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On July 17th, 2003 at 1 a.m. while working a vehicle accident, I was struck by a drunk driver. I lost everything I had. My wife left, as 1 year of watching me have seizures and not get better was too much for her. More

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Drunk Driving Fatalities Drop to Lowest Rate since 1950

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that U.S. fatalities due to drunk driving fell to a record low number in 2009, declining by 7.4% from 2008, with a 19% decrease since 2000. This represents the lowest number since 1950. More

Drug and Alcohol Courts: An Effective Alternative to Jail

Drug courts were developed in the 1980's in an effort to stop the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and to reduce the criminal activity that typically accompanies these behaviors. More

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Hold Drunk Drivers Responsible

The Police

A police officer has a duty to exercise reasonable care once he has taken a drunk driver into custody. On arrest of a drunk driver, the officer should place the drunk in jail, release him to a sober responsible adult, impound his car, or release the car to a sober responsible adult. Where the officer releases the still intoxicated driver without effectively separating him from his vehicle, the officer is responsible for the injuries and damages caused by a subsequent drunk driving accident.

We recently recovered a multi-million dollar verdict against the Washington State Patrol where the officer drove an intoxicated woman home, gave her back her keys, and warned her not to drive again “until you sober up.” The drunk waited 9 minutes, called a cab, returned to her car, and then drove over the centerline, smashing head on into our client.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an alcohol or drug-related traffic accident in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett or Bellingham, call the experienced attorneys at Brett & Coats today. We want responsible parties including police officers to pay for the injuries and devastation that they cause by allowing intoxicated drivers to continue driving on our highways. Only by making police accountable for their actions will future victims be spared.

Call the attorneys at Brett & Coats PLLC today at 1-800-925-1875, 360-714-0900, or contact us via our website at online form. Brett & Coats represents drunk driving victims throughout the state of Washington, including the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Bellingham, WA.

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