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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.

What should I know about unsecured objects at my child's daycare?

A recent tragedy, in which a young girl was killed at a Payless shoe store when an improperly secured wall mirror fell on her, underlines the hidden dangers to children that you and other Washington parents might be concerned about. If your child attends daycare or preschool or visits friends' homes for playdates, unsecured, heavy or bulky items could present a hazard that you or property owners might not have previously thought about.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company warns consumers that improperly secured televisions are responsible for a child visiting an emergency room every 45 minutes in the U.S. The same dangers apply to other types of large furniture or heavy household items. Childcare providers, including teachers, friends' parents and yourself, may protect children from serious or fatal injuries in the following ways:

  • Bolting television sets, tall dressers, fish tanks and bookshelves to the wall with a sturdy mounting bracket
  • Ensuring picture frames, mirrors and wall decorations are firmly attached to the wall
  • Keeping heavy objects, such as large vases and lamps, off low tables and out of the reach of children
  • Not allowing electrical phones to dangle over the edge of a surface, where a child may use it to pull down an appliance

Do not exaggerate injuries after a car crash

You should always see a doctor following an auto accident. It is vital to remain open and upfront about your injuries, so you can begin theĀ insurance claims process right away.

However, many people do not see the harm in trying to get a little more money by exaggerating their injuries. You will actually do more harm than good in the long run by doing this. You should absolutely tell your doctor if anything feels off, but do not claim to have sustained an injury when one is not actually present.

Risks to bikers and their passengers

Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and for people who love to ride motorcycles, that is an exciting thing indeed. If you are among those who are enthusiastically ready to jump back on their bikes, it is wise to take a moment and remember some basic safety tips that might help to protect you when sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles.

As explained by Motorcyclist Online, even when you do everything you should, the actions of other drivers can wreck havoc with your day. Knowing this, it makes sense that you know how to assess what those other drivers might do so that you can take measures to avoid a problem.

Driver intentionally rams into pedestrians

Residents throughout Washington State often tend to enjoy the ability to be outdoors and as spring has finally arrived in full swing, now more than ever walking outside can be a treat after the long rainy months of winter. However, people always need to be aware of motorists regardless of the season or time of day as they will always be at a disadvantage when on foot compared to people in vehicles.

Many factors can go into contributing toward an accident involving a pedestrian and a car, truck or other passenger vehicle. In some cases, a driver may have been drinking or be under the influence of drugs. A vehicle malfunction may occur, preventing a driver from stopping in time to avoid hitting a person on foot. It may also be that a pedestrian is in a driver's blind spot. Rarely would one think that a driver might intentionally drive a vehicle into people yet that is exactly what happened recently in Bothell.