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Municipalities Held Liable For Obstructions

By Emerald Law Group |

This past February the Washington State Supreme Court held that municipalities can now be held liable for sight-obstructing roadside vegetation that causes accidents. It is a long established aspect of Washington law that municipalities owe a duty to keep roads and sidewalks free from hazards and fit for ordinary use by drivers, bicyclists and… Read More »

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Metro Bus Accident

SUV Crashes into Metro Bus

By Emerald Law Group |

An SUV crashed into the rear of a Metro bus causing several injuries to the driver and passengers inside the SUV and to two people on the bus. The accident happened near Denny and Broadway, near where the new light rail stop is opening. Pictures from the scene show a rather gruesome accident. Life… Read More »

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Fatal Accident on Mountain Loop Highway

By Emerald Law Group |

An early report has emerged about a fatal accident on the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls this morning. At this time there are few detail other than there are three fatalities and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. At this time we don’t have enough details to know what happened or what… Read More »

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Tire falls off vehicle and causes major collision on I-5

By Emerald Law Group |

A major collision recently made headlines when a wheel came off of a vehicle and caused two severe injuries on I-5 near the Tukwila area. It appears that the wheel or tire of a vehicle came off and then struck a vehicle, which then resulted in a two car pile up. Two people were… Read More »

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New law may allow motorcycles to ride on shoulder of highway

By Emerald Law Group |

A new piece of legislation was recently proposed that would allow Washington motorcyclists to drive on the shoulder of the road and pass on the left if traffic backed up. The law would permit a motorcyclist to move onto the shoulder and move around traffic congestion as long as the motorcycle does not exceed… Read More »

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Rollover accident kills pedestrian on sidewalk and critically injures driver

By Emerald Law Group |

An SUV sped away from a police officer in Auburn and eventually left the road and flipped over, killing an innocent pedestrian walking on the abutting sidewalk. According to KIRO, the driver had a warrant for first-degree manslaughter and was fleeing from the police, despite the police not engaging in a high speed pursuit…. Read More »

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Victim of drunk driving accident frustrated by lack of police response

By Emerald Law Group |

Two drivers vented to King 5 recently after they were struck by a drunk driver on Lake City Way in Seattle. The drunk driver struck the two victims and the Seattle police refused to respond to the accident scene. The two drivers craftily kept the drunk driver at the scene and also called 911… Read More »

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Distracted driver causes fatal collision in Auburn

By Emerald Law Group |

A crash in Auburn left a motorist dead on Highway 18. According to the Seattle Times, the deceased man stopped on the shoulder of the highway and activated his emergency lights while trying to repair his truck. A distracted driver ran off of the roadway and killed the man. The Washington State Patrol investigated… Read More »

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Horrible Dog Attack in Olympia

By Emerald Law Group |

A horrific dog attack took place in Olympia last Sunday that left a 92-year-old woman in critical condition and facing multiple limb amputations. According to news reports, the woman was attacked by four mixed-breed dogs and severely injured. From the details of the various news reports it appears the victim was not trespassing and… Read More »

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Seattle Bike Hit and Run

Hit-and-Run Bike Accident Victim in Kirkland Seeks Out At-Fault Driver

By Emerald Law Group |

We commented on this same accident a few weeks ago but its back in the news. According to a local news source, a local bicyclist remained hospitalized at Harborview after he was nearly killed by a negligent driver. The victim was riding his bicycle when a driver of a Subaru made an erratic move… Read More »

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