The term “subrogation” is not well known among the general population until you are in a car accident. If you have filed a car accident claim with your insurance company it is useful to know what subrogation is and how insurance companies use it to recover some of their costs.Read More
Another person has been struck in Bellingham, Washington in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. The crash happened Wednesday, January 31, 2018 on I-5 near Samish Way. The man, who had been walking on the highway, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with signs of head trauma and leg injuries consistent with being hit by a car.Read More
According to a list published by financial website WalletHub.com on Wednesday, January 24, 2018; Washington ranked second-worst state to drive in the nation. Hawaii came is as the worst and Texas the best. Now, before we start blaming Canadians or people who don’t know how to use roundabouts or who camp in the left lane, this ranking is about a “positive commute.”Read More
Each year 10,000 preventable deaths occur as a result of drunken driving accidents. In an effort to reduce this unnecessary carnage, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a study from the National Academies of Sciences to identify the most effective proven strategies for reducing drunken driving. The report, which was released January, 2018, concluded that the majority of alcohol-related traffic deaths could be eliminated if states reduced their blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. All states currently have 0.08 thresholds although Utah passed a law last year that will lower the state’s threshold to 0.05 beginning Dec. 30, 2018.Read More
A 44-year-old male was clipped by a vehicle while using a crosswalk to cross the Guide Meridian from east to west near Westerly Road. The incident took place about 11:20 p.m. October 30, 2017. According to Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley, witnesses told police the car sped north on Guide Meridian from Westerly road. Police were left looking for the perpetrator as he or she fled the scene, making this a pedestrian hit and run accident.Read More
Could the Bellingham Multi-Car Pileup on I-5 Monday, January 8 Have Been Prevented with Defensive Driving?
I-5 Northbound traffic was blocked for almost three hours Monday morning as emergency crews and tow trucks handled the aftermath of a multi-car pileup near the Lakeway Exit. Cars were stopped all the way back to Old Fairhaven Parkway while officials completed the cleanup and investigation. Side-streets were inundated with traffic diverted from the interstate. In total 11 vehicles were involved in the crash and two people were hurt and taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital. Thankfully there were no life-threatening injuries.Read More
Road traffic increases on most major holidays as people travel to visit family and friends; New Year’s is no exception. According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) traffic study of six major holidays, New Year’s Eve came in at the fifth deadliest. New Year’s Eve traffic accident statistics also reveal what is probably obvious; drinking and driving play a major role in the traffic accidents that do occur and that more accidents happen in years where New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend.Read More
When a car is unable to accomplish braking and stopping safely, there is a high risk of single or multi-car rear-end car accidents. In order to prevent a rear-ending accident, drivers must be aware of the environmental, vehicle and driver factors that play into the ability to stop safely.
If you were seriously injured in a rear-end car accident through no fault of your own, contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.Read More
Being involved in a car accident can be traumatizing enough and some are shocked to receive a traffic ticket by a responding police officer. Gaining an understanding of the reasons that tickets are sometimes issued can bring peace of mind when making the decision to call law enforcement to the scene of an accident.Read More
Our June blog post about a sharp rise in Whatcom County car accident deaths marked 10 deaths between January and mid-June, 2017. As of November 14, 2017 Whatcom County has experienced a tragic 20 crash deaths, which means a shocking additional 10 lives lost. The county has averaged 15 deaths from traffic accidents each year over the last decade but had seen improvement in 2015 and 2016 with 11 and 12 deaths, respectively. The highest number of car accident related deaths over the last decade was endured in 2008 with 21 deaths but 2017 isn’t over.Read More