A common question we here at Cooney Law Offices, P.S. often hear is what happens if a person dies without a will? It is typically coming from concerned family members in Spokane who have recently had loved ones pass away and are now worried that the dispersal of their estates will turn into a veritable "free-for-all" between the decedent's beneficiaries. If you share these same concerns, no to worry; your family member or friend dying without a will does not mean that their estate is open to be claimed by whoever seeks it first.
Pedestrians in Washington do their best to keep themselves and their family members safe, but every so often tragedy strikes. According to CNN, in 2018, the deaths that resulted from accidents involving pedestrians was the highest it has ever been since 1990. The estimate for 2018 now stands at 6,227 pedestrians killed by car crashes. This represents a 35 percent spike from prior years. It is also reasonable to conclude that for the thousands that were killed, thousands more were injured.