Coluccio Law Blog

What you need to know about our pedestrian traffic laws

It seems straightforward: people usually have the right-of-way over motor vehicles. But most of our roadways were designed for the ease of cars, not the safety of pedestrians. As a result, drivers often forget—or simply disregard—the laws protecting the rights and safety of pedestrians. Summary of Washington State pedestrian traffic laws When do pedestrians have [...]

2018-10-11T17:21:38+00:00October 11th, 2018|Pedestrians, Washington State Law|0 Comments

Will this be the new roadside test for marijuana impairment?

Whether you are for or against the legalization of marijuana—and I am not taking a position here— no one can dispute that driving a car after the use of marijuana is dangerous. According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving marijuana impairment have tripled in the United States. All across the State of Washington [...]

2018-09-14T17:59:58+00:00September 14th, 2018|Car Crashes|0 Comments

In honor of the short life of Garrett Underland, #77

Garrett Underland should be starting his senior year at White Pass High School. He should one of twelve seniors on the team, a big bruising tackle. He should be driving a second-hand truck to football practice, and thinking about applying for college scholarships. He should be #77. Garrett never got to do any of it. [...]

2018-09-07T18:09:36+00:00September 7th, 2018|Our Cases|2 Comments

Smartphones + an increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries

Last week, I came upon the aftermath of a pedestrian-vehicle collision in Seattle. I don't know the facts or circumstances of this incident. But it reminded me of yet another in a series of articles I've read recently about the alarming uptick in pedestrian deaths. "Pedestrian fatalities have risen 46 percent since 2009 while overall [...]

2018-07-16T18:23:12+00:00July 16th, 2018|Pedestrians|0 Comments

A young life lost to the Invisible Killer

It's the “Invisible Killer”: a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Every year, hundreds of people across the U.S. die because of accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning associated with consumer products like furnaces and generators.   Carbon Monoxide tragedy in Washington State Kelli was just 22 years old. She had recently been accepted to a [...]

2018-06-27T21:26:56+00:00June 27th, 2018|Editorial|1 Comment

One year later: Remembering Adriana Brown

Adriana Brown was a skilled personal trainer at the Seattle gym where I am a member.  More importantly, she was a friend and loved by our gym membership. One of her favorite sayings was "Suck it up, buttercup!" She would usually say this during one of her work-outs and when one of her clients began [...]

2018-04-25T16:13:51+00:00April 25th, 2018|Our Cases|0 Comments

The loss of my good friend Paul Whelan

In 1990, when I began practicing law at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, in Seattle, I was assigned an office next to partner Paul Whelan. Paul had been with the firm for many years and had a reputation as a skilled and successful trial attorney. He handled medical malpractice claims, battled asbestos companies and major corporations in [...]

2018-04-18T00:06:19+00:00April 18th, 2018|Editorial|0 Comments

Community Power in Seattle

The Seattle community near 35th Avenue NE is coming together to make a dangerous roadway safer. In the area are many businesses, schools, and community activities. And there is a serious car crash nearly every week. A safety project proposed by a group of neighbors will help people walking, people on bikes, people driving and [...]

2018-03-06T17:02:44+00:00March 6th, 2018|Seattle|0 Comments