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Car Seat Back Defects Pose Danger to Passengers, Children

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Conventional wisdom on the safest place in the car for a child to ride has changed in the past few decades.  It is now generally understood that young children should ride in the back seat.  However, several lawsuits in recent years have uncovered defects in car seat backs that pose serious risk of personal… Read More »

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Portland Hit-and-Run Accident – Driver Flees Scene, Leaves Passengers

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Hit-and-run accidents are, unfortunately, very common across the United States.  Drivers are afraid of owning up to accidents they cause and will flee the scene to avoid liability.  Fleeing the scene of a crash, especially where there were injuries, is not only cowardly but is also illegal under Oregon law.  A recent crash in… Read More »

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JSB Ground Beef Recall – 100,000 Pounds Recalled for E. Coli Scare

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A unit of the world’s largest meat processor recently recalled almost 100,000 pounds of ground beef after one batch was found by inspectors to contain traces of the E. coli bacteria.  JBS USA provides beef that is sold in restaurants and supermarkets across the United States, including in Washington and Oregon.  The JSB ground… Read More »

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Oregon Supreme Court Grants Wide Protection For Doctor-Patient Communications in Personal Injury Cases

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

The Oregon Supreme Court just dealt a huge victory to plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits.  Personal injury lawsuits often turn on the testimony of the plaintiff’s doctors on issues such as the existence and the extent of the plaintiff’s injury, pain and suffering, anticipated duration of injury and the likelihood of recovery.  The need… Read More »

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Dog Attack Liability in Washington & Oregon – Strict Liability Doesn’t Cross State Lines

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

In September, a Skamania County woman was attacked by five dogs—pit bulls of varying size—owned by a neighbor. She was at the Skamania General Store when the neighbor told her he had a litter of puppies and offered her one. So, she followed him up the road to his house. As the woman got… Read More »

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Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in 2018

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

An alarming number of pedestrian accidents have caused several deaths and injuries in Portland recently. On October 12, a Portland woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash as she was crossing SE Division Street near 138th. A car slammed into her, drove away, and then she was struck again by a drunk driver while… Read More »

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E-Scooters Are on the Scene in Portland, But Are They Safe?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Over the summer, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) commenced a pilot program to test the use of electric scooters as an alternative mode of transportation in Portland. We started seeing e-scooters on Portland streets around the end of July, and the program runs through November 20, at which time we’ll find out whether… Read More »

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Liability in Chain-Reaction Car Crashes, Plus the Effect of Unusual Circumstances on Auto Accident Injury Claims

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Earlier this year, a 61-year-old woman driving a Toyota Prius stopped for ducks crossing the road on the southbound Interstate 205 on-ramp from westbound Mill Plain Road in Vancouver. A male driver in a Nissan Maxima saw her brake lights and slowed down appropriately. A third driver in a Dodge Ram pickup did not… Read More »

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Safety Technologies that Could Prevent Large Truck Accidents in Washington are Not Being Used

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Recent years have seen a troubling rise in motor vehicle accidents nationwide, and the rate of fatal large truck crashes is no exception to this rule. Despite the advances that vehicle manufacturers have made in developing safety technologies, few of these advances are being implemented in the nation’s growing fleet of large commercial trucks…. Read More »

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Speed Kills, but is it as Bad as Drunk Driving? Actually, Yes.

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

In a safety study released last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that speeding is just as dangerous as drunk driving in terms of the number of lives lost to car accidents caused by each factor. Read on to learn just how dangerous speeding can be, and contact an experienced Washington personal… Read More »

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