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Car accidents are not only scary, they can also cause physical, emotional, and economic damages too. If you have been injured in a car crash that was caused by someone else, our team at the Khan Law Firm wants to make sure you recover your full damages amount.
Car crashes happen in Pacific, Washington more often than they should because of negligent drivers. When it comes to motor vehicle collisions, negligence can take many forms. For example, auto accidents can happen when a driver behaves aggressively by running red lights or speeding, but collisions can also occur when a driver is distracted by texting on a smartphone. Other common causes of traffic accidents in Washington State include intoxicated or drunk driving, as well as drowsy driving.
Were you injured in a car accident, or did a loved one suffer life-threatening injuries in a crash? You may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. One of the dedicated advocates at our firm can help. If you have questions about filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit after a traffic collision, do not hesitate to get in touch with an experienced Pacific, Washington car accident lawyer at the Khan Law Firm.
Many car accident claims in Pacific, Washington begin with an auto insurance claim. If you are involved in a crash caused by another driver, you have two general options for filing an insurance claim because Washington is a “fault” state:
Filing a first-party claim can be beneficial because the claims process may go more quickly, and you will not run into issues surrounding insurance limits if the negligent driver caused injuries to multiple people. However, you will need to pay your deductible upfront. There are benefits and limitations to filing a third-party claim. A third-party claim can take longer, and in complicated crashes, the injury victims may be limited in their ability to obtain full compensation due to insurance limits. For instance, if the driver is insured only for the legal minimum, that amount likely will not be enough to provide complete compensation to multiple injured persons. At the same time, by filing a third-party claim, you will not have to pay your own deductible.
If you are unable to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled through an auto insurance claim, then it may be time to file a car accident lawsuit. A car accident lawsuit is a civil suit in which the plaintiff files a claim against the responsible party (typically a negligent driver). Our attorneys have years of experience helping injured parties with auto insurance claims and taking cases to court when necessary.
The Washington State Department of Transportation provides significant facts and figures about traffic collisions in Pacific, WA and throughout the state. The following are statistics from the 2015 car accident report:
Most car accidents are preventable. However, when collisions do occur, it is important for anyone who has been injured to know that they may be eligible to file a claim in order to seek compensation. An experienced auto accident lawyer in Pacific, Washington can help.
Most car accident lawsuits in Pacific, Washington have a three-year statute of limitations. Under the law (RCW 4.16.080), a person who is injured in a collision must file a lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident that caused his or her injuries.
Under Washington law (RCW 4.56.250), a person who has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle crash can be eligible to receive two different kinds of compensatory damages, both of which are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses:
What will happen is a plaintiff is partially at fault for a car crash? Under Washington’s contributory fault law (RCW 4.22.005), a plaintiff is still permitted to recover damages despite her contributory fault. At the same time, it is important for a plaintiff to know that her damages award will be diminished proportionately with regard to her amount of fault.
For instance, if a plaintiff is 15 percent at fault, her damages award will be reduced by 15 percent. Although some states bar a plaintiff’s recovery once a plaintiff is 50 percent or more to blame, or in some cases 51 percent or more to blame, Washington State does not bar a plaintiff’s recovery because of any amount of contributory fault.
Car accident cases can be devastating, and they frequently result in debilitating and catastrophic injuries. If another party is responsible for the crash in which you were injured, you should learn more about filing a car accident lawsuit today. You may be eligible to obtain full compensation by filing an auto insurance claim with the help of your attorney who can work to negotiate a reasonable settlement on your behalf. If the auto insurance company will not offer a reasonable settlement, or if other limitations prevent you from obtaining the full compensation you deserve, you can work with a dedicated car accident attorney in Pacific, Washington to file a car accident lawsuit.
The experienced injury attorneys at our firm have been handling car accident cases for years, and we are committed to providing compassionate and experienced representation to every client. To learn more about the services we provide, contact the Khan Law Firm today.