As a personal injury lawyer, I hear about devastating crashes every day. I speak to people who have suffered life-altering injuries or lost loved ones. No matter how many times I hear these stories, I am still affected emotionally by the human tragedy that results from these collisions, which are nearly always avoidable. I have learned to channel my sense of outrage and injustice into fighting to get my clients the best possible recovery in court, but no amount of money can undo the physical and emotional damage my clients have suffered.
Questions abound as police try to sort through conflicting witness reports for any useful information that will help track down the driver to blame for a hit-and-run that sent a Western Washington University freshman and her friend to the hospital on January 18. The freshman suffered severe injuries that prompted doctors to have her transported to a Seattle Hospital for surgery.
For most people, Christmas Eve is a day filled with preparations for holiday events and family gatherings. For one unfortunate Seattle bicyclist, though, Christmas Eve may have been filled instead with physical pain and suffering after an early-morning traffic accident.
Washington law treats bicycles as legal road vehicles and confers upon bicyclists all the same rights and responsibilities that apply to drivers of motor vehicles. Unfortunately, as Seattle area cyclists probably know, drivers often fail to give bicyclists the same right of way as they would other vehicles and sometimes simply lack awareness of bicyclists with whom they must share the road.
Some of the most difficult motor vehicle accident cases are those that involve a hit-and-run driver. Not only are there challenges when it comes to evidence, but it also makes an unfortunate event all the more disturbing when a driver makes the choice to run from responsibility.