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Tips for dealing with property damage after a car accident

If you just got into a car accident, you may be frustrated and wondering how you are going to settle a property damage claim or personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. Paying for repairs on your own is a daunting thought. You understandably want to get compensated, move on and put the collision behind you.

5 tips to reduce distractions while driving

Intoxication is not the only thing that puts drivers at risk. Distracted driving poses many dangers as well. With the advancement of handheld technology, distractions are present more than ever. Many states, including Washington, have passed laws that restrict cellphone use while driving to crack down on this problem. Keep yourself free from distractions while behind the wheel to reduce the chances of getting in an accident.

Driving rain is terrible for actual driving

Rain's something we know a lot about here in Seattle. In addition to our average 150 days a year of rain, we also have severe storms, such as the one in December of last year. You might think all this experience would make us really skilled at driving in the rain. But unfortunately, that's not true.

Which distraction is the most dangerous for drivers?

Distracted driving is more than just texting. Driving distracted means that kids are screaming in the backseat, you're drinking a latte, talking on the phone, and checking out the car crash on the side of the road. While most people only do one of these at a time, distracted driving is a growing problem which causes motor vehicle accidents every day. A study has recently looked into what is the most dangerous type of driving distraction.

Should you settle out of court or go to trial?

If you've recently found yourself the victim of medical malpractice, an auto accident or another personal injury claims, you may have already filed a lawsuit against the person (or company) whose negligence caused your injuries. You may be eager to proceed to trial so that you can have your day in court -- however, in many cases, settling before trial may be the wiser decision. In fact, around 61 percent of personal injury plaintiffs who proceeded to trial actually wound up receiving a worse deal than they'd have obtained by settling.

A single car accident does not always mean the driver is at fault

Not all car accidents involve more than one vehicle, and not all accidents come at the fault of a driver. Road conditions and equipment are sometimes the culprit. Just because you've been in a single car accident doesn't mean you're at fault: there may be a problem with your vehicle, poor road maintenance or design, or you may have hit an animal in the road (or swerved to avoid one and hit something else instead).

Is your insurance company denying, delaying or devaluing your claim in bad faith?

After a car accident, you've done everything right: you filed the police report, notified your insurance agent and went to the doctor. You had to spend your own money to fix the car, putting stress on finances during an already stressful period of recovery. Yet, your insurance company still hasn't made a settlement offer.

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