Federal Way Premises Liability: How Property Owners Should Keep Their Pools Safe

Pool premises liability

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.

Safety Tips For Reducing Drowning & Injury Risk At Pools

  • Gates, fencing, and walls should completely surround your pool. Be certain that gates and walls are at least four feet tall–and are not easy to climb. Be certain that all gates have tamper-proof locks. If your pool is an indoor pool, be sure that all entrances have child-proof locks.
  • Gates should self-close. Humans are fallible. Make sure your gates close and latch/lock automatically behind anyone who enters the pool area.
  • Consider a pool alarm. Private pool owners can invest in an alarm system that goes off when the surface of the water is broken. This is an especially good idea if pool owners have young children.
  • Increase supervision. Public pool owners can consider the cost of hiring a lifeguard to make sure accidents are prevented and that rules are followed by pool users. They may also invest in a security camera. If you own a public pool and do not have a lifeguard on duty, state so in a sign.
  • Post the rules. Both public and private pool owners can increase safety by letting everyone in the pool area know the rules. A list of pool rules can be simple and effective, with notes like: no diving, no running, and no using the pool at night, etc.
  • Have a emergency pool ring. All pool owners can increase safety by having a pool ring readily available for use during an emergency. This is a low-cost item that can increase peace of mind and prevent injury.
  • Lock away pool toys. Pool toys like floats can be tempting for small children, who may fall in trying to access them. In general floatation devices can be dangerous elements in pools and some pool owners ban them all together to increase patron safety.
  • Look into your insurance policy. In the event of an accident, you want to make sure that your insurance will cover costs in the terrible event of an injury or death.

Federal Way Premises Liability Attorney Chong Ye Can Help You & Your Case

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.

Federal Way Attorney Chong Ye Selected To The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100

Chong Ye Federal Way Personal Injury AttorneyThe 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.

What Is The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100?

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.”

They continue:

“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.”

How Are The Top 100 Lawyers Chosen?

Each attorney selected to this elite list is chosen based on the following qualifications:

  • Trial results.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Professional qualifications.

Determining these qualifications is based on a multi-phase process that blends a number of diverse criteria, including:

  • Board certification.
  • Peer nominations.
  • Nominations from current organization members.
  • Third-party research.
  • General public reputation.
  • Achievements over the previous year (settlements and verdicts).
  • Leadership within other state and national attorney organizations.
  • Judiciary reputation.

Membership is not automatically renewed–each attorney’s accomplishments are reviewed each year to determine their continued membership in the organization.

Call Chong Ye Today For Washington Personal Injury Legal Assistance

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 Not Just Pit Bulls: Any Dog Breed Can Be Dangerous

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.

Dog Bites Are Common–And Have Consequences

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.

The Most Aggressive Dog Breeds?

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:

  • Jack Russell terriers
  • Chihuahuas
  • Dachshunds

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:

  • Because of a history of abuse.
  • Because they are scared.
  • Because they are protecting their puppies.
  • Because they are protecting their food or another possession.
  • Because they feel territorial.
  • Because they are surprised.

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.

Speak To A Federal Way Dog Bite Attorney Today

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.

A Deadly Game: Street Racing Related Car Accidents In Federal Way

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.

Three Ways Street Racing Happens

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.

Street Racing Accident Statistics

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:

  • Passengers in the car.
  • Drivers or passengers in unrelated vehicles.
  • Pedestrians.
  • Spectators.

Getting Justice After A Street Racing Accident & Injury

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:

  • Your medical bills.
  • Your lost wages.
  • Your pain and suffering.
  • Your lowered quality of life.

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.

Federal Way man charged with DUI

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.

Drugs And Other Substances That Can Affect Driving Ability

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:

 

  • Marijuana/cannabis. Even though cannabis use is legal in Washington State, it can still cause drivers to drive too slowly, drive erratically, or fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Amphetamines.  Uppers can cause drivers to speed or take unnecessary risks behind the wheel–some can even affect vision.

