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If the other driver’s auto insurance doesn’t cover medical bills

Any car accident can shake up your life, but when you are seriously injured in a crash in Washington, simply making it from one day to the next may be all you can handle. If the other driver did not have an adequate auto insurance policy, concern over who will pay your medical bills and other damages may make the situation seem intolerable. The legal team at Cooney Law Offices, P.S., has helped many car accident victims find solutions in cases like these.

If the other driver was texting, intoxicated or speeding, there may be ample evidence that he or she was at fault. Any coverage that person’s policy provides should be applied to your damages. You may be able to file a lawsuit, as well. However, taking someone to court and winning will not help you if the defendant has no money. Your own insurance policy may provide you with coverage, though.

Pit bull charges, bites 9-year-old boy

While the following story isn't from Spokane or anywhere in the state of Washington, it does exemplify many of the issues that surround any dog bite case. Today's story is from Iowa, where a 9-year-old boy was at a park with his father. While skating together, a pit bull suddenly charged the 9-year-old and bit him in his bicep. Thankfully, the bite doesn't appear to be too bad (there is a photo in our source article, so be ready for that) and the 9-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

The father said that in the understandably hectic aftermath of such an incident, he wasn't able to get any information from the dog's owner. No blame need be placed here, but it is an important reminder for dog bite victims out there: if possible, you should get contact information from the dog's owner.

Pedestrian accident fatalities on the rise

Why are pedestrian fatalities increasing?

There are several possible reasons why there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian accident deaths. The country's economic recovery is one of them. As unemployment decreases and disposable spending is on the rise, people drive more. More cars on the road means greater opportunities for cars and pedestrians to collide.

As cities and towns become more pedestrian friendly, there are also more people walking alongside traffic than previously. Again, the more interactions between people and vehicles, the more likelihood that accidents will occur. Since pedestrians are obviously unprotected by the steel confines of a vehicle, they will bear the brunt of any impact in an accident.

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