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Dirt Earth Berms and WA Transportation Department

Dirt Earth Berms and the Washington Transportation Department: From Bad to Worse

October 22nd, 2018 Posted by Auto Accidents, Personal Injury 0 comments on “Dirt Earth Berms and the Washington Transportation Department: From Bad to Worse”

In 2006, state transportation officials funded a six-year plan to replace over two hundred dirt earth berms that were placed on Washington’s freeway system as a means to provide safety to drivers. As it turns out, the dirt earth berms were not only proven to be ineffective, they repeatedly were shown to be more dangerous; meaning accidents that happened in and around berms often times dramatically increased the chance of serious injury or death.

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When is a lawsuit necessary after a car accident?

When Is A Lawsuit Necessary After A Car Accident?

September 27th, 2018 Posted by Auto Accidents, Personal Injury 0 comments on “When Is A Lawsuit Necessary After A Car Accident?”

Is A Lawsuit Really Necessary After A Car Accident?

Whether you need to file a lawsuit for your car accident claim usually depends on whether the insurance company makes an acceptable offer in pre-lawsuit negotiations. Many factors determine what an insurance company offers, and this discussion outlines the most common reasons your attorney may recommend filing a lawsuit.

Sending A Demand To The Insurance Companies

In most cases, before filing a lawsuit your attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement through either the at-fault party’s insurance company, your insurance company or both. Your attorney will send a demand to the appropriate insurance company (or companies) and ask for an amount of money that covers your pain and suffering, medical bills, wage loss, and any other damages you sustained.

However, if the insurance company refuses to offer an amount that fairly compensates you, you may need to file a lawsuit.

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Washington Law Center Will Handle Your Ford Explorer Lawsuit

September 6th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Washington Law Center Will Handle Your Ford Explorer Lawsuit”

Ford Explorers have been the subject of recent headlines indicating a potentially dangerous manufacturing defect causing exhaust fumes, including carbon monoxide gas, to vent into the interior of the vehicle. The exhaust fumes have led to individuals complaining of nausea, headaches and diminished consciousness. Some have even asserted claims that the exhaust fumes have contributed to car crashes. Model year 2011 (the so-called “Fifth Generation” of Ford Explorer) marked a new platform for Ford. Unfortunately, this also marked the first year for the exhaust problems.

Reuters reported on July 28, 2017, that Ford has voluntarily agreed to pay for repairs to police versions of Ford Explorer Interceptor models. Various police departments have been monitoring their officers after some reported signs of poisoning. The city of Austin, Texas has already removed its Explorer fleet from service until further notice. (more…)

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How Do I Get A Police Report?

May 25th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “How Do I Get A Police Report?”

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Washington, you may be wondering how to obtain a police report for your own benefit and for insurance purposes. Many people involved in an auto accident believe that the paper they receive at the scene of the vehicle collision is the police report; however, that is normally just an “Exchange of Information” and the actual report is something that is created and submitted later by the responding officer.

Are police reports available to the public?

It’s important for our community to realize that accident reports are different from other police records. Arrest reports, crime and or incident reports that are part of an investigation are not made readily available to the public. Motor vehicle accident reports are available to the public. They can be readily accessed by any interested party. In fact, the state of Washington allows you to access motor vehicle accident reports online. (more…)

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“Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?”

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on ““Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?””

If you are involved in a car accident, the vehicle that’s involved can incur lasting harm in the way of a diminution in value. If Vehicle A is damaged and repaired to a pre-loss condition, it is still inherently worth less than Vehicle B, of the same exact make/model/mileage/features, but having never been in a collision. The difference between the worth of Vehicle B and Vehicle A is Vehicle A’s diminished value claim.

Pursuit of a diminished value claim is often left with a message akin to “sue us”. With that in mind, as well as noting that there is an upfront cost to submit a diminished value claim, a cost/benefit analysis is always the first step to deciding whether or not to pursue a diminished value claim. (more…)

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