I've Been Injured in a Kirkland, WA Accident, What Should I Do?

Personal injury lawyers in Kirkland, WA

Kirkland, WA Personal Injury Lawyers

The attorneys at Max Meyers Law understand what it is like to deal with a serious injury after an accident. Many of the accident victims we help are not able to return to work right away and may be seeking medical treatment for injuries sustained in an accident. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we recommend you contact an experienced Kirkland personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and options for getting the financial compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Max Meyers Law?

Max Meyers Law PLLC has been recognized for our outstanding legal service and has received several awards, including the last four years in a row being voted “Best Lawyer” in the Best of Kirkland contest, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 award, and Avvo’s Top Attorney rating.

We are local Kirkland attorneys who have experience and specialize in the following types of cases:

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

Our firm offers a free consultation, so you do not need to worry about paying any fees to speak with one of our attorneys. We will listen and give you advice on the next steps you should take…whether you hire us as your attorney or not. If you are not able to get to our office for an in-person meeting, we can make arrangements to come to you.  

Kirkland Accidents and Injuries

Kirkland is a popular place to visit for those who live in King County. The city is known for its beautiful parks like Juanita Beach Park and Marina Park, its Argosy cruises around Lake Washington, and cute shops and restaurants along Lake Washington Blvd. in Downtown Kirkland. 

The City of Kirkland sees it fair share of auto-accidents and injuries every year. It was reported that in 2019 there were three auto accidents in Kirkland that resulted in fatalities. Some of the more common areas where auto accidents are likely to occur in the Kirkland area are on 124th Ave NE, Market Street, and on I-405.  

Kirkland Accident Statistics​

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – Kirkland 2019

  • Fatal Accident Count – 3
  • Suspected serious injury – 11
  • Suspected minor injury – 88
  • Possible injury – 239
  • No apparent injury – 728
  • TOTAL CRASHES – 1,069

 

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – Kirkland 2020

  • Fatal Accident Count – 2
  • Suspected serious injury – 18
  • Suspected minor injury – 51
  • Possible injury – 99
  • No apparent injury – 478
  • TOTAL CRASHES - 648
 

Proving Liability

Before you can be awarded any monetary losses from injuries sustained in an accident, you will need to prove that the other party’s negligence caused the accident. In order to prove liability, you will need to gather evidence against the other party who hit you and establish breach of duty of care to you and how this connects to your injuries from the accident. An attorney can help contact eyewitnesses to the accident, gather evidence against the other party and organize expert medical testimony if your case goes to trial. You do not have to do this all on your own. Contact an experienced Kirkland personal injury attorney to take on this burden for you while you focus on healing and recovering. 

Statute of limitations

Washington state has a statute of limitations when it comes to filing an auto accident lawsuit. This is a set limit on the amount of time you have to take your accident case to court. In Washington, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the at fault party. There are some situations where the statute of limitations can be “tolled” (for example, with minors the statute of limitations does not start until their 18th birthday). However, in most cases it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and find what next steps are necessary. 

What Should I Do After an Accident?

Many people are shaken up after an accident and aren’t always thinking clearly. Here are some quick tips on what you should do immediately following an accident:

  • First and foremost, get the medical care you need.
  • Take video and photos of the scene of the accident and injuries suststained. Use your cell phone if you have one with you.
  • Record the other driver's name, contact information, driver's license and insurance company information.
  • Get contact information for any witnesses (names and phone numbers).
  • Give only the facts to the police and DO NOT give your opinions about what happened. Speak with an attorney.

Get Treatment and Continue Until You Are Healed

Seeking medical treatment immediately following your accident is crucial. You want a trained medical professional to document any injuries sustained in the accident. Insurance companies will take the approach that you did not have a serious injury if you do not seek treatment right away and can use that against you when filing a claim. Make sure that you go to all of your medical appointments and that you are fully healed and recovered before discussing settlement. Once the insurance company issues a settlement it is final. This means that if you have medical issues down the road that there will be no more money from the insurance company to cover these costs. 

Contact Max Meyers Law Today

If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact an experienced Kirkland personal injury attorney who can help you determine if hiring a lawyer is the best option for you. Not everyone who has been hurt in an accident needs to hire an attorney…and if that is the case, we will be honest and tell you this.  However, if you are in a situation where we recommend that you do hire an attorney, insurance companies themselves have said lawyers get their clients on average three times the amount they would get if they just tried to handle their claim on their own.  

You want to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to navigate the insurance claims world and take the burden off you so that you can rest and recover from your injuries. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an auto accident in the Kirkland area, contact Max Meyers Law today at 425-399-7000 for your free consultation.  

Kirkland Resources for Accident Victims

Kirkland Medical Records
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
12333 NE 130th Ln
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 899-1000

 

Kirkland Car Accident Reports
Kirkland Police Department
11750 NE 118th St
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 587-3400

 

Kirkland Emergency & Fire Records
Kirkland Fire Department (at City Hall)
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 587-3650

 

King County Dog Bite & Attack Records
Regional Animal Services of King County
21615 64th Ave S
Kent, WA 98032
(206) 296-7387

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