One of the saddest things I experience as an attorney is when a person comes to see me six months or a year after their accident, and they haven't gotten any medical treatment because they didn't have insurance and they were afraid to go into debt.
Do you know what your auto insurance coverage is? Do you know how much your limits are? If you do, you're the exception. When I speak to groups and ask this question, usually less than 10 percent of the people raise their hands. The first step in optimizing your insurance coverage is to know what you already have.
While my staff is hard at work in our Seattle office fighting insurance companies to get the best results for our clients, I am spending today and tomorrow at my Mastermind group in Phoenix learning how to do even better. I will be back in the office on Monday with new insights and ideas to try out. This is all part of my continuing effort to improve myself as a lawyer, and my firm as a resource for injured people.
A 55-year-old Edmonds man received treatment at a Seattle-area hospital on Nov. 27 after being hit by a car while crossing the Pacific Highway. According to police, the injured man was not using a marked crosswalk when he stepped into the path of a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old local resident. Fortunately, the pedestrian appears not to have suffered terribly severe injuries, but he did receive treatment for injuries to his right leg.
As Seattle parents gear up to take their kids out trick-or-treating, adults may also want to consider using Halloween festivities as an opportunity to remind children about the importance of traffic safety. Although the number of children involved in pedestrian accidents increases only slightly on Halloween, the fact remains that children were killed or injured in at least six cities last year.
Many Seattle residents are more than aware of the congestion problems down around the Alaska Way Viaduct. During its closing, one resident decided to do his part by jogging to work instead of driving. He ended up being hit by a semi-truck and suffered serious injuries as a result.