Kenmore Car Accident Attorney
There are more than 100,000 car accidents each year in the State of Washington. Many of these accidents are the result of negligence. And when that negligence causes injuries to other drivers or passengers on the road, those victims have the legal right to seek compensation. The Kenmore car accident attorneys at the Khan Injury Law, PLLC, represent individuals who have incurred medical bills, lost wages, and other injuries following a car accident. We can help you hold the negligent parties legally responsible for their actions. In many cases, we are able to successfully negotiate a settlement with the negligent driver or their insurance company. But we are also prepared to fight for your rights in court if it comes to that.
Determining Responsibility for a Car Accident
Negligence does not require proof that a driver tried to cause the accident or hurt you. Indeed, most car accident cases in King County involve a simple failure to obey traffic laws. For example, if a driver is distracted and runs through a red light, that is negligent. Similarly, if a driver is trailing too close behind you and causes a rear-end accident, that is also an example of negligent driving.
Washington State requires all drivers to carry some insurance to cover accidents caused by negligence. Unfortunately, the law only specifies a minimum of $25,000 per person or $50,000 per accident. We find this is often not enough to fully compensate car accident victims. And even when insurance will cover all damages, the insurance company may still play hardball and try to get the victim to accept less money. We can help you resist such tactics and fight for the full amount of your losses.
It is also important to understand that Washington follows a “pure comparative fault” rule in car accident cases. This means that if your own conduct contributed to an accident, a judge or jury can reduce what the negligent driver owes you accordingly. This is why it is critical to work with an experienced Kenmore car accident lawyer who knows how to properly build and present a case in court.
What Damages Can I Seek Following a Car Accident?
From a legal standpoint, damages from a car accident are basically divided into two categories: Economic and non-economic. Your economic damages reflect measurable financial losses attributable to the accident. This includes your current and estimated future medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic losses are commonly awarded to compensate a car accident victim for their pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Note that unlike many states, Washington does not impose any limitations or “caps” on the award of non-economic damages. However, Washington also does not permit an accident victim to seek punitive damages against a driver for outrageous conduct.
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If you would like to learn more about how Washington personal injury law can help you obtain compensation following a car accident, contact the Khan Injury Law, PLLC to schedule a consultation.
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