Three-car Accident Jams the traffic on Interstate 5

According to the news and the Washington State Patrol, morning commute just got a little harder for all drivers taking the Interstate 5 in Lynwood this Monday morning.

Some time after 7 a.m., a collision that involved three different vehicles jammed the traffic. As far as we know, there weren’t many details regarding the reasons behind the accident. It is known however that the backup extended for four miles and made all commuters pretty unhappy.

The Washington State Patrol is still investigating the crash since there were no reports on how it all started or whose fault it might have been. Road conditions or technical issues with the cars could also have influenced the crash.

As a Bellevue car accident lawyer I sincerely hope there aren’t any severe injuries reported from this accident. Although it may have caused a great deal of delay to all commuters who happened to travel through that area, the most important thing is to keep anyone from getting hurt.

Any accident that might have been caused by a third party and that has put your life at risk should be dealt by a professional car accident lawyer that will expose the other driver’s negligence and assist you with your case.

Three-car Accident Jams the traffic on Interstate 5 is a post from: Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Blog

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Collision in Clearview sends Motorcyclist to the Hospital

According to reports from the Washington State Patrol, a man from Monroe was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning after his motorcycle crashed.

The 48-year-old man was riding his motorcycle near the intersection of Highway 9 and 176th Street SE when a Kia Soul driven by a 17-year-old girl allegedly from Snohomish, was turning onto 176th Street SE. Both vehicles collided leaving the man with non-life-threatening injuries. Reports from the authorities say the girl was left unharmed.

There aren’t many details regarding the crash, but news articles stated that the motorcyclist tried to escape the heavy traffic by driving onto the shoulder before the collision.

As an Everett personal injury lawyer, I urge all drivers and bikers to be alert. A slow traffic won’t make your chances for an accident less likely to happen.

If you’re only worried about making somewhere in time, you will not be mindful of others sharing the road with you. In the case of a collision that might have been caused by distract driving, contact a car accident lawyer so you can be assisted by those who are familiar with the experience you went through.

I-90 Head-On Crash Injures 2 Snoqualmie Valley Residents

News sources reported that a head-on collision on Interstate 90 Sunday morning in Snoqualmie Valley injured two residents.

According to Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Trooper Julie Startup, the accident occurred as a 20-year-old North Bend resident was traveling westbound in the eastbound traffic lanes on I-90 in her Nissan XTerra, when she changed lanes and struck another vehicle head-on. Startup stated that driving in the wrong direction occasionally happens by accident, and typically drivers pull to the side quickly or turn around. Usually, if a driver continues to head in the wrong direction, drugs and alcohol are involved.

“It definitely happens more often than we’d like, because it’s potentially a fatal mistake,” Startup said.

Troopers say that both drivers sustained injuries in the accident, especially the 20-year-old driver, who was not wearing a seat belt and believed by the WSP to be driving under the influence at the time. The 20-year-old driver was transported Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for the treatment of serious injuries. The 43-year-old driver of the vehicle that was struck suffered only minor injuries, despite their Lexus LX4 catching fire as a result of the crash.

As an Renton car accident attorney, I’m relieved to learn that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. I hope both victims enjoy speedy recoveries so that they may put this incident behind them that much faster. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of another driver’s negligent actions, speak with a car accident lawyer in your area.

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Equinox, Terrain Recalled Due to Bad Tire Monitoring System

In news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with General Motors Company (GMC), announced the recall of certain 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles because they contain tire pressure monitoring systems that do not meet federal safety standards.

The recall affects roughly 34,000 Equinoxes and Terrains from the model year 2012. This recall was initiated by the NHTSA after the agency found that the vehicles feature tire pressure monitoring system computers that fail to alert drivers when their tire pressure falls below the federal safety standard. The federal standard for tire pressure monitoring systems in vehicles is designed to alert drivers when the air pressure in any of the vehicle’s tires falls under 25 percent of the vehicle’s recommended cold inflation pressure. Certain models of each vehicle fail feature tire pressure monitoring systems that fail to illuminate the dashboard warning light until the internal tire pressure falls to a level beneath the 25 percent standard.

According to the NHTSA, improperly inflated tires can result in the overheating of the tires or even blowouts, which can further result in auto accidents that involve injury. Underinflated tires can also result in premature and uneven tread wear, poor vehicle handling and increase fuel consumption.

General Motors plans to begin notifying known affected consumers this month of the NHTSA recall. Owners will be scheduled to bring in the vehicle to a local dealership where technicians will replace the faulty modules free of charge.

As an Olympia car accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls concerning defective auto parts before and understand the significant dangers they pose to drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to call a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights a consumer.

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Study Finds WA Drivers Willing to Push Speed Limits

A recent study performed by the Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance Company revealed that the motorists of Washington State are more than willing to stretch the posted speed limit on the highway without expecting consequence.

The study states that most drivers display a consistent belief in a “buffer zone”, an unwritten rule where troopers look the other way even if drivers travel at speeds slightly above the limit.

Clark County Planner Ken Paul said, “In this state, I don’t push it unless I can see for a few miles. I just don’t want to push it.” But when asked about other states, Oregon specifically, he claimed, “In Oregon, I’ll go over. They don’t have any troopers.”

The study found that 59 percent of overall Pacific Northwest drivers view the “buffer zone” as 4mph over the speed limit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), half of all fatal car accidents involving excessive speeds in 2009 occurred where the posted speed limit was 55mph or more. The Washington State Patrol ranks speeding among the top three causes for injury and death in car accidents, along with driving while in intoxicated and failure to wear a seatbelt.

As a Vancouver car accident lawyer, I encourage all drivers to obey the posted speed limits in their areas and consistently wear their seat belts. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of another driver’s actions on the road, speak with a car accident lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.

