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A Boating Safety Refresher

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jul 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

All boat owners and operators should take time re-familiarize themselves with the necessary operational and safety rules. Although they can be a ton of fun, boats and PWC’s can also cause serious injuries when used unsafely, a fact borne out by the many boating injuries and fatalities that occur every year.

Driving in the Times of Coronavirus

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jul 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Safety is a global issue right now and although we must stay distanced from each other to remain safe, it is more important than ever that we pull together in the sense that we all try to conduct ourselves in a way that benefits the community and the greater good. A great place to start is out on the road.

Keeping Safe this Fourth of July

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

This Fourth of July, in light of the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, most all community celebrations have been cancelled. Because there are no community events, many of us will turn to private parties to celebrate. Here's how to pull it off safely.

COVID-Induced Alcohol-to-Go Still Subject to Open Container Laws

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jun 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Specifically, as of early May Washington state allows restaurants with liquor licenses to serve pre-mixed cocktails to-go while restrictions on in-house dining continue. The rules are laid out in a May 6, 2020 Liquor Control Board bulletin. In order to sell such drinks, they must be purchased with a meal, and packaged in a container with a secure lid and in a manner designed to prevent consumption without removal of the lid or cap (think mason jar). Drinks having lids with holes (think coffee cups, straw holes) are not permissible for sale, nor are Styrofoam and plastic cups, even if sealed with tape or other materials. As the situation relates to “open container” laws for the driver and occupants of the vehicle, the rules promulgated by the liquor control board say that the open container laws (found at RCW 46.61.510) still apply. These drinks may not be consumed in the vehicle, or transported in any place but the trunk. When there is no trunk, the drinks must be kept in another area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers (this does not include a utility or glove compartment, but may include underneath a seat outside the driver’s reach).

On the Importance of Creativity…

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jun 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are often times that I marvel at just how many ways there are to get creative in what we do as personal injury attorneys. Whether it is a matter of figuring out ways to help a jury visualize the incident, to find additional insurance to help compensate an injured person, to really flush out and properly investigate the facts and circumstances of a claim, in determining which potential parties should or should not be reimbursed and under what circumstances in trying to maximize the recovery in our clients’ pockets...

Pedestrian Safety and Headphones: Listen Up

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jun 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

There have been multiple instances when I was walking in my neighborhood, obeying all laws, and cars and trucks have “snuck up” on me. I never had this problem simply talking on the phone or using my regular, non-noise-cancelling headphones on a walk. There have been no near-misses yet, but it still got me thinking: am I being negligent by using noise-cancelling headphones on a walk?

Keep the Community a Priority

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Jun 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

As tired as everyone feels from talking about coronavirus, I have to recognize one good thing to come in its wake—and make no mistake, there was very little silver lining to come out of the pandemic. Every time I left my house, rain or shine, I felt a sense of community. People were on walks, riding bikes, and in their yards. They were out in the community. People were making conversation. There was, at times, a wonderful nostalgic feel to it all.

May was Teen Driving Awareness Month

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Jun 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

The month of May was Teen Driving Awareness month. As a former teen driver who recalls at least a couple of dangerous situations where I was driving and now as a personal injury attorney who sees that the at-fault driver who caused a car crash often seems to be a person in their teens... I do not find it surprising when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a headline on their ‘Teen Driving’ page that reads “Crashes Are Still the Leading Cause of Teen Deaths”.

On the Importance of Lay Witnesses

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

To illustrate why lay witnesses – that is, friends, family, and co-workers who knew a client before and after they were hurt in a car accident (or some other injury event) – are important to the ability to succeed at arbitration or trial of a case, let me tell you about one jury trial I had in particular.

A Reflection on Being a Parent Nearly Two Years In…

Posted by Bradley Thayer | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Something I could not have fully understood before we had our first son in June 2018 was how many ways in which my worldview would be affected by that occurrence. Inevitably, as I spend the majority of my waking hours at work and representing injured people in negligence cases, my approach to and understanding of what I do has changed.

Clark County District Court Closures Update

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clark County District Court and the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) provided an informational presentation for the benefit of attorneys to bring us up to speed on court operations. Judges Kelli Osler and Kristen Parcher conducted the session on May 15, 2020 as a Zoom chat.

Clark County Superior Court Operations Update

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clark County Superior Court and the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) provided an informational chat for the benefit of attorneys to bring us up to speed on court operations in these troubled times. Judge John Fairgrieve conducted the session on May 14, 2020 as a Zoom chat.

Court Closures

Posted by Scott A. Staples | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

It’s been my observation that during the COVID-19 pandemic we have been for the most part able to continue to vigorously pursue our clients’ cases with success. The one exception seems to be jury trials, which due to statewide and federal court orders may not be available for quite some time yet. We will try and keep this blog current with information about our local courts’ operations, but as of now local courts are operating in a very limited manner.

Back To Work

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Apr 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

There have been several occasions over my career handling personal injury cases where I've had a client ask me, “is it bad for my case if I go back to work?” In none of those cases do I recall thinking the client really didn't want to go back to work after they had recovered (usually only partial...

Oregon's New Law for Cyclists

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Apr 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Since January 1, 2020, Oregon cyclists have been permitted by law to treat a stop sign or a flashing red light at an intersection as a yield sign.  The playful term for this approach is an “Idaho stop”, because it first became law in Idaho in 1982.  A solid red light at an intersection stil...

Slippery When Wet – A Story of Rubber and Road

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Apr 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I was always confused by the road signs that say “Slippery When Wet“. It rains just about year-round. But there are definitely times and that warning should be minded. The first rain after a dry spell comes immediately to mind. If it seems li...

How Much Can I Drink and Still Drive?

Posted by Scott Edwards | Apr 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

I currently have several cases in which my client was injured by a drunk driver. In these instances we frequently bring a case not only against the drunk driver, but also against the establishment that served too much alcohol to the driver. I'm always amazed at the level of intoxication with wh...

One of the Purposes of Tort Law - Deterrence

Posted by William K. Thayer | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

One of my partners is in mediation at the very moment I am writing this blog on a case that involves a lawsuit against a drunk driver and the bar that served her.  The woman who caused the head-on crash that hurt our client had a BAC reading shortly after the crash which was almost two and a half...

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