What are your legal responsibilities in the minutes after you are involved in a car accident in Washington State? Do you need to call the police, or inform other state officials of a crash in the event that a police officer does not come to the scene of an accident?
At The Ye Law Firm, we want you to know that the police should be called in most instances that there is a car accident, especially if there are any injuries or significant property damage. In addition to keeping you safe and getting everyone the medical attention that they need, a police officer can help collect evidence as well as file a police report that reviews that evidence.
Here are a few guidelines for calling law enforcement after a car accident occurs:
It’s very simple: leaving the scene of a car accident is against the law in Washington State –both driving away or leaving on foot. Leaving the scene of an accident could result in having your license suspended or revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident when someone is seriously injured or killed can have much more serious legal consequences.
In some instances, an accident doesn’t require police involvement, but is still significant enough to require a Collision Report Form, which is filed with the Washington Department of Transportation. If your accident involved:
In most cases, a police officer will file this report. But in cases where a police officer isn’t present, you have four days to report your accident. The report requires:
Not reporting your collision to the WDOT can have serious consequences, such as the suspension of your license. Not reporting your collision can also affect your ability to collect money from the insurance company, or your ability to take your case to court effectively.
At The Ye Law Firm, our Federal Way car accident attorney can help you understand your accident, including your accident report and related evidence. We will make certain that the cause of your accident is clear and that you receive compensation for your losses that is fair and just.
Are you wondering if you need a Washington State car accident attorney to assist you with your car accident and related injuries? Perhaps the best way to find out is to request a free consultation to ascertain whether your case needs the help of an experienced lawyer. To schedule your meeting, or to ask a question, please call (253) 946-0577.
Did you know that commercial drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than a trucker with their eyes on the road? Or that commercial drivers dialing a mobile phone are six times more likely to cause an accident?
Since the advent of the mobile phone, distracted driving has become a huge problem on our roads, highways, and interstate for all vehicles. But commercial drivers, including 18-wheeler truck drivers, may be especially susceptible to all kinds of distracted driving simply because they are on the road for long stretches of time.
In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) outlawed texting and driving for all commercial drivers across the country. This includes holding, using, or reaching for their cell phones, mobile devices, and smart phones. Businesses can be fined $11,000 for allowing their drivers to engage in phone-based distracted driving.
It’s important to note, though: truck drivers are allowed to operate their cell phones while pulled off of the road and at a complete stop. They are also allowed to talk through hands-free devices while on the road.
Most people associate distracted driving with smart phones and mobile devices, but in truth, truckers have a history of engaging with a wide range of distracted driving–usually because they suffer from boredom during long hauls, or because they are trying to multi-task to save time. Commercial drivers might engage in the following dangerous activities while behind the wheel:
Distractions can also be solely mental–a trucker may be lost in thought or listening to a podcast to the point where they aren’t paying attention to their primary activity: driving a vehicle that can weigh up to 40 tons.
A collision with a truck can lead to extremely serious injuries or be fatal. If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in a commercial truck accident, it is vital that you know why the accident happened and who was at fault–especially if distracted driving was involved.
At The Ye Law Firm, we have experience handling commercial truck accidents as well as distracted driving cases. We can take you through the process of handling your case from start to finish, and ensure that you get fair compensation for your damages considering the details of the crash.
Don’t continue to wonder whether you deserve compensation after your run-in with a commercial driver. Call (253) 946-0577 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation or to speak with our Washington truck accident attorney, Chong Ye.
When someone dies due to the neglect of another person or entity, they are not able to sue for damages – and they are not able to hold the person or party responsible for what they have done. However, under Washington State law, the estate of the deceased person can sue in their stead for damages that include:
If a loved one has suffered fatal injuries that should have been prevented, or that occurred due to neglect, you may have the legal right to collect damages on their behalf. In this post, we will explore who under the law can seek damages and file a wrongful death claim in Washington State.
