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Seattle in the snow – not a winter wonderland

Seattle rarely has snow, but, when it does, the city comes to a standstill.  This is true not only in the downtown area, but throughout the local region. Why does Seattle shut down in the snow? Based upon my experience of living in Seattle for nearly my entire life, I think there are a number [...]

2019-02-09T02:17:36+00:00Seattle|0 Comments

A clean water legacy for a teenage crash victim

Garrett was 15 years old when he was killed by a distracted semi-truck driver at 60 mph on a Washington State highway. Before he died, Garrett wrote that “a legacy is something you leave behind.” Garrett knew that his own legacy was still unknown, but wrote that he “planned to change the whole world.”  He was interested in [...]

2018-12-07T18:38:27+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

5 quick tips for preventing a winter weather crash

Snow, freezing rain, and high winds are in the forecast for western Washington State this week. While that shouldn't come as a surprise - it's standard winter weather for most of the Pacific Northwest - there are always too many drivers who are caught off guard. The result is often a slew of predictable, often [...]

2019-02-08T18:52:01+00:00Washington|0 Comments

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: Washington pedestrian traffic laws When do pedestrians have the right-of-way? [...]

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. [...]

2018-12-07T17:32:09+00:00Our 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+00:00Pedestrians|0 Comments