Sommer v. MetroMetals NW

(February 2016) A high school student was returning home from cross-country running practice when his car was rear-ended by a fully loaded semi-truck.

His car was pushed into the oncoming lane, where it was struck by another vehicle and caught fire. The student suffered serious burns on his head, neck and hands.

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Washington State’s new distracted driving law: what you need to know

Posted in Distracted Driving Legal Issues on May 19 2017

A decade ago, Washington legislators passed one of the earliest state laws regulating drivers’ cell phone use. Since then, mobile devices have changed dramatically—and distracted driving has become an even bigger problem. On May 16, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5389: a new, more comprehensive distracted driving law. But he vetoed the section of the bill that […]

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What distracted driving opponents can (and can’t) learn from drunk driving

Posted in Distracted Driving on April 19 2017

Guess when the first drunk driving law was enacted? Back in 1910.   That was surprising to me. More than 100 years after this problem was identified, over ten thousand people will die in an alcohol-related crash in the U.S. this year. The early laws prohibited driving while intoxicated, but there was no metric, no […]

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What are we going to do about distracted driving?

Posted in Distracted Driving Legal Issues on April 19 2017

Just a couple of decades ago, alcohol was a factor in nearly half of all fatal crashes in the U.S.   Since then, social and legal changes have sliced that number in half. That’s a lot of progress. It’s still far too many senseless deaths. We looked at lessons from drunk driving legislation and change […]

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