3 things you can do to avoid a Thanksgiving car crash

The weekend around Thanksgiving unfortunately sees lots of fatal and serious-injury crashes. The uptick can probably be attributed to several factors, including increased traffic, bad driving weather, and time of travel - along with the usual suspects of speeding, distracted driving, and impaired or drunk driving. This year, AAA predicts that Thanksgiving weekend will see [...]

2020-02-14T23:25:40+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

Our comments on the Washington Trucking Associations petition

The Washington Trucking Associations, Inc. has petitioned for a ruling to preempt our state's longstanding employment law as it pertains to meal and rest break rules for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Petition for Determination of Preemption: Washington Meal and Rest Break Rules for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers  The purpose behind the rule is to protect [...]

2020-03-15T22:14:06+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

A letter to my fellow Seattle drivers

Dear Seattle drivers, I want to have an honest talk with you. It was recently reported in the Seattle Times Traffic Lab that 101 people were seriously injured or killed in 98 collisions on Seattle streets in the first 6 months of the year. That is the highest number in the first six months of [...]

2019-08-20T17:33:33+00:00Car Crashes, Editorial|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 [...]

2020-02-14T23:19:04+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

A young life lost to the Invisible Killer: wrongful death carbon monoxide

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. Wrongful death Carbon Monoxide tragedy in Washington State Kelli was just 22 years old. She had recently been accepted to [...]

2020-02-18T00:22:48+00:00Editorial|1 Comment

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+00:00Editorial|0 Comments

Why we “Walk for Water” in Seattle

Did you think about water this morning? You drank a glass of water, and used a clean, safe toilet. You washed your hands. You made coffee, and started the dishwasher. You worked out, and tossed your gym clothes in the washing machine. You had a hot shower. It's easy to forget that nearly a billion humans don't have [...]

2020-05-10T00:21:52+00:00Editorial|0 Comments