According to a report by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 1,300 people die each year in car accidents on slushy, snowy or icy roads and an additional 116,800 people are injured in car accidents that happen in snowy-icy conditions. About one quarter (24 percent) of car accidents that happen in poor weather conditions are a result of slush, snow or ice. Many snow-related car accidents happen after the snow fall has ended. Recognizing the additional dangers posed to drivers during a particular type of snow storm, the National Weather Service (NWS) has created a new type of weather warning to be used nationwide this year – the snow squall warning.Read More
About 10:10 p.m. on November 30, a single-vehicle crash happened in Ferndale, WA near the intersection of Brown and Malloy Roads. Law enforcement and aid units were called to the scene of the car accident. By 11 p.m. one lane of Brown Road was open while the crash investigation was being handled.
Single-vehicle crash on Brown Road sends driver to hospitalRead More
On November 23, 2018, The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration updated information for multiple existing recalls of booster and child car seats, affecting thousands of products from different manufacturers.
If your child was injured because of a defective car or booster seat, contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in product liability claims in your area. He or she can discuss your legal rights and may be able to fight on your behalf for an appropriate settlement.Read More
Family of Dead Bellingham Man Who Was Intubated Without Consent Files Personal Injury Claims for more than $15 million
The body of a man who died on the way to the hospital was used for training purposes by 11 Bellingham firefighters on July 31, 2018. Now the family is suing for more than $15.5 million in damages in three separate personal injury claims.
The Bellingham Fire Department employees, including two office workers, admitted to performing “tube checks” (endotracheal intubations) on the body of Bradley Ginn Sr. while he was on the floor of Station 1 waiting to be picked up and taken to a funeral home.Read More
A fight between two men who knew each other happened downtown Bellingham on November 7; it ended with one of the men having the index finger of his right hand bitten off. The plaintiff, 28-year old Terrence Uriah Erickson, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Monday on suspicion of first-degree assault, and held on $20,000 bail.Read More
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on November, 20, 2018 that 32 people living in 11 states and 18 people in two Canadian provinces had been infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli most likely stemming from eating romaine lettuce. The first reported illness was on October 8 and the last was on October 31. Thirteen of the 32 were hospitalized and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been associated with the contaminated lettuce. The strain of E. coli found in this outbreak was the same one found in people sickened in a 2017 outbreak linked to leafy greens in the United States and to romaine lettuce in Canada. This outbreak is not, however, related to a recent E. coli outbreak across several states also associated with romaine lettuce.Read More
Some Ferndale, WA residents believe that speeding and distracted driving through neighborhoods is causing an increase in traffic accidents that should be fixed with traffic calming measures. Ideas to reduce speed on the roads include installing speed bumps, more police patrols, and contacting the mayor.
Other cities in Washington State have traffic safety programs in place to reduce traffic accidents. Programs include funding for city officials to help residents respond to traffic issues caused by poor driving choices such as speeding and cutting-through neighborhoods. Residents are able to:Read More
The annual report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released last month showed that 2017 had a slight decrease in traffic fatalities over 2016 but it was small comfort when crash deaths were up 6.5 percent in 2016 and 8.4 percent in 2015. In addition, evidence keeps mounting that the SUV, which is America’s most popular vehicle, is becoming more and more deadly on the roads. Traffic deaths decreased by 1.8 percent in 2017; the first drop since 2013. The one type of vehicle that saw an increase in fatalities was SUVs.Read More
There is a learning curve for drivers switching from a car to an SUV. With SUVs now representing 60 percent of new vehicle sales in the US and making up 12 percent of all vehicles on the road, it’s time to acknowledge the jump in SUVs involved in deadly motor vehicle accidents and help prepare drivers to drive safely in an SUV.Read More
Two car accidents in Ferndale the night of Monday, November 5 required attention from first responders.
Two car accidents in Ferndale, WA
The first car accident was a multi-vehicle accident involving four vehicles in a chain reaction of rear-end collisions. The accident happened on Slater Road between Haxton Way and Red River Road; it closed the roadway at 5:30 p.m. All people involved were treated and released at the scene.
The second accident happened about an hour later at 6:40 p.m. and blocked one lane of Grandview Road. The two-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Olson and Grandview Roads. Altogether, four people were in the vehicles and one was transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the vehicles landed on its roof in the ditch. Emergency responders gave credit to the cars’ airbags for preventing major injuries.Read More