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Devastating car accidents can happen in any community in Washington. In 2015, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported that there were 548 collisions in the city of Issaquah alone. Approximately 150 of those accidents resulted in injuries, and tragically, 4 of those collisions were reported to have resulted in a fatality.
For auto accident victims and their families, there can be a long road to full recovery. Victims are entitled to compensation from the at fault party to pay for their medical treatment, their lost wages, and their pain and suffering. Unfortunately, fair compensation can be very challenging to obtain. The big insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with, frequently rejecting and underpaying valid personal injury claims.
At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced Issaquah car accident lawyers help injured victims hold these insurance companies accountable. We possess deep experience handling all types of Washington car accident claims. If you were injured in a crash in Issaquah, Washington, or anywhere else in King County, we are ready to help. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our law firm for immediate assistance.
1. Get Yourself Medical Attention
Following a traffic accident, injured victims need to get themselves to a doctor for a comprehensive medical evaluation. Many common car accident injuries come with a delayed onset, so you may be far more injured than you realize. In addition, a victim cannot bring a successful personal injury claim without supporting medical records.
2. Report the Crash
Under Washington state law, all car wrecks that result in substantial property damage or any injuries must be reported to the appropriate state or local law enforcement officials. An officer should be dispatched to the scene of your crash to draft an official report.
3. Secure the Evidence
If you are able to do so, you should try to secure important evidence at the scene of the crash. Indeed, you should take pictures of the vehicle damage and the surrounding scene, attempt to get the contact information of all people who witnessed the wreck, and get information from all other drivers involved in the crash. The more evidence you have, the better.
4. Contact an Attorney
Finally, if you were seriously injured in a King County car accident, you should not go through claims process alone. You cannot rely on an insurance adjuster for legitimate guidance. Please consult with a skilled Issaquah, WA car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your collision.
The state of Washington has a three-year statute of limitations for car accident injury claims. You must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of your wreck; otherwise, you will be time-barred from taking legal action at all. While this may seem like plenty of time to act, it is important to get your legal case started without delay. The longer you wait to get started, the more difficult it will be to acquire all of the evidence that is needed to make the strongest possible claim. The bottom line: Pick up the phone and call an Issaquah Car Accident Lawyer immediately after your collision.
For the most part, Issaquah car accident claims are brought under Washington’s comparative fault statute (Chapter 4.22 of the Revised Code of Washington). To establish liability under this statute, you and your attorney will be required to prove that the defendant’s negligence contributed to your crash. The majority of car accidents are caused by driver negligence, though in some cases vehicle manufacturers and other third parties can be held liable as well. Driver negligence comes in an array of different forms, with some of the most common examples being as follows:
As Washington is a comparative negligence state, injured car accident victims may still be able to recover financial compensation, even if they were partially at fault for their own wreck. However, in these types of cases, the victim’s compensation will be reduced in direct proportion to their level of fault for the crash.
Even if you can prove that the other party was unquestionably at fault for your accident, you still need to prove your damages to get all of the money that you deserve. Issaquah car accident victims are entitled to financial compensation for the full value of their losses. There is no dispute over this basic fact. However, major disputes can arise over how damages should be valued. Indeed, insurance companies are highly aggressive in trying to reduce the value of a victim’s recovery. To get a full settlement offer, you need to be ready to present a compelling legal claim. At Khan Law Firm, PLLC our Washington car accident lawyers can help. We can help you seek financial relief for:
Our team of professionals is standing by, ready to help. At Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our car accident attorneys in Issaquah have helped many victims recover fair compensation for their losses. We are proud to be one of the leading personal injury firms in Washington, serving victims throughout the region.
If you or one of your family members was hurt in a traffic accident in King County, Washington, please call us today at 206-472-1255. Legal consultations are fully confidential and free of charge. Further, we only get paid if we win or settle your case. There are never any upfront costs or out-of-pocket fees for you.