Planes, Trains and Automobiles–The Many Faces of a Washington State Personal Injury Case

If you are like most people, when you hear the term “personal injury accident” you immediately think of a car accident. While car accidents certainly do represent a large portion of all personal injury accident cases litigated in Washington State, personal injury accidents are not limited to car accidents. In fact, there are an endless number of scenarios that could result in a valid personal injury accident case.

Personal injury accidents fall within the area of the law known as “torts.” Torts deal with situations where someone has been hurt as a result of someone else’s actions or inactions. Along with car accidents, some of the more common types of personal injury accident cases include the following:

  • Airplane accidents – Although air travel on commercial airlines is statistically one of the safest ways to travel, accidents do still happen. In addition, accidents on smaller private or commuter planes happen more often than most people realize. If you have personally suffered injuries as a result of an airplane accident, or lost a loved one in an air tragedy, this may be the basis for a personal injury accident case.
  • Train Accidents – People don’t travel by train like they did 100 years ago, but passenger trains do still exist. In addition, accidents at railroad crossings involving cargo trains are shockingly common.
  • Truck Accidents – The vast majority of goods and merchandise are still moved from point A to point B in the United States by commercial trucks. Although truck drivers are frequently the best, and most cautious, drivers on the roadway, there are exceptions to the general rule. An accident with a truck typically causes serious, life-altering injuries that are certainly within the realm of personal injury accidents.
  • Boat Accidents – Just as with the other forms of transportation, the operator of a boat also owes a duty of reasonable care to other boaters and people on the water. When that duty is breached and injuries result, the victim may be entitled to compensation for those injuries.
  • Slips and Falls – A slip-and-fall accident can happen on private or public property; however, in most cases a personal injury slip-and-fall accident is the result of injuries suffered in a public store or business. Just as with other personal injury accident scenarios, the owner of a store usually owes a duty of care to the customers or clients who enter the store. If the owner was negligent and you were injured as a result, your injuries may be compensable.

The above examples hardly constitute a complete list of scenarios that may give rise to a personal injury accident case. If you have been injured and you feel that another person, or entity, is responsible for those injuries, take the time to contact the personal injury attorneys at Mariano Morales Law at (509) 853-2222 for a detailed evaluation of your potential case.