Although Washington State enjoys an automobile collision rate lower than the national average, there were still almost 100,000 collisions reported in the state in 2012, according to the Washington Department of Transportation Annual Collision Survey. These collisions resulted in more than 45,000 serious injuries and more than 400 fatalities. King County had more than its share of those statistics, reporting the highest collision rate per 100 vehicle miles traveled in the state (214.4 per 100 vehicle miles).
Those injured in these accidents can face devastating consequences. Medical issues can affect an injured party’s quality of life, and financial burdens and loss of wages can devastate not only the victim of an accident, but also the entire family. Fortunately, the injured have recourse. Those in a serious Redmond car accident may hire a lawyer to help them navigate the insurance and legal process.
Were you involved in an auto accident that was not your fault?
Washington law makes it clear that if one party was negligent in a motor vehicle accident, such as a drunk, distracted or speeding driver, then that party may be liable for damages that the injured party suffers. In most cases, if you are injured, the negligent party’s auto insurance will cover the costs of your injury and recovery.
If a settlement is insufficient to cover all expenses or if the driver is uninsured, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit. You could file a claim with your uninsured motorist coverage in the latter example as well. If you need help figuring out your next move after a serious Redmond car accident, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime, do not accept any settlement from an insurance company or make any deals with the negligent driver. Let your lawyer do the negotiating.
What kind of documentation is required to prove fault and damages?
Anytime one is injured in a serious accident, it is important to keep track of all paperwork and documentation of the collision. Be sure to get the other driver’s insurance and contact information, as well as the names and phone numbers of all witnesses. You should also have the collision report filled out by the police and keep printouts of any photos taken at the scene.
Additionally, you should keep a record of any medical bills, tests and evaluations related to the accident. Any lost wages or relevant employment records should go in your file as well. This can be helpful when you need to prove the extent of your damages as a result of the accident.
When should I speak with an attorney?
In cases of serious accidents and severe injuries, speak with a Redmond car accident lawyer as soon as you can. Insurance companies are not above calling accident victims to settle claims very shortly after the accident. What may seem like a fair settlement may turn out to be greatly inadequate, depending on the extent of your injuries and long-term damages.
If you have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident in Redmond and believe the insurance company is not treating you fairly, call Max Meyers Law at 888-230-4970 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.