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Use Your Turn Signal, says Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court says: yes, you must use your signal when turning or changing lanes.

RCW 46.61.305 states that “no person shall turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety nor without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided . . . a signal of intention to turn or move right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.

The court ruled unanimously that the phrase “when required” in state law dictates that drivers must use their signal continuously at least 100 feet ahead of making a turn or changing lanes.

“This ruling will have an impact on both driving infractions, as well as, personal injury cases where liability is an issue,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, a full service law firm in Centralia and Olympia. “This decision interprets the statutory language and should have some impact on cases of liability and probable cause.”

The ruling reverses the Court of Appeals that found a signal is required only when public safety is affected.  The decision came in the case of a Kennewick drunk driver who claimed a State Trooper had no cause to pull him over when he didn’t signal a turn.

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Abbarno admitted to practice in the State of Oregon

This week, Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and partner Peter Abbarno was admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a local law firm established in Centralia back in 1946. For almost 75 years we represented business and individuals in our community with offices in Centralia and Olympia. Our law firm increasingly represents clients throughout the State of Washington, and receives calls from Oregon. Peter’s admittance into the Oregon Bar is a testament to our reputation in the legal practice,” said Todd Rayan, attorney and partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

Peter earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2008 and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2009.

In 2010, Peter joined Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP, currently known as Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.  He became partner in 2013.  Peter’s practice includes business and corporate law, landlord-tenant law, estate planning, family law, personal injury, and workers’ compensation.

For a consultation with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com