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Don't Get Blindsided by Your Insurance Company

Unfortunately for drivers, their auto insurance company is just that - a company. Just like any other company, all are profit-driven ( and that's ok). The problem is that some of these companies will make claims decisions with the goal of improving their bottom line instead of looking out for you. These decisions may affect individual drivers every day and when accidents happen, some - although not all - companies will do whatever it takes to save a buck. (And as an aside, we are happy to discuss with our clients our personal thoughts on various insurance companies -- which ones look out for you and which ones look out for themselves.) 

Struck by a truck? You have legal options

Semitruck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Others on the roads depend on this so that they can get to their destination without getting into a crash. When truckers aren't doing what they are supposed to do, which is pay attention to the road, there is a chance that people on the roads might be injured or killed.

You might think that semitrucks on the interstates are the main hazard you need to worry about. However, these large vehicles are also dangerous on city streets. Think about what could happen if a delivery vehicle slammed into a pedestrian who was trying to cross the street.

Take Care to Prevent Bicycle -- Motor Vehicle Accidents in Washington State

Seattle is a very bicycle-friendly place. City buses have bike racks (used for over 300,000 rides each year, according to city estimates) and buses shuttle bicycles across the SR-520 floating bridge for no charge. The Seattle Department of Transportation reports 2,800 free bike racks on city sidewalks.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan is creating a Bicycle Facility Network to be completed by 2016, ultimately creating 450 miles of bike-friendly routes.

How to avoid becoming Washington's next hit-and-run victim

The victim of a Washington hit-and-run can thank his lucky stars he is alive. The 55-year-old pedestrian, of Seattle, suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a vehicle in White Center around 1:45 a.m.; the car drove off without stopping. According to King5 news, the injuries are not life-threatening.

Witnesses say the man flew 30 feet through the air after getting hit. The King County Sheriff's Department, however, told King5 news it was not clear if the crash's impact knocked him that far or if the car carried him a distance before he rolled off its hood.

Don't inadvertently drag your divorce on longer than necessary

Many people who are ending a marriage want it all over and done with as soon as possible. However, there is a process that you have to follow if you are going to legally divorce your ex. Without this process, you will remain legally married even if you aren't still living together.

Even though you can't make a divorce instant, you can do a few things to speed it up as much as possible. Remembering these might be worth your while can prevent you from inadvertently dragging the process on.

The infamous bumper tap

We've all been in this situation before. You get in your car after an exhausting trip to the grocery store, check behind you and begin to back your car out of the parking stall. You move all the way back and shift your car into drive to begin moving forward when, suddenly, the car behind you backs up right into the rear bumper of your car. You get out of your car and make sure everyone is uninjured, check for damage which seems to be minor, collect the other driver's information and proceed on your way home. 

What NOT to Do if You Get into a Car Accident

A while back I described what you should do in the unfortunate situation if you get into a car accident. Every once in a while, we run into people who go far and beyond what they should do, into the realm of actions you should never take when you get into a car accident. Here are a few things to remember NOT to do in the future: 

Mental trauma after a car wreck is often hard to cope with

The emotional and mental health challenges are very difficult to deal with after a car crash. Sometimes, there will be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with these accidents. When this is the case, you might find that there are some unique challenges that come with this.

One thing that you might not be prepared for is the difficulty that you will have trying to get back into a vehicle. Just the thought of being involved in another accident might strike such intense fear in you that you aren't able to move.

What to Do if you Get into a Car Accident

Car collisions happen. That's why they call them accidents. We don't mean to or want to hit other vehicles (or be hit for that matter), but that's life and we have to deal with it accordingly. If you have ever been in a car accident, you know how stressful it can be. You or the other person may be injured or your car may have been totaled. So if you are unlucky in the near future and get into an accident, here are a few things to remember:

Dog-owner liability for bites in the state of Washington

People usually don't think much about the danger of dog bites, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that nationally about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.

Examples of common injuries and complications from dog bites include:

  • Open wounds especially of limbs, neck, head and trunk
  • Infections, some dangerous
  • Arm, wrist and hand bone fractures, followed by lower-limb fractures
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Internal injuries

Dog bites often require surgery to remove skin, take stitches, drain wounds or graft skin. Importantly, a dog-bite victim may also suffer significant emotional trauma, pain and suffering.

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