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Lawmakers Target Distracted Driving

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Distracted driving has a major effect on roadway safety. While official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics from recent years had placed the rate of fatal accidents caused by any kind of distracted driving at around 10%, the National Safety Council places the rate of cell-phone-related distracted crashes at 26%. According to statistics… Read More »

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Sleep Apnea in Commercial Drivers Can Result in Serious Accidents

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

You may not realize it, but snoring can be the symptom of a serious medical condition, one which could pose a threat to the public if present in commercial drivers. The investigation of a recent fatal train crash has revealed that sleep apnea was likely a factor in the crash, serving as a reminder… Read More »

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Should You Consider a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Long-term care can be incredibly expensive. Even if you and your spouse have saved diligently for years, long-term care can quickly eat through your savings, leaving you with little support in your most vulnerable older years. A recently-published study on the costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility revealed that the average… Read More »

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Do I Really Need a Will? (Spoiler Alert: Yes, You Do)

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

It is not uncommon for people to avoid estate planning. Some think they don’t have much of an estate to make drafting a will worth the effort, while others are uncomfortable facing the prospect of their own mortality. Still others believe that they can take care of their estate without drafting a will. Whatever… Read More »

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Federal Agencies Create Rule Mandating Speed-Limiting Devices in Large Commercial Vehicles

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have recently created rules that would require new large trucks and buses weighing over 26,000 to be built with speed-limiting devices installed. The devices would prevent these large vehicles from traveling at over 60, 65, or 68 mph,… Read More »

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Four-Car Pileup Results from Unsafe Lane Change

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A recent local accident has sent one woman to the hospital and resulted in property damage to three others, in addition to causing an hours-long backup during morning rush hour. The accident is a reminder of the importance of carefully checking for oncoming traffic before changing lanes, especially when traveling at high speeds. The… Read More »

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Understanding Probable Cause and Illegal Search and Seizure

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Imagine for a moment that you’re being pulled over. If you didn’t just run a stop sign or commit some other obvious moving violation, you’re brain is probably spinning as to why you’re being stopped by the police. When the officer appears at your window and begins questioning you it can be very intimidating…. Read More »

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How To Handle A Misdemeanor Charge In Washington State

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

In the State of Washington, the law classifies most minor crimes as misdemeanors. This post will help you understand the possible penalties associated with a misdemeanor and what you can do to reduce your sentence. Misdemeanors are further classified as gross misdemeanors and simple misdemeanors. Simple: You can be charged with a misdemeanor for… Read More »

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How Prescription Medication Can Lead To A DUI

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

For most responsible drivers, the idea of getting a DUI sounds completely out of the question. You understand how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and would never under any circumstances choose to drive while using either substance. What most people don’t realize, however, is that you can… Read More »

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Should You Refuse A Breath Test For DUI?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Being arrested for driving under the influence is a nerve racking experience filled with unknowns. If you don’t know what the law does and does not require of you, it can be very difficult to be sure that you are doing what is in your best interest. On top of that, the police typically… Read More »

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