Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Seattle: We Provide Legal Service to Victims Injured by Impaired Drivers
Despite all the laws, media attention, and PSAs, drunk driving accidents remain a common issue on the streets of Washington State. Such car crashes often result in serious injuries and is responsible for the majority of traffic-related fatalities of innocent drivers and other passersby.
If you were in a car accident caused by drunken, negligent driving, you may expect that your insurance and the drunk driver’s insurance company will take care of your injuries and property damage. However, insurers often fight tooth and nail not to pay out a single dime more than they feel your personal injury cases are worth. If you are injured and staring down a mounting stack of medical bills and lost wages, you need to seek help now.
At the Seattle-based law firm of Khan Injury Law, you will find a DUI accident attorney well-suited to represent your needs and pursue the maximum compensation for the injuries that the drunk driver caused.
Khan Injury Law is an award-winning law firm with years of experience representing accident victims with personal injury claims. While you heal and recover from the accident, our DUI accident lawyers will act on your behalf to file any potentially relevant lawsuit, civil claim, or insurance claim. Our legal team will attempt to build a winning case that holds the at-fault parties accountable for their actions so that we may recover compensation that aids your medical treatment, physical therapy, property damage, and any non-economic damages.
Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we are unable to recover compensation for your case you will owe us nothing in terms of legal fees. Add to that; our DUI accident lawyers offer a free consultation to any new prospective client. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting our law firm to speak with a DUI accident lawyer about your claim.
Khan Injury Law represents clients across the state of Washington, with offices located in Seattle, Kent, Tacoma, and Tukwila. To contact our central office in Seattle, you may call us at (206) 203-3978.
What Are the Statistics for Drunk Driving Accidents in Seattle, Washington?
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) states that there are, on average, approximately 200 or more fatalities every year caused by a drunk driving accidents. Drunk drivers cause 50% of all traffic-related fatalities. And the majority of these unfortunate roadway deaths occur during the summer months.
While the WTSC says that their goal is to reduce all traffic fatalities and serious passenger injuries to zero by the year 2030, they regretfully share that Washington State traffic deaths reached a 20-year high in 2021, with over 650 deaths on Washington’s roads. Data for 2022 is incomplete as of yet, but it shows that those numbers are likely to remain steady or increase from there. The WTSC has tried public outreach and media campaigns in an attempt to raise awareness of the risks of drunk driving accidents, but it is not yet known how effective these announcements will be. However, other states employed similar programs and did manage to see an increase in driver safety, so Washington has reason to hope for the best.
In addition to having alcohol in their system, many drunk drivers were tested and found to have other narcotics, such as marijuana, in their system at the time of the motor vehicle accident. These numbers are also steadily on the rise with the legalization of marijuana in the state.
Who May Be Held Liable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Drunk Driving Accident?
It seems reasonable to assume that if an impaired driver were involved in a car accident, they would be held responsible for any injuries, damage, or wrongful death. However, Washington State operates on a ‘comparative fault’ rule, which means that it could be judged that multiple parties — even yourself — were partially responsible for the accident. As such, it is vitally important that you hire a DUI accident lawyer to help establish that the fault rests on the shoulders of the drunk driver and other liable parties.
In addition to the drunk driver, it is possible to hold other these other at-fault parties accountable for serving alcohol to an individual who was clearly over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration:
- Servers, waitresses, and waiters.
- Social hosts.
- Store clerks.
- And businesses, bars, and restaurants.
Washington’s legal limit for blood alcohol level is 0.08%. Washington State law clearly states that “no person shall sell any liquor to any person apparently under the influence of liquor.” When an establishment or an employee for an establishment serves alcohol to an individual who exhibits signs of drunken behavior, any individual who the intoxicated driver harmed can take civil action against those who further pushed the driver over the legal limit of alcohol. If you wish to take action against a bar, bartender, or any other establishment in civil court, it is recommended that you hire legal counsel to act on your behalf.
What Are Common Injuries Seen in Seattle’s Drunk Driving Accidents?
Drunk driving accidents result in the same sort of injuries that have come to be associated with all car accidents. However, when a drunk driver is involved, there may be a lack of care for putting on the brakes at the last moment or attempting to swerve your motor vehicle out of the way, sometimes resulting in head-on collisions, meaning that the crashes tend to be more violent.
Driver impairment can result in catastrophic injuries and conditions such as:
- Broken bones.
- Burns to the face and body.
- Deep cuts and lacerations.
- Emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, and behavior changes.
- Loss of limbs.
- Partial or complete paralysis.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Wrongful death.
Can a Lawyer Help You Hold a Drunk Driver Accountable for Their Actions?
While no lawyer is required for those looking to hold at-fault parties accountable for a drunk driving accident, those who enlist the legal aid of experienced DUI accident attorneys commonly have a higher rate of successfully recovering a fair settlement for their pain and suffering. A drunk driving accident can leave accident victims with catastrophic injuries. You should be allowed time to rest and recover with dedicated medical aid and loved ones at your side during this time. Asking any drunk driving accident victim to take on the drunk driver’s insurance company, the opposing counsel for the drunk driver, and gather evidence from the scene of the crash to support their accident claims is simply too much.
You do not have to handle these legal and financial fights on your own.
The drunk driving accident lawyers of Khan Injury Law pride themselves on providing injured victims with compassionate and helpful legal representation. As your car accidents attorneys, we will negotiate with the insurance companies, gather evidence from the crash, review medical records, and examine police reports in order to help your case.
In addition to holding the drunk driver and any other liable entities accountable for your mounting medical bills and physical therapy expenses, we will also seek compensation for any past or future lost wages, lost employment, lost companionship, and lost quality of life.
Some of these matters are difficult or maybe even insensitive to attach a price tag too. In Washington State, drunk driving is a crime, so any trial related to driving drunk will become a criminal case. In some circumstances where victims were seriously injured, the drunk driver may be charged with vehicular assault, a Class B felony.
If the drunk driving accident cost someone their life, the drunk driver may be charged with vehicular homicide, a Class A felony. While none of these charges or financial settlements can ever hope to bring back those we’ve lost in a drunk driving accident, hopefully, they can provide families with some level of peace and financial stability.
Contact Our Law Firm to Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced DUI Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a family member have suffered personal injury as the result of drunk driving — or worse, if you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident — you are entitled to seek financial compensation from the parties responsible. Liable entities may extend beyond the drunk driver and include any individual or establishment that provided the driver with excess alcohol and enabled them to get behind the wheel of an automobile. However, as Washington State operates on a comparative fault basis, it is possible for the drunk driver to claim you deserve some blame for the crash. As such, it is incredibly important that you craft an airtight legal case so that at-fault parties are properly held accountable for their crimes.
At the Washington State-based law firm of Khan Injury Law, our DUI accident lawyers have a record of accomplishment and acclaim for providing knowledgeable legal representation to clients in need.
Injured and seeking justice or, at the very least, a means to support yourself and your family after a drunk driving accident, this is your time of need.
Let us help.
Our law firm offers a free consultation to any prospective new client with a drunk driving accident claim. This case evaluation is commitment-free, so if you do not feel like our team of legal professionals is the right fit for you and your needs, you are welcome to continue your search elsewhere.
Keep in mind that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, so if you do elect to hire the services of a DUI accident lawyer at our office, you will not have to pay any legal fees unless we are able to successfully collect compensation for your claim.
Khan Injury Law serves clients across the state of Washington, with law offices located in Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila, and Kent. Our central office is in Seattle, Washington, and we welcome you to contact us at any time to schedule your initial free consultation. You may call us at (206) 203-3978.
We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.