 

 

  • Hallucinations. Drugs like mushrooms and acid can alter reality–which is absolutely not a safe way to drive.
  • Cocaine. This drug can make you feel more alert, but in reality it can cause speed-related crashes as well as crashes in which the driver suddenly turns or cuts off other drivers.
  • Opioids. Both illegal and prescription opioids can cause drivers to be drowsy, react too slowly, or fall asleep behind the wheel.

 

  • Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Many drivers are surprised to find that cough suppressants, antihistamines, sleeping aids, and anti-anxiety medications help treat their symptoms, but also affect their ability to drive. Always talk to your doctor about the side-effects of your medications.

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 Think Your Federal Way Car Accident Was Caused By Drugged Driving

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.

Yes, Distracted Walking Is Real – And Really Dangerous

Since smartphones became commonplace, distracted driving has become an enormous problem on our country’s streets and highways–with more than 3,000 deaths related to inattentive drivers taking place each year across the nation.

But although most drivers are now familiar with the dangers of taking their eyes off the road and their hands off the wheel, fewer people are aware that it is also dangerous to lose focus while on sidewalks and shoulders, walking as their means of transportation. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, 11,000 people are injured due to texting and walking each year in the United States–and texting while walking can cause people to lose track of their surroundings and veer off course. In fact, one study found that 60 percent of people who were walking while distracted veered off their course.

Federal Way and the greater Seattle area are great places to get from here to there on foot–but distracted walking can make this economic and healthy form of transportation dangerous, especially in congested urban areas.

Types of Distracted Walking

Although distracted walking has been in the news recently because of an uptick in smartphone use, distracted walking can take many forms. Really, any activity that takes your eyes, ears, or mind off of your primary task is a danger. This could include:

  • Texting, reading your phone, using apps, or checking your email while walking.
  • Talking on the phone while walking.
  • Looking at a book or map while walking.
  • Listening to headphones while walking.

Pedestrian Safety Means Being Alert While Walking

It might sound silly, but when you are walking, it’s important to focus on the task at hand, especially if you are walking in areas with high traffic or without sidewalks. Here are just a few things you can do to increase your awareness while walking:

  • Keep your phone in your pocket or purse – you can even turn off alerts so that a buzzing or ringing phone won’t interrupt you.
  • If you do have to write a text or take a call, consider stopping to sit on a bench or just to stand aside until you are done with your communications.
  • While it can be nice to walk while listening to music, books, or podcasts, it also greatly increases the danger of distracted walking. If you really want to listen while you walk, consider only using one earbud or turning down the volume so that you can hear the noise of approaching vehicles.
  • Use your senses to keep you safe: listen for motors, and look around you, especially when you are crossing the street or walking in an area without sidewalks.
  • Obey all traffic laws–and be predictable. Don’t dart into the street or cross without a crosswalk.

Talk To A Federal Way Personal Injury Attorney Today

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths were steadily dropping until 2009 – about the same time that smartphones began to gain popularity. It’s no coincidence that numbers have started to rise again since both pedestrians and those behind the wheel have started to look at their phones while getting from here to there.

At The Ye Law Firm, we are committed to helping injury victims get the legal help they need. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident in the Seattle, Bellevue, or Federal Way areas, a Federal Way personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice that you are seeking. To learn more, or to request a free, no-obligation meeting, please call us today at 253-946-0577 or fill out our quick contact form.

When To Report A Car Accident To Your Insurance Company (And When You Can Skip It)

It’s pretty common knowledge that you need to report car accidents to your car insurance company in the wake of a crash. But are there any exceptions to the rule, and if so, how do you know if you should give them a call or not? This week, we’re outlining exactly when you need to pick up the phone and report your collision and when you can skip the whole thing (though remember: the best way to know is to dig out your insurance policy and read the fine print.

