Graber owned cows. His neighbors testified they had repeatedly seen cows outside Graber’s fence, either on neighboring property or on the highway. Some neighbors testified that they had repeatedly called Graber to notify him that cattle had left his property. Evidence showed that Graber himself believed that strangers had opened his gates on several occasions, […]
A car was in the front of a line of cars travelling in the same lane. The lead car stopped suddenly. The car behind it was able to stop. The third car back abruptly switched lanes and went around the other two without incident. The fourth car, however, slammed on the brakes, but not soon […]
A man was rear-ended in a motor vehicle accident. He treated with his doctor and with physical therapy. Months later he suddenly felt severe pain in his neck, shoulders, and down his left and right arms. He was in such severe pain that he believed he would die. He went to the emergency room for […]
A woman was injured in an auto accident. She hired an attorney. Shortly before the statute of limitations was to run, the attorney filed the lawsuit and had a process server attempt to serve papers on the other driver. The process server handed to the documents to the nanny, who answered the door. Unfortunately, the […]
A resident of Turkey was injured in Washington while on a bicycle. He sued the Washington driver. The injured bicyclist got only a small award in arbitration, so he appealed and was given a trial date for a jury trial. The bicyclist then relocated back to Turkey indefinitely. When he failed to post a bond, […]
A UPS driver turned left while also running a red light. A woman collided with the UPS van and suffered a broken finger and other injures. There was evidence that the woman was holding her phone to her ear, waiting on hold to comment on a radio talk show. UPS presented evidence that the woman […]
Most assume that in a rear-end auto accident the following driver is always at fault. The following driver is disfavored and usually at fault – but, not always.
In the winter of 2009 a near-record six-and-half feet of snow fell in Spokane, Washington. Snow-plowing created snow berms throughout the city. Mr. Todd came to an intersection. A large snow berm blocked the view to his left. Mr. Todd stopped, looked both ways, then inched into the intersection to try to see if it […]
Please note, our law firm took no part in the lawsuit described in this article. A driver of a United Telephone utility bucket truck hit and killed a horse on a country road at night near Chimacum, Washington. He left the scene and drove about a quarter mile to his office to have another employee […]
Our law firm did not participate in the lawsuit described in this article. A woman was injured in an automobile accident on August 2, 2006. Her attorney filed a lawsuit on her behalf on July 30, 2009, a mere four days prior to the running of the statute of limitations.  The injured […]
Our firm was not involved in the litigation discussed in this article. A man smoked methamphetamine at 5:00 a.m. At about 2:00 p.m. he rented a truck from Budget. The following afternoon he ran over a woman in a crosswalk. At the scene an officer observed the driver exhibiting symptoms of methamphetamine use: fast […]
According to a recent study the rate of auto accident fatalities is measurably higher than normal on tax day. The researches looked at 30 years of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and determined that there is a six percent increase in roadway fatalities on tax day. According to an article […]
Our personal injury law firm was not involved in the case described. A woman who was eight months pregnant lost consciousness while driving to work in her truck. She rear ended one car and then hit a parked car. She was traveling at over 30 miles per hour when her truck crashed into the parked […]
Our law firm was not involved in the personal injury lawsuit described in this article. A woman injured in a motor vehicle accident served the Washington Secretary of State because she was unable to locate the other driver to effect personal service. The trial court entered a default judgment. The court awarded $12,000 in general […]
Our law firm was not involved in the personal injury lawsuit described in this article. The Washington Court of Appeals ruled on a case in which it was alleged that an oil slick from a truck on the interstate highway caused a vehicle to loose control and leave the highway, rolling over several times. A […]
In a recent decision the Washington Court of Appeals upheld dismissal of a personal injury claim as time barred. The plaintiff’s attorney named and served Elizabeth Loeliger rather than Elisabeth Loeliger.
This question comes up occasionally. The answer is generally, no.
Many assume that a driver involved in an automobile accident who is cited by police is automatically liable. Under Washington tort law this is not true.