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Drunk driver kills two pedestrians

Residents in Washington State have heard about the dangers of drunk driving for many decades now. Yet, despite widespread education and awareness campaigns, too many people continue to make the choice to drive their cars after they have been drinking. This means other innocent people are put in harm's way for no good reason. This also means that the family members of those who may be killed by a drunk driver have to experience losses that should never happen.

A couple from Sedro-Wooley are tragically were involved in one of the latest examples of this type of scenario. As reported by the Seattle Times, the couple was standing outside of their vehicle when a drunk driver plowed into them, killing them both. The pair were both in their 60s and the intoxicated driver was 30 years old.

Summer holidays and drunk driving risks

With summer in full swing, residents in Washington State understandably flock to the outdoors and are ready to celebrate anything from a family event to American Independence Day. These celebrations commonly require people to get in their cars to reach their destinations and to get back home again. The trips to and from these events can sadly become tragic all too quickly when a drunk driver happens to be in their midst.

As reported by Fortune, July 4 is the single deadliest day on U.S. highways and roads according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Esurance. Between 2007 and 2011, 40 percent of vehicular fatalities on this day were said to have involved alcohol. This fact should make people stop and think about their safety and the reality that drunk driving continues to plague the roads and put everyone at risk.

3 defenses used by owners of aggressive dogs

There are few incidents that can be both as painful and traumatic as a dog bite. You might be working on the clock as a delivery driver or playing at the park with your kids. Regardless of when, where and how it happens, the impact can be serious. You are likely to have medical bills as a result of the attack as well as the lingering trauma triggered by such a violent incident. 

Following an event like this, you should consider consulting with an attorney in order to understand your legal rights. The owner of the dog may be liable for the damages caused by the attack, but there are some common defenses that may crop up. 

What is the Glasgow coma scale?

There are many different types of injuries that you might experience after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Washington State and damage to your brain may well be involved. It is important for you to have an understanding of how a brain injury may be treated or evaluated in the wake of a crash in the event that you or a loved one experience such an injury.

As explained by the Brain Injury Association of America, when evaluating patients who have undergone trauma to their brains, medical professionals will use what is called the Glasgow coma scale to rate the level of severity of a person's injury. This scale looks at factors across three distinct categories. These categories are responses provided by the patient verbally as well as via motor skill and the patient's ability to open their eyes.

Goal of no pedestrian, bike deaths may be in jeopardy

Washington State residents are known to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with the easy access to outdoor activities and the natural beauty that surrounds them. For many people, this means enjoying a run, walk or bike ride as part of a regular exercise routine. Some people even find walking or riding a bike a viable means of commuting to and from school or work. Sadly for these people, the Washington State Department of Transportation recently announced accident fatality statistics that are far from in a cyclist's or pedestrian's favor.

As reported by the Seatte PI, at the beginning of this century, the state set out on a mission to eradicate pedestrian and bicyclist deaths by the year 2030. For many years, a trend toward that goal was seen as fatalities were declining. However, now at more than halfway to the 2030 mark, the trend has shifted the other direction.

Homeowners insurance and aggressive dogs

When a group of people in Washington State is asked how they feel about pit bulls there is a good chance of responses with conflicting views and strong opinions on either end of the spectrum. Pit bull owners may be likely to tout their four-legged friend's companionship and even gentleness and further indicate that they have trained their dog so that nobody would ever need to be afraid of it. Other people, however, while acknowledging that training may contribute to a dog's demeanor may be less inclined to think of a pit bull as anything other than an aggressive dog to be wary of.

On its list of the top 10 most dangerous dog breeds, Inside Dogs World actually puts the pit bull in the number one position. Other breeds on the list include the German Shepherd, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Great Dane, Bullmastiff, Wolf Hybrid, Alaskan Malmutte and the Siberian Husky. None of these are likely to surprise people regardless of their personal opinions as these dogs routinely are the topics of dog attacks that leave their fans working hard to defend them.

Motorcycle fatalities in Snohomish County

If you are one of the many people in Washington state who enjoy the pleasure of riding on a motorcycle, you are no doubt happy to see the spring and summer seasons return to the Pacific Northwest. While the joy you experience on a bike is genuine and unique, so too is the risk unfortunately. Your natural lack of protection coupled with the sometimes negligent actions of motorists in passenger vehicles or commercial vehicles can be a great danger when you take to the roads. Just how serious is this risk?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 15 percent of the total vehicular deaths in the state in 2016 were motorcyclists. Out of 537 people killed on the state's highways and roads, 81 were bikers or their passengers. The 537 deaths actually represented a decline over the prior year yet the number of motorcyclists killed in 2016 increased compared to 2015.

What are the effects of a spinal cord injury?

There are as many as 450,000 people in the U.S. living with the pain and limits of spinal cord injuries, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Each year, another 11,000 are added to that number. The majority of these injuries are the result of automobile accidents.

Most spinal cord injuries damage the body's process of delivering and receiving messages from the brain that impact a person's motor functions, as well as sensory and autonomic functions. The body areas affected are those at the injury point and everything below it. Symptoms of spinal cord injury include:

  • Severe pain or strong pressure in the back, neck or head
  • Losing sensation or tingling in appendages
  • Complete or partial loss of bodily control
  • Lumps along the spine or head
  • Difficulty breathing, balancing or walking

Driver at large after causing injury crash

Drivers in Washington State know that they are legally mandated to carry automobile insurance when they drive any vehicle. This requirement is intended to protect them as well as anyone else they may be involved in a collision with. While no driver wants to be in a motor vehicle accident, one would at least hope that the at-fault driver would respond honestly by stopping at the scene and that they would carry good insurance.

Unfortunately that does not always happen. In some cases people might stop and even have insurance but the amount of insurance they carry may not be sufficient to cover the costs of any damage or injuries that happen. In other cases, people may not even bother to stop after causing a crash leaving others involved unsure as to how they may be compensated. A recent weekday morning in Lynnwood saw such an accident happen.

Man attacked by dog belonging to friend

Many people in Washington State have dogs as pets and are able to enjoy the positive side of a pet-owner relationship. Even some people who do not have pets themselves understand this bond and appreciate the animals. That, however, does not mean that people should not be aware that some dogs are able to and possibly even likely to cause serious harm to humans. The circumstances under which a dog attack may take place can be varied and not always expected or predicted.

An example of this can be seen in the case of a man who was seriously injured recently after being attacked by his friend's pit bull. While in a car, the people were having a friendly mock spat when the pit bull then attacked the man. The man left the car in an attempt to get away from the dog but the dog followed him and attacked him, leaving him injured in the arms, legs and face. The woman who owned the pit bull temporarily was able to get the dog back into the car but could not keep it in there and the dog once again went after the man.