When You Might Be Able To Skip Reporting Your Car Accident To Your Insurance Company

Reporting is a hassle, and you shouldn’t do it if you don’t have to, especially if it might mean seeing your rates go up because your driving record is tarnished. You might not have to give your insurance agent a call if all of the following are true:

 

  • It was a single-vehicle accident. If no one else was involved, there is no one to file a claim except for you. If you had a minor one-car accident that also didn’t damage anyone’s property, you may be off the hook.
  • No one suffered a significant injury. If you and any passengers are totally okay (maybe save a scratch or bruise or sore muscles) you may be okay not to call. Just be warned: it may take a day or two to realize an injury (especially, for example, a head injury or internal injury) and if you don’t file a claim, you won’t be able to be compensated for any medical bills or lost wages.

 

  • Your car didn’t get significantly damaged. If you were just in a fender-bender with a pole or bumped a fence, the only damage may be some scratched paint or a small dent. If it’s something you don’t feel the need to get fixed professionally, or if the repairs will cost less than your deductible, you may choose to skip the headache.

Be aware: many car insurance policies contain a clause that states that you must report any vehicle accident that may result in a claim. Always read your insurance policy closely both when you purchase the policy and when you are involved in an accident.

When You Should Report Your Car Accident To Your Insurance Company

As a general guideline, any significant traffic accident that results in damage or injury should be reported to your car insurance company in an express manner. Specifically, always report your car accident when:

 

  • Someone is injured. If you, your passengers, or someone else involved in the collision suffers a significant injury that results in medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering, you must report the accident to the insurance company. As stated above, be aware that the damage from some injuries, like concussions or neck injuries, may not surface immediately.
  • A vehicle is damaged. If your vehicle or another vehicle suffers damage that needs professional repair, you need to call the insurance company and report it, because a claim will likely be filed to pay for the repairs.
  • Property is damaged. Damage does not need to be limited to your vehicles. In some cases, a car may damage another piece of property during a collision, or personal property within the car may be damaged (two common items are cell phones and laptops).

 

Remember: you cannot file a claim and get compensation for damages if your accident or injuries are not reported. Also remember that it is vital that you report only the facts of the accident and nothing more, so that fault can be determined fairly. If you are unsure about how to report your accident, don’t hesitate to speak with an attorney about the process.

Request A Free Car Accident Case Review From Washington Attorney Chong Ye

The wake of a car accident and car accident injuries can be stressful, overwhelming, traumatic, and confusing. The Ye Law Firm is here to help you get through the entire claims process quickly and efficiently, while securing you the compensation that you deserve under the law. To learn more about your case, ask a Washington car accident attorney a question, or schedule an free, private appointment, please call (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.

Federal Way Dog Bite Attorney: The Most Common Dog Attack Injuries

Did you know that each year, an estimated 4.5 million Americans sustain a dog bite? While many of those injuries do not require significant medical attention or result in significant damages, thousands leave their victims with lost wages, piles of medical bills, scarring, disabilities, and emotional trauma. In cases where the dog’s owner, or the owner of the property you were on, was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

How can a dog seriously injure you? In this week’s post, we will take a look at the most common types of dog attack injuries and complications in Washington State.

 

