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Several injured, 2 killed in wrong-way car accident

While every collision runs the risks of being dangerous, those that occur at high rates of speed may have a higher chance of ending in catastrophe. Those who are involved in accidents of this nature may suffer serious injuries in the process, and in some cases, such incidents could prove fatal. A recent car accident involving numerous vehicles in Washington has left as many as six individuals with injuries and claimed the lives of two others.

Law enforcement agents assert the accident took place just after 11:30 p.m. on a recent Monday when, for unknown reasons, a vehicle was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic. According to reports, the driver proceeded to side-swipe an oncoming car, which led to a chain reaction involving four vehicles in total. The driver who caused the crash and a passenger in his vehicle were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Family law: Five not-so-obvious property division issues

When couples begin the divorce process, they often think broadly in terms of marital property division. The most obvious asset to divide is the family home. Next would be any joint bank accounts, savings accounts and the family vehicles.

Most couples stop there, at least initially. However, there are several less obvious items that need to be properly accounted for and divided equitably. Here are five of them.

Personal injury: Don't underestimate the impact of a minor accident

Minor car accidents usually don't make headlines. However, they can still cause major pain - literally and figuratively - for those involved. The key is that with a rear-end collision or other minor car accident, that physical pain might not show up right away.

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Car accident involving impaired driver injures 2, kills 1

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be dangerous, and those who are culpable of such negligence may endanger everyone around them in the process. Those who encounter an impaired driver may find it challenging to react in time to prevent a collision, and they may wind up being the one who suffers the consequences. A recent car accident involving an impaired driver in Washington has left two individuals with injuries and claimed the life of another.

According to law enforcement agents, the incident occurred at around 11:40 p.m. on a recent Wednesday as a driver lost control of her vehicle and veered into the opposite lane. After entering an oncoming lane, her vehicle proceeded to collide with a nearby truck. Police have advised that both vehicles were totaled in the accident and that a passenger in her vehicle was pronounced dead soon thereafter.

Family law: What happens when one parent wants to move?

In some respects, your parenting plan reflects the time in your life when you were getting divorced or separating from your child's other parent. While designed to work well into the future, parenting plans may sometimes need modifications, especially as your family's needs change.

One such scenario is when one parent wishes to relocate. The move could be as simple as moving into Seattle or as complex as moving across state lines or even abroad. Whatever the reason for the move, it will likely require modifications to your existing parenting plan. Here are a few things to consider.

Personal injury: Are self-driving cars really that safe?

Self-driving technology seems to be all the rage today. While the technology is still being tested in places like Arizona, California and even here in Washington, many industry experts and lawmakers agree that self-driving cars will be the way of the future.

One of the many features of fully autonomous vehicles touted by the industry is that they will make roads safer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 people and injured an estimated 391,000 in 2015. Furthermore, the organization estimates that 660,000 people use their cellphones, smartphones or GPS devices while driving.

Family law: Does the new tax law affect divorce?

Tax considerations aren't normally part of the thought process of divorce, at least initially. Most people focus on determining what's fair in terms of property division, working out a suitable parenting plan, and helping their children deal with the process as best they can.

These are all important considerations, but the recent changes to the tax code could have significant impact on those who decide to get divorced. Here's how.

Personal injury: Intoxicated driver leaves 3 with injuries

Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, and such a decision could place the safety of others in harm's way. Those who suffer serious injuries due to similar acts of negligence may choose to pursue restitution through a personal injury claim, but they may require assistance in the process. A recent multiple-vehicle accident involving an intoxicated driver who was traveling in the wrong lane has left three with injuries in Washington.

According to reports, the incident took place early on a recent Monday morning when a driver was operating his vehicle in the wrong lane of traffic. Authorities assert that he proceeded to collide with three other vehicles during this period. Three individuals reportedly suffered injuries in the process, and each was rushed to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter.

Family law: Protecting one's financial future during divorce

When facing the end of a marriage, an individual in Washington or elsewhere may have concerns about how the outcome will affect his or her financial future. Those experiencing a similar circumstances may wish to protect this area of life by taking measures to prepare for subsequent negotiations. However, the process can be stressful and intimidating, prompting many to seek guidance from a family law attorney early on.

Perhaps one of the first steps to take for those facing divorce is to obtain documentation of all marital finances. This can include anything from joint bank accounts to retirement or investment accounts over the past several years. Along with potentially helping a person gain a better understanding of the current financial standings of the marriage, it can also assist in identifying all community property, as well as the correct value of each one.

Personal injury: Wrong-way driver leaves 2 with injuries

There may be numerous circumstances in which a driver crosses into the wrong lane of traffic. Regardless of how it occurs, the result may remain the same, as head-on collisions can be some of the most devastating incidents one might ever experience. Individuals in Washington who suffer serious injuries under similar circumstances may wish to pursue restitution through a personal injury claim against the party deemed culpable, but the process can be complex.

According to reports, a collision occurred just after 3 p.m. on a recent Saturday as a driver was attempting to pass another vehicle. After traveling slightly off the road, authorities say she overcorrected and ended up crossing into an oncoming lane, subsequently causing a head-on collision. Both individuals within the other vehicle reportedly suffered injuries in the process, and they were rushed to a medical facility for treatment.