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KENT CAR
ACCIDENT LAWYER

Being involved in a car accident is not only scary, but it can severely disrupt your life. From long-term disability to lost wages, and high medical bills to emotional pain and suffering, an injury sustained in a car accident can be life altering. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, and if your life has been drastically changed because of it, the team at the Khan Law Firm, PLLC can help you file your personal injury claim and recuperate the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move on with your life.

Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Kent, WA

Car accidents can happen at any time, despite an individual driver’s vigilance and care. Sometimes, an accident is simply the result of poor road conditions or even vehicle malfunction. However, more often than not, Washington car accidents are the result of human error. Many of today’s drivers perform risky and dangerous behaviors while on the road, putting not only themselves in harm’s way, but others as well. Some of the most common causes of car accidents in Kent, WA are the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Texting while driving;
  • Other cell phone use while driving;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Failure to yield;
  • Poor to severe weather conditions, including icy roads; and
  • Deadly or defective vehicles.

Each of these risky behaviors can result in any number of types of accidents, and cause injuries ranging in severity. At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, we routinely see clients who have been the victims of the following types of car collisions:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • Side impact collisions;
  • Roll-over accidents;
  • Head on collisions;
  • Hit and run accidents;
  • Traffic collisions;
  • Accidents involving pedestrians; and
  • Accidents involving the elderly.

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Determining Liability in a Kent, WA Car Accident

Determining fault in a Kent, WA car accident is really a matter of determining which driver was negligent in their actions while behind the wheel. In some cases, determining negligence is straightforward—such as in a rear-end collision, when the fault almost always belongs to the driver that did the rear-ending—while in others, it is difficult to tell who acted carelessly. However, fault must be determined if the filing party wishes to recover any losses for damages and injuries sustained as a result of the accident. In order to determine the fault of a Kent car accident, the police, insurance adjusters, and any other interested parties evaluate the following:

    • Any traffic citations or violations of the law leading up to the accident;
    • Evidence, such as photos from the scene of the accident, witness statements, police reports, surveillance video footage, and any other physical evidence;
    • Whether or not the accident was a rear-end collision or left-turn accident;
    • Any comments made by either driver after the accident; and
    • Any negligent acts performed by either driver leading up to the accident.

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Washington is a Comparative Fault State

Because of Washington’s comparative fault law, both drivers of a car accident may be held liable. For instance, one driver may have run a red light, which ultimately caused the car accident, but had the other driver not been texting while driving, they probably would have seen the other driver come through the intersection and slammed on their brakes in order to avoid the accident altogether.

If the injured driver played any role in the car accident, the judge or insurance adjuster may attribute a percentage of fault to him or her. Using the scenario above as an example, the courts may determine that the texting driver is 10 percent liable for the car accident. When awarding damages, the judge will award the full settlement, less 10 percent. So for instance, if the texting driver filed a claim for $10,000, and the courts determined they were 10 percent responsible, the judge would deduct 10 percent of the winnings—bringing the total awarded settlement to $9,000.

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How to Predict the Settlement Value of Your Kent Car Accident

There are many factors that will determine the value of your Kent, WA car accident, including the severity of the car accident and the resulting injuries, whether or not the injuries are permanent, how significantly the injuries have affected and/or will affect your life, and the perceived distribution of fault in the accident. Furthermore, if the case goes to trial, the jury’s perception of the case could ultimately affect your settlement.

Because of this, it is best to consult with a Kent, WA car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurs. An experienced car accident lawyer can assess the circumstances surrounding your case and provide you with a good idea of the type of settlement you can look forward to. Typically, a client likes to have this information before they proceed with a claim, as they like to know whether or not filing a car accident claim is worth their time. Additionally, it is important to know the value of a case, as sometimes the value affects whether or not a plaintiff chooses to settle or go to trial.

Factors that our Kent, WA car accident attorneys look at when determining a case’s value include:

  • The overall strength of your liability case;
  • Your perceived credibility;
  • The defendant’s perceived credibility;
  • Whether or not the accident was avoidable in any way and by either driver, and who was ultimately at fault;
  • The severity of the accident;
  • The severity of your injuries;
  • Whether or not your injuries are permanent;
  • The condition of both vehicles before and after the accident;
  • The defendant’s possible defense;
  • Your possible rebuttal to the defendant’s possible defense;
  • Whether or not there were any witnesses to the accident;
  • The perceived credibility of those witnesses;
  • Any pain and suffering you endured in addition to your physical injuries; and
  • Any loss of companionship you may have endured as a result of the car accident.

How to Predict the Settlement Value of Your Kent Car Accident

At the Khan Law Firm, PLLC, our car accident lawyers use their knowledge and legal abilities to formulate a strong case for each of our clients, despite the odds. If you have recently been seriously injured in a car accident in Kent, WA, and the other driver’s negligent behavior was the primary reason for the accident, you are entitled to compensation. To make the most of your car accident claim, retain the help of a Kent, WA car accident attorney. Contact our personal injury law firm at 206.455.6220 to schedule your free initial consultation today.