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.
We 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.
On my birthday in 1989 I got the terrible news that my friend Tina Middleton was killed in a car accident. Tina was a single mother, a full-time student, and she was working a full-time job. When the accident happened Tina was on her way home from work. She fell asleep at the wheel of her car and drove into a tree. The impact killed her instantly.
A 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.
A car accident is jolting -- literally. In a car accident, a person's body can go through significant trauma. Serious injuries -- like a head injury, spinal cord injury or internal trauma -- can make it impossible for a person to survive without medical intervention. People may spend weeks, months or years recovering from these injuries. Sometimes, people will spend the rest of their lives struggling with the effects of a car 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.
Cars are so common in our culture that it is easy to forget that they are machines, and just like any other piece of machinery there are risks involved in operating it. Instead, many Washington residents look at cars and think that they are just like any other consumer good. However, they really need to be treated differently. When people step into a car, they need to give the task of driving their full and undivided attention. If people get into a car without this type of attitude, serious car accidents can occur.
Most Washington residents understand that driving takes considerable skill. While it might look easy, people are actually using their mind and their body in conjunction with each other to safety operate the vehicle. People need to not only understand how their car works, but they need to learn to anticipate potential dangers on the roadways so they can be avoided. In order to do this, people cannot be distracted.
Car accidents can be very scary for those involved, especially when they happen suddenly. In addition to the physical wounds left by the accident, many people can be left with long lasting emotional damage caused by the wreck.
Time and time again, this blog has focused on car accidents that have resulted in injuries around Washington State. As these posts have shown, car accidents frequently lead to serious injuries, unexpected costs and legal battles. In many of these situations, police officers are still working to figure out why the accident occurred and what could have been done to prevent it.