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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A survey conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recorded that nearly half of a million people visited emergency rooms in the US for bicycle accident injuries in one year.
While bicyclists make 1% of the riders in the US, they are the most prone to accidents and crashes, usually resulting in extreme injuries and death. This is due to the nature of the vehicle they are driving. In case of accidents, where the fault usually lies at the end of bigger vehicles, the bicyclist is entitled to claim for recovery. And to help you get the right amount, an experienced Federal Way bicycle accident attorney will be the best choice after your medical recovery.
First things first; as soon as you are involved in the accident, call the police. Do not leave the scene or visit the police station to file a complaint. Wait for the authorities to come at the scene and report about your injuries. Meanwhile, collect pictures, videos, and information on any witness present at the time of the accident. This will make your case stronger.
The driver will make an attempt to apologize, if they are at fault. Do not negotiate or give statements before the arrival of the police and your attorney. Instead, document everything with the police. The police may also issue a ticket against the driver, which can further help you get claims from your insurance company.
Seek immediate medical aid. Your injuries might not be painful at first, but the damage may be too deep to realize. Furthermore, the fact that you took immediate medical assistance will prove that your injuries were present. Ask your doctor or physician to keep a book for your entries every time you visit the hospital to show as proof in your case.
When a bicycle is involved in an accident with another vehicle (usually bigger), the case gets extremely complex to judge. If you have no attorney and are a victim of such a case, then the bigger vehicle may just navigate you off. For this reason, it is best to seek an attorney specializing in personal injury cases, in particular bicycle accident claims. Communicate every detail of your case with the attorney, so that:
More so, do not communicate everything with your insurance company. Provide them with initial basic facts of the case and wait for your attorney to do the job. Insurance companies may not pay for your claims if any information or statement given by you is not in your favor.
So, get help from a personal injury attorney with specialization in the case to assist you with the case proceedings. If you are still wondering what to do with your case, get it reviewed/evaluated for free with a leading law firm in town!
Certain accidents are beyond our control, such as a slip and fall. Many people are injured every year through slips and falls and to an extent that injuries are extensive, at times even permanent. In such cases, determining ‘who is at fault?’ is often a difficult judgment to make.
Although, in most cases, the owner of the property is liable for such injuries. However, availing claims for injuries caused due to slip and fall accidents is often a complex and stressful process for the victims.
If you or a loved one has been victim to slip and fall injuries, you need to take into account some facts to hold the property owner liable. These are as follows:
The owner or the people should have taken into consideration the potential hazardous place created at the location that could have been prevented. For instance, leaking water from the pipes can cause slips for people walking on the path. If such scenarios would have been recognized by a reasonable person then action can be taken against the owner.
The owner can cause the dangerous condition on purpose. For example, purposely leaving the pot hole open that can cause the walkers to fall or slip.
The case of negligence will occur if the property owner failed to act reasonable. This can be evaluated by taking the following questions into consideration:
1. Could the hazardous condition be avoided by the property owner? Did he take into account the foreseeable event?
2. Was the property owner careful enough to keep daily, routine checks around? If yes, where is the information recorded? What evidence is available to prove that the property owner was careful?
3. Could the situation be avoided or be less dangerous? Did the owner place any warning signs for people to be aware of?
Besides this, you will also have to prove that you did not cause the accident yourself. This situation could arise when the property owner argues with the victim, trying to prove them as guilty of placing the accident. The questions that may go against you are as follows:
1. Did you have the rightful permission to enter the vicinity of the property owner at the time the accident took place? Were you expected for a visit by the owner/employees?
2. Was there a barrier that did not allow entrance to the location?
3. Were you involved in any such activities that could have caused your slip and fall accident? For example, jumping, playing, running, carelessness, etc.
So, make sure to have prepared answers for such questions when presenting your case in court. If you need expert advice, it would be best to get your case reviewed for free from a Federal Way slip and fall lawyer today. With an experienced attorney’s legal advice, your case will be covered by the best! Contact us today for a free consultation by filling out our online contact form, or by calling us today at (253) 244-9870.
According to a survey conducted in the US, at least 1000 people require emergency care treatment due to dog bites injury, everyday.
Dog bites usually occur due to negligence of dog owners. They can occur with any one, at any time. If you are a dog lover, a dog owner, or jut someone taking a stroll in the park or streets, chances are that you might be one of the victims of a dog bite.
When bitten by a dog, people often find themselves in a state of shock. This makes it very difficult for them to remember what happened, or how it occurred. In order to help you claim recovery for injuries, we have prepared a step-by-step guide that can help you in dealing with the legal aftermath of a dog bite.
This is one of the most crucial steps to take. Post bite; make sure to track down the owner of the dog who has the legal custody. Getting hold of the owner, or his address will greatly help you in making a strong case.
If there were people around you at the time of the incident, make sure to collect their information, such as: name, phone number, and address. People who witnessed the attack will be of great help once you take the matter to the court and ask for a relief.
Get hold of your mobile phone and take picture/videos of the situation. Record the dog, the marks, people, and the vicinity to gather evidence and proof.
As per the severity of the bite, call the emergency department for aid, or ask someone to take you to the nearby medical clinic.
After the medical treatment has been availed, file your case with the local or city authorities. Report the case formally to take matters further towards the claim. However, when filing your complaint, you must include the following information:
A case such as dog bite injury should be discussed with an experienced lawyer, who has in-depth knowledge related to this specific case. The attorney should be familiar with such cases in order to take yours further. This is because such a case is easy to navigate by the suspect (rightful owner of the dog), so it is best to have an experienced attorney on board.
If you or your loved ones have been bitten by a dog, and as a result have been injured, missed work, suffered permanent damages, or paid for expensive medical bills, then its time you get in touch with a Federal Way dog bite lawyer. You can get your case evaluated for free by the Ye Law Firm, who can help you relax and recover the cost of the expenses!
It is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that about 6 million people in the US are victims of car crash accidents. Road trips are increasingly common during the summer and spring season and with them car crash accidents. With that said, every driver should be prepared for handling situations in case of a car accident.
To assist you in the panic-stricken situation, we have developed a few do’s and don’ts to follow after a car crash accident. They are as follows:
Hiring a personal injury attorney should be the first thing on your list. Because, the longer you wait and think, the weaker your case gets. If you want your or a loved one’s case to be evaluated, you can contact The Ye Law Firm for free and know where you stand!