April 19, 2018 , Distracted Driving , Pedestrian Injury

Studies show distracted walking makes pedestrians walk “stupid”

Ever notice how people who walk while texting seem a little tipsy? You're watching someone trying to do an impossible task - multitask. Using a cell phone and trying to do another cognitive and manual task results in inattention blindness. So it foll...
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January 25, 2018 , Pedestrian Injury

Walking near Bellingham roadways at night poses greatest risk for devastating collisions

In fall and winter in Whatcom County, darkness lasts much longer than other cities further south, which means there are more pedestrians out during peak traffic hours. That can be deadly, such as this devastating crash that killed Bellingham resident...
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December 17, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Bellingham’s City Hall campers are at risk for pedestrian vs. car accidents

The current temporary "tent city" for the homeless outside Bellingham's City Hall reminded me that there are unique issues in car accident cases involving homeless people. Currently there are around fifty people camping in close proximity to busy dow...
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November 2, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Fall back this weekend! Safety tips for pedestrians for rainy and dark Bellingham days

Fall back this weekend! Daylight savings ends this weekend. This means the sun will be setting before most Bellingham offices let out for the day. For those of you who commute to work by foot, or for anyone else out walking as sunny days wane, please...
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October 20, 2017 , Children's Safety , Pedestrian Injury

Four tips for Halloween safety

Halloween is a time to put the fun in scary for kids - not just the scary in scary. Notwithstanding the apparent creepy clown fiascos of last year, many Bellingham children and their parents are busy dreaming up and putting together costumes now...
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October 20, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Tips for pedestrians crossing train tracks safely

Every now and then, I hear about a devastating pedestrian versus train accident in Bellingham. They are nearly always fatal for the individual struck by the train, and sadly, sometimes deliberate, like this recent suicide. Since train tracks run dire...
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August 18, 2017 , Children's Safety , Distracted Driving , Pedestrian Injury

Distracted walking endangers Bellingham kids returning to school

Ah, the end of summer nears. Next week, Bellingham School District welcomes a new school year, and with it the return of school supplies, carpools, and heavy backpacks.  About twenty years ago, the age group most at risk for being hit by a ca...
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August 11, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Walkable Bellingham still puts pedestrians at risk from death and injury in car accidents

Bellingham Washington is well known for its many pedestrian paths. In fact, it's got a pretty high walkable score for its size. We've got lots of college students living here, and not everyone wants the hassle and upkeep of a car. Walking bypasses th...
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March 28, 2017 , Pedestrian Injury

Yes, we CAN all get along! Spring safety tips for Bellingham drivers, riders, and walkers

Ah, spring! While this spring seems to be hitting Bellingham a lot later than last year, the days are finally getting warmer as the daylight waxes. With the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, more bicyclists and pedestrians are crawling o...
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March 14, 2017 , Bicycle Injuries , Pedestrian Injury

A refresher on bike and pedestrian safety tips

Bellingham is one of the nation's friendliest towns for bicyclists and pedestrians. Tourists and locals enjoy our many trails on and off the pavement. On foot or by bike is one of the best ways to see the town and get to where you want to go. Here...
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