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State Farm insurance was at it again, cutting off medical benefits for its insured drivers and the Washington Supreme Court wouldn't have any of it. Thank goodness for a court that can see when an insurance company isn't acting in the best interests of its insureds, or following state law regarding reasonable and necessary care. You can read more about the decision here: http://www.andersonlawwa.com/posts/washington-supreme-court-enforces-pip-medical-benefits-law-185.php
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The Washington law on pulling over for emergency vehicles is not super clear, so it's best to err on the side of caution, even when you are on the other side of a 4-lane road.

https://kennewicklaw.com/2018/06/26/pull-over-when-you-see-lights-flashing/
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I normally don't write about highly political or sensitive topics, but I thought I would give it a shot for this one. My daughters went to the March for Our Lives at Howard Amon in Richland last weekend and we had a good conversation about what we can do to protect ourselves from mass shootings. After thinking about it a little more, I thought I would write about it from a legal perspective with a little bit of common sense added in. I know, those don't tend to go hand in hand, but they once did with a judge with the awesome name of Learned Hand. https://kennewicklaw.com/2018/03/29/march-for-our-lives-in-the-tri-cities/
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Every time I drive through roundabouts in the Tri-Cities, especially in Kennewick, I have wondered if they really do work. Well, I found out the answer to that question: they do. They decrease car accidents and injuries, and actually increase traffic flow. I also found out why mini-roundabouts don't seem to work as well as the regular-sized roundabouts, especially those on Union Street that were added long after the road was built. This is a real-life situation of trying to place a "round peg in a square hole". Read here for more: https://kennewicklaw.com/2018/03/20/kennewick-roundabout-attack/
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My office and I were able to take a break from the personal injury lawyer routine and participate in the Winter Olympics with my friends at the Arc of Tri-Cities. Not only did we have a great time, but I was reminded of what binds us together as communities: an unwritten social contract that almost everyone follows. Check out my blog for more: https://kennewicklaw.com/2018/03/06/winter-olympics-arc-tri-cities/
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Would it surprise you to discover that 70% of all car crashes are caused by distracted drivers? Would it surprise you even more that the vast majority of distraction is not from cell phones? Or eating? Or the radio? Or rubbernecking? Or other passengers in the car? Or all of those combined? I see car collisions all of the time, and most of them are caused by reasons that cannot be prevented by legislation. Maybe it's time to take a second look at our distracted driving laws: https://kennewicklaw.com/2018/02/13/distracted-much/
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Soon, I will have another teenage daughter driving the Kennewick (and Tri-Cities) roadways. She has been driving, on and off, for the past 10 months, thanks to the Washington law that allows 15-year-old drivers to get an instruction permit if they are enrolled in a driver's education class. Of course, both she and I are keenly aware of the horrendous teenage driving statistics regarding teenage car accidents and fatalities. As a father, I'm glad she can do this and gain some independence, especially in light of Dr. Jean Twenge's latest statistics on the iPhone generation, or iGen. As a personal injury attorney, I'm a little nervous because I know what giving a minor the keys to a large vehicle can do to the minor and others. But, I'm hopeful that she'll be safe because we've had these conversations. You can read more @ http://www.andersonlawwa.com/posts/for-the-safety-of-teen-drivers-183.php
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The world keeps moving faster and faster. And we can't seem to slow it down. Approximately half of the people on earth are now connected to the internet. Many of us are seconds away from each other every second of the day: when we wake up, when we get ready for the day, when we drive our cars, at work, at meal time, and when we go to bed. This has a lot of benefits, but it also has a lot of unintended negative consequences, especially when we drive. It seems like every week someone comes into Anderson Law and says they were rear-ended by someone who was texting while driving. This is happening in Kennewick, Washington, and throughout the country. Well, Washington just passed a distracted driving law, and there are certainly some things to think about, like why we couldn't just put our phones down because it is a smart thing to do? http://www.andersonlawwa.com/posts/we-are-all-distracted-drivers-now-180.php
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Driverless cars are still coming to the Tri-Cities, and questions still need to be answered. Is it permissible to program a car to swerve toward the older people when the choice is between younger and older victims? Who will be liable for an accident caused by a driverless car? Will personal injury attorneys in Kennewick be able to fight for your rights if you have been injured, or will a computer decide your fate? Read our latest blog post where we discuss these questions and more: http://www.andersonlawwa.com/posts/the-ethics-of-driverless-cars-170.php
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Who here is ready to buy a driverless car? I will not be an early adopter, but I would like to see them on the road, especially locally in Kennewick, Pasco, or Richland. As a personal injury attorney, I spend a lot of time focusing on the flaws of the system and the harm that could result due to a minor miscalibration. There will be lots of car accidents initially, but in the long run it will be a great thing. Here is some information about how and when they will appear in your neighborhood: http://www.andersonlawwa.com/posts/driverless-cars-the-future-is-here-almost-168.php
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