  • Puncture wounds. By far the most common injury from dog attacks is puncture wounds, both from dog bites and dog claws. The seriousness of puncture wounds vary from surface scratches to deep tissue injuries that require professional cleaning, stitches, and possibly antibiotics.
  • Tendon and ligament damage. If dog bites go deep, they could affect more than your skin. The most serious bite wounds can damage your tendons and ligaments, especially around your hands, feet, knees, and shoulders. This type of damage often require surgery and longer recovery times.
  • Nerve damage. Deep bite wounds can also result in permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage can result in tingling, weakness, paralysis, ongoing pain, or inability to feel pain. It can be especially devastating to suffer nerve damage in your face, which can result in disfigurement.
  • Organ damage. Puncture wounds in your chest or abdomen area can result in organ damage, such as damage to the liver, stomach, or intestines. These injuries can have severe consequences, including organ failure or sepsis.
  • Scarring and disfigurement. Even somewhat superficial dog bites can leave behind scarring and disfigurement. This can be especially heartbreaking because dogs often bite children on visible parts of their body, such as the hands or the face. Scarring and disfigurement may be improved with plastic surgeries, but these surgeries can be very painful, time-consuming, and expensive.
  • Infection. Dog’s mouths and paws are teeming with dirt and bacteria, and puncture wounds can be deep. Wounds, especially if untreated by a medical professional, can become infected, an issue that may become life-threatening or require hospitalization.
  • Concussion or head trauma. When a dog attacks, the victim is often thrown off of their feet at the same time that they are fending off the animal. This can mean that they strike their head, hard, on the ground, floor, or asphalt. This head strike can lead to a traumatic brain injury that causes ongoing issues for the victim, including headaches, memory loss, or even personality changes.
  • Emotional trauma. Being violently attacked by an animal–or suffering from disfigurement–can have lasting psychological effects including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. These issues often require both therapy and medication, which can be costly.

 

We believe that it’s also important to mention some of the lesser-known injuries that dog attacks can cause. For example, serious dog attacks on children or the elderly can cause broken bones, amputations, or even death. Other dog bites may rarely result in rabies, a bloodborne disease that is extremely dangerous and even fatal to humans.

Speak With A Washington Dog Bite Attorney About Your Case Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, you may be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, or other losses–including what you’ve spent on reconstructive surgery or psychological therapy. Learn more about your case by speaking with an experienced, compassionate Seattle dog bite attorney about your case. Chong Ye offers free, private meetings about dog bite cases. To learn more, or to schedule, please call us today at (253) 258-0813 or fill out our short online contact form.

Preventing Washington Motorcycle Accidents: How To Travel Safety In A Group Of Riders

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The Seattle Times recently reported about a multiple-bike motorcycle accident that involved four riders and two serious injuries. The Washington State motorcycle accident occurred during a group ride when one of the bikers lost control, causing multiple collisions.

 

While group motorcycle rides can be an extremely rewarding and fun way to see the country, spend time with friends and on your bike, they can also be dangerous if they are not handled correctly. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at group motorcycle safety tips so that your next ride in Washington State is as safe and fun as possible.

  • Have a meeting before you ride. Make sure everyone is on the same page before you leave, including your route, any planned breaks, your formation, and your hand signals.
  • Do a quick inspect. Take a moment during your group meeting to inspect your bike, or to inspect the bike of a friend. Make sure everything is in good running order to avoid mechanical issues mid-ride.
  • Ride ready. Make sure you have everything you need for a safe trip. Check your gas tank, and be sure to pack things like a charged cell phone (in case of an accident or breakdown), a small repair kit, and some food and water.
  • Know your route. Choose a route that is fun and interesting as well as one that is safe for group riding. You may wish to avoid areas of congestion or road construction. Review the route during your group meeting.
  • Know the leader and followers. Also during the meeting, choose a group leader as well as a sweep–the person bringing up the back. Both the leader and the sweep should be smart, experienced riders. Place newer riders directly behind the leader.
  • Stagger. It’s legal for two motorcycles to ride abreast of each other in Washington State, but it’s safer to slightly stagger everyone.
  • Don’t show off. It’s never safe to show off on your motorcycle, but that goes doubly for group rides. Even though you might want to impress your pals, showing off could lead to an accident that involves your friends.
  • Say no to speeding. Speeding is always bad, dangerous, and illegal, but it can be especially hazardous if your group of motorcycles is speeding. A crash caused by speed can not only be deadly, but it can cause the riders behind you to crash as well.
  • Use hand signals. Hand signals that warn those behind you about hazards or turns are a great way to keep everyone in the group safe. Review all hand signals at the group meeting before you take off.
  • Take breaks. Riding a motorcycle can be tiring, especially in adverse weather conditions or on twisting scenic roads. Take frequent breaks, both to get some rest from the road and to review the route and ride.
  • Never drink and ride. Being social with your motorcycle friends is fun, but even one or two drinks can affect your reaction times and coordination. Time your drink for after your ride is over.
  • Keep your group size down. Studies have found that riding in groups of 10 or less is the safest and most comfortable number for riders.