A Washington State wrongful death lawsuit is filed by a “personal representative” of the deceased person’s estate. This party is usually the same person who is the executor of the will, and is oftentimes (but not always) a surviving relative or someone who was close to the person who has passed away. Generally, the personal representative should be trustworthy and moral – they should not have conflicting interests and they should not have a criminal history. The person chosen should have the time, emotional wellbeing, and interest to take on this role.
The personal representative has a number of important responsibilities, including finding and selecting a WA wrongful death attorney, discussing settlement figures, and making all important final decisions about the case (such as whether to settle or go to trial).
“Real parties of interest” are people who are close to person who passed away and are directly affected by their death. In addition to the personal representative, real parties of interest can join the wrongful death claim and seek damages. In Washington State, real parties of interest include:
In the case of a child under the age of 18 that has died, parents who regularly contributed to that child’s support can file a wrongful death claim. In cases where the parents of the deceased child were never married, or were divorced or separated, the parent who files a wrongful death claim must inform the other parent within 20 days so that they have the option of joining the claim.
Losing a loved one can be unbelievably overwhelming, devastating, and stressful. At The Ye Law Firm, we are dedicated to taking the burden of all legal issues related to your loss off of your shoulders, while making certain that you get the compensation that you need and deserve under Washington State Law.
We offer free, confidential consultations. To learn more about your case from an experienced Washington wrongful death attorney, call us today at (253) 946-0577 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
Two men were killed and six more were seriously injured in a wrong-way traffic accident in Federal Way earlier this year. According to the Federal Way Mirror, a car was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Kent Des Moines Road (State Route 516) just before midnight when it struck two vehicles traveling the correct direction. A third vehicle attempted to avoid the crashed cars, but struck a guardrail and one of the other vehicles.
The two men driving in the vehicle going the wrong way–38-year-old Faalfua Ili and his brother 36-year-old Freddie Ili, both of Federal Way–died in the crash. Two other accident victims remain in critical condition while four were in serious or satisfactory condition.
Tragically, wrong way crashes are all too common in Federal Way, in Washington State, and across the country. While you may think that it is difficult if not impossible not to realize that you are going the wrong way down a highway or interstate, these accidents take place regularly.
There are a few common causes of wrong way accidents in Washington State:
In the above Federal Way car accident, the cause of the wrong way accident remains under investigation.
Wrong way driving accidents are especially dangerous because they often involve head-on collisions and high speeds–like the accident above, fatalities and critical injuries are common. If they survive, drivers who go the wrong way often face serious traffic violations and criminal charges.
Being the victim of a wrong way driver can affect every aspect of your life, from your health to your career to your relationships. If a wrong way driver causes an accident that leaves you seriously injured, he or she may be responsible for damages, including:
Wrong way traffic accidents can have devastating effects on whole families, no matter the reason that they occurred. When someone is injured in a wrong way accident due to another person’s negligence, it is imperative that they receive compensation for their losses, whether from a drunk driver, a reckless driver, or a municipality.
At The Ye Law firm, our legal team is committed to helping the victims of serious car accidents throughout Washington State get compensation and justice in the wake of a collision. We offer free, private consultations to the victims of wrong way accidents as well as their families – to ensure that you and your family know your rights under the law.
To schedule a meeting, please contact us today, either over the phone at (253) 946-0577 or by filling out this short form.
Not all wounds are visible. One of the most common injuries associated with accidents (including traffic accident and on-the-job accidents, and slip and fall accidents) is the concussion, but they can be difficult to diagnose, especially since symptoms may not appear until hours or even days after the incident. They can also be difficult to treat – and can have long-term and even permanent consequences that can affect your life for years to come.
In this post, we will take a closer look at the signs and symptoms of a concussion that you should look for both directly following a head injury as well as in the days and weeks afterward.
If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by negligence, we urge you to contact Federal Way personal injury attorney Chong Ye today to learn more about how much your case may be worth: (253) 946-0577.
Concussions are a mild form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that often takes place when a person’s head is struck or violently shaken. While most people fully recover from a concussion, some can suffer long-term issues with memory, concentration, “seeing stars” and headaches. Suffering a series of concussions can also lead to long-term brain damage.
