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What to Do Immediately Following an Auto Accident
I thought it would be fitting to compile a “What to Do Immediately Following an Auto Accident” list, based upon frequently asked questions. Often when suffering from shock or experiencing a rush of adrenaline from injuries which can stem from…
Published Monday, January 25, 2016

Call the police after a collision and know your location when you call
After collisions, people often assume there is no need to contact the police if there is an exchange of information. However, for accident reconstruction purposes, the law enforcement officer can document certain items that may be in dispute later. For…
Published Saturday, July 14, 2007

Expert Testimoney - Washington Pattern Instruction 2.10
Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 2.10 states the following: “The witness who has special training, education, or experience may be allowed to express an opinion in addition to giving testimony as to facts. You are not, however, required to accept…
Published Monday, July 17, 2017

Washington's New Law
Driving while Distracted and Using a Personal Electronic Device Serious accidents stemming from distracted driving are on the rise in Washington. Specifically, distracted driving fatalities increased by 32% from 2014 to 2015, according to the Washington…
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Duty of One Confronted by an Emergency
Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.02 states the following: “A person who is suddenly confronted by an emergency through no negligence of his or her own and who is compelled to decide instantly how to avoid injury and who makes such a choice as a…
Published Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Proximate Cause - Does anyone really understand it?
Proximate Cause - Does anyone really understand this legal phrase? Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 15.01 states the following: “The term ‘proximate cause’ means a cause which in a direct sequence [unbroken by any superseding cause,] produces the…
Published Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Auto Accident - Frequently Asked Questions
Auto Accident Injuries which stem from accidents occurring on streets or highways require one to make decisions often when one is suffering from shock or experiencing a rush of adrenaline. Be prepared for long-lasting effects from a collision. The…
Published Monday, August 18, 2008

Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug – Driving a Motor Vehicle
Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug – Driving a Motor Vehicle WPI 16.04.01 states the following: “A driver is under the influence of alcohol or any drug if, as a result of using alcohol or any drug, the person’s ability to drive a motor vehicle…
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nondelegable Duties
Nondelegable Duties Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.09 states the following: “(Fill in person or entity) is not relieved of its duty to (particular duty) by delegating or seeking to delegate that duty to another person or entity.” In the case of…
Published Friday, December 16, 2016

Intoxication of Person Injured or Killed - Defense
Intoxication of Person Injured or Killed – Defense WPI 16.03 states the following: “It is a defense to an action for damages for personal injuries/wrongful death that the person injured/person killed was then under the influence of alcohol or any drug…
Published Monday, January 16, 2017

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