Whatcom County is prone to the risk of flooding, particularly in early fall when rain increases but it is too warm to snow. Certain low-lying areas such as Iowa Street and east toward Mt. Baker Highway may accumulate more flood water, increasing the risk of car accidents and stranded drivers. As reported by Whatcom-News.com, first responders were busy overnight evacuating and rescuing stranded drivers and posting signage on flooded roads around Whatcom County.
The flood was caused by heavy mountain rain and snow melt that pushed the Nooksack River levels into official minor and moderate flood stage in all forks and in the main channel combined with heavy lowland rains through the county that saturated the soil, leaving nowhere for some of the rain to go. The result is surface water and creek and stream flooding; possibly reaching record levels.Read More
If you were involved in a car accident, you may be dealing with extensive injuries and medical bills. It is natural to wonder who pays your medical bills in a car accident that was someone else’s fault? While a personal injury settlement is ultimately designed to cover all your accident-related medical bills, it can take years before you see any money. In the meantime, your healthcare providers will expect payment. So, how do medical bills get paid while you wait for a settlement? The answer may vary a little depending on the state where you live and the type of car insurance you have. The best way to ensure that your medical bills after a car accident are paid on an ongoing basis is to work with a car accident attorney.Read More
Insurance adjusters are trained to make the lowest possible offer they think you will accept for your injury claim. And they often get away with it by being friendly and making it sound like they are on your side. While the adjuster understands that this offer is meant to be a launching point for negotiations, they are hoping that you don’t know that. The offer is typically made shortly after you open an injury claim, well before you know what your medical expenses will be, let alone the pain and suffering you will endure through the recovery process.
What you need to know about low-ball settlement offers
Getting a low-ball settlement offer can be very disappointing; maybe because you know in your gut that it won’t be enough to cover all your current and future medical bills and lost wages but also because you are dealing with a traumatic injury and want to be treated with respect.Read More
A recent head-on injury crash in Whatcom County has led to a recommendation for a vehicular assault charge.
Head-On Crash Leads to Recommended Vehicular Assault Charge
As reported by whatcom-news.com, a head-on crash occurred in the Marietta area at the intersection of Bancroft Road and Country Lane about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 15. According to Washington State Patrol troopers, 19-year-old Lea Serena-Gole was impaired while driving a 2007 Toyota RAV4 SUV south on Bancroft Road in the Marietta area. She failed to negotiate a curve in the road, causing her to cross over the center line and crash head-on into a 2013 Jeep Wrangler going north. Both the 26-year-old Bellingham woman who was driving the Jeep and Serena-Gole suffered non-life-threatening injuries but only the driver of the Jeep was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Both vehicles were deemed totaled and towed from the scene.Read More
It’s fall in the Pacific Northwest and that inevitably means more rain and wet roads. Rainy and wet road conditions can increase the risk of a crash. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 74 percent of all weather-related car accidents happen on wet pavement and 46 percent happen during rainfall. For comparison, 12 percent of weather-related accidents occur on icy roads while 14 percent occur on snowy or slushy pavement. That means that wet roads contribute to five times as many car accidents as icy or snowy road conditions.
One of the biggest factors in the danger of wet roads versus icy or snowy roads is driving behaviors; drivers are more likely to slow down and leave extra space between vehicles when they know that roads are icy versus when they are wet. What drivers need to know is that it takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry roads so we should be slowing down in the rain or after a rainfall. An accident that happened in Bellingham yesterday afternoon may have been worsened by the wet roadway.Read More
While we have made great strides on education around the consequences of drinking and driving, there are still far too many accidents involving alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day about 28 Americans die in DUI crashes. In the 10-year period from 2010 to 2019, more than 10,000 people died every year in drunk driving car accidents.
We Fight for Victims of DUI Crashes
Tario & Associates, P.S. has over 40 years’ experience representing victims of drunk driving car accidents. When you have been seriously injured through no fault of your own you may need a legal advocate who will fight for the settlement you deserve. Free consultations and no up-front fees make hiring a car accident lawyer the right choice for many accident victims. Contact us today!Read More
The first several weeks of fall in the Pacific Northwest are usually beautiful with a little rain and plenty of sunshine, even if temperatures are starting to cool. Still, we all know what lies ahead as we inch toward standard daylight time: darker evenings, and colder, wetter weather. We could even see ice or snow fall by the end of November. As we transition out of summer weather, it’s a great time to review fall driving safety tips to reduce our chances of getting into a car accident.Read More
As reported by whatcom-news.com, a street race in Bellingham, WA the evening of September 28, led to the death of a 28-year old passenger. A police investigation revealed that first responders were called to the intersection of Woburn, Iowa and Yew Streets after a report of a crash about 8:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found a 2007 Dodge Charger resting on its side after colliding with a tree. According to the report, witnesses reported seeing two cars traveling east on Iowa Street involved in a street race and when they passed the intersection, one of the cars lost control and crashed into a tree.
The 24-year-old driver, who was later transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to treat his injuries, was out walking around when police arrived. His 28-year-old passenger stayed in the car with critical injuries and was eventually declared dead at the scene.
According to the report, the driver showed signs of intoxication and the investigation provided probable cause to arrest and charge him with suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, and driving while his license was suspended.Read More
Unfortunately, most people are involved in at least a few motor vehicle accidents over the course of their lives. In the days after the accident, you will very likely receive a phone call from the at-fault insurance adjuster (a representative from the at-fault driver’s insurance company) in an attempt to settle your accident claim as quickly as possible. What you need to understand is that adjusters are highly trained to steer the conversation in a direction that will ultimately benefit the insurance company; not you.Read More
Most of us are aware that as we age, safe driving can become more difficult. Adult children often get to a point with their elderly parents where they worry about their ability to drive safely. And there is reason to be concerned. According to cdc.gov, in 2018, almost 7,700 senior adults, ages 65 plus, were killed in traffic crashes. An additional 250,000 were treated in emergency departments for crash injuries. Older drivers, especially those 75 and up, are more vulnerable to injury in a crash than middle-aged drivers (aged 35-54); contributing to a higher crash death rate among this age group.
With an aging population, we will have an increasing number of senior drivers licensed to drive between now and 2030. Data from the Federal Highway Administration, points to a 60 percent increase in licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States between 2000 and 2018. What does this mean for safety on our roads? The good news is that older drivers tend to be more responsible than other age groups; they are less likely to drink and drive and more likely to wear their seatbelt.Read More