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Some of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Northwest are here in Washington State. The only snag is that in poor weather driving can be difficult, dangerous or even deadly. Getting to work, school or anywhere else can become far more dangerous in the rain, snow and on the icy roads. Unfortunately, not every driver drives safely, whatever the weather, and a driver speeding in rain, snow, or on icy roads may just be the cause of serious injuries or needless loss of life. At Cunnane Law we represent people who have been injured in auto accident cases, many...[ Read More ]
Careful! Do everything you can to prevent personal injuries, especially in the holiday season.
During this holiday season, whether you are traveling or staying home, it is really important to think about ways to keep you and your family safe and avoid personal injury accidents. There are many dangers that can suddenly happen, from car accidents and home fires to falling off ladders. Safety should be the number one consideration this holiday season, allowing everyone to be stress-free and safe, whatever we are doing. Below we have listed some of the preventable personal injuries that very often occur during the winter months. Dangers of Christmas Trees Many of us have wonderful memories of gathering...[ Read More ]
The holidays mean parties! But parties can mean problems. What does the law say about personal liability?
Let’s get real! We know people enjoy parties and love to host them. Of course consuming alcohol at parties does happen, and this is a cause for concern, particularly when partygoers take it too far and find themselves somewhat inebriated. If you are considering hosting a party this holiday season, we want you to be better informed of the laws in place in Washington. Laws on Hosting a Party in Washington In Washington there are three groups of alcohol providers. Private-party hosts, referred to as “social hosts”, licensed alcohol vendors, known as dram shops (bars, saloons, public houses, beer gardens,...[ Read More ]
Insurance denied your claim? Don’t worry, there’s legal assistance available.
After being involved in an accident, one of the first things an accident victim should do is report the incident to their own insurance company (insurer). The insurer will then submit a claim, subject to the circumstances of the case, with either their own claims department or the other party’s insurer. Insurance companies give immediate approval in some cases and may help cover the costs of medical bills and repairs. However, accident victims can find themselves with no protection if their insurance company denies their claim. Fortunately, if their claim has been denied they are not without help or protection....[ Read More ]
A car crash with an uninsured motorist adds layers of complexity to an already big problem. Here’s what you can expect.
Being badly injured in an a car crash could result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and lost wages. You need to seek compensation from the driver who caused the collision, rather than carry the financial loss yourself. All motorists in Washington State are required by law to carry minimum liability insurance of at least $50,000 per accident, $25,000 in bodily injury liability and $10,000 in property damage. There are, unfortunately, too many people on the road without any insurance at all. What are your options if the other driver is uninsured? Option 1:   Your Personal Injury...[ Read More ]
Car insurance companies are looking after their interests. Who is looking after yours?
If you have recently been in a car crash, it is likely that you were contacted by a car insurance company.  Typically, they are very friendly in the beginning when they reach out to claimants. However, as nice as they might be, you need to remember that, as with any company they are in business to make a profit, which means your best interests are not their priority. So, when an auto insurance company tries throughout your claim to use clever tactics to save their bottom line at your expense, you should not be surprised. Lowball Settlement Offers One of...[ Read More ]
What is a personal injury? Does it apply to you?
What is a personal injury? Does it apply to you? The general premise of a personal injury case is familiar to most people. If a person hurts you, you can sue them for financial recovery of your damages. However, that is a very general definition that does not consider the various subtleties of personal injury law. A wide range of situations, accidents and types of injuries can be included in civil claims and lawsuits concerning plaintiffs seeking compensation for preventable damages. There may be many circumstances in the underlying accidents to impact the viability of the case. But no matter...[ Read More ]
You need a personal injury lawyer fighting for you on your insurance claim.
You’ve heard it before – you have to hire a personal injury attorney for your insurance claim! But why? Here are some of the benefits to having a personal injury lawyer handle your insurance claim. Professional Representing yourself in an injury claim will not be easy especially if you must go to court. Keeping your personal feelings and opinions regarding the case out of process will be difficult. The lawyer, however, will handle your case in a very professional and objective manner. Negotiation When it comes to negotiating your case, the lawyer will have experience and is trained in negotiation...[ Read More ]
After a car accident, you need an expert personal injury attorney familiar with all the laws of Washington state.
With our fast-paced society, it is inevitable for most car drivers in Washington state to be involved in a car accident. If you live in the Puget Sound area and have been injured in a car accident, you should know what the laws are for reporting your accident and how the process works to recover damages.  The following Washington state rules should be considered. Your Legal Options To recover damages for your injuries after a car accident, you have at least three options You can file a personal injury claim with the driver-at-fault’s insurance company You can file a claim...[ Read More ]
A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) has found that the proportion of drivers under the influence of alcohol has declined by 30 percent from 2007 to 2014 and has declined by 80 percent since 1973.  In 2014 about 1.5 percent of weekend nighttime drivers had a BAC above the legal limit. While this is a positive trend, drugged driving or driving has actually increased.  In 2014 20.0% of drivers tested positive for at least one type of drug. In 2007 this number was about 16.3 percent.  Some of this increase was due to increase marijuana use....[ Read More ]
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