Cars have many safety features that work to keep people inside free from injuries. These safety features are an absolute necessity when trying to avoid injuries while on the road. Even in minor car accidents, things like bumpers, safety glass, air bags and seat belts work together to keep the car's occupants safe.
Adult drivers are not always alone in their cars. Cars are often used as transportation for the entire family. This means that even young children and infants are frequently traveling on Washington's roadways. Just like adult drivers, these children are also exposed to the dangers that accompany driving. At any moment, a reckless or negligent driver can hit a car carrying a child and cause serious injuries.
If you've been injured in an accident, it's usually a good idea to have an attorney representing you. But even after you hire a lawyer, it's still your case and you get to make all of the major decisions. The following story from my new book, Maximizing Your Inury Claim, illustrates this point:
Many people in Washington have prescribed to a "bigger is better" lifestyle. People want big houses, big yards, big meals and big cars. This has led to the creation of very large passenger vehicles called sport utility vehicles, or SUVs. Despite their popularity, these vehicles are not safer than traditional passenger cars. This can be seen in a recent case highlighted on this blog. In that case, a Seattle man and his small child were hit by an SUV as the car's driver tried to parallel park the large vehicle. In this auto-pedestrian accident, the man was injured and sent to a local hospital.
Sometimes, a potential new client contacts me regarding an injury claim. The person describes the accident and how he was injured, and then he tells me that although he has been hurting for months or even years, he has not received any treatment for his injuries. He often has very good reasons for not getting treatment. Sometimes, he has no insurance and can't afford to see a doctor. Sometimes, he or she is a single parent working a full-time job who didn't have time to go to the doctor.
In an unusual accident, a man and his child in Seattle were recently hurt by an SUV. They were on the sidewalk near the intersection of Madison Street and Western Avenue when the accident occurred. The infant was in a stroller when the accident happened. According to reports, the driver of an SUV was trying to parallel park his car when he somehow jumped the curb. The driver of the SUV claimed that his foot got stuck underneath the brake pedal of the vehicle as he was attempting the parking maneuver. The vehicle hit the pair and pinned them against a building.