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Avoid Pedestrian Accidents: Safety Tips For Pedestrians Walking At Night in Federal Way

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In SeaTac last year, 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 Federal Way area. While some can’t be prevented, there are some steps 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.

Plan Ahead

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Walk Defensively

  • Walk facing traffic. If you are on a road without a dedicated sidewalk, walk against traffic so 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Have Questions Regarding Pedestrian Accidents in Federal Way?

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, contact our office today or fill out our short online contact form.

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Posted on October 1, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Preventing Washington Motorcycle Accidents: How To Travel Safely In A Group Of Riders in Federal Way

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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 spending time with friends on your bike, they can also be dangerous if they aren’t handled correctly. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at group motorcycle safety tips to help you prevent Washington motorcycle accidents.

Be Prepared

  • 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.

Be Wise

  • 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 an Attorney in Federal Way about Washington Motorcycle Accidents

Even when you follow all of the safety rules, Washington motorcycle accidents can still happen, whether it’s 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, contact us or fill out our short online contact form.

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Posted on September 18, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim in Washington State?

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If a loved one has suffered fatal injuries that should have been prevented, or that occurred due to neglect, you may have the legal right to collect damages on their behalf. In this post, we will explore who under the law can seek damages and file a wrongful death claim in Washington State.

When someone dies due to the neglect of another person or entity, they are not able to sue for damages – and they are not able to hold the person or party responsible for what they have done. However, under Washington State law, the estate of the deceased person can sue in their stead for damages that include:

  • Medical bills.
  • Funeral costs.
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of parenting/loss of companionship.

The Personal Representative

A Washington State wrongful death lawsuit is filed by a “personal representative” of the deceased person’s estate. This party is usually the same person who is the executor of the will, and is oftentimes (but not always) a surviving relative or someone who was close to the person who has passed away. Generally, the personal representative should be trustworthy and moral – they should not have conflicting interests and they should not have a criminal history. The person chosen should have the time, emotional well-being, and interest to take on this role.

The personal representative has a number of important responsibilities, including finding and selecting a WA wrongful death attorney, discussing settlement figures, and making all important final decisions about the case (such as whether to settle or go to trial).

Real Parties Of Interest

“Real parties of interest” are people who are close to the person who passed away and are directly affected by their death. In addition to the personal representative, real parties of interest can join the wrongful death claim and seek damages. In Washington State, real parties of interest include:

  • The spouse of the deceased (husband or wife).
  • The children or stepchildren of the deceased.
  • The parents of the deceased (ONLY if the deceased does not have a spouse or children).
  • The siblings of the deceased (ONLY if the deceased does not have a spouse or children).

In the case of a child under the age of 18 that has died, parents who regularly contributed to that child’s support can file a wrongful death claim. In cases where the parents of the deceased child were never married, or were divorced or separated, the parent who files a wrongful death claim must inform the other parent within 20 days of filing the claim so they have the option of joining the claim.

Talk To an Attorney About a Wrongful Death Claim Today

Losing a loved one can be unbelievably overwhelming, devastating, and stressful. At The Ye Law Firm, we are dedicated to taking the burden of all legal issues related to your loss off your shoulders, while making certain you get the compensation you need and deserve under Washington State Law.

We offer free, confidential consultations. To learn more about your case from an experienced Washington wrongful death attorney, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Posted on September 5, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business

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The Frightening Connection Between Truck Drivers And Distracted Driving

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