn’t see the cow until it hit and didn’t realize what had happened until after the Auto Accident.

“It’s funny because it was such a close call,” Chief Baker told the Wenatchee World. “Inches different and the couple in this car would have been killed.” The van sustained damages, including a broken windshield.

According to King5.com, the cow was named Michelle. Her owner says she was a valued pet and companion. The cow had apparently been at a breeding facility since August and had escaped from their control about 3 weeks prior. The cow was euthanized at the scene. The couple was examined at Lake Chelan Community Hospital and released.

Though this is a freak auto accident, the Michigan couple is extremely lucky to have escaped serious injury. As it was, their mini-van was smashed. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group, 1-800-418-8282, or visit our website at www.4injured.com

November 1, 2007

Car Collision in Lacey Leaves 7 Injured

Seven people have been hospitalized following a head-on car crash in Lacey. Police are still investigating the Washington Auto Accident.

According to the Lacey Police, the collision happened on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, near Ruddell Road and 45th Avenue. Involved were six teenagers driving a Honda, and one woman in a sport utility vehicle.

The details of the Washington Car Accident have not been sorted out yet by police, but it is known that the teens were driving southbound on Ruddell Road new Raininer Vista Community Park. The woman was driving northbound. The two vehicles collided, though the police have not yet determined who crossed the median.

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October 30, 2007

Freak Accident in Portland – Woman nearly loses legs

A man crashed into two parked cars in North Portland and nearly severed a woman’s legs on Saturday, October 27th, 2007. The auto accident caused the woman to be pinned between both vehicles, and as a result, her legs were crushed.

According to King5.com, the accident occurred just before 5:30pm in the 7700 block of North Chautauqua Boulevard in North Portland. The 47 year old woman was standing between two parked cars when a pickup truck hit the car behind her. The woman was sandwiched between the two vehicles.

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September 4, 2007

Vehicles Hit by Rocks Thrown on I-5

Three vehicles were hit by falling rocks while driving on southbound I-5 August 29th near 272nd Street. The softball and basketball sized rocks were thrown onto the freeway at about 2:15am.One of the rocks went through the windshield of a semi truck. The driver sustained minor injures and was treated at the scene. Two other vehicles, an SUV and a sedan were also hit by rocks. Troopers believe that who ever threw these rocks meant to hurt someone.

This is not the first incidence of someone throwing rocks onto I-5. In 1990, Les Miller was killed instantly when a 16 pound rock was thrown onto I-5 hitting his vehicle. It took investigators some time, but they eventually found kids who threw the rock. State troopers are increasing patrols in the Federal Way area hoping to find those behind this most recent act. They are also asking that anyone with information about the rock throwing to contact the Washington State Patrol at 425-649-4370.

Article Source: http://www.komotv.com/news/local/9446131.html

August 16, 2007

Suggestions for Auto Accident Safety

Many drivers will be involved in an auto accident at some point in their lives. According to the National Safety Council, one in eight drivers will be in an accident this year. If you happen to be one of those drivers involved in collision, here are some tips to help you minimize stress, prevent injury, and save your time and money.

-When driving, stay calm and protect yourself. Avoid road rage and stay rational when encountering irrational drivers.

-If you are involved in an accident, stop. Don’t leave the scene until you speak to the other driver or to the police.

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August 10, 2007

Man Left Paralyzed after being Rear Ended

A man was left paralyzed July 28th when a non-mounted speaker in his truck flew forward and hit him. The 27 year old Redmond man was stopped at the NE 70th ramp meter light attempting to get onto northbound I-405 when a Ford F-250 pick up truck rearended him. The speaker flew forward during the accident and struck him, breaking his neck. The injured man was left a quadriplegic and remains at Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. The driver of the Ford F-250, a Bothell man, was not injured in the crash.

The Washington State Patrol is urging people to be cautious when mounting devices, such as speakers, in their vehicles. Appropriate brackets designed to withstand impacts or sudden stops should be used.

Article Source: http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_073107WAB_speaker_paralyzed_SW.cd0f27f1.html

August 8, 2007

Cable Barrier Issues

Questions about highway cable barriers were once again raised after a fatal crash occurred July 22nd in Fife. Sunday’s accident was the first fatal crash involving the cable median barrier to happen outside of the Marysville area. A review of the cable barriers, ordered by Gov. Christine Gregoire, concluded that the barriers have performed excellently except for a 10 mile stretch of I-5 in Marysville where eight people have died in cable related accidents. According to the report, median crossover collisions account for about one fifth of disabling injuries and fatalities on state highways. State officials say that cable barriers work about 95 percent of the time and are built to handle impacts of up to 62 mph.

The fatal accident Sunday morning closed northbound I-5 for several hours and backed up traffic for six miles. The deceased driver, 21, was driving southbound at speeds estimated to 100 mph when his car drifted to the left shoulder. He hit the cable barriers, proceeded through the median and struck several cars heading northbound. According to state trooper Cliff Pratt, it appeared that at least one of the cables was severed during the crash.

