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Family Car - Liability issues
Many parents ask me this question: “Am I responsible for any injuries which result from my son or daughter crashing the family car? This is a common question and often causes many gray hairs for parents. The answer is “yes” for most of…
Published Tuesday, October 06, 2009

PIP IME's - When a medical exam is not truly objective?
When your automobile insurance company schedules you for a medical exam, often called an IME, be aware the exam will not be conducted like a typical exam performed by your physician. The IME - referring to “independent medical exam” probably…
Published Thursday, May 07, 2015

Proximate Cause - Superseding Cause
WPI 15.05 – “A superseding cause is a new independent cause that breaks the chain of proximate causation between a defendant’s negligence and an injury/event. …“It is not necessary that the sequence of events or the particular resultant injury/event is…
Published Monday, January 09, 2017

Pedestrian struck by car has ability to access personal injury protection benefits of the striking vehicle
An often overlooked provision in a motor vehicle insurance policy is the benefits a pedestrian is entitled to upon being struck by a vehicle. A pedestrian, (a person afoot – which includes a wheelchair and bicyclists) who may or not have their own…
Published Friday, February 05, 2010

Negligence of spouse cannot be imputed to the other spouse
Negligence of one spouse cannot be imputed to the other spouse. Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 11.04.01 states the following: “Negligence, if any, of one spouse or domestic partner is not imputed or charged to the other spouse or domestic partner.”…
Published Thursday, November 10, 2016

Expert Testimoney - Washington Pattern Instruction 2.10
Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 2.10 states the following: “The witness who has special training, education, or experience may be allowed to express an opinion in addition to giving testimony as to facts. You are not, however, required to accept…
Published Monday, July 17, 2017

Driver's Intoxication and Passenger's Knowledge
Driver’s Intoxication and Plaintiff’s Passenger’s Knowledge Washington Pattern Instruction (WPI) 12.01.01 states the following: “If you find that: 1) A driver was intoxicated from the use of alcohol or drugs; and 2) The plaintiff voluntary rode in the…
Published Tuesday, November 22, 2016

7 Things To Do Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
7 things to do following a motor vehicle collision: 1.Document the collision by maintaining the information you can at the scene. a.Write down all you can as soon as possible after the crash. For example, if someone has admitted fault for the collision…
Published Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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