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Seattle-Tacoma, WA - Accident News and Resources including car, bicycle, motorcycle and truck accidents and much more.

Seattle – Washington State's largest city with world-famous traffic and the accidents to match

Metropolitan Seattle is not a huge city with a population of just more than 650,000, but since there is not a well-established mass-transit system in Seattle, most of the residents are drivers. This, of course, means that the traffic congestion is extraordinary, ranked #5 nationally, and that the number of collisions is equally high. Combined with Seattle's famous rainy weather, car accidents are an hourly occurrence. Similarly, Tacoma has a high percentage of daily commuters. Tacoma, with a population of just over 200,000 and located just 30 miles south of Seattle, has similar traffic issues. The major roadways in Seattle include Interstate 5, Interstate 405, Interstate 90, State Route 520, and State Route 99. The major roadways in Tacoma include I-5, I-705, SR 7, SR 16, SR 163, SR 167, and SR 509. To get up-to-date traffic information, please go to the Washington State Department of Transportation site. To find our current weather conditions, go to Weather.com.

Here is information on the most recent accidents in Seattle and Tacoma:

If you are looking for information on a specific crash that happened in Seattle or Tacoma, go to the appropriate link above.

If you know someone who has been injured in a Seattle or Tacoma accident, here are links to the major hospitals in the area:

Harborview Medical Center - Seattle;

Swedish Hospital - Seattle;

University of Washington Medical Center - Seattle;

Virginia Mason Medical Center - Seattle;

Multi Care Tacoma General Hospital;

St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma.

Seattle and Tacoma grief support organizations

When a loved one is killed in a Seattle or Tacoma motor-vehicle accident, it is often helpful for grieving family and friends to get help from a grief support organization. It can be comforting to talk with others going through a similar situation, and the road to recovering from the loss may go more smoothly. Go here to get information on Seattle and Tacoma grief support organizations: The Healing Center; Grief support at Providence Health Services; Bereavement support at Swedish Medical Center; Other Seattle support groups and counselors; Tacoma and Pierce County grief support resources.

Seattle and Tacoma legal information for accident victims

After someone has been injured or killed in a motor-vehicle crash in Seattle or Tacoma, many decisions need to be made immediately and questions need to be answered. For example, how much of the medical costs will be covered by the insurance policy? How does PIP insurance help with medical bills immediately? What if the at-fault driver has no insurance?

Where to find legal assistance after a Seattle or Tacoma injury accident

After a serious crash in Seattle or Tacoma, it is crucial to get help from a Seattle personal injury attorney who understands the local regulations and legal standards, who knows how insurance policies work, and who can handle all aspects of an insurance claim so the injured person can focus on recovery. If someone is killed in a collision, a Seattle wrongful death lawyer will launch a claim that will begin the process of financial recovery for the family members left behind. Go here to learn more about how a good Seattle car accident attorney can help.

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14
Percent of U.S: 
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Washington

Legal Resources

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Raise for Rowyn - Non-profit foundation providing financial assistance to families in the Tenino area who have lost a child

This extraordinary foundation was created in memory of Rowyn Leea Johnson who died tragically after being hit by a car. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to families who are struggling with the loss of a child within the communities surrounding Tenino, Washington. Raise for Rowyn has been selected as the recipient of all proceeds raised by the Olympia Pub Crawl 2015 which occurs on August 1, 2015. To register for this worthy event, or to donate, please go to this link
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Whatcom County District Court

Washington State district and municipal courts may consider civil and criminal matters related to misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic, non-traffic, and parking infractions, domestic violence protection orders, civil actions of $75,000 or less, and small claims up to $5,000.
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Whatcom County Superior Court

Washington has 39 Superior Courts, one in each of Washington's 39 counties. Superior Courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in Washington. A Superior Court may consider all civil and criminal matters occurring within a county's boundary. The Superior Court also has exclusive jurisdiction over civil matters in which the amount in controversy is more than $75,000, felony cases, estate and probate matters, family law cases(including divorces and child custody hearings), and juvenile proceedings. They act as a court of appeal for cases from the District and Municipal Courts.
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Whatcom County Public Defender

This office was created in 1982 by constitutional mandate, to provide indigent legal defense for felony, misdemeanor and probation violation charges against adults and juveniles in Whatcom County Superior and District courts, and involuntary mental and alcohol commitments.
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Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney

The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected position,  partisan, 4-year term. Duties are established by state constitution and statutes. The mission of the office is to represent the interests of the State of  Washington in the prosecution of criminal actions occurring within Whatcom County; to  provide legal advice to County officials and employees; to represent and defend the County  in all civil actions in which the County is a party.
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Whatcom County Jail

The Jail is located in the Public Safety Building at corner of Central and Prospect Streets, opposite the entrance to Sheriff's Office. Jail entrance is off Central Street, in between Prospect Street and Grand Avenue.
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Thurston County Public Works Department

The Thurston County Public Works Department is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and improvement of more than 1,100 miles of county roadway, and adjacent right of way, the Waste and Recovery Center, Water and Sewer utilities and the County's Parks and Trail system.
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Thurston County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Clinic

The Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services provides legal advice and information to low income people in a manner sensitive to individuals and their legal needs. Through the efforts of trained volunteers, TCVLS strives to enable clients to resolve their legal problems. TCVLS provides leadership in promoting access to justice in the local community.

Most recent accident reports

One motorcyclist, a 66-year-old Shoreline man, was unable to stop and crashed into the back of the pickup. The other motorcyclist, a 40-year-old Snohomish man, swerved to avoid the first motorcycle and lost control.
Date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Roadway: 
Interstate 5

Two 14-year-olds and a 25-year-old woman suffered serious injuries in a high-speed crash in Des Moines on Saturday. At about 3 p.m.

The accident happened Wednesday night in the 38900 block of SR 165 near the town of Carbonado.
Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Washington State Patrol detectives are asking witnesses to a fatal crash on Interstate 5 on Sunday morning to call in.

Date: 
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Roadway: 
I-5

A driver was charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly killing 16-year-old Justin Relethford along Highway 410 in Enumclaw on Oct. 31. Police said 20-year-old Cody Money was the driver of the pickup truck.

A man speeding away from police crashed a stolen car into a woman who was driving home from work near Des Moines, leaving her critically injured Wednesday night. Both drivers were in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Roadway: 
Pacific Highway
Type: Car Accident
Two people died in an accident on Highway 101 near Potlatch State Park in Mason County.
Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012
Roadway: 
Highway 101
Type: Car Accident

About 7:40 p.m. Saturday, the woman had stopped her car in the southbound lane near Field Road and was putting gas in it when a 24-year-old Bow man traveling southbound in that lane struck her with his car.

Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2012
Roadway: 
Chuckanut Drive
Type: Car Accident