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Seattle drivers are likely to have a collision every 6.9 years

bad drivers.jpgDo you drive in Seattle? Do you find yourself complaining about Seattle drivers? Maybe you think you're being too hard on your home town drivers, but maybe there's some truth in your complaints. Possibly a whole lot of truth.

Another life lost to a drunk driver

Gorst3.jpgA 4-car crash this morning in Gorst, Washington in Kitsap County resulted in at least one death. The crash took place around 5:30 am, and the road was not clear until after 10 am. According to the State Patrol, the crash involved 2 cars headed eastbound and 2 headed westbound.

Washington pedestrian hit by a car. Do I have a case even if I was jaywalking?

jaywalking_man.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpgEveryone knows that jaywalking is illegal, but many people do it anyway. Jaywalking is crossing the street at a time or location which is against the law. It could be crossing a street mid-block. It could be crossing at a crosswalk against the light. Many people, including myself, occasionally jaywalk because it seems safe to do so. If you look both ways and there are no cars coming, you should be able to cross safely, right?

Posting on social media can ruin your Washington personal injury claim

social_icons.jpgIf you're like me, you love social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Foursquare, Google Plus. You name it and I've probably posted there in the last twenty-four hours. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, engage in community or political activism, discuss current events, and share thoughts and ideas. It is also one of the tools the insurance company will try to use to defeat your injury claim.

What is pain and suffering? Part 3 - Damages for injuries to a loved one

Hugging Trio.jpgNon-economic or "general" damages are most commonly referred to as "pain and suffering," but the concept includes so much more. It includes physical pain and emotional pain, both in the past and future. It includes disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. It includes fear, frustration, worry, doubt, uncertainty, and sadness. The law provides no formula for placing a dollar value on any of these "intangibles," and so it is ultimately up to a jury to determine what they are worth. If you want to settle your claim, you and the insurance company will have to agree on the value of your pain and suffering. In order to maximize your claim, a good attorney will get to know you and how your injuries have affected your life. He will then make sure the insurance company knows exactly how your life has been turned upside-down, and he will seek to get you a recovery for each type of non-economic damage recognized by the law.

I want to fire my lawyer

fired.jpgSeveral times each year, I get a call from someone who was injured in an accident, hired a lawyer, and now wants to fire his lawyer and hire me. The most common reason people give for wanting to change lawyers is lack of communication. They tell me stories of trying for weeks to speak to their lawyers without success. They leave messages and speak to case managers, legal assistants, and paralegals. They even send letters, but they never hear back from their attorneys.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO MEET WITH A LAWYER?

meet with lawyer.jpgEvery day I get phone calls from people who have been injured in some kind of accident. Often the first question they have for me is how much it will cost to meet with me to discuss their case. I guess it shouldn't surprise me; most people don't really pay attention to personal injury lawyers until they need one. The answer is simple:

Another bicyclist killed in downtown Seattle

bicycle.jpgA female biciclist was tragically killed in downtown Seattle this morning as a truck made a left turn from southbound Second Avenue onto University Street and hit her. It appears, as in so many bicycle accidents we see, that the truck driver simply failed to see the bicycle.

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