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King County Full Service Law Firm Blog

Driver hits jogger on sidewalk, causing fatal personal injury

Many Washington residents include jogging as part of their daily routine, as it provides exercise and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. While some people who participate in this type of activity take to off-road trails when doing so, many people jog near vehicle traffic, either on the sides of roads or on sidewalks. Unfortunately, when car accidents happen involving joggers and pedestrians, the outcome can be deadly. Such was the case recently in a Spokane incident that resulted in fatal personal injury for a high school teacher.

According to the Spokane Police Department, the 83-year-old woman was running her usual route on a recent Friday afternoon. She was traveling on a sidewalk, which, apparently, is approximately six inches higher than the road. For as yet unknown reasons, a man driving a vehicle drove onto the sidewalk and struck the jogger.

Cyclist hit by tow truck suffers serious personal injury

Many Washington residents enjoy cycling, especially during the warmer months. Some people use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation, while others enjoy it as a leisure activity as it provides them exercise and a chance to see off-road sites they would not see while traveling in a car. Sometimes, however, cyclists travel on the same roadways as larger, motorized vehicles. Unfortunately, when collisions happen, most often, the person on the bicycle does not fare well. Such was the case when, recently, a bicyclist suffered serious personal injury when she was hit by a tow truck.

Reportedly, the 65-year-old woman was cycling on a roadway near Mead early one Friday morning. She was nearing an intersection when she was struck by the tow truck. Apparently, she was wearing a helmet. A Washington State Patrol spokesperson has said the victim suffered serious injuries and was transported via helicopter to a hospital in Spokane.

More seniors going through family law proceeding of divorce

The process of getting divorced can happen to adults of all ages in Washington. However, research shows that divorce is becoming even more prevalent among older couples versus younger people. Senior citizens are increasingly choosing to go to family law court to end their marriages for a couple of reasons.

For starters, people today are living much longer than they did decades ago. In addition, women in particular are earning the types of incomes that they typically did not earn for themselves decades ago. As a result, older individuals are looking to lead fuller and more liberating lives and are sometimes willing to end their marriages to make this happen.

Failure to stop at intersection causes fatal personal injury

Any Washington resident with a driver's licence knows that safe operation of a motor vehicle requires a driver to be fully focused on his or her surroundings at all times. Of course, car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, but they are often the result of a driver who has failed to fully concentrate on the task of driving. This may have been what happened recently when it appears a driver blew through a stop sign, resulting in fatal personal injury for another driver and seriously injuring himself.

The incident happened on a Thursday evening near Deer Park. No one witnessed the crash. However, according to the gathered evidence, a man traveling west in a pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign. His vehicle collided with another vehicle traveling south through the intersection. Reportedly, both drivers suffered severe injuries from the crash, and passersby had already begun lifesaving efforts when responders arrived.

Family law: Protecting assets in the event of divorce

Most Washington couples in the process of dissolving their marriage, and people who have been through the divorce process, know that the division of assets often contributes to the stress felt at this time. It seems more and more married couples, particularly millennials, are choosing to keep their finances separate. However, according to divorce experts, married people who maintain separate accounts to avoid complications in the event of divorce are operating under a common misconception. A family law attorney can explain specific state laws, but essentially, people should never assume they will retain their own assets during divorce.

Couples who maintain separate bank accounts, perhaps along with a joint account for some expenses, may be making a solid practical decision, but the benefit of such a system is mostly psychological. From a legal standpoint, in a community property state, such as Washington, any asset -- with some exceptions -- acquired during the marriage is considered marital property, regardless of whose name is attached to it. However, those who have kept some separate resources may find it eases cash flow in the event of an acrimonious divorce, even if they do have to factor the funds into the settlement at some point.

