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Author Archives: Molly Kling Crowley

What to Do When Your Car Insurance Company Won’t Pay a Claim

When you sign your insurance policy, you have a contract with the company which they pledge to honor. There is a covenant created, whereby the company promises to settle all claims in good faith. When your insurance company refuses to settle a reasonable claim — or settle a claim reasonably — you may allege bad… Read More »

How to Safely Share the Road with Trucks and Motorcycles

Trucks and motorcycles present opposite challenges for motorists. Trucks are dangerous because they are large, powerful and not very maneuverable. Motorcycles are dangerous because they are small, vulnerable and nimble. It stands to reason that motorists must have different strategies for dealing with each. Common ways that passenger cars get into accidents with trucks include:… Read More »

Washington Car Insurance Requirements

If you drive a vehicle that is registered in the state of Washington, you have to carry liability insurance that meets the minimum state standards. Failure to comply with the insurance requirement results in a fine of at least $450. The statutory minimums for auto insurance are as follows: $25,000 of bodily injury or death… Read More »

How Experts Reconstruct a Car Accident

Motor vehicle accident reconstruction is a fairly new area of forensic science, first formalized in the 1980s. The idea is to use scientific processes to analyze contributing factors, such as vehicle performance, driver behavior, road conditions and weather, to determine how and why an accident happened. The process of reconstruction begins with an in-depth investigation… Read More »

How to Protect Children with Car Seats, Booster Seats and Safety Belts

If you have a “baby on board,” you need to make sure that child has the proper safety restraint. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends different types of car seats based on the age and size of your child: Birth to three years old — NHTSA guidelines state that a child under one year… Read More »

How Contributory Fault Affects Washington Auto Accident Claims

In personal injury cases, such as auto accidents, the law says the at-fault party must pay. But who is the at-fault party? In some cases, it’s easy to determine whom to blame. The person who is responsible for the accident is the person who irresponsibly caused it: the motorist who ran the red light or… Read More »

Who is Responsible If Poor Road Design Caused Your Accident?

You face many hazards on the road, such as inattentive drivers, inclement weather and poor road conditions. But sometimes the greatest hazard is the road itself. We know that roads have to be maintained to be safe, but what if the road was dangerous from its inception? In other words, what if the road was… Read More »

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Car Accident

If you get yourself into a fender-bender, you probably know the drill. Pull off to the side, exchange identity and insurance information with the other driver, and take some cellphone photos of the damage done to the cars. But, if you’ve been in a serious accident and have been injured, what you must do becomes… Read More »