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July 21, 2007

Senior Drivers Less Likely to Cause Accidents then Young Drivers

According to a RAND study released July 17th, drivers age 65 and older are one-third as likely as drivers age 15-24 to cause automobile accidents. Researchers found in 2001 that drivers 65 years of age and older accounted for about 15 percent of all licensed drivers in the United States, but only 7 percent of all accidents. Drivers aged 15-24 accounted for around 13 percent of all licensed drivers and caused about 43% of accidents. “Not only do seniors drive much less that younger drivers, they drive at safer times during the day and avoid poorer road conditions” said David Loughran, the lead author of the study. Loughran goes on to say that young drivers pose the greatest risk to traffic safety while seniors who drive pose the greatest risk to themselves. The study adds that seniors who drive are generally in poorer health and are frailer then younger drivers. It also says that older driver’s are seven times more likely to be killed during a two car accident.

The study projects that by the year 2025 drivers 65 and older will represent 25 percent of the driving population. In response to the aging driving population many states have imposed more rigorous age based licensing requirements for older drivers. Only two states thus far, Illinois and New Hampshire require older drivers to take road tests. However, many state legislators are continuing to consider tightening the licensing requirements for older drivers. The RAND study concludes that instead of imposing stringent age based licensing requirements, states should improve car and road design to make travel safer for older drivers. The study says that the new age based requirements would be costly to both states and seniors and the benefits of doing so have not yet been validated.

RAND is a leading non-profit research organization who provides objective analysis and solutions to the public and government agencies. For more information and access to RAND’s entire report titled “Regulating Older Drivers: Are New Policies Needed?” please visit their website at www.rand.org.

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July 12, 2007

Road Rage Accident Sends Father and Baby to Hospital

A father and his infant baby were taken to the hospital July 7th after their vehicle hit a pole while fleeing a road raged driver. The incident began when the two drivers’ were involved in an accident on South Gold Street in Centralia. Reportedly, one of the drivers exited their car and began yelling at the second driver. The hostile driver kicked the other’s car and even threatened to shoot. The second driver, with his 8 month old child in the car, attempted to get away from the aggressive driver by leaving the scene and running a red light. The hostile driver followed the fleeing car. The two vehicles were reportedly seen ramming each other’s cars. The chase ended when the fleeing driver either lost control or was forced off the road hitting a light pole. Both the father and his baby were treated and released from a local hospital. Police later found the hostile driver’s vehicle and arrested the driver and her passenger for second degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Article Source:http://www.komotv.com/news/local/8380277.html

July 7, 2007

Inadequate Positioning of Head Restraints Leads to Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by rear end collisions. Considering that there is a rear end crash every 17 seconds in the United States, according to Consumer Reports, it is unfortunate that most vehicles offer little protection against such injuries. Most whiplash injuries could be prevented or minimized with better head restraints and seatbelts. However, even if a vehicle has proper head restraints and seat belts, most people don’t know how to properly position them and do not take the time to do it.

Whiplash, the rapid snapping back of someone’s head during a collision, hyperextends and can damage nerves and ligaments in the neck. There are roughly 2 million reports of whiplash every year and an estimated 200,000 of these are serious enough to cause long term problems. In order to protect yourself, one must make sure that the seat/head restraint combo is properly positioned so that your torso, neck, and head move in the same plane. Good positioning of the head restraint is critical. Studies have shown that drivers tend to have the restraint positioned too low. The top of the restraint should reach at least to the top of your ears and be 3 inches or less behind the back of your head. Most vehicles have head restraints that are adjustable. However, they are only effective when the driver or passenger takes the time to adjust them properly.

Article Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/safety-recalls/rear-collisions-8-07/overview/0708_collide_ov.htm

July 6, 2007

Bicyclist Killed by Moving Truck

A bicyclist was struck by a truck in Gig Harbor on July 5th. The 58 year old woman was riding her 10 speed bicycle at about 11:30am when a furniture moving truck hit her. Paramedics were transporting Lavick to Madigan Army Hospital when they confirmed her death. The driver of the moving truck passed a field sobriety test at the scene. The accident is still under investigation by the State Patrol.

Articl Source: http://www.komotv.com/news/local/8345692.html

June 21, 2007

7 People Injured and 1 Killed in Kenmore Pedestrian Accident

Seven people were injured and one was killed June 19th when a water supply truck lost control and hit eight pedestrians. The truck accident happened around 4 p.m. at the intersection of SR 522 and 73rd Ave NE in Kenmore. Brian Stambuk, a witness to the accident, stated that a front-loader was stopped a traffic light. When the light turned green it entered the intersection to turn left and was struck by a water supply truck. The water supply truck lost control and struck pedestrians who had just gotten off a bus. The truck ended up smashing into a light pole.

The most seriously injured, a 33 year old man, the 20 year old driver of the water supply truck, and a 58 year old woman taken to Harborview Medical Center. They were reported to have not life-threatening injuries. The rest of the victims were rushed to other area hospitals. According to Sambuk, the woman who died was pinned between the water supply truck and the light pole. SR 522 was closed down for most of the evening for investigation.

