Car Accident Injury
The police are looking into whether the two drivers were behaving erratically or even racing. They believe that the vehicles were moving at a high rate of speed but they have not announced if the drivers were involved in a street race. Of the eight teenagers inside the two vehicles, six suffered injuries. Two of the passengers have been listed in critical condition. Read the rest »
A passenger in a vehicle whose driver was fleeing the scene of a crash was critically injured after the vehicle crashed into a tree. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the two accidents occurred near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street. Officials say the male driver of a 1993 Chevy Blazer first sideswiped a Nissan and then lost control while fleeing the scene of the crash. The hit-and-run driver and his passenger had to be cut from the Blazer. The passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and has been listed in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.
Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a crime in Washington. Under Washington Statute 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.” Read the rest »
A soft tissue injury is any damage involving the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A majority of injured car accident victims suffer some form of soft tissue injury. This type of trauma does not show up on X-rays and often manifests as nothing more than discomfort shortly after the crash. Read the rest »
Spinal cord injuries are particularly devastating because they often require extensive rehabilitation. Many spinal cord injuries result in a permanent loss of either sensation or movement below the site of the trauma. While broken bones can heal over time, spinal cord injuries often never improve.
There are a few different types of spinal cord injuries that can occur during a crash. A complete spinal cord injury is when there is bruising, pressure, or loss of blood to the spinal cord. It will typically result in the complete loss of sensation and motor ability below where the spinal cord is damaged. An incomplete spinal cord injury, however, does not result in the complete loss of movement or sensation. Read the rest »
A high-speed street race may have been to blame for a crash that resulted in serious injuries to a 26-year-old woman and minor injuries to her four-year-old son. According to The Yakima Herald Republic, the crash occurred near the Burger King on West Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima. Officials say the victim was pulling out of a parking lot in her Toyota Corolla when a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into her car.
She suffered severe internal injuries and her son suffered superficial glass cuts. The 23-year-old driver of the Jeep, who was traveling more than 65 miles per hour, was arrested at the scene and the 18-year-old driver of the car he was racing was tracked down as well. They both are expected to face two counts of vehicular assault. Read the rest »
The Bellevue car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., are concerned about an increasing number of collisions caused on our roadways by sleepy drivers. Recently, an 18-year-old Orting man was seriously injured in a Washington car accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel. According to a report by The News Tribune, the car crash occurred along state Route 162 near Orville Road. Officials say his vehicle left the eastbound lane and crashed. He has been listed in critical condition with a partially collapsed lung and multiple broken bones.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. When you are fatigued, your reactions are delayed and can be more challenging to stay focused. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of drivers polled in 2005 admitted to feeling drowsy while driving in the past year. Over one-third of drivers interviewed actually fell asleep while driving. Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries result from drowsy driving each year. Read the rest »
What every accident victim should remember is that an insurance company is not your friend. Insurance companies remain profitable by not paying claims that are filed. Insurance adjusters are paid and trained by these companies to find ways and means to prevent paying you. They will go the extra mile to find out information about you and the case that will be advantageous to them. Their goal is to minimize the value of your claim or find ways to deny it. Read the rest »
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced their top 10 significant public health achievements for the past decade, 2001 to 2010. Included on the list was the significant decrease in deaths and serious injuries caused by U.S. motor vehicle accidents during that period.
According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death for young Americans, ages five to 34 years, and they are one of the top 10 causes of death for Americans in every age group. Motor vehicle accidents cause approximately $99 billion in financial losses due to medical bills and lost wages every year, and they rank behind only cancer and heart disease in the number of years of life lost to those who suffer in them. Read the rest »
One report, from a 7-Series owner in Atlanta, Georgia, told of a case in which the driver parked in a day care parking lot and turned off the vehicle’s ignition. The vehicles are supposed to enter “park” immediately when the ignition is cut. However, this vehicle ended up in “neutral,” which allowed it to roll across the parking lot and crash into an embankment. Luckily, no one was injured. Read the rest »