Non-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.
The loss of a loved one is a devastating situation. The emotional pain can be even more severe when the negligence of another causes the person's death. Sadly, this situation is all too common with fatal motor vehicle accidents. People's lives are shattered in an instant when a drunk driver, distracted driver, speeding driver or otherwise negligent driver causes a fatal accident.
In a recent post, this blog discussed the case of a fatal car accident. In that accident, one person was injured and two people were killed in a collision between two cars in Sammamish. Accidents, like this one, often remind people just how dangerous it can be to drive in a car, especially when other drivers can be so dangerous. It may make people think about all the different injuries that can be caused when a person is in a car accident.
A truck accident in Washington recently led to the death of one man. The authorities are still trying to determine exactly what happened in the case and who is at fault.
Whenever a person gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, there is the risk of injuries. The risk increases exponentially when a driver is drunk. A drunk driver is like a loaded weapon, and others can easily be killed by the drunk driver's negligent behavior. Fatal drunk driving accidents can happen in any number of motor vehicles including cars, trucks or even boats.
Drunk drivers are a hazard to everyone on Seattle's roadways. Yet, every year many people get behind the wheel of their car and drive drunk. When this happens, serious drunk driving accidents can occur that can leave people with serious injuries. Around the holidays, in particular, drunk driving accidents are common.
There are so many things that can distract Washington drivers. There are other drivers, billboards, lights, the weather, the radio, passengers, food and cell phones. Seattle area drivers need to be particularly careful to not let any of these distractions take their attention away from the road when they are driving. Even momentarily lapses in attention can have devastating effects -- as the family of a 57-year-old woman understand.
Seattle residents need to drive with care. This includes paying attention to those around them while driving and obeying all traffic rules. By doing this people are not only keeping themselves safe, but they are helping to prevent dangerous car accidents.