Washington Supreme Court enforces PIP medical benefits law

 The Washington Supreme Court recently made a decision that improves acceptance of Personal Injury Protection (or PIP) Medical claims. Insurers routinely deny these types of claims, contrary to state law, and the new decision tightens former loopholes.

 
PIP insurance is included in an auto insurance policy, and covers medical expenses and other services for those involved in a collision, regardless of fault. The law requiring PIP insurance to be offered to everyone buying auto insurances also gives the insurer the ability to deny coverage for PIP benefits – but only if the claims are not “reasonable, necessary, or related” to the accident, or if claims are made over 3 years after the accident.
 

Farewell to an American rite of passage

For the past century, driving has been a rite of passage marking teenagers’ independence and the fast approach of adulthood. Soon, this rite of passage will be a thing of the past. And most of the blame will be due to driverless cars. Acquiring a car will no longer be a considerable event signifying maturity, along with the many current milestones involving the freedom of driving, even if it’s just from Pasco to Richland or from home to the store.

 

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For the Safety of Teen Drivers

Teenagers by and large have a reputation for being reckless and irresponsible drivers. It’s not a generalization. There is huge amount of data backing up the fact that teenagers are more dangerous behind the wheel. Here are a couple of scary national statistics: In 2015 alone, almost 3,000 teens were Read more…

Sometimes red light runners are caught by cameras…

 And sometimes they are caught because they crash into cross traffic.

Last Monday, a car ran a red light in Richland, hitting a Dial-a-Ride bus on the intersection of Thayer and Swift Boulevard. The bus, a transportation system for people with disabilities, flipped onto its side as a result of the impact of hitting a curb after being crashed into by the small Nissan Rogue. Luckily, no one was seriously injured; two people were treated for minor injuries.

Double Jeopardy

 The latin phrase “non bis in idem” is translated as “not twice in the same thing” and refers to the right of a defendant to be protected from prosecution for the same crime twice. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This is not exclusively an American doctrine, and is found in a similar form in the federal law of nearly every other modern country. In fact, every member of the Council of Europe has signed a convention which regulates human rights. Article Four of Protocol Seven of the Convention says that no person can be charged again for a crime that they have already been acquitted or convicted of. Laws that guard against double jeopardy are extremely important in any modern legal system, because of the how corrupt and easily abusable repeat trials would be.