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December 2017 Archives

Alcohol blamed in truck roll-over that killed one, injured two

The arrival of the holidays in the Portland-Vancouver area also means the arrival of more impaired drivers behind the wheel. A tragic prelude to this year's holiday season was provided by a 21-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk when he rolled his pickup truck and killed one of his passengers.

Extra patrols during holidays aimed at drunk drivers

A sure sign of the holiday season in Washington is the presence of extra traffic patrols on the state's streets and highways. Beginning on December 12, the state and a number of municipal police departments, including Vancouver's, will increase the number of officers who are directed to pay special attention to spotting drunk drivers.

Has distracted driving law made Washington's roads safer?

During this past summer, the state of Washington implemented a tougher distracted driving law. A recent newspaper analysis of the results of the law seems to indicate that the law has had only mixed results in improving safety on the state's highways and reducing the number of truck and car accidents.

When is a lease not a lease?

Many individuals and small businesses in Vancouver use various forms of financing to acquire or rent personal property, such as automobiles, construction equipment, or over-the-road trailers. If the payments are made on time and if other terms of the agreements are satisfied, the characterization of the agreement as a lease or financing agreement usually makes little difference. If, however, the lessee decides to file a bankruptcy petition, the substance of these agreements can become all-important.

What is a voidable preference in bankruptcy?

Most provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code focus on the financial condition of the debtor, but one provision should give creditors pause before they accept a payment from a person or firm on the verge of bankruptcy. The provision, Section 547, defines the term "voidable preference" and gives the bankruptcy trustee broad powers to recover money from creditors who received a voidable preference.

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