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Car accidents are a fact of life in Eatonville, but this does not mean that innocent motorists must shoulder the financial burden they suffer after a crash. When someone else is at fault for the collision, our clients can often obtain compensation in the form of money damages. This money is designed to compensate victims for all their financial and certain non-financial losses.
Bringing a car accident claim is harder than many people realize. If you have been injured in an Eatonville car accident, please contact our law firm today. We will swing into action to determine your full legal rights.
Our state sees many collisions on its roads, some of which lead to people being sent to an emergency room with a brain injury, fractured bone, spinal cord damage, burn, or other injury. These collisions happen in a variety of places, such as in parking lots and driveways, at intersections, and out on the road. No one is immune from a car accident.
According to the Washington Department of Transportation, Eatonville saw 5 total crashes in 2019. However, Pierce County as a whole saw a staggering 13,849 traffic accidents in the same year. Of those, 241 caused serious injury and 66 were fatal. Hundreds more led to moderate or mild injuries.
Many accidents in Eatonville are caused by careless drivers whose negligence leads them to slam into unsuspecting motorists and cause devastating injuries. There are many examples of negligent conduct, but they all revolve around a motorist who was not being sufficiently careful when driving. For example, we have seen motorists cause accidents due to:
Under Washington law, a negligent driver is at fault for an accident and must pay compensation to injured victims. This compensation can include damages for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. The amount that our clients receive will depend on many factors, but more serious injuries typically warrant bigger payouts.
Some drivers are not merely negligent. Instead, they engage in risky conduct knowing that it endangers people but do not care enough to control themselves. Examples of reckless conduct include:
Some motorists are under the influence of road rage when they undertake dangerous maneuvers. However, others simply do not care that they are endangering innocent people.
Reckless drivers must pay all of the compensation that negligent drivers do. Because reckless driving accidents often cause more serious injuries, the amount of compensation a victim receives could be considerable.
An injured accident victim faces certain challenges to receiving a fair settlement following a car crash. For example, they must prove that another driver was at fault for the collision, which means finding evidence that they did not exercise sufficient care. Many motorists have no idea how to go about doing that in an efficient way.
Car accident victims also need to make sure that they don’t give the other driver’s insurance company ammunition to use against them. This means not acknowledging that they were in some way partially to blame for the crash. This type of comparative fault can minimize the amount of compensation an accident victim receives.
Motorists must also realize that there are limits to how much they might receive. For example, Washington law only requires that motorists carry $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance per person injured, up to $50,000 per accident maximum. Sometimes, we can find other insurance policies that are applicable, such as your own underinsured motorist coverage or a business policy if you were struck by a business driver.
Khan Law Firm stands above the rest of firms servicing Eatonville in the quality of representation we provide. Our lawyers are well versed in Washington car accident law, and we can use our knowledge to your advantage.
If you would like to discuss your case with an attorney, please call us today. One of our lawyers will meet with you for a free consultation where you can talk freely about your case and ask questions.