The immediate signs of a concussion are loss of consciousness, head pain, amnesia, and confusion. However, you can suffer a concussion without losing consciousness.
After the initial injury, signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
These issues could take a while to appear and can then last for days, weeks, or months after the accident depending on the seriousness of the injury.
Because it is an invisible injury, it is extremely important to see a doctor after a head strike, such as banging your head during a car accident or fall, even if you don’t immediately feel the effects of a TBI and even if you did not lose consciousness. When visiting the doctor, be sure to report all symptoms and signs. If you go to the doctor and then begin displaying concussion symptoms afterward, return to the doctor to report your new symptoms.
Treatment for mild concussions is simply rest: stopping sports activities, limiting exposure to screens, and avoiding stress and over-stimulations. Pain relief and rehabilitation may also be involved in treatment.
A concussion can be painful and lower your quality of life for months. It can also keep you from work for days or weeks–and cost you a significant amount in medical bills. If your concussion should have been prevented, or if it was caused by negligence, the responsible person or persons may be obligated to pay for these damages.
To learn more about your Washington personal injury case, contact The Ye Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Send us an inquiry online or call us today: (253) 946-0577).
Getting bitten or attacked by a dog can be an extremely frightening experience in the moment – but it can also be scary after the fact, as you wonder whether you could have contracted an infection or a disease from the dog’s saliva. While most bacterial infections can be fought quickly and effectively with antibiotics, rabies, a rare viral infection, can only be treated successfully immediately after infection. If it is not treated quickly, the mortality rate is 100 percent. For this reason, it is vitally important that you know as much as possible about your rabies risk after you have been bitten by a dog.
Rabies is a virus that causes fatal inflammation of the brain over a period of one to three months. While an animal such as a dog is infected with rabies, it may display a large range of abnormal behavior, including:
Because rabies is well-controlled in the United States, cases are now rare – only a few cases and deaths occur each year. However, because it is so fatal, and because chance of survival goes up considerably if you are treated quickly, being aware of rabies is extremely important.
Whenever you are attacked and bitten by a dog, you should consider the possibility of rabies. After your injury, it is vital to ask the following questions:
If you cannot determine that the dog absolutely does not have rabies through confirming the vaccine and/or quarantine, and if the dog potentially exposed you to the virus during the attack, you must follow through with post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a vaccine that is almost 100 percent effective as long as it is given within a few days of exposure and before symptoms present themselves.
A dog attack can have a number of consequences for the victim that include psychological trauma and a bevy of medical bills. Specifically, receiving the post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) rabies vaccine can be both expensive and hard on your psyche.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Washington State, you may be owed for damages, which can include medical bills and pain and suffering. Talk to a Washington dog bite attorney today about your legal rights as a dog bite victim, and whether you should file a claim regarding your case. The legal team at our firm offers free, confidential consultations with attorney Chong Ye. To schedule yours, call (253) 946-0577 or contact us online today.
Getting bitten by a neighbor’s dog, or a dog with a clear owner is scary enough. But getting bitten by a stray dog can be both more frightening and more legally complex. In this blog post, we will discuss what to do if you are attacked by a seemly stray/unattended dog and what your legal rights are after such an encounter.
Stray dogs are literally a different kind of beast than a trained dog with an owner. Here are our best tips for what to do about an aggressive stray dog, before and after an attack.
It’s a misconception that no one is legally responsible for a stray dog attack. Even if the dog doesn’t have an owner, you could have a premises liability case depending on where you were attacked. The property owner where you were attacked has a legal responsibility to keep you reasonably safe, and if they didn’t you may deserve compensation.
You should also consider that just because a dog does not have tags and does not have an owner in the vicinity doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a stray–it may have escaped from its yard or owner and is roaming. This is why it is important to keep track of the dog in the wake of the attack if necessary–the owner may be located, or the dog may have a chip to track its ownership.
