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November 2023

Colburn Law

Are retailers liable for defective products?

When a defective product causes harm, we often direct our frustration solely toward the manufacturers. However, we often overlook the potential complicity of other parties in the chain of distribution—including retailers. The truth is that retailers, as the final link in this chain before products reach consumers, can also be held accountable for the dangers

How Truck Weigh Stations Prevent Accidents

When driving on Washington’s highways, you may have noticed signs for weigh stations: designated areas where commercial vehicles are required to stop for weight inspection and safety checks. These stations serve as crucial checkpoints to ensure that trucks traveling on the roads are within the legal weight limits and in compliance with transportation safety standards.

Is It Illegal to Drink While Boating?

Navigating the waters can be a liberating experience, but with that freedom comes a responsibility to protect the safety of everyone on and around a boat. Drinking while boating is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal in Washington state. The implications of drinking while operating a boat are severe and can have lasting

Stopping Distance: Semi-Trucks vs. Cars

Every driver needs to know how much road is required to stop their vehicle safely. This distance, known as stopping distance, varies greatly between a semi-truck and a car. However, the appropriate stopping distance can vary drastically; the type of vehicle that you drive, along with the road conditions, will dictate how much space you’ll

Top 10 Common Household Items That Can Cause Chemical Burns

Experiencing a chemical burn can be a traumatic event, often leading to physical pain and emotional distress. These injuries are particularly unsettling when they occur in the safety of your own home, where you expect to be safe from harm. However, many common household items can cause chemical burns—and understanding the risks can help you

What Are the Types and Degrees of Burns?

Burn injuries are among the most painful and traumatic experiences one can endure. Depending on the severity of the burn, the path to recovery can be long and fraught with physical and emotional challenges. To help determine the best course of treatment for burn victims, medical professionals classify these injuries into four main types, which

What Are Three Types of Product Defects?

When we purchase a product, we trust that it has been designed, manufactured, and marketed with consumer safety in mind. However, this trust can be shattered if you find yourself injured due to a product defect. Generally, there are three main types of product defects; if any of the following scenarios apply to your case,

What Is the First Thing You Do in a Boating Accident?

Thanks to Washington’s diverse waterways and scenic backdrops, boating is a popular activity throughout the state, offering both peaceful retreats and avenues for adventure. However, boating is not without its risks. Unexpected accidents can happen on the water, turning a leisurely day into a stressful and dangerous situation. In these moments, it’s crucial to know