 

Speak With A Washington Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Even when you follow all of the safety rules, motorcycle accidents can still happen, whether its a collision with another bike, or whether a different type of vehicle is involved. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital to understand how the accident was caused and whether you may deserve compensation. The Ye Law Firm offers free, confidential case reviews to the victims of motorcycle accidents in and around Seattle. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, call (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.

Safety Tips For Pedestrians Walking At Night

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In SeaTac last week, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driver on Des Moines Memorial Drive. New station KIRO 7 reported that the 44-year-old man who was killed was putting gas into his car when a passing driver slammed into him, leaving him with fatal injuries. The driver fled the scene of the accident, but his damaged truck was located a short time later by police.

These nighttime pedestrian accidents are all too common in Washington State and the Seattle area. While some can’t be prevented, there are some steps that you can take to lower your chances of being struck by a vehicle at night while you are on foot. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best pedestrian safety tips for traveling at night.

  • Consider flashlights or headlamps. Even streets with good street lights may have patches of darkness, and a flashlight or headlamp can make it much easier both to see where you are going, and for approaching vehicles to see you. Consider keeping a spare flashlight or headlamp in your car in case of emergencies.

 

  • Use popular routes and routes with sidewalks. You are less likely to get struck by a vehicle if vehicles are on a road where they expect heavy bike and foot traffic. You are also less likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident if you are on a road with a dedicated sidewalk to path. Consider choosing a safer path, even if it makes your journey a bit longer.

 

  • Walk facing traffic. If you are on a road without a dedicated sidewalk, walk against traffic so that you are aware of approaching vehicles and can move out of the way if necessary.

 

  • Be aware of drug and alcohol use. About 30 percent of pedestrian accidents involve alcohol, and an even greater percentage of nighttime accidents involve drivers or pedestrians who are under the influence. Understand that even if you don’t drive home when you are intoxicated, you may still be in danger if you walk while intoxicated. Consider sleeping it off at a safe place instead of attempting to walk home if you have been drinking.

 

  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing. One of the easiest steps you can take toward safety is simply to make sure you are wearing bright (white, yellow, orange) clothing and/or reflective clothing. If you are running or jogging at night, know that many brands make exercise clothing and footwear that features reflective strips.

 

  • Never walk while distracted. You’ve probably heard of distracted driving, but distracted walking is also a danger. Don’t wear headphones while walking at night (you won’t be able to hear oncoming traffic) and don’t look down at your smartphone instead of focusing on where you are going or what dangers might be approaching.

 

  • Plan your walking for daylight hours. The bottom line is that the vast majority of pedestrian accidents happen when it is dark outside. If it is at all possible, plan your walking, running, or jogging during daylight hours when cars and trucks will have a much easier time seeing and avoiding you.

 

  • Assume drivers don’t see you when crossing. Crossing the street is simply more dangerous at night. Cross at a light intersection with a traffic light when possible, or at an intersection with a dedicated crosswalk. Whenever you do cross, do so with the idea that traffic cannot or does not see you.

After A Pedestrian Accident, Speak With An Experienced Federal Way Injury Attorney

Even when you take all possible precautions, accidents still happen–and in many cases, it is due to the neglect of the driver who hit you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Washington pedestrian accident, an attorney can help answer your legal questions, build your case, and get you the compensation you deserve. At The Ye Law Firm, we have helped hundreds of injury victims get justice. To schedule a free, private consultation with Chong Ye, call our office today at (253) 946-0577 or fill out our short online contact form.