Car Accident Lawyer Seattle, Washington | Auto Accident Attorney Handling Car, Motorcycle and Truck Crash Wreck Cases
If you’ve recently been injured in a car crash, avoid attempting to handle things with insurance companies on your own. Insurance adjusters are hired to make sure you receive as little compensation as possible for damages to your person, other persons, and your property from the accident.
By law, you *are* legally entitled to self-represent and settle your own case, however, it’s highly unlikely you will recover even 1/4th of what a competent lawyer can get on your behalf. Remember, insurance companies are in BUSINESS, and a business is designed to PROFIT. If it means paying out as little as possible and sticking you with the bill, so be it.
Don’t be fooled by the “compassionate insurance company” who are quick to give you a call soon after the accident to get you on “record” compromising your case before it even began and strong arming you to accept their deal or “walk”. Give them NOTHING other than the most basic information and if they request for more intimate details about the event, refuse and refer them to us – your lawyer at Legacy Law Firm.
The Truth About Seattle’s At-Fault and No-Fault Insurance Policy Laws
Like most states, Washington follows ‘at-fault’, pure comparative negligence laws which means who ever caused the accident is, therefore, responsible for any damages that manifested from that accident. The negligence rule calculates how much at fault you ‘may’ have been in the cause of the accident and factors any responsibility you may have had into your final damage recovery.
Say for example John and Jane are involved in a car wreck. John is 10 percent at fault and Jane is 90 percent at fault. John has sustained $100,000 in total damages resulting from the accident. John can sue Jane for $100,000 in damages, but he will only be able to recover from Jane $90,000 from the final judgement, because Johns recovery will be reduced by 10 percent according to his share of the fault.
Seattle, like most major cities, requires all its drivers to have and maintain minimum automobile insurance coverage to register your vehicle which are: $25,000 for injury or death to one individual – $50,000 for injury to more than one individual – $10,000 for excessive property damages.
Washington state allows BOTH “at-fault” and “no-fault” coverage. No-fault coverage allows you to make a claim against your own insurance policy regardless who is at fault up to your policy maximums. On the other hand, more traditional ‘at-fault’ policies allows you to file a claim against the insurer of the at-fault driver, be it yourself or a third party. You also have a third option, though quite rare, to skip the insurance claims altogether and file a lawsuit to recover damages directly from an at-fault driver.
Typically, we don’t recommend filing a lawsuit against a third-party directly as insurance companies are almost always in a much better position to pay out for your damages immediately.
Here’s How Legacy Law Offices Can Help YOU Recoup Compensation Damages
A Seattle Vehicle Accident Lawyer can be a *vitally* important resource to you during your claims process. Not only will be guide you through the legal process step-by-step so you’re never missing a beat, we will help you understand all you need to know to file a claim or lawsuit.
Additionally, we will gather all pertinent information on your behalf; put together all medical bills, records, and documents; gather critical evidence and proof to solidify your claim and challenge the other party’s negligence and fault; if necessary, seek litigation on your behalf; gather written and verbal testimonies from all eyewitness and expert witnesses; give you a realistic estimate on the potential total of your claim; and negotiate directly with insurance adjusters.
Four (4) Major Causes of Vehicle Accidents | Affordable Car Wreck Injury Lawyer and Attorney
We have a wealth of experience and skill handling some of the most common motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, tractor-trailer, truck and car accidents which include:
Head-On “Direct Contact” Collisions – Though the LEAST common accident it is the deadliest. In a head-on collision, victims are at serious risk of sustaining major injuries, many of which can be lethal.
Rear-End Collisions – Unlike head-on collisions, being ‘rear-ended’ is the most common, and very rarely results in traumatic injuries or death. The only exception would be if the collision takes place while vehicles are moving at high speeds such as on freeways or highways.
Sideswipe Collisions – Sideswipes typically happen when both vehicles are traveling side-by-side next to each other going in the same direction and are quite common when one vehicle tries to switch lanes failing to see the approaching or parallel vehicle. These are easily avoidable with quick head-turns to either your left or right to reveal if any vehicle is traveling along in your blind spot.
Roll-over Accidents – By far the ‘deadliest’ accident type, rollovers typically involve two or more cars, but can also be single-vehicle accidents. Traveling at unsafe speeds and the force of impact at those speeds is nearly always the cause of this type of accident.
Do You Have A Case? Let’s Find Out Today | Talk To A Car Truck Accident Law Firm Legal Counsel
Our attorneys understand (STATE) no-fault/at-fault insurance laws. If you have been injured or lost a family member as a direct result of the other drivers reckless driving behavior, you have a legal right to be compensated fairly for your pain and suffering as we go after the responsible drivers’ insurance company.
Contact our firm to speak to a qualified attorney at Legacy Lawyers LLP for information about the various personal injury services we have to offer you. Our consultation services are FREE OF CHARGE to review your claim. You will NEVER see a bill from us until we WIN our case.
Our ultimate objective is to win your case without going before a judge and jury. We empathize with your situation and want to sort out all legal matters for you so you don’t have to and you can pick up from where you left off and start living life again.