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) 258-0806 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.
It’s a huge misconception that pit bulls are aggressive, dangerous dogs–while many other breeds of dog are perfectly safe family pets. While pit bulls are among the most dangerous breeds when it comes to serious injuries and dog attack fatalities, it’s extremely important to understand that any breed of dog can inflict serious injury on a human (especially a child) regardless of their size, weight, or breed.
Although a few breeds of dog have bad reputations–sometimes due to their history or the appearance–you should know that all dogs can be dangerous and that even small dogs can land you or your child in the hospital.
According to statistics, every year in the United States, approximately 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and about one million of those need to seek professional medical attention. At the same time, around 10-20 people sustain fatal dog attack injuries, mostly small children and the elderly.
While some dog bites are minor and heal quickly, others can be painful and expensive, with long-term consequences. Dog bites to the hands and face can require reparative surgery, while any sort of deep dog bite requires a trip to the doctor, a careful cleaning, and possible infection.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, speak to a Washington State dog bite attorney today.
You can probably guess most of the most dangerous dog breeds when it comes to serious injuries: pit bulls, German shepherds, rottweilers, wolf hybrids, dobermanns, and chow chows. But when it comes to aggression, there are some other surprising dogs on the list:
In fact, when it comes to bite frequency, these three types of dog are more aggressive than the bigger, more powerful dogs that are often associated with dog attacks.
Even though smaller dogs may not often be responsible for fatalities, these dogs can badly injure a human, especially if they bite the hands or face, and especially if they attack a child or baby. In addition, dog bites from smaller dogs can also lead to infection because a dog’s mouth (and paws) are teeming with bacteria.
In addition to small dogs, even dogs from “gentler” dog breeds can bite or attack, including dogs like Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. While these dogs often make ideal family pets and have gentle dispositions, they can attack for any number of reasons, including:
It’s also imperative to remember: all dogs are animals, and animals have instincts. On top of that, a dog’s owner is responsible for that dog’s behavior if the dog wasn’t provoked.
Whether your dog bite was caused by a pit bull or a chihuahua, you could be facing scarring, emotional trauma, and a pile of medical bills. And either way, you deserve justice and compensation under Washington State dog bite law.
To learn more about your possible dog bite personal injury case, or simply to get your questions answered by a dog bite attorney, call the Ye Law Firm today. We offer free, private consultations to injury victims and their families. Fill out our online form or call (253) 946-0577 today.
In January, Federal Way police and emergency responders rushed to Pacific Highway South near Dash Point Way, to the scene of a fatal Washington car accident between a truck and car. This tragic crash absolutely could have been prevented: it was allegedly caused by street racing.
Sadly, the history of street racing is as old as automobiles themselves–it has also been illegal for a very long time. Still, street racing is a far too common occurrence today, despite both its dangers and its serious consequences.
Why is street racing such an issue? Many believe that it is because it is often celebrated in pop culture and film, from action movies to comic books. It’s also alluring for teenage boys and young men, whose developing brains don’t yet understand it’s deadly risk.
Street racing occurs in several different ways. In some cases, street racing takes place when a group of people arrange a time and place for a race or series of races–most commonly on rural stretches of local highway and at night. In other cases, street racing might start at a stop light, when two drivers spontaneously agree to race when the signal turns green. Still other cases take place as a result of road rage, a fight, or a domestic dispute.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 153 people were killed in 122 street racing crashes while racing between the years of 2001 and 2010. Of course, that number is likely higher, as street racing culture often keeps the origin of the accident from officials.
A more frightening statistic is that the victims of fatal street racing crashes are often not the driver. One study found that while 47 percent of street racing victims were driving a speeding car, the majority of victims were:
If you were injured in a street racing accident and you weren’t breaking the law at the time, you could hold the driver of the racing car, or other involved parties, responsible for damages, including:
A Federal Way accident attorney can help you piece together what happened on the road and who is responsible by collecting evidence, building your case, and reconstructing the accident–getting you the financial compensation and justice that you deserve under the letter of the law.
At The Ye Law Firm, our legal team and Federal Way car accident attorney are ready to help you. To ask a question about your case, learn more about your legal services, or schedule a free, private meeting, please contact us today by filling our our short online form or calling us at (253) 946-0577.
In Torrance, California, last month, a Federal Way man was charged with DUI after driving the wrong way down a city street and then striking two vehicles, a fire hydrant, and a light pole before slamming into a restaurant. Luckily, no one besides the driver suffered injuries, and he was arrested after being treated at the hospital.
But although the man was charged with a DUI, he was not drinking alcohol at the time of the crash–he was allegedly using PCP, a drug that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.
While alcohol is the most commonly abused drug when it comes to driving under the influence, it’s important to understand that many different drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause traffic accidents. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11.8 million Americans drove under the influence of drugs in the last year. In addition, of drivers involved in deadly traffic accidents who were tested for drugs, about 47 percent had prescription medication in their systems, 37 percent had marijuana in their systems, and 10 percent had cocaine in their system.
A huge number of drugs can affect your ability to safely drive–including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs. Here are just a few:
It’s important to note that many of the above drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are more dangerous when mixed with alcohol.
If you were involved in a Federal Way car accident that you believe was caused in part by someone else driving under the influence of drugs, it’s vital that you speak to a Washington State personal injury attorney about your case. At The Ye Law Firm, we can help you analyze the evidence in your case and pursue justice and compensation. To request a free, no-obligation consultation about your possible case, call Chong Ye and his legal team today: (253) 946-0577.