I've Been Involved in a Bellevue, WA personal injury accident, what should I do?

Bellevue personal injury lawyers

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Bellevue

Max Meyers Law PLLC is a team of local personal injury attorneys who have been recognized and honored with several awards, including Avvo’s Top Attorney rating and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 award.

We specialize in providing outstanding legal services for the following types of cases: 

  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Child injuries
  • Wrongful death

We are here to listen and give you advice regarding the next steps to take based on your specific situation…whether you hire us as your attorney or not. Do not worry about paying any fees to speak with our attorneys…we offer a FREE consultation. If you can’t make it to our office in person, we can make arrangements to come to you. We are flexible and can talk over the phone, do video meetings and in person meetings. 

Give us a call at 425-399-7000 today to schedule your FREE consultation. You can also reach us by filling out the Contact Us form on our website or contact us through our 24/7 live chat feature also on our website. 

Bellevue Accident Statistics

Here are some Bellevue accidents statistics you should be aware of:

  • Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – Bellevue 2019
  • Fatal auto accidents – 4
  • Suspected serious injury – 29
  • Suspected minor injury – 137
  • Possible injury – 521
  • No apparent injury – 1,932
  • TOTAL CRASHES – 2,623

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – Bellevue 2020

  • Fatal auto accidents – 5
  • Suspected serious injury – 19
  • Suspected minor injury – 104
  • Possible injury – 222
  • No apparent injury – 1,025
  • TOTAL CRASHES – 1,375

What Should I Do After an Accident?

Your adrenaline has kicked in and is racing throughout your entire body. Being involved in a serious auto accident can be shocking and make it hard to think clearly. No one ever expects to be involved in a serious auto accident. You want to know what to do immediately following an injury from an accident, so we have put together these tips (keep them handy):

  • Medical treatment - First and most important is to get the medical treatment you may need!
  • Use a cell phone to take pictures (and video if possible) of the accident scene. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries too. 
  • Get the other driver’s name, contact information, driver’s license, and insurance company information…write this down. 
  • Get contact information for any witnesses (names and phone numbers) and write this down.

When speaking to the police, share only the facts of what you saw. DO NOT give your opinions about what happened or what you think you saw during the accident. Contact an attorney as soon as you can following the accident. 

Get Medical Treatment Until You Are Healed

The insurance company may not think you have serious injuries if you do not seek treatment right away. Insurance company are notorious for using this against you when filing a claim. Be sure to see a trained medical professional to give you an exam and document any injuries immediately following your accident. Be diligent about going to all of your scheduled doctor appointments. If you can’t make an appointment, then be sure to reschedule as soon as you can. You want to make sure that you are done treating before discussing any settlement offers. A settlement payout from the insurance company is final. That means if you experience any medical issues down the road and you have already settled, there will be no more money from the insurance company to cover these costs. Seek treatment and take your time to fully recover from your injuries. 

Statute of limitations in Washington

You have three years from the date of your Washington state accident to file a lawsuit against the at fault party. This is known as the statute of limitations. This is the most important reason we recommend you contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can following your accident. There are certain exceptions to the statute of limitations where it can be “tolled” (for example, with minors the statute of limitations does not start until their 18th birthday), but you will want to talk with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case. 

Proving Liability

You will be required to show that the other party’s negligence caused the accident before any monetary losses from injuries will be awarded. Gathering evidence against the other party who hit you will be required to prove liability. You will also need to establish “breach of duty of care” and how this relates to the injuries you have suffered. Contact an experienced Bellevue personal injury attorney immediately. Let us lift the burden by gathering all the necessary evidence against the other party, in the event your case goes to trial. You should be focused on healing, so let us do the work so you can rest and recover from your injuries.

We Offer Free Legal Consultations

Max Meyers Law can help you determine if you should hire an accident attorney. We are a local Washington state law firm that prides ourselves on providing the highest level of customer service to our clients. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a serious auto accident, give us a call at 425-399-7000 to get started with your FREE consultation. Contact our experienced team of attorneys right away so we can discuss the details of your case.

Resources for Accident Victims in Bellevue Area

Bellevue Police Department

450 110th AVE NE

Bellevue, WA 98001

(425) 452-6917

 

Bellevue Fire Department

450 110th AVE NE

Bellevue, WA 98009

(425) 452-6892

 

Bellevue Medical Records

Overlake Medical Center

1035 116th AVE NE

Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 688-5000

 

Bellevue Dog Bite and Attack Records

Seattle Humane Society

13212 SE Eastgate Way

Bellevue, WA 98005

(425) 641-0080

 

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Max is a Kirkland personal injury attorney handling cases in Seattle, King County & surrounding in WA State.