Auto Accidents Lawyers in Tacoma Helping Clients in Washington Recover Compensation Following a Car Accident
Even the safest drivers may one day find themselves in a car accident one day. Though these are fairly common events and automobile safety has made great strides in recent decades, that does not lessen the fact they can be terrifying, violent, and costly. While we want to hope that everyone we share the roads with has proper car insurance, that is simply not the case. So, when there is extensive property damage or serious injuries, medical expenses can be costly and you may need to explore legal options with the help of experienced car accident lawyers familiar with Washington state laws.
If you’ve been in a car accident or are merely planning ahead for personal injury protection and want to hire legal representatives, please consider sharing your questions and concerns with a car accident attorney at the South Sound Law Group. The legal team of our law firm has years of experience representing the legal rights of personal injury victims, motor vehicle accident survivors and helping families with wrongful death cases.
Our law practice will work with the insurance companies to get you the proper medical aid while gathering evidence and determining fault for the crash to help you recover fair compensation. For formal legal advice on how to proceed with your auto accident claim, please schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident attorney at our Tacoma, WA firm today.
What Types of Automobile Accidents Does Our Law Firm Represent?
The car accident lawyers of the South Sound Law Group represent all types of motor vehicle accidents, from rear-end collisions with minor injuries to highway pileups that result in severe injuries and death.
No car accidents are too small or too big for our law firm to represent.
We have provided legal services to clients involved in car crash matters such as:
- Auto insurance companies that refuse to provide the proper compensation to pay for medical expenses.
- DUI and driving under the influence.
- Lost wages, if you missed work following the car accident.
- Medical bills that should rightly be paid by the at-fault driver or their insurance company.
- Medical malpractice following a car accident.
- Motorcycle accident.
- Repair bills for damaged vehicles and property.
- Settlement negotiations following a car accident, particularly in cases of personal injury law litigation and settlement disputes.
- Traumatic brain injuries and other severe injuries that leave the driver or their passengers incapacitated.
- We will seek higher settlement offers for lasting injuries, emotional distress, and pain and suffering following car accidents.
Washington is a comparative fault state, which means that fault in a personal injury case can be shared and need not hold only one party at fault. Washington is also a contributory fault state, which adjusts the maximum settlement depending on the percentage of fault that the court attributes to each party in the car accident.
What Are Common Causes for Car Crashes in Washington?
There is no #1 cause for car accidents. Even those who drive safely and obey all the rules of the road can still end up in frightening and horrific motor vehicle accidents.
In Washington, there are approximately 100,000 car accidents each year. Of those motor vehicle accidents, an average of about 500 people die in those accidents each year, while thousands more suffer severe and lasting injuries. The stats show that while car accident numbers are trending downwards in recent years, the rate of fatalities is rising.
Common causes for car accidents across the state of Washington include:
- Driver negligence, such as distracted driving, driving while making phone calls,
- Driving under the influence of drugs.
- Drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel.
- Drunk driving.
- Poor driving conditions and poor road maintenance.
- Poor road signage.
- Rear-end collisions caused by distracted driving and negligence.
- Running a red light or stop sign, which often results in T-Bone collisions or head-on car crashes.
- Speeding and aggressive driving.
- Traffic law violations and negligence.
- Vehicle malfunction and poor mechanical maintenance.
What Can a Car Accident Attorney Do for Your Case?
If the other driver is at-fault for a car accident resulting in personal injury, whether because of drowsy driving, drunk driving, or plain and simple negligence, an attorney at our law office will help you with your claim so that you receive a fair settlement.
If the other driver is contentious and disputes the charges of an accident claim, our attorney may pursue an injury lawsuit in an attempt to get our clients the settlements they deserve.
While it is true that you are not required to hire the services of a car accident attorney in Washington, doing so will greatly assist you in the settlement negotiation process and ensure that your legal rights are properly looked after throughout the case. In fact, reaching out to your attorney should be one of your first acts following the unfortunate event of a car accident.
If you’re ever in a car accident, you should first assess whether you have sustained a serious injury. If you need help, please seek medical aid as soon as possible. If you can, you should check other drivers and passengers for injuries. Then, exchange all relevant insurance company information with the other driver. Do not apologize to the other motorist and do not work with them to reconstruct what happened. Instead, call the police. While waiting for the police to arrive, speak to any witnesses and get their stories and their contact information. Once law enforcement arrives, fill out your police report. Then call your car accident lawyer. At any stage during the aftermath of a crash, insurance company adjusters may arrive on the scene with questions about what happened and grill you on your insurance policy — you do not need to speak with them. It would be best if your car accident lawyer spoke to the auto insurance companies for you.
As your legal representative, a South Sound Law Group car accident lawyer will help you pursue financial compensation. Our lawyers operate injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we do not collect a settlement for you, you do not owe us a dime in legal fees.
Do You Still Need Legal Representation if You’re Covered by an Insurance Company?
Every driver in Washington must keep a minimal level of car insurance. It is natural to think that your insurance policy is there to protect you and your interests in this situation. However, you must remember that insurance companies are always looking to protect their interests first and foremost, which means saving money. If they can find a way to save money on your injury and car accident payout, they will do so. Additionally, it’s possible that the other driver(s) may not have even had car insurance, which complicates things even more.
With an experienced car accident lawyer in your corner, you know that your interests will be looked after. If you retain us as legal counsel, we will be your representation, and do everything within our legal powers to protect your rights, pursue fair financial compensation, and get the insurance companies to do what is needed of them.
Contact Our Law Offices to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been in a car accident, then chances are you’ve just walked away from one of the scariest events of your life. But, we’re sorry to say, the challenges are not likely to end there. You may miss work, which could lead to lost income. You may have a lasting physical, emotional, or mental injury, which may require hospitalization, therapy, and rehabilitation. These necessary features of recovery do not come free. Medical bills may become very costly very quickly. And with those lost wages, those medical expenses only look daunting and impossible to address.
You should not be asked to tackle all of these issues, especially not on your own. You should be allowed to heal from your wounds following a traffic accident. As your car accident lawyers, we will represent you as we attempt to address your vital needs following the crash, including speaking with insurance companies, determining who was at fault for the accident, and seeing that medical bills are paid so that you receive the care you require.
Our firm takes injury cases for car accident victims on a contingency fee basis — if you don’t recover compensation, then you do not owe us anything in legal fees. So, you may truly consider the option to schedule a free consultation with our law offices to be a risk-free opportunity.
Schedule a confidential and free case evaluation where we will review your auto accident claim and help you determine how to proceed with your accident and injury case. Our law offices are based in Tacoma, but we serve clients in need all across western Washington, and we would be proud to provide that same legal service to you.
To schedule your free consultation with a car accident lawyer at our firm, please call us at 253-383-3328.