Source: http://www.komotv.com/news/8079487.html

June 18, 2007

National Click it or Ticket Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released research that indicated the odds of being killed in a motor vehicle accident are three times higher at night. At night is also when seat belt usage significantly declines. In order to combat these statistics, the annual Click It or Ticket campaign will focus on nighttime seat belt use. The campaign, supported by a $30 million state and national advertising campaign, will take place between May 21st and June 3rd.

A study conducted by the NHTSA found that between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. more than 15,000 people traveling in motor vehicles died in traffic accidents in 2005. Two thirds of those killed were not wearing their seat belts at the time. According to the study, seat belt usage is about 10 percent lower during nighttime hours compared to the nationwide average of 82 percent daytime seat belt use.

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June 16, 2007

Traffic Death’s on America’s Highways Down

According to Mary E. Peters, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, traffic deaths were down slightly in 2006 in preliminary figures. The projected figures indicate that traffic deaths declined nationwide from 43,443 in 2005 to 43,300 in 2006. According to statistics, over half of the occupants who were killed in these accidents died while not wearing their seatbelts. The Secretary noted that police officers around the country are on patrol looking for people who aren’t buckled up. The United States Department of Transportation gives states millions of dollars yearly in support of highway safety. This includes the nearly $27 million dollars used for seat belt enforcement.

Preliminary figures indicate that the 2006 fatality rate is 1.44 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. This figure is down from 1.45 in 2005. Injuries from motor vehicle accidents also dropped from 2.7 million in 2005 to 2.54 million in 2006, a nearly 6 percent drop. Pedestrian deaths dropped from 4,881 to 4,768 deaths and large truck accidents dropped from 5,212 to 5,018. Not all the figures declined though. Alcohol related fatalities increased 2.4 percent to 17,941 deaths. The United States Department of Transportation collects the crash statistics from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The final report will be available at the end of summer.

Article Source: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/dot5307.htm

June 12, 2007

High Speed DUI Crash

Early Tuesday morning police arrested a Bellevue man after he caused a crash on Interstate 90 and fled the scene. According to the Washington State Patrol, Phillip Vandenberg, 37, was driving his Audi westbound on I-90 at a high rate of speed when he rear ended a Ford Explorer at the exit ramp to I-405. The Ford Explorer crashed into both shoulder barriers and then rolled over several times. The driver of the Explorer suffered cuts on his face while his passenger suffered a broken arm and some internal injuries. Vandenberg was not injured in the crash and proceeded to walk away from the scene. Police found him under the ramp of the overpass. Reportedly he still had his car keys in his pocket. When the police inspected Vandenberg’s vehicle they noted that the speedometer was stuck at 110 mph. Vandenberg was arrested for DUI/Vehicular Assault and Hit and Run.

Source Article: Http://www.komotv.com/news/local/7853582.html

June 5, 2007

Washington State Child Restraint Law Information

According to Washington State’s child restraint law, if you are driving someone 16 years of age and younger in a vehicle, it is your responsibility to make sure the passenger is properly buckled up. If your passengers are not properly secured, a ticket can be issued for each unbuckled or improperly buckled child. These tickets can cost at least $112. Here are some helpful tips to use when securing your young passengers:

-A child must use a restraint (an infant seat, child safety seat, or a booster seat) until their 8th birthday, unless the child is already 4 feet 9 inches tall (which ever comes first).

-When a child reaches their 8th birthday or is already 4 feet 9 inches tall, you need to check that the safety belt properly fits the child. There are 5 things you should look for:

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May 16, 2007

Fatal Hit and Run Accident in Burien

A fatal hit and run accident occurred Tuesday afternoon when an unidentified vehicle hit an elderly woman crossing a Burien street. The 81 year old woman was crossing at a marked crosswalk in the 13500 block of Ambaum Boulevard when a mid-90’s tan or gold Lincoln Town Car collided with her. The woman, who has not yet been identified, died at the scene. Anyone with information on the driver or vehicle involved in this pedestrian accident is asked to please call 911.

Source Article: www.komotv.com/news/7519342.html

May 15, 2007

You Can Repair Your Vehicle At The Shop Of Your Choice

The Washington Administrative Code 284.30.3903 provides that an insurance company must make a good faith effort to honor your request for repairs to be made in a specific repair shop and cannot arbitrarily deny your request. The insurance company cannot deny that the repairs be made at a specific shop due to the shop’s hourly rate if this does not result in a higher overall cost of repairs.

If the overall cost of repairs cannot be agreed upon, the insurer must:
(1) Provide you with the names of reputable repair shops reasonably close to you that can satisfactorily complete the repairs for the amount of their estimate; and
(2) Make an appropriate notation in its claim file setting forth the reason it has rejected your request.

If you choose to take your vehicle to a repair facility in which the overall cost for a satisfactory repair is higher than the insurer's estimate, you may be liable for any additional amount above their estimate.

For more information on this or other car accident related insurance issues, contact our offices at www.4injured.com.