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COVINGTON CAR
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A car accident can leave you suffering from severe injuries. These injuries can in turn cause you to face high expenses like medical bills totaling tens of thousands of dollars. If another party was responsible for your car accident and thus, the expenses related to your injury, you can seek compensation for these expenses through a personal injury claim.

If another party somehow failed in their duty to protect you and other motorists from harm, that means he or she was negligent and may be deemed liable for your damages. In Washington, the negligent party in a car accident must compensate the victim for his or her damages. Generally, this compensation is paid by the negligent driver’s automobile insurance provider. But in order to recover compensation, a victim must prove to the insurance provider that the alleged negligent driver did, in fact, cause the accident and subsequent damages because of his or her actions or lack of care. This can be done through a personal injury claim.

EXAMPLES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES

There are many different ways an individual can be injured in a car accident. A few examples include:

  • Broken bones;
  • Burns;
  • Cuts;
  • Skin, organ, and tissue damage; and
  • Injuries to the brain or spinal cord.

Many of these injuries can lead to life-altering complications, such as paralysis or paresis. A few other long-term or even permanent effects of a car accident injury can include:

  • Scarring;
  • Mental impairment;
  • Reduced mobility;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Disabilities like blindness or hearing damage; and
  • Reduced organ function.

In some cases, victims die at the scene of the accident or shortly after as a result of their injury. When this happens, the victim’s loved ones may seek compensation for the expenses related to the death through a wrongful death claim.

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SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR DAMAGES THROUGH A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM

In Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the accident in most cases. This means that if you were injured in a car accident, you need to be proactive and start working on your claim with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Through your personal injury claim, you must demonstrate the following:

  • Another party, such as another driver, failed to uphold their duty to protect others from harm by acting in a negligent manner. This can mean that the driver was drunk, distracted, or simply disregarded the posted traffic signs. Other parties, such as a vehicle manufacturer or the entity responsible for maintaining the roadway where the accident occurred, may also be found negligent;
  • Because of this negligence, an accident occurred and you suffered a specific injury; and
  • The injury caused you to suffer specific damages, such as medical bills or emotional trauma.

To prove that the above are true, you need to demonstrate evidence with your claim. This can be any type of documentation related to the accident or your injury, such as documentation showing that you are unable to work for a specific period of time, your medical bills, photographs of the accident site, and video surveillance of the accident occurring.

You can seek compensation for any damages related to your injury through a personal injury claim, such as the following:

  • The wages you were unable to earn while you were out of work;
  • Your medical bills, including hospitalization, medication, and bills for treatments you received;
  • Your reduced earning capacity in the case of a permanent disability;
  • Your emotional trauma following the accident; and
  • Any necessary expenses that you would not have faced had you not been injured, such as the need for a mobility aid.

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AVOIDING CAR ACCIDENTS

You can take safety precautions to reduce your chance of being involved in a car accident. These include:

  • Never driving while under the influence of alcohol or another drug;
  • Only driving when you are adequately energized. If you are too tired to drive, give yourself time to rest;
  • Never driving distracted. Use a hands-free headset if you must talk on the phone and never text while driving, and

Always obey the speed limit and other posted traffic signs.

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IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT

Stop your car immediately and if it is safe to do so, pull off the roadway. If anybody in your vehicle or another vehicle involved needs emergency medical attention, call 911 immediately to have an ambulance dispatched to the scene. Otherwise, call the local law enforcement agency to have an officer sent.

Get out of your vehicle and take photographs of the impact. Share your insurance and contact information with the other driver involved and be sure to take a copy of his or her information as well. Once the officer arrives, fill out an official police report detailing the date, time, and location of the accident as well as any other relevant factors, such as the weather. Do not leave the scene without a copy of the official police report and the other driver’s insurance information. If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their contact information as well. They may provide you with a critical testimony later to support your claim.

After leaving the scene of the accident, seek medical attention for your injury. The sooner you receive a diagnosis and appropriate medical care, the better your chance of making a full, prompt recovery. Only after you have received medical care should you start working with a lawyer to pursue compensation for your damages.

WORK WITH AN EXPERIENCED COVINGTON CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

If you were injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your damages. To learn more, discuss your case and the specific expenses you are now facing with an experienced car accident lawyer. Our team at Khan Law Firm, PLLC is here to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your damages. To learn more about how we can help you, schedule your free legal consultation in our office today.