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Edmonds Man Killed in Truck Accident on I-90

News outlets reported that a 26-year-old Edmonds man lost his life in an accident on Interstate 90 near Ellensburg Monday afternoon.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred roughly 11 miles west of Ellensburg on Interstate 90 at approximately 1:10pm Monday. The 26-year-old was driving his 1994 Toyota pickup truck westbound on the interstate when, for unknown reasons, he veered off the roadway, overcorrected his vehicle and struck a westbound 2000 Toyota 4 Runner driven by a 15-year-old Gold Bar male. The Toyota continued across all traffic lanes to the other side of the road where the driver lost control. The vehicle then rolled, ejecting the driver.

The 26-year-old Edmonds man was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, resulting in his ejection. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he pronounced dead. The 15-year-old Gold Bar driver escaped the accident uninjured.

Washington State Patrol troopers are continuing their investigation into this incident, however they have stated that they believe intoxicants played a contributing role in the crash.

As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. I’ve witnessed similar accidents in the past and the effects they’ve had on the friends and family over my time as a car accident lawyer. I hope they have a strong support system to help them cope with their loss and my heartfelt condolences go out to them at this time.

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Hwy-17 Accident Injures Kennewick Man

News sources reported that a 30-year-old Kennewick man sustained moderate injuries in a car accident on Highway 17 near Warden Saturday morning.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 5:30am Saturday as the 30-year-old Kennewick man was traveling in the northbound lanes of Highway 17. The Kennewick man sustained moderate injuries when a 1987 Ford Ranger, driven by a 41-year-old Othello man, failed to yield to oncoming traffic as he pulled in front of the 30-year-old’s 1998 Nissan Altima.

Neither the 41-year-old driver nor his 31-year-old passenger in the Ford was injured in the accident. The Kennewick man was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for the treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. He was released later that same day.

Washington State Patrol officials reported that the Othello driver has since been charged with failure to yield, lack of insurance, and driving with a suspended license in the third degree.

As a Renton car accident lawyer, I’m relieved that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially deadly accident. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the direct result of another’s negligent actions, it may be in your best interests to contact a car accident lawyer in your area to learn more about your legal options.

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Ritzville I-90 Accident Kills SCC Student

News outlets reported that a car crash killed a 20-year-old Spokane Community College student on Interstate 90 near Ritzville Monday morning.

According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the accident happened just before 6am as the 20-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90, approximately 17 miles east of Ritzville. The woman and her 21-year-old male passenger were apparently driving from Yakima to Spokane, where the woman attended college, when for unknown reasons the woman veered off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled roughly 150 feet down an embankment before coming to rest. Upon reaching the bottom of the embankment, the vehicle ignited in flames. The male passenger was able to escape the vehicle, however he was unable to extricate the female driver.

Emergency crews pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. The passenger was transported to East Adams Rural Hospital in Ritzville for the treatment of injuries, including several broken bones, which he had sustained in the crash.

Troopers were forced to close one lane of I-90 to facilitate a cleanup effort and their investigation. Authorities are continuing their investigation and have yet to state whether they believe drugs or alcohol played contributing roles in the accident.

As an Olympia car accident attorney, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. In my time as a car accident lawyer, I’ve seen the devastating effects that accidents similar to this have had on those left behind. My sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of this woman as they mourn their loss.

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Sexist Safety Measures Protect Men More Than Women

According to recent studies from the American Journal of Public Health, women have a higher likelihood of suffering injuries in car accidents because safety features are designed for men.

While going over data concerning US auto accidents, researchers uncovered that females that wear seatbelts during accidents still have a 47 percent higher chance of sustaining serious injury than men involved in a comparable accident. Previous studies have attributed these differences to the way in which each of the sexes drive, but researchers have recently suggested that the design of the safety features may be to blame. The positioning of head restraints, for examples, does not take into account the different length, size and strength of a woman’s neck in comparison to a man’s. Women also have a higher likelihood of injury to their lower extremities because of their shorter stature. In other words, vehicles safety features are simply made for taller people.

Researchers say that, “health policies and vehicle regulations must focus on effective safety designs specifically tailored toward the female population for equity in injury reduction.”

As a Tacoma car accident lawyer, I’m glad that this issue has been brought to light and hope that steps can be made in the near future to help improve the safety of all drivers on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent driving of another, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in your city about the options open to you.

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Four-Vehicle Pileup Injures 6 Near Mabton

Media sources reported that six individuals sustained moderate and minor injuries in a multiple vehicle pileup accident near Mabton Saturday.

According to reports from the Washington State Patrol, the pileup crash occurred at approximately 1:20pm Saturday afternoon on State Route 241 near the intersection of Stover Road. The accident, which happened on the stretch of SR-241 between Sunnyside and Mabton, occurred when a 1991 Acura Integra driven by a 16-year-old Mabton man struck a 1985 Ford Bronco driven by a 51-year-old Sunnyside woman. The impact from that collision forced the Integra into oncoming traffic lanes where the Integra collided with an Isuzu flatbed truck and a 1995 Nissan coupe.

The occupants of the Isuzu flatbed truck and Nissan coupe escaped this accident without injury. However, both the 51-year-old Sunnyside woman and her 61-year-old passenger sustained moderate injuries in the accident. They, along with the 16-year-old driver and his 8-year-old, 5-year-old and 4-year-old passengers, were taken to a nearby hospital for the treatment of their injuries.

No update has been provided on the condition of those injured. The Washington State Patrol has stated that the crash was the result of excessive speed and that charges are pending.

As a Federal Way car accident attorney, I’m relieved to learn that no one was more seriously injured in this potentially fatal crash. I wish all of those injured in this incident a quick recovery so they may move forward with their lives. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence actions of another, contact a car accident lawyer to learn more about your rights in the matter.

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