Snoqualmie Car Accident Lawyer
Snoqualmie is arguably one of the best places to live in Washington. Located approximately 30 miles from downtown Seattle, living in Snoqualmie provides someone with the best of both worlds: a small-town feel complete with the quiet of nature, as well as quick access to the big city and the entertainment options it offers. While not everyone can live in Snoqualmie, many do commute into the area for its recreational activities, which increases traffic and the risk of an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Snoqualmie crash, a Snoqualmie car accident attorney from the Khan Injury Law PLLC can represent you throughout the claims process. Call us today to learn more.
Getting the Facts About Snoqualmie Car Accidents
Auto accidents happen much more often than they should in King County and throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. Most of these collisions result from another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. The following are some facts and figures about Washington State car accidents from Washington State Annual Collision Summary:
- Car crashes occur every 4.5 minutes;
- Person dies every 16 hours in a Washington motor vehicle collision;
- Person sustains injuries every 11 minutes in an accident;
- Motorcyclists are involved in a collision every 4 hours;
- Pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in crashes every 2.5 hours;
- Pedestrian or bicyclist sustains fatal injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle every 4 days;
- Speeding causes a car accident every 27 minutes;
- Distracted driving causes a collision every 12 minutes; and
- Intoxicated driving results in a death every 1.5 days.
How Do I Seek Financial Compensation After a Car Accident in Snoqualmie, WA?
Washington is a fault state, or a “tort” state, for auto accident purposes. Accordingly, after a car accident, you can file an auto insurance claim either with your own auto insurer (known as a first-party claim) or through the at-fault driver’s auto insurer (known as a third-party claim). There are benefits and limitations to each approach that you should discuss with your car accident attorney.
When auto insurance payouts are insufficient to cover your losses, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. While there is no serious injury threshold to meet in Washington State to file a lawsuit against a driver, many car accident lawsuits occur when auto insurance limits prevent an injury victim from obtaining full compensation for significant losses. If you want more information about getting started on a lawsuit, our car accident lawyers in Snoqualmie can help.
Common Injuries in a Car Accident
Our law firm can help you to seek compensation for the injuries that you’ve sustained in a crash, including both your economic and noneconomic costs. Types of injuries that are common in car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
- Internal injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Crush and amputation injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Lacerations, bruises, and other injuries to extremities.
In addition to physical injuries, a car accident victim will also likely suffer medical costs, property damage costs, and lost wages and a loss of earning capacity if their injuries are severe enough to prevent them from returning to work. Psychological injuries, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, also commonly develop. Finally, a victim should be compensated for the value of their pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Who’s At-Fault In a Car Accident?
Determining fault in a crash is important for filing a claim against the appropriate party and recovering damages. Typically, one of three parties is to blame in a crash:
- A Driver: Most car accidents happen because of the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved in the crash. Actions like speeding, swerving, using a cellphone, or driving while impaired all increase the risk of crash.
- A Vehicle Manufacturer: Sometimes, a crash is not the result of a driver’s actions, but is instead caused due to a vehicle defect. If a vehicle defect, such as a tire tread or steering issue, is the cause of your crash, you may be able to hold the vehicle manufacturer liable for damages.
- Party Responsible For Road/Traffic Signal Maintenance: Sometimes, poor road conditions or broken traffic lights or missing signage is to blame. When this is the case, the party responsible for maintaining these things could be held liable.
Our lawyers will open an investigation into your crash to determine precisely how it occurred and who should be held liable. We’ll work hard to prove fault and get you the settlement you deserve.
Call Our Snoqualmie Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you have been in a crash in Snoqualmie, don’t hesitate to call our Snoqualmie car accident attorneys at the Khan Injury Law PLLC for a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach us by phone, or tell us more about your case by sending us a confidential message through our website. We are here to help you get the settlement you deserve.