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About Patrick McMenamin

Personal injury attorney Pat McMenamin grew up in Silverdale, Washington. He is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and was recently designated a “Rising Star Attorney” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. Pat McMenamin's Google+ Profile

Charities and Organizations We Have Supported

At McMenamin & McMenamin, we are all about giving back to the community. Here are just a few of the charities and organizations that we have happily supported over the past several years.

Olympic Medical Center Foundation
Peninsula Behavioral Health
Clallam County Food Bank
Clallam County Pro Bono
Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics
Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic (Rich McMenamin is also Secretary on the Board of Directors)
American Heart Association
Relay for Life
Firefighters Charitable Foundation
Campaign for Equal Justice
National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, Inc. [Read more…]

Wrongful Death Suit After Football Fatality

football helmet College athletes are recognized for pushing their bodies to the limits. Blood, sweat, and tears from a day of training earn a player some bragging rights.  When you are a college or professional athlete, you aren’t truly succeeding if you aren’t pushing yourself faster, harder, and stronger each day.

What these players do, though, is sometimes even more extreme than what we see on the latest inspirational Nike commercial. Sometimes it is deadly. [Read more…]

Ask the Auto Injury Lawyer: Are GPS Apps Helpful or Harmful?

woman in carDo you text and drive? No, no, you’ve seen the graphic PSA’s. Texting and driving is completely out of the question—but do you use your phone for navigation? Unless your car has a built in navigation system or you received a snazzy GPS for your birthday, the answer is probably, “Yes.”

We are living in a world where you can use your phone for just about anything—it only makes sense that we rely on them to get us from point A to point B. Long gone are the days of printing out directions the day before a road trip. It’s no wonder your map is hiding in the glove compartment gathering dust while revolutionary mobile applications are paving the way.

While these applications remove some of the hassles of commuting, this also means there is one more distraction while driving down the freeway. Not only do these phone apps have a soothing voice telling us when to turn left, but they also have interactive features meant to improve our ride.

For example, Waze, a navigational app using both GPS and crowd-sourcing, allows you to report accidents, alert other drivers to upcoming police patrol, and warn fellow drivers of impending slow downs. [Read more…]

Steering Your Teen Away from Unsafe Driving

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Do you remember the first time you gave your teenager the car keys?  There was no doubt; you were nervous. You did everything you could to steer them towards safe driving practices. You taught them the ways of the road during your required 50 hours of practice, covering the knacks of the steering wheel and how to be wary of pedestrians. Still though, this practice did not wash away the pangs of fear due to the anticipation of them driving solo.

These fears are not unwarranted. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for teenagers in Washington State.

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U.S. 101 Widening Project to Decrease Sequim and Port Angeles Car Accidents

WSDOT Widening U.S. Highway 101

As experienced Sequim car accident injury attorneys, we were thrilled to hear that the most dangerous stretch of U.S. Highway 101 is undergoing a much-needed renovation.

The stretch of U.S. 101 between Kitchen-Dick Road and Shore Road is being widened by the Washington State Department of Transportation, as the road has proven to be unsafe for drivers.

According to a report from the Sequim Gazette, 304 car accidents occurred in the four-mile stretch of highway from east of Kitchen-Dick to Shore Road. As a result, 216 people were injured, and 8 lost their lives. [Read more…]