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Summer Driving Tips

It’s easy to understand how winter driving requires extra care with snow, ice, and heavy rains. But did you know more people are killed in crashes that take place in the summer? In fact, NHTSA reports that there were 9,025 fatal crashes in July and August of 2019.  With that in mind, we wanted to share 7 simple tips for summer driving.  Tip #1: Stay up on routine maintenance. It’s always better to prevent problems before they happen in the first place. Follow your oil change schedule, check your lights, and replace damaged wiper blades. Refer to your vehicle’s manual

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What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that’s directly linked to asbestos exposure. Many workers have come in contact with this material including shipbuilders, pipefitters, plumbers, and electricians. Even members of the military may have been affected. Thankfully, asbestos was banned in the United States. However, it can still be found in older buildings, homes, and factories.  Here are a few important things to know about mesothelioma:  1. Mesothelioma usually impacts the lungs. Roughly 80%-90% who are diagnosed have pleural mesothelioma, which involves the lungs. Less commonly, the disease can affect the heart, abdomen, or testicles.  2. Diagnosis can happen

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Avoiding Collisions with Bicyclists

We’ve all heard the phrase “share the road” before. Yet, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians are killed every year across the US in preventable collisions.  In today’s post, we wanted to highlight a few practical things you can do when driving to avoid striking a cyclist.  1. Watch those doors! In January 2022, a North Carolina cyclist suffered critical injuries when a parked driver opened his door. Sadly, the cyclist passed away as a result. When you’re parked along a street, always take care before exiting.  2. Use care when passing a cyclist. Another common crash scenario is called the

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8 Pedestrian Safety Tips

Walking is a good way to get in some exercise. Plus, it’s good for the environment! Unfortunately, data tells us that vehicle-pedestrian accidents and fatalities are on the rise. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few easy ways you can stay safe.  Tip #1: Wear Bright Clothing  It’s all about making yourself as visible as possible. Choose bright clothes (or even a brightly colored accessory). Heading out in the evening or early morning? Wear a reflective vest. You can find these for a few dollars at most hardware stores or online.  Tip #2: Walk Facing Traffic  By

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Tips for Reducing Driving Distractions

We all know that distractions and driving don’t mix. Unfortunately, distraction-related incidents are on the rise in Washington State. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer a few practical tips for reducing distractions so you can focus on what you need to: the road.  1. Put your phone out of reach. Setting your phone in your lap or cupholder may not be good enough. Consider putting it in the glove box or even trunk if need be.  2. Adjust your music ahead of time. To avoid fiddling with your radio, make sure to find that podcast episode you want

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Happy Client Satisfied with John Durkin

Happy Client Satisfied with John Durkin On Friday, October 30, the firm was pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful gift basket and card from a happy client.  The client had just concluded her case with John Durkin.  John, congratulations on a job well done!

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