I have been representing injury victims for a long time. I have seen all kinds of injuries, but few can be more devastating than a brain injury. You can suffer a brain injury in a car accident even if you don't hit your head on anything, and even if you don't lose consciousness. Often a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will go undiagnosed for some time after a car or motorcycle accident. This delay in diagnosis and treatment can worsen the impact of the injury and make the recovery more difficult. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it's important to determine whether a brain injury has taken place.
The one thing insurance companies don't want is for you to be educated about your rights. An educated claimant knows what he has to say and what he can keep private. He knows what forms he has to sign and what forms can be discarded. An educated claimant cannot be bullied by the insurance companies, but someone who doesn't know his rights can be intimidated into acting too quickly or settling for too little.
On Sunday, August 16, the Law Offices of Matthew Dubin joined a team of chiropractors, massage therapists, yoga instructors, personal trainers and other fitness professionals at the "Around the Block" Fit and Wellness Expo hosted by Blue Stiley of Shadow Fitness.
While your liability coverage pays for the damages you cause, it does not do anything to help you when you are injured by someone else. Once that person's liability coverage is exhausted, or if he doesn't have insurance, you are out of luck unless you have purchased uninsured/underinsured coverage as part of your own auto insurance.
Cars are so common in our culture that it is easy to forget that they are machines, and just like any other piece of machinery there are risks involved in operating it. Instead, many Washington residents look at cars and think that they are just like any other consumer good. However, they really need to be treated differently. When people step into a car, they need to give the task of driving their full and undivided attention. If people get into a car without this type of attitude, serious car accidents can occur.
Car accidents can be very scary for those involved, especially when they happen suddenly. In addition to the physical wounds left by the accident, many people can be left with long lasting emotional damage caused by the wreck.
Road conditions are always changing on Washington highways, streets and roads. Drivers need to constantly pay attention to the changing conditions and adjust their behavior accordingly. With the right attention, drivers can safely navigate a variety of difficult driving conditions including rain, snow or fog. However, when negligent drivers fail to take into account road conditions, a serious car crash can result.
Drivers in Washington State often encounter drivers who fail to follow the rules of the road. This might amount to motorists speeding, crossing the centerline, rolling through a stop sign or using their phone. In some cases, this form of negligence does not affect the driver or those traveling on the roadway. Despite the fact that these careless behaviors might not result in an accident, they could easily be the cause of a serious car crash. This is why all drivers should always uphold their duty of care while behind the wheel.
November 21, 2002 was a typical November evening. It was dark and rainy and traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in Seattle was heavy. I was driving home from work, and I was very aware of the Volvo that had been tailgating me for the last mile or so. Suddenly, the traffic ahead of me came to a stop. I was able to stop my 1998 Mustang, but the Volvo behind me never even hit his brakes. He smashed into the rear of my car. The impact pushed my Mustang into a large SUV ahead of me. The rear end of my car was crunched in, and the trailer hitch from the SUV split my front bumper in two.
In March 2012, Ben Crocker was driving his car on Highway 167 near Renton, when he was rear-ended by another vehicle at high speed. When the other driver's insurance started giving him the runaround, Ben knew he needed help. He found the Law Offices of Matthew Dubin, and we took care of everything, ultimately getting him a great recovery.