McMenamin Safe Drivers: Teaching Teens How to Drive

McMenamin Safe Drivers- Teaching Teens How to Drive

Teaching teens how to drive in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim, and everywhere throughout Washington can be extremely challenging.  It may be difficult to teach your teen how to be a safe driver; however, it is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child safe from harm. Below are helpful tips for teaching teens how to be safe drivers while retaining most of your sanity in the process. [Read more…]

McMenamin Safe Drivers: How to Get your License on the Olympic Peninsula

The requirements for obtaining a driver’s license on the Olympic Peninsula are the same as the requirement throughout Washington State. However, the requirements for obtaining your first Washington driver’s license vary depending on your age. [Read more…]

Steps After a Car Accident in the State of Washington

Steps After Car Accident - MCMAfter you get in a car accident, it can be very hard to develop a logical plan of action. You may have a general idea of the things you need to do, but here we lay out a plan of consecutive actions to take so you can quickly and safely move on from the accident. The steps in this infographic can be adjusted based on the scale of the damage, but for most car crashes, all these steps should be followed. Without the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, the combination of lost wages and medical bills can be overwhelming. The detail-oriented lawyers at McMenamin & McMenamin, PS look seriously at every case and offer compassion to you and your family in a time that can be very stressful.

Contact us for a free consultation if you have been seriously injured in a car accident in the state of Washington. At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS, we promise you won’t pay any fees if we don’t recover any compensation for you. Your job is getting better. Our job is everything else.

Football Stars Neglect of Seatbelt Turns Tragic

car crashWhile watching the evening news after your primetime show, it is always painful to hear about the tragedies that have happened that day. Listening to the evening anchor tell you that talent and possibility came to a crashing halt due to one wrong turn can bring great sadness.

You might know exactly what kind of sadness I am talking about if you heard about college football star Philip Lutzenkirchen’s death in late June. The former Auburn tight end perished upon being ejected from the Chevy Tahoe.

23-year-old Lutzenkirchen was not wearing a seatbelt. Passengers in the vehicle included Lutzenkirchen, Joseph Davis, and two 20-year-olds. Three of the four passengers were ejected from the car, two of those passengers killed, and one left in critical care. [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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Car Accidents Create Injuries to your Passengers and your Wallet

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You’ve just had a collision on your morning commute. Annoyed and shaken up, your first thought is the safety of your passengers. The second: your checkbook.

Car accidents not only affect your morning mood, but can also take quite a toll on your wallet and your overall quality of life.

According to a study recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cost of car accidents is $900 dollars per person living in the U.S., totaling $277 billion dollars.  This large figure calculates the cost of productivity loss, property damage, medical care, etc. [Read more…]

Texting While Driving: It’s Not Worth It

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Washington.

Think about the last time you were driving. Were you headed to work? Home? The grocery store? Was it light outside or after dusk? Were there passengers in your car or truck?

Now that you’ve brought up the scene in your mind, here’s the big question: Did you text?

Consider the question honestly. Did you pick up your phone to send a quick message, be it to answer a friend’s question or to alert a coworker of your tardiness due to traffic? At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS, we’re not trying to make you feel bad if you were texting; we simply want you to understand the dangers before the next time you get in your car. [Read more…]

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…]