When my family first came to the states, we settled in the Pacific Northwest for some time. We loved the rain, the culture, and the people there. Contrarily, that love didn’t mean that it couldn’t be dangerous, as well.
One day, I got a call that my aunt had been in a car accident. She would be okay, but she was shaken up, injured, and dealing with a totaled car. Her English is as strong as one of her first languages, but even so, she was worried that her case wouldn’t be taken seriously. She didn’t know where to go or how to get a Spokane car accident lawyer on her side.
Fortunately, I was able to help her find a good lawyer who could help her, and I learned a lot in the meantime, too.
Fault Laws in Washington State
Luckily, we found that the fault system in Washington state is much like it is in Kenya. That made it easier to get answers for our family. Both locations seem to work on the idea of fault. Meaning, if someone causes an accident, they’re responsible for the financial costs of the other person’s recovery.
That’s when we knew we had a chance to file. My aunt was obeying the rules of the road, while the other driver wasn’t. They hit her, and now, we knew they should be held responsible for her suffering.
We were also relieved to find that she had the options she needed for a full recovery. We would be able to regain the losses she suffered because of the accident, including both her financial and non-economic losses.
For example, her car was totaled after the accident, and she ended up taking an ambulance to the hospital for a concussion and a broken arm. Those medical bills were expensive, made worse because she didn’t have health insurance, and it would have been difficult for us for a long time.
She also suffered a lot in the wake of the accident in other ways, too. For example, the pain from her bone fracture made it tough for her to deal with her injuries. She needed compensation for these injuries, but we weren’t sure what to ask for.
Fortunately, her attorney helped her find the worth of these intangible losses. While they don’t have a specific price tag attached, her attorney explained how we would find these figures and how much she could expect to receive.
How We Settled the Case
Once we knew how similar many of these laws were to our country of origin’s laws, we were ready to get into the details for our case. My aunt took her claim to court, and she was awarded the compensation she needed for recovery. It was tough for her, but we managed to get a better understanding of the laws affecting us.
Now, we don’t have to worry about her future. It’s been a few years since the car crash, and now she’s back on the road, though she’s just as cautious as ever.
Now, though, we have a better understanding of American car accident laws and what we can expect next time one of us has a difficult claim on our hands. Now, we all feel like we know our new home a little better.