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Lawsuit filed against drunk driver
Friday, June 16th, 2017

  The husband of a woman killed in a drunk driving incident is now filing a civil case against the defendant following the closing of the criminal case. Rachel Townsend was driving in Coventry Township, Ohio, when Brandon Pheneger went around a curve at full speed. Pheneger hit the median, causing his truck to become […]

Common Sense, Negligence, and Comparative Fault
Saturday, May 27th, 2017

My fortune cookie last week contained the following observation, “Common sense is not so common.” As a personal injury attorney, this resonated with me because I see situations daily where someone’s failure to use common sense has harmed someone else. Small actions that may seem insignificant at the time, can lead to damaging and costly […]

Bad Faith Insurance Practices: How to Make Bad Insurers Pay in Excess of Policy Limits
Saturday, May 20th, 2017

This article will examine recovery of policy limits in excess of the policy limits against bad faith insurance companies. The (Oregon) Basics An Oregon auto policy[1] comes with three types of coverage, (1) Liability, (2) UM/UIM, and (3) PIP. 1. Liability Coverage This is auto insurance that pays for the other guy, if the wreck […]

Texting while driving may have caused deadly bus crash
Thursday, April 13th, 2017

A mini-bus filled with choir members from the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas was fatally struck when a distracted pickup truck-driver collided with them. The choir was returning from a three-day retreat. Jack Dillon Young, the driver of the pickup truck, admitted to texting while driving on the scene of the accident. The […]

Should our children’s school bus have seat belts?
Thursday, December 29th, 2016

In the wake of the Chattanooga school bus crash, should we consider installing seat belts on school buses?   Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing six elementary students and injuring over a dozen more. The school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment […]

Video shows drivers reacting to new highway lane
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

A new traffic pattern in Portland has resulted in a lot of near-miss collisions. ODOT removed an extra middle lane coming up to the junction of westbound I-84  and  I-5.   Drivers going north on I-5 need to be in the far right lane – but many  are driving as though the lane was still […]

Watching for riders
Friday, May 17th, 2013

Improving cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.

Portland’s Pothole Problem
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

An audit of Portland’s street conditions and road management is surprisingly dramatic. The Portland Bureau of Transportation audit finds that the city has “not adequately protected the condition of street pavement…”, noting preventative maintenance has just not been a city priority. More than one-third of the city’s streets are in “poor condition” About 10% are in […]

Making Oregon teens better drivers
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

How has Oregon’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program worked? It’s made teenagers much better drivers – and made all of us safer.

Your annual reminder: winter roads are, in fact, dangerous
Monday, November 12th, 2012

The rain has started in earnest in the Northwest, and snowy and icy conditions are expected in mountain passes in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The combination of the wet weather and darkness during commutes means that every year around this time, the number of traffic crashes jumps – and stays high […]