By guest blogger Joseph Hunton, CHP/LMP:
Occasionally we get a client who lets us know that the police traffic collision report for their motor vehicle accident is wrong. Police officers do the best they can when investigating claims, but they do sometimes make mistakes. Most commonly the mistake involves leaving out from the report passengers of one or more of the involved vehicles or failing to document the identities and statements of witnesses. Even though police reports themselves are generally inadmissible in court, such mistakes can complicate your case if not dealt with promptly.
You've been injured in an accident in Washington. Maybe you were riding a bus that hit another vehicle. Maybe you were a pedestrian crossing the street when a car. Maybe you were riding your bike and a car turned into you. However it happened, you were hurt. You've been checked out by a doctor and maybe you've started a course of treatment. Now you're looking for a lawyer to help you with your insurance claim. One question you probably have is "how long will this take?" The answer, as lawyers like to say is "it depends."
Although it serves as a reminder of an unexpected tragedy, one Washington family hopes that a new street sign in their neighborhood will also help prevent similar tragedies from affecting other families. The new sign, posted along Southeast 223rd drive in Kent, is dedicated to the memory of David Daniel, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on August 22, 2012. The sign reminds motorists to avoid drunk driving.
In responding to motor vehicle accidents, emergency responders often put their own safety at risk. A recent car accident about twenty miles away from Seattle on Interstate 5 underscored this fact when a man with a fire & rescue team was critically injured. He was taken to an area hospital, where his condition was listed as critical but stable.Reportedly, the car accident happened near Kent during the early morning hours. A pickup truck was traveling on the interstate when it rolled over and came to rest on the left barrier. There were two occupants of the truck, but fortunately neither person received injuries.