A dog bite can be devastating, both in terms of medical bills and in terms of pain, suffering, and trauma. After a serious dog bite or animal attack, it is vital to know your rights. If you or your child has been the victim of a violent dog attack, a Seattle dog bite attorney can help you review your case, understand Washington State dog bite law, and, if applicable, help you recover fair compensation. To learn more about your case and how much it may be worth, contact The Ye Law Firm today. We offer free, complimentary legal reviews.
Mobile phones and smartphones have made our lives better in many ways: we are more connected than ever before, we have so much information at our fingertips, and we are in many ways safer. However, as the popularity of these devices has grown, the number of distracted driving accidents caused by phone use while driving has grown right along side it.
In an effort to curb these distracted driving accidents and injuries, many states, including Washington State, have signed distracted driving and texting rules into law. Let’s take a closer look at the texting and driving laws in Washington.
Washington was the very first state in the nation to pen a texting and driving law, back in 2008. Since then, though, the laws have changed again–legislation passed in 2017 made the rules even stricter in an effort to further reduce distracted driving injuries and deaths.
This set of laws, called the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (DUIE) Act, are primary offenses–that means that you can be pulled over simply for violating these distracted driving laws. First-time violators will be fined $136, while second-time offenders will have to cough up $235. In addition to the fine, violations will likely raise insurance rates.
These laws were put into place after a Washington State study found that one in ten drivers were holding a device in their hand at any given time while traveling, and that just over 70 percent of distracted drivers were engaged with their phones. Drivers were distracted in crashes that killed 3,179 people in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When you are struck by a distracted driver, the accident and your injuries are not your fault. Make sure that you get the compensation you need after a distracted driving crash by speaking with an experienced, knowledgeable Federal Way car accident attorney today. At The Ye Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients recover the money they deserve after a wreck, so that they can move on from their accident as quickly as possible.
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.
If you own a swimming pool, it can mean long days of summer fun for your family and friends. If you are a business owner who as a pool on your premises, it can also be great for business, especially during the hot months of the year.
However, by having a pool on your property, you are also taking on a large responsibility, whether it is for your private enjoyment or whether it is a part of your business model. Not making your pool area a safe environment can not only mean that someone may be harmed on your watch, but also that you could face serious legal repercussions that could seriously injure both your finances and your reputation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pool or pool area, it is vital to know your rights and to secure justice. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not you might need an attorney, talking to an experienced attorney can help you learn about your potential case as well as what you might deserve under Washington State premises liability law. You may be owed compensation for damages, which can include hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Request a free, private consultation today by calling (253) 946-0577 or by filling out this short form.
The Ye Law Firm is pleased and honored to announce that Chong Ye has been named a Top 100 lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Only a small percentage of attorneys across Washington State are given this honor, or the opportunity to take advantage of the The National Trial Lawyers organizational programming.
“I am so honored to have been chosen for the elite group of my colleagues,” said Ye. “Not only am I proud of my firm’s accomplishment, but I hope that it will better enable me and my team to help accident victims and their families in Washington get the justice and compensation that they need and deserve.”
You can take a look at Chong Ye’s attorney profile on the National Trial Lawyers page here.
The National Trial Lawyers is an exclusive, member-driven organization comprised of the top civil litigation and criminal litigation attorneys in the country. The group not only strives to select the top-performing attorneys in each state, but also to offer further education and networking opportunities to these attorney to raise their practices even higher.
What is their Top 100 list? From their website:
“The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.”
“Each of our distinguished Top 100 members possesses the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only the best and finest lawyers in America. By combining resources, power, and influence, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is devoted to preserving and protecting justice for all.”
Each attorney selected to this elite list is chosen based on the following qualifications:
Determining these qualifications is based on a multi-phase process that blends a number of diverse criteria, including:
Membership is not automatically renewed–each attorney’s accomplishments are reviewed each year to determine their continued membership in the organization.
We are incredibly proud to be selected for this rare honor and hope that receiving this recognition will help us help more clients across coastal Washington. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, or if you have a question about a possible personal injury or premises liability case, we welcome you to call our team today to ask a question, talk to a lawyer, or request an appointment. Alternatively, you can contact us through our quick online form and we will connect with you as soon as possible.