Head-on collision in Auburn causes serious personal injury

Some Washington residents may live on a street where they often see speeding vehicles, and no doubt, witnessing such reckless behavior can be very frustrating. Drivers who tend to travel well above the speed limit may do so for various reasons, but whatever the case, they are putting themselves, their passengers and anyone else around them in a potentially dangerous situation. In fact, recently, two people suffered serious personal injury from a horrific 3-vehicle head-on crash in Auburn.

A spokesperson with the King County Sheriff's Office has said that the incident happened when a driver traveling at a high rate of speed attempted to pass another vehicle. In doing so, the driver collided with a third, oncoming vehicle. A passenger in the speeding vehicle was transported via helicopter to a hospital, and is said to be in critical condition. The driver of the third vehicle suffered serious injuries and was also taken by air to the same hospital.

Suspected DUI driver causes fatal personal injury to cyclist

With warmer spring weather and the approach of summer, many people in Washington and elsewhere are looking for ways to enjoy outdoor activities. Getting outside is especially important and appealing given current circumstances that have kept most people in their homes most of the time. Although walking and running are popular options, many people enjoy bicycling to keep them moving. However, as bicyclists often share the road with motor vehicles, they may encounter potentially dangerous situations more often than pedestrians or joggers. Unfortunately, a man riding his bike on a roadway in South Kitsap suffered fatal personal injury after a vehicle struck him.

The tragedy happened on a recent Saturday afternoon. According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, the cyclist, a 56-year-old Tacoma resident, was killed by a car that struck him. Apparently, the vehicle hit him after it began drifting to the side of the road.

Pedestrian suffers fatal personal injury in hit-and-run crash

Likely, most Washington residents cannot understand why a person involved in a motor vehicle accident would immediately leave the scene. Certainly, most people would make the responsible decision to check the condition of others involved in the incident and wait for first responders to arrive. It's also the law. However, some people cause an accident and then, for whatever reason, flee the scene. In a recent example, a driver struck a pedestrian on a Seattle street, causing the man fatal personal injury.

Reportedly, the pedestrian was crossing the street at a crosswalk against the red light. He had crossed the southbound lanes safely, but had walked behind a stopped southbound vehicle to enter the northbound lanes. A northbound vehicle that a witness has said was traveling at least 50 mph struck the 70-year-old man, who did not survive injuries he suffered in the crash. Apparently, after hitting the pedestrian, the driver did not stop or even slow down.

Family law: Gray divorce comes with different challenges

Many Washington residents probably think of the typical divorcing couple as young to perhaps middle-aged, but these days, more older people are deciding to end their marriages. In fact, reportedly, the divorce rate of people over 50 is on the rise, even while the overall divorce rate has declined in recent decades. This demographic trend has even spawned a new term: gray divorce. Since older divorcing couples often face hurdles different from those of younger couples, they are wise to consult with a family law attorney to help them through the divorce process.

Older couples are seeking divorce at a higher rate than ever before, but why? For one, many couples realize over time that they have simply grown apart, and sometimes this realization comes only later in life, often once children have left the home. With less stigma attached to divorce these days, more older couples are now deciding splitting is the best option. As well, baby boomers can look forward to a potentially a much longer lifespan than previous generations, leading many older people to believe they still have plenty of time to find happiness elsewhere.

Fatal personal injury for 3 people after head-on crash

Many drivers, from time to time, find themselves behind a vehicle that is traveling more slowly than they would like. Often in such cases, a driver will attempt to pass the vehicle, but people who complete this type of maneuver must be extremely careful, especially if they are on a two-lane highway. Unfortunately, accidents can happen at such times, and sometimes tragedy results. This was the case on a Washington highway when a two-vehicle crash resulted in fatal personal injury for both drivers as well as a 5-year-old passenger.

The accident happened on a recent Friday afternoon on a rural highway in Clark County. According to a Washington State Patrol spokesperson, a 41-year-old woman traveling in the northbound lane attempted to pass traffic on the left. In doing so, she crashed head-on into a southbound minivan driven by a 31-year-old woman and carrying three passengers.