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Another life lost to a drunk driver

Gorst3.jpgA 4-car crash this morning in Gorst, Washington in Kitsap County resulted in at least one death. The crash took place around 5:30 am, and the road was not clear until after 10 am. According to the State Patrol, the crash involved 2 cars headed eastbound and 2 headed westbound.

In a car wreck while on the job

car wreck.jpgWe handle lots of auto claims. Occasionally we get a client whose job involves driving and who was hit by a careless driver while she was on the job. In some ways, these claims are just like any other claim, but in several important ways, they are different. It is important to consult with a Washington car accident attorney who understands how to handle the job injuries.

Increase your uninsured motorist coverage. Please!

auto insurance.jpgA few months ago I sat down with a man who was looking into a personal injury claim on behalf of his wife. She had been driving in Mukilteo when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit her head on. She suffered multiple injuries, but the most severe injury was to her ankle. She had already undergone several ankle surgeries and she was looking at a long and painful recovery. It was likely that she would suffer a permanent disability as the result of this incident.

Fatal pedestrian accidents in Washington

pedestrian.pngSeattle streets are busy places. On any given street, people can find cars, trucks, bicyclists and other pedestrians. All of these people need to work together in order for everyone to make it to their destinations safely. However, sometimes motor vehicle drivers are negligent. They fail to uphold the standard of care necessary to keep everyone safe. While sometimes these negligent drivers cause accidents between cars or trucks, they can also cause auto-pedestrian accidents. In many of these cases, these accidents are fatal.

Washington pedestrian hit by a car. Do I have a case even if I was jaywalking?

jaywalking_man.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpgEveryone knows that jaywalking is illegal, but many people do it anyway. Jaywalking is crossing the street at a time or location which is against the law. It could be crossing a street mid-block. It could be crossing at a crosswalk against the light. Many people, including myself, occasionally jaywalk because it seems safe to do so. If you look both ways and there are no cars coming, you should be able to cross safely, right?

Posting on social media can ruin your Washington personal injury claim

social_icons.jpgIf you're like me, you love social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Foursquare, Google Plus. You name it and I've probably posted there in the last twenty-four hours. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, engage in community or political activism, discuss current events, and share thoughts and ideas. It is also one of the tools the insurance company will try to use to defeat your injury claim.

Hit by driver high on marijuana - Do I have a case?

drivingwhilestoned.jpgRecreational marijuana may be legal in Washington, but driving under the influence is still illegal. Even if a driver is below the legal limit, being high could impair a driver's judgment resulting in an accident.

What is pain and suffering? Part 3 - Damages for injuries to a loved one

Hugging Trio.jpgNon-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.

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