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King County Full Service Law Firm Blog

2 passengers suffer personal injury in suspected DUI crash

As Washington residents know, some car accidents are simply the result of one person choosing to behave irresponsibly. In many cases, drivers who make these choices are under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they get behind the wheel. Recently, two men suffered serious personal injury in a crash that appears to have been caused by a speeding driver authorities suspect was under the influence of alcohol.

According to police, in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday, an officer spotted a vehicle traveling at an excessively high speed on a Spokane roadway. He attempted to stop the vehicle but lost sight of it at some point before he was able to do so. A few minutes later, police responded to 911 calls that had come in about a nearby crash and people trapped in a burning car. Reportedly, when police arrived at the scene, they found a car had hit a pole. The fire was out, but two male passengers had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Defying family law ruling is prosecutable crime

Winter is nearly over, and with spring on the horizon, parents are thinking of all the fun things they can do with their young children when warmer weather returns. Spending time with one's children is certainly important, but a person needs to be aware that, in situations in which an order from a court of family law is in place, a parent cannot just make other arrangements. A Washington mother is now facing criminal charges for doing just that. 

The woman is believed to have taken her 3-year-old daughter with her somewhere. Unfortunately, a court order states that she is not the child's custodial parent and has therefore broken the law. An Amber Alert has been issued in Washington state as authorities try to locate the pair. 

Woman suffers fatal personal injury in head-on collision

Most Washington drivers have encountered an upcoming traffic jam that required them to reduce their speed. Such a situation often occurs on a highway, and some drivers may find the rapid speed adjustment difficult. In most cases, provided the driver has been paying careful attention, he or she can reduce speed safely and in a timely manner. Unfortunately, recently, the driver of a semi-truck lost control of his vehicle while attempting to slow for traffic and, in the process, crashed head-on into another vehicle, resulting in fatal personal injury to the driver of that vehicle.

According to police, the incident happened on a Monday morning on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way. The semi-truck was traveling north when the driver had to slow for traffic and, in the process, lost control of the vehicle, veering over the center line into southbound traffic and crashing head-on into another vehicle. Sadly, the 50-year-old woman driving the car that was hit was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man arrested in hit-and-run causing fatal personal injury

A driver's licence comes a great deal of responsibility. In addition to obeying traffic laws, avoiding drinking and driving, etc., drivers involved in a Washington motor vehicle accident are expected to remain at the scene and be accountable for any part they have played in the incident. Unfortunately, some people fail to do so. Such was the case when a man struck a pedestrian in Spokane, resulting in fatal personal injury to the pedestrian.

The accident happened earlier this month. Reportedly, when first responders arrived at the scene, they found an injured pedestrian. They administered life-saving measures, but according to police, the man died at the scene. The driver then fled the scene in his vehicle.

Family law: Navigating financial decisions during divorce

Washington couples who have decided to end their marriage know that the financial implications of such a decision can create significant challenges. As well, during a process that is, typically, already fraught with tension, many divorcing people may feel some anxiety at the thought of entering the area of family law, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the territory. With these points in mind, separating couples are smart to become as informed as possible about financial decisions that will affect their future, as well as any children from the marriage. Several financial experts offer advice to divorcing people to help reduce the inevitable stress and increase the chances of future financial security.

First, divorcing individuals should educate themselves on the state of their finances. It is important to thoroughly understand household cash flow, including all expenses and income. People are advised to think about their priorities concerning expenses and consider various settlement possibilities prior to negotiations, and to know about any tax consequences and recent tax law changes. Some people may find it tempting to speed up the process of making financial decisions, but experts advise to not move too quickly, as such decisions often have long-term effects.

Reducing conflict through child custody mediation

When facing the end of a marriage, parents in Washington and across the nation may have concerns over how the process might affect their children. With a variety of topics to address concerning child custody, preparing for negotiations might seem somewhat stressful and intimidating. Parents who wish to protect the needs and interests of their kids while reducing the level of stress involved with the process could find it helpful to consider child custody mediation.

Experts indicate that child custody mediation can offer a variety of potential benefits for everyone involved. For instance, studies indicate that mediation can help reduce stress and mitigate conflict during what will likely be an emotional process. Seeking the guidance of a mediator could also help provide parents with a sense of focus as they attempt to reach an amicable arrangement.

Head-on collision causes personal injury to 4 people; 2 killed

Over the last few decades, Washington residents have, no doubt, heard the proliferation of warnings about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, some people continue to make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after they have had a few drinks. Police believe this was the case when a man driving a pickup truck collided head-on with another vehicle, causing personal injury to four of its occupants; two of those people died in the crash.

The horrific accident happened late on a recent Saturday afternoon. According to Washington State Police, the 51-year-old pickup driver was traveling west on a road in rural Mason County when he crossed over the centerline. The truck collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle.  

Chain reaction car accident injures 1 in Washington

When drivers fail to adhere to red lights or stop signs prior to crossing into an intersection, they could place the well-being of everyone nearby at risk. Motor vehicle accident involving similar scenarios can have disastrous results that could leave those involved with life-altering injuries, or worse. One person was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries following a recent car accident in Washington.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. Initial investigations indicate that the driver of a car failed to stop for a red light upon approaching an intersection, subsequently prompting a chain reaction collision. The driver of a second vehicle was reportedly forced to swerve and collide with a third car, and the impact of the crash caused the second vehicle to overturn before coming to a rest on its side.

Car accident: Several injured after vehicle crashes into store

While attempting to check off their holiday shopping lists, many individuals may give little thought to their safety while within the walls of a store. Should a driver lose control and crash into the building, these walls might do little to protect those inside from harm. A recent car accident in which a vehicle crashed into a store in Washington has reportedly left 11 individuals with injuries, three of whom are in critical condition.

Law enforcement agents say they responded to reports of the crash on a recent Monday night. Initial investigations indicate that the incident began when a customer stole an item from the store and jumped in the passenger seat of a vehicle waiting outside. While attempting to flee the scene, the driver reportedly collided with another vehicle, subsequently causing him to lose control and crash through the front of the building.

Car accident involving impaired driver injures 2, kills 2

As vision plays an integral role in the operation of a vehicle, drivers who close their eyes for even a moment run the risk of creating an unfortunate scenario. In this moment, a vehicle could veer off course and into the path of others nearby. A recent car accident in which a vehicle ran off the road and struck four pedestrians in Washington left two individuals with injuries and claimed the lives of two others.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 1 p.m. on a recent Friday when a driver struck a curb while traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle proceeded to go airborne before hitting four pedestrians. Authorities have advised that three of the pedestrians were rushed to a medical facility for treatment, while a fourth person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.