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DUI: Consumption After Driving

Consumption After Driving is actually part of the Washington State Driving Under the Influence statute. Most DUI investigations begin the same way: law enforcement observes a moving vehicle commit a traffic violation, they stop the vehicle and eventually arrest the driver for DUI. The legal concept of consumption after driving recognizes there are occasions where law enforcement suspects someone drove, but they didn't observe them behind the wheel. There may be a gap in time between the driving and law enforcement contact and during that gap the driver may have consumed alcohol.

Pedestrian Accidents: The Good and The Bad

Summertime in the Inland Northwest is amazing! Local parks are filled with children playing, but that also means lots of pedestrians are walking to their local parks and crossing busy streets. That can lead to pedestrian accidents. Sometimes pedestrians can be unpredictable, so it's the responsibly of every driver to keep an eye out for them.

Auto accidents from a parent's perspective

If you have had a child who was involved in a car accident, you have experienced a whirlwind of emotions. Anger, frustration, fear, and sadness are just a handful of feelings you may have. If your child has been hospitalized due to the injuries it may be difficult to manage time between home life and being with your child as they recover. Your child may be confused, and not able to attend their studies during this time. Maybe you have lost a child due to a negligent driver, and your whole world has been flipped upside down into a pit of agony. You are not alone.

There are resources available to you to help you get through disasters in life such as this. Your child is precious and deserves to have justice regarding the situation they so innocently became a victim of. You deserve to have people to support you as well while you manage these uncertain times. Hospital bills, physical therapy, funeral expenses, affliction and anguish. These are things most people don't plan on encountering. Things outside of your control happen and you should know that there are people who will fight for you and your child. You will be faced with people who care about equity and morality regarding your situation. No matter what the situation was with the driver, whether it be under the influence due to drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, or sleep deprivation, there is help.

Extensive surgical repair after a dog bites a child's face

You may worry about the high costs of plastic surgery if a dog has bitten your child's face, but the psychological cost to your child may be much higher if the issue is not addressed. At Cooney Law Offices P.S., in Washington, we often provide legal advice to parents who want to hold the negligent dog owner liable for the expenses, both initially, and over time as further treatment is necessary.

The Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center explains that one of the reasons children tend to suffer such serious bites to the face is that the dog latches onto the tissue of the jaw, and as the child attempts to get away, the tissues tear or rip. A doctor must typically preserve as much facial tissue as possible and perform careful reconstruction to restore the structure of the face.

Different ways music can cause a crash

Drivers often recognize that various behaviors can lead to a collision, from driving over the speed limit to getting in the car after drinking too much or failing to stop at a sign. While these are all serious problems that cause many accidents each year, there are many other reasons why motor vehicle collisions keep happening. In fact, some accidents are caused by factors that are less common and not always given as much attention. For example, there are a number of ways in which playing music in a vehicle can cause a crash.

Distracted driving is a major problem across the country and while cell phones and other behaviors are common distractions, music is another one that should not be overlooked. Music can cause a driver to become distracted in many ways, from adjusting the volume to turning the radio station or putting in a cd. Moreover, some drivers play music with their phone and other electronic devices, which can also take their attention away from the road. In addition to these concerns, loud music can also prevent a driver from hearing what is going on around them, such as another driver honking their horn. Moreover, it can even distract other drivers on the road, especially if it is being played very loudly.

Obtaining a DUI Ignition Interlock License

Every arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Washington State carries the potential for license suspension/revocation. Suspensions or revocations can occur based upon convictions in court or even through a separate administrative process within the Department of Licensing (DOL). When a driver has been suspended or revoked due to a DUI conviction or the separate administrative process the DOL can issue an Ignition Interlock License (IIL). Having the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in a car is not the same as DOL issuing an IIL. Before taking any action toward obtaining an IIL it is important to determine eligibility and to verify any possible restrictions by contacting DOL at 360-902-3900.

Dusty roads and the risk of a collision

There are many weather-related driving hazards that people keep in mind, from ice and snow for those who drive in northern locales to heavy rainfall and dense fog. However, there are other environmental factors that can play a role in a motor vehicle collision, such as dusty roads. Dust can be present on any road, but there are certain areas (such as dirt roads in rural areas) where dust is especially problematic. There are a variety of reasons why dusty roads can be dangerous and, as a driver, it is essential for you to be cautious if you ever find yourself driving when a considerable amount of dust is kicked up.

For starters, dusty roads can interfere with a driver’s ability to see other vehicles on the road and other hazards, such as wildlife. Aside from interfering with visibility, when a lot of dust is kicked up on the road a driver may become distracted if the dust enters their vehicle and causes them to cough or take their attention off the road in order to address the problem. Furthermore, a driver may speed because they believe that driving through a dusty area faster will reduce the amount of dust that enters their vehicle.

Should you sue an uninsured driver for your damages?

Your first thought when the at-fault driver tells you he or she has no auto insurance is that you will file a lawsuit in the Washington courts to get the money to cover your damages. After all, if you file a claim against your own insurance, the rates may go up.

Is litigation the right answer?

Which age group has the most pedestrian fatalities?

When it comes to pedestrian accidents, there are many factors to go over, from common causes of an accident to the consequences of being struck by a vehicle. However, it is important for people to understand which age groups are especially prone to fatal pedestrian accidents. Sadly, many lives have been claimed due to these mishaps, which, in some cases, are the result of driver negligence. When a pedestrian passes away, their loved ones may struggle to move forward, both emotionally and financially as well.

According to data that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 4,700 fatal pedestrian accidents over the course of 2013. Among all of the pedestrian lives that were claimed, those between the ages of 50 and 54 years old had more fatalities than any other age group (471). However, there are some other important statistics to consider based on the NHTSA’s statistics. When looking at the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in comparison to all fatal traffic accidents, 24 percent of those who were four years of age and younger lost their lives in a pedestrian accident, higher than any other age group.

Blood Draws and DUI's

During a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest in Washington State most people will be asked to submit to a breath test for alcohol. However, if the investigating officer suspects impairment from drugs - prescription or non-prescription, then the officer may try to obtain a warrant signed by a judge authorizing a blood draw to determine intoxication. This process used to take several hours, but it has been streamlined over the past decade. Today law enforcement can email warrant requests to judges who can electronically review and sign them. Once a signed warrant is emailed back to the officer virtually anyone with the appropriate medical training can draw the blood. The whole process can take less than 30 minutes.

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