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SEATTLE CAR
ACCIDENT LAWYER

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!

Why Choose the Khan Law Firm as Your Car Accident Lawyer?

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:

  • Award-winning – Mr. Khan and the other attorneys at our law firm are recognized nationally and state-wide as being excellent litigators.
  • Experienced – We have years of experience handling traumatic accident and injury cases. This experience gives us a competitive advantage over many other law firms.
  • Thorough – No stone is left unturned. Our law firm is dedicated to getting you the absolute best compensation possible. Our unparalleled dedication to precision had lead to impressive insurance settlements for hundreds of satisfied clients.
  • Driven – Our clients and their individual needs drive us to be the best that we can be. This drive is reflected in every facet of our legal prowess.
  • Compassionate – The time after an accident can be so emotionally draining and difficult in a variety of ways. We understand what you are going through and as a result do everything within our power to make the process as smooth and easy as possible.
  • Highly Recommended – Our clients love us. Read our reviews on Google. The majority of our clients come from referrals from family members or friends of those we have previously represented. Our law firm has been awarded the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

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.

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CAUSES OF
CAR ACCIDENTS

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:

  • Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are one of the least common types of accidents, yet one of the most deadly. When a head-on collision occurs, victims are at risk of sustaining severe injuries, some of which may be fatal.
  • Rear-end collisions. Completely the opposite of the above, rear-end collisions are quite common, and rarely result in traumatic injuries. However, they should not be taken lightly; if a rear-end collisions occurs while vehicles are traveling at a high speed, they can be deadly.
  • Sideswipe crashes. A sideswipe accident occurs when two vehicles are traveling next to each other in the same direction, and are common when one vehicle attempts to change lanes without seeing an approaching or parallel vehicle.
  • T-bone collisions. This devastating accident type is often accompanied by tragic injuries. As its name implies, a T-bone collision refers to an accident where one vehicle runs directly (head-on) into the side of another. T-bone collisions are most common at intersections.
  • Rollover accidents. One of the deadliest accident types, rollover accidents can involve two or more vehicles, but are also often single-vehicle accidents. These accidents are more common when cars are traveling at an unsafe speed.

Types of Car Accidents

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:

  • Distracted driving, including using a cellphone, talking to passengers, eating or drinking, and tending to pets or children
  • Speeding or traveling at an unsafe speed for conditions;
  • Driving aggressively, including tailgating, illegally changing lanes, and unsafely passing another vehicle;
  • Failing to yield at a stop sign, traffic light, or other intersection type; and
  • Driving while impaired, either by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue.

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.

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What to Do After a Car Accident

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?

  • Gather evidence at the accident scene. The more evidence you gather, and the sooner that you do, the more likely it is that you will have a strong case. If you are able, get witnesses’ information, take photos of the accident scene and damages, and take notes about what happened.
  • Seek medical care. Even if you do not think that you need to go to the hospital, you should visit a doctor. If you do not have a record of your injuries and medical treatment, receiving compensation for medical bills may be much more challenging.
  • Report your car accident to the insurance company. It is imperative that you report your car accident to the insurance company as soon as possible, otherwise your chance of recovering compensation may be jeopardized. Be sure to never admit fault, and to stick to the facts, when speaking with an insurance adjuster.
  • Contact an attorney. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident is a good idea, especially if your injuries are serious or there is a dispute about fault.

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Car Accident FAQ’s

Who Pays for Damages?

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.

What If I’m Partially at Fault for an Accident?

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.

Can I File a Lawsuit?

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.

Can I Seek Damages for Pain and Suffering?

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.

How Much Time Do I Have?

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.

Do I Have to Hire a Lawyer?

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.

How Do I Choose a Car Accident Attorney?

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.

How an Attorney Can Help You Recover Damages

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:

  • Gather evidence on your behalf;
  • Organize your medical bills and records;
  • Demonstrate proof of the other party’s negligence and fault;
  • Pursue litigation on your behalf.
  • Recover testimony from key eyewitnesses and expert witnesses;
  • Estimate the total value of your claim;
  • Negotiate with an insurance adjuster; and

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.

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"I was in a Motor Vehicle Accident in April 2011. As a result, I was injured. After a year of physical therapy, therapeutic massages, X-rays, an MRI and a few visits to an orthopedic surgeon, my husband asked me to see a personal injury lawyer, Mr. Khalil Khan. It was my pleasure and honor to meet him in September of 2012. He is a great personal injury lawyer. I am very pleased with the result. I would highly recommend the Khan Law Firm."
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