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Car accidents can change your life dramatically. These accidents are not just scary, they can cause physical and emotional damages as well. If you have been injured in a car crash, our team at the Khan Law Firm will fight for you!
There are hundreds of law firms in the Seattle area. What makes the Khan Law Firm different than other attorneys all claiming to be the best? This is why:
If you have been injured, don’t settle for just any injury lawyer. Call the best Washington state has to offer. Call Khalil Khan and the other car accident lawyers at Khan Law Firm today.
The cause of the car accident may have some impact on the type of car accident that occurs, as well as the severity of the car accident. Not only can car accidents involve different types of vehicles and victims – i.e. motorcycle accidents, bicycle accident, pedestrian accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, etc. – but they can also happen in a variety of different manners. Some of the most common types of car accidents include:
While some accidents may occur because of a vehicle malfunction – like a tire blowout – or another unforeseeable factor – like an animal darting out into the road – most car accidents are caused because of driver errors. Driver error is an overarching term that can be used to describe a wide array of dangerous and risky driving behaviors. Some of the most common causes of driver error, which ultimately lead to an accident, include:
It should be noted that the above list is not inclusive; there are myriad unsafe driving behaviors that may lead to a driver error, which can in turn cause an accident. Again, there are also some accidents that are caused because of factors that are unforeseeable and have little to do with drivers’ errors, such as ice, snow, fog, and other unsafe road conditions.
The experienced Seattle car accident lawyers at the Khan Law Firm have seen it all – we can represent you during your car accident claim, no matter the type of accident you have been involved in or the cause. If someone else acted negligently, we are ready to go to work on your behalf.
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the question of “What do I do?” will probably be handled for you – it is likely that the accident will be called into the police, who will respond to the accident scene, take notes, file a report, and ask you questions. In many cases, an ambulance may even arrive on scene that transports you to the hospital, especially if your injuries are serious. From there, however, do you know what to do to improve your chances of receiving your maximum compensation amount?
By far the most common question that our lawyers get is in regards to who will pay for damages after a crash. Typically, who’s liable for damages from a car accident–such as medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, etc.–is dependent upon who caused the crash. Because Washington is an at-fault state, a driver who is involved in a crash can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance.
If you carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage as part of your own insurance policy, then this type of coverage can help to pay for your expenses regardless of fault.
Consider a situation in which you contributed to an accident by about 10 percent, but the other driver was mostly at fault. In this case, you can still file a claim against the other driver’s insurance, but the law of comparative negligence will apply. Under this rule, the amount of damages that you can recover in a car accident settlement will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
If you were not at fault for an accident, you maintain the right to file a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party. However, you should start by filing a claim against the insurance company and attempt to reach a settlement out of court first; litigation is expensive, time-consuming, and stressful, and should not be the first thing that you turn to. By working with an experienced attorney, there is a strong change that out-of-court settlement will be very possible. If settlement isn’t possible, you will maintain the right to pursue litigation.
Car accidents often result in more than just economic damages – non economic losses, like pain and suffering, are common, too. Washington state allows plaintiffs to seek compensation for pain and suffering – talk to our lawyers to learn more about how these damages are calculated.
It’s important to act quickly after a car accident. You should always report the car accident as soon as possible (preferably while you’re still at the scene), seek medical care within 24 hours, and notify your insurer of the accident within 48 hours, but also as soon as possible. From there, there is no reason to delay in gathering evidence, initiating the claims process, and hiring a skilled car accident attorney.
If you plan to file a lawsuit, you must do so within three years from the date of your car accident. If you breach this statute of limitations, then you will be barred from recovery.
Many people get nervous about the idea of pursuing a car accident settlement because they are wary about hiring an attorney. Usually, this stems from misinformation about what working with an attorney is like and how much an attorney will charge you. While you do not have to hire a lawyer, working with one is strongly recommended, and may be critical in maximizing your settlement amount.
When looking for an attorney, it’s important to choose someone with experience handling cases like yours, a strong reputation of case success, a personality with which you vibe, and who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that the lawyer doesn’t get paid if you don’t get a settlement.
A Seattle car accident lawyer can be an important resource during the claims process. Not only can an attorney guide you through the legal process and help you to understand everything there is to know about filing a claim or a lawsuit, but an attorney can also:
At the Khan Law Firm, we know that you probably have dozens of questions about your rights, and how to recover every penny you deserve, after a car accident. We not only have the experience and skillset that your case deserves, but our Seattle car accident lawyers will also never charge you any upfront fees. In fact, your initial consultation with us is 100 percent free, and you will not owe us a cent unless your case is successful. To schedule your free claim review, contact us online or call us directly today.