The Family Car Doctrine

A parent is liable for injury caused by a family member driver (typically a minor) if The vehicle is owned, provided, or maintained by a parent for the general use, pleasure, and convenience of family members a family member for whom the vehicle is maintained was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, […]

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Negligence

Negligence With some narrow exceptions, to recover for an injury an inured person in Washington must established that another party was at fault, or negligent. Negligence has four elements. [1] 1. A duty 2. Breach of the duty 3. Proximate cause 4. Injury/damages The injured person bears the burden of alleging and proving all four […]

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Washington Bad Faith Insurance Claims Practices

Washington courts have imposed a duty of good faith practices on insurance companies for more than half a century. This duty of good faith has been codified by the legislature. The insurance commissioner pursuant to authority vested by the legislature has promulgated regulations defining specific acts and practices which constitute a breach of an insurer’s […]

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