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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

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

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

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

Clear Zones
Experts agree that auto accidents due to fixed immovable objects are a hazard that impacts all users of our state’s highways. The area surrounding the highway is also the government’s responsibility. This includes a “clear zone”. A “clear zone” is the…
Published Thursday, September 08, 2016

Two Cars Meet in an Unexpected Manner
Whenever there is an automobile accident at an uncontrolled intersection, one may ask “who is at fault?” this is a common occurrence for cars especially on small side streets in modern suburbia. An uncontrolled intersection is one where there are no…
Published Monday, September 19, 2016

Painkillers - Good vs. Bad
The invention of synthetic and natural pain medications within the past century has done wonders for those who suffer from chronic pain, victims of painful accidents, and those suffering from long term illness. Even so, many drugs used to treat pain…
Published Friday, June 03, 2016

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