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What is "comparative negligence" in pedestrian accidents?

Some Seattle residents may think that the city is not very pedestrian friendly. Due to the geographic limitations of the urban center being sandwiched between the sound and the lakes, many road junctions and other interchanges are awkwardly constructed and designed. Further, the growing number of people living in the area has created traffic volume that makes being a pedestrian even more dangerous.

Are there laws to regulate truck driver's hours?

Much has been said about truck drivers and the fact that they drive long hours without any resting period and how this can lead to fatigue which can cause accidents. The question that many Seattle residents may have then is: why aren't there any laws regulating truck driver's working hours? The answer to this is, yes, they are regulated.

Seattle bus accidents not the only source of mass transit injury

Most residents of the greater Seattle metropolitan area will agree that it is a nice place to live. With a cosmopolitan city center, major sports franchises, plenty of artistic outlets, as well as access to nearby outdoor activities like skiing, hiking and water-related activities, the city has much going for it. Then there are the spectacular views of Mount Ranier and other local vistas, making western Washington a beautiful place to live or visit. Like any urban area, however, there are also dangers present underneath that shining façade. Having many people in a small area, and allowing them to travel from place to place relatively conveniently usually means some form of mass transit, like busses or trains. When an accident happens involving one of these vehicles, there are usually many people affected, many of them seriously.

Mukilteo Restaurant Patrons Injured by Deep Fryer Explosion

Speedway Cafe.jpgOn Sunday morning, three people were injured when a can of Pam cooking spray fell into a deep fryer causing an explosion at the Speedway Café in Mukilteo. The injured patrons were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, and their condition remains unknown. The restaurant remains closed today, and a sign on the door indicates it will reopen on Tuesday.

What is 'proximate cause' in a Seattle car accident?

From the time we are children, we learn that being careless can bring about unwanted consequences. When we were told to pick up our toys so our parents didn't trip and "break their necks," we were getting a lesson not only in carelessness, but also in causation. The fact that the act of leaving the toys out (or alternatively phrased, the inaction of not picking them up,) might be the cause of injury to someone we cared about was meant to instill some kind of sense of responsibility for what we did.

The face of a lawyer

cropped_edited-1.jpgThis afternoon, several of us travelled to SODO to have professional headshots taken for our website. As we were riding to the studio I was thinking to myself, "how can a single photo capture everything we want to communicate to a potential new client?" How can a photo communicate that we are caring and compassionate people who genuinely care about our clients and at the same time that we are dedicated, experienced and tenacious advocates for our clients?

Do pedestrians have the right of way?

pedestrian2.jpgRecently I was contacted by a woman who was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. She wanted to know if I could represent her in a claim for injuries against the driver of the car that hit her. Upon investigation, I learned that the woman had been crossing a busy street mid-block, had passed between two cars that were stopped for traffic, and was hit by another car that was approaching a red light. When I told her that I could not represent her she was shocked. "Don't pedestrians always have the right of way?" she asked. Sadly for her, the answer is no - pedestrians do NOT always have the right of way.

Seattle motorcycle accidents and 'cause in fact'

This blog has previously discussed the fact that many Seattle motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers on the road. In cases like that, the injuries that were likely suffered by the motorcyclist may be the responsibility of the negligent driver. This legal cause of action is made up of several elements needed to prove the claim. Two of these elements, the interconnected concepts of duty and breach, were looked at in a previous post. Now, let's take one part of the two-part idea of causation.

My friend was crushed by a falling tree - Please help!

I don't usually use this blog to make personal appeals for help, but this time I feel I have to. Last Wednesday, April 26, my friend Mary Sabetto was driving southbound on I-5 heading toward Tacoma, when a tree fell across the road, crushing her Prius and causing serious injuries. Check out the horrifying dashcam footage.

Mukilteo plance crash endangers drivers

At the Law Offices of Matthew Dubin we are used to representing drivers who are injured in traffic accidents. However, we occasionally see other situations as well. On Tuesday, May 2, a small airplane crashed on the Mukilteo Speedway in Snohomish County, taking out powerlines, and exploding into a fireball that fell onto cars during the afternoon commute.

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