Handle Property Damage Claim in Auto Accident

You’ve been involved in an accident. After receiving the proper medical care, you’re left to wonder: Who is responsible for the damage to my car?

For accidents that include another driver, that person’s auto insurance company may be responsible for damages—especially if he or she was at fault. If you caused the accident and have collision coverage, your insurance company will most likely take care of your vehicle’s damage and pay for the other driver’s repairs.

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Slip and Fall Accident Cases

3 Things You Need to Know About Premise Liability

So you slipped and fell. Or you’re afraid you might – perhaps you’re living or working in a construction zone. “Slip and falls” are in the legal category of premise liability, that is, injury caused by an unsafe condition on a property. Who is responsible in a slip and fall? If you’re involved in a slip and fall, what kinds of details should you pay attention to – and why? Regardless of whether the accident happens on public or private property, you need to know: Read more

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Dog Bite Injury Cases

How to Approach Dog Bites: Prevention Tips and Your Legal Options

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report more than 4.7 million dog-bite cases each year. About 20% of these victims receive some form of medical attention for the bite, while a little less than 10% require emergency treatment.

The scariest part of these statistics is that half of U.S. dog-bite cases involve children.

Dogs make great pets—and if you have one, you know. But when a dog isn’t familiar with someone, the animal may get aggressive. This can happen when a dog is on its home turf or when it’s in public—regardless, it is important to be mindful of the circumstances. Read more

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How To Effectively Document a Car Accident

When you get into a car accident, time seems to slow down. This “slow-motion effect” comes from your memory kicking into overdrive, documenting everything. Unfortunately, once the adrenaline dies down, people often stop taking note of details.

While I sincerely hope none of you ever need this advice, the best way to handle a car accident is to be like your brain during that slow-motion period—document everything. Though compensation might be far from your mind, the success of your court case often hinges on the extent of your documentation. Read more

Your Rights as a Pedestrian

crosswalkYour Rights as a Pedestrian: What to Do If You’re Involved in a Crosswalk Accident

Walking has plenty of benefits—for your health, your state of mind, and often your wallet. It was the first reliable form of transportation, and seems like the safest, most affordable way from point “A” to point “B.”

However, with more distracted drivers on the road in recent years, the risk of pedestrian accidents has steadily risen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that “4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S.” in 2013. More than 150,000 others were treated for injuries. Read more

Getting Up to Speed: Your Rights and Options in Bicycle Accidents

personal injuryGetting Up to Speed: Your Rights and Options in Bicycle Accidents

When warmer weather hits, more and more people take their bicycles out on the roads. You could be on your way to work, on your way to school, running some errands, or maybe just going for a ride—regardless, in the eyes of Washington State law, a bicyclist has equivalent road rights to motor vehicle drivers. But cyclists are clearly more vulnerable to injury.

Because your rights are the same, you must abide by the same traffic laws. Keep this in mind when riding on roadways—especially in high-traffic areas.

The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents

The more bikes on the roads, the higher the chance of bicycle accidents. Drivers are often distracted as is—with changing their music, supervising their children and pets, and using their cellphones (even though they shouldn’t be)—so this creates a dangerous situation for cyclists. Read more

Contributory Negligence in Washington State

What is Contributory Negligence and does it affect us in Washington State.

As an attorney, about half of my casework consists of personal injury law. Personally, I enjoy helping clients faced with terrible and unexpected situations to get their lives back on track.

This casework isn’t cut-and-dry. In addition to the ordinary issues—causation, evidence, damages, etc.—fault is also relevant, since Washington State applies the rule of contributory negligence. Read more

Strategies Insurance Companies Use Against You

I don’t recall ever hearing from anyone that has been injured by a third-party that dealing with their insurance company was easy. Because of this anomaly is why so many injured people seek out attorneys. The reality is that insurance adjuster’s jobs are to make the process as difficult as possible within the boundaries of the law. Most people forget that Insurance companies are for-profit companies and their profits increase by maximizing premiums and minimizing payouts. I’ll demonstrate a several strategies you might expect from the insurance adjuster.

Making you feel like they are on your side

The insurance adjuster may be very nice at first and seem like your best friend. However, they will be researching behind your back and plotting to offer minimal value. Their goal will be to settle and close your case as soon as possible. Often they will attempt to settle right away, before you will even know how much pain and suffering you will experience and prior to you knowing how the medical attention will cost.

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Analysis of Washington State’s Per se Marijuana DUI Law

leaf-12_lAnalysis of Washington State’s Per se Marijuana DUI law

At the end of 2012, a new Washington legalized marijuana went into  effect. Part of the law that legalized marijuana use, also created a new marijuana driving under the influence (DUI) standard. Currently, RCW as amended to reflect the new Marijuana DU per se law states: “A person is guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, or any drug if the person drives a vehicle within this state: (b) The person has, within tow hours after driving, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood made under RCW 46.61.506…” [The blood analysis of a person’s THC concentration shall be based upon nanograms per milliliter of whole blood].

This new per se law is causing  many problems for chronic marijuana users and medical marijuana users, since they may have 5.00 or higher THC in their blood at any time, but not be driving impaired. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made it clear in the past that it is very hard to predict someone’s impairment simply from an arbitrary result of a blood test. Pharmacological effects of marijuana vary with dose, route of administration, experience of the user, vulnerability to psychoactive effects, and setting of use.

In November of 2014, the NHTSA the article Understanding the Limitations of Drug Test Information, Reporting, and Testing Practices in Fatal Crashes. NHTSA has been gathering data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for nearly 40 years.  I reviewed the article and will highlight some interesting points below: Read more