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When You Play With Fire - Your Wallet Might Get Burned

You can't get blood from a stone. So what happens when that good for nothing stone owes you a large sum of money? Unfortunately, not much. Between collections and bankruptcy, there are several tactics a defaulting tortfeasor can utilize to avoid compensating an injured party. The same thing happens in a Personal Injury case when the at-fault party is indigent or lacks sufficient insurance coverage. The State of Oregon will likely learn this lesson the hard way in the near future after a Hood River County judge recently affirmed $36 million in restitution against a 16-year old Vancouver, Washington resident.

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.

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.

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.

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