It is important to know that a car accident lawyer or accident attorney can assist victims with financial compensation for injuries, medical expenses and pain related to car accidents.
Remember that an insurance adjuster or car insurance company is interested in saving their company money, so they do not have your best interest in mind. As an experienced law firm with knowledge, resources and an experienced car accident lawyer or accident attorney, we can assist in claiming for compensation following a car accident in the Issaquah area and beyond.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a car accident as a result of the negligence of another, call us for powerful representation by our car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving Issaquah and surrounding area. That one telephone call requesting a car accident lawyer will make a significant difference in your stress level and potential compensation.
Call Wiener and Lambka for powerful representation by a car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving the Issaquah and surrounding area.
The experience of our accident lawyer or accident attorney has provided injured car accident victims with assistance in fighting against insurance companies, large businesses and private entities.
With the experience and resources of our accident lawyer or accident attorney serving the Issaquah and surrounding area, we will take on any opponent of our client and will not back away from any adversary as we work to get a settlement.
Our car accident lawyer will work tirelessly on your behalf in researching your case to ensure the best possible financial compensation for your loss. Some of the compensatory damages our car accident lawyer will pursue on your behalf include:
You can rely on our car accident lawyer or accident attorney in the Issaquah area and beyond to handle a thorough accident investigation and your claim.
Upon receiving a call, our accident attorney will promptly investigate your car accident. If your accident involves severe injury or a death, our car accident lawyer will assist you through the legal process and significantly improve your chance of receiving financial compensation.
Other important reasons to choose us as your accident attorney in the Issaquah and surrounding area include recovery of some of your losses such as:
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The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death of any person or damage to a vehicle is required to immediately stop and remain at the scene. Drivers must cooperate with police, providing their vehicle registration, their name and driver’s license, and insurance.
Drivers must be prepared to offer aid to injured parties within their reasonable ability, including calling an ambulance to the scene.
Most vehicle collisions that occur to not involve serious injury or death, such that police need to investigate for the purpose of evaluating criminal conduct. That being said, if you can leave the vehicles where they stopped so that this can be properly documented by the police, this is a good idea. But if the vehicles are presenting a hazard, by blocking traffic, and they can be safely moved, than that should be done.
Prior to moving the involved vehicles, if photos can be taken to document the scene, this is advisable. No matter how straight-forward the collision may seem, failure to accurately document the scene allows for the possibility of the other driver changing their story later.
It is always advisable to call the police, whether or not you believe that the collision merits the call. Sometimes the police will not be available to respond to a minor incident and will advise the parties handle it themselves. In this case you would be able to state that they were called, but did not come to the scene.
Typically the police will come to the scene to fill out a report. This report and the officer being a witness can be important aspects to your case later on. Keep in mind that many people do not feel any symptoms of injury at the accident scene as they have adrenaline moving through them and, in the case of soft tissue injuries, the symptoms tend to come on progressively over the next hours and days as the inflammatory process begins.
Even in small collisions and accidents that appear to clearly be the fault of the other driver, having a police report to support your version of events later can end up being crucial.
You are required to carry proof of current liability insurance while driving your vehicle. This is why you’ll typically be sent two insurance cards each year: one to carry on your person, and one to keep in your vehicle. The ticket for not having insurance information handy is several hundreds of dollars, so be sure you have your card.
Your policy likely requires that you contact your insurance company immediately after a collision. The insurance policy that you agreed to is a contract, so the parties to it owe one another a duty of good faith and fair dealing. This means that you should keep your insurance company apprised of all details around your incident in a reasonable and upfront manner. Call your agent to notify them as well. Follow all of the specific requirements in your policy and ensure that you are documenting your efforts. Keep copies of letters which you send to the insurance company and make notes of your conversations including the date, time and the name of the adjuster you spoke with. Failure to comply with your policy could result in the denial of coverage.
Take pictures from a safe area around the scene. Take pictures of anything that may end up being significant. The scene itself, the vehicles, the other person’s informational cards for identification and insurance, any injuries that are apparent, any unique thing that happened in the vehicle (did things fly around the car, get knocked to the floor, etc).
After you have left the scene, continue to take photos of anything that could later be relevant to your case. Be sure to take photos of any damage that is uncovered after a bumper tear-down or similar in the body shop (most shops will agree to do that for you)
Take any additional additional photos you may need. This is especially true if the vehicle is to be totaled out before the vehicles are repaired, sold for salvage, or simply disappear. It is easier to convince an insurance company of injuries if you’ve documented the state of your vehicle. It is much simpler to convince a jury and your insurance company that your needs are valid if you’ve documented the crushing of your vehicle.
Any physical manifestation of injury should be continuously documented with photos. Anything that isn’t going to stay static during healing should be continually photographed, bruises get darker and then lighter, scars change, etc.
While you have a duty to cooperate with the authorities and your own insurance company, you are not required to give a statement to the adverse driver or his insurance company. The best course of action is to seek legal advice before speaking to them because they will seek to record your statement. Insurance Adjusters, who will be taking your statement, are trained to find ways to limit or deny claims of the other driver. We’ve taken on many clients who have given statements that have caused unnecessary problems due to not understanding the system they are now involved in. Obtaining legal advice prior to provision of statement to the insurance company that you will be seeking money from is always a good decision.
If there are witnesses to your automobile accident, obtain their statement and information While in most cases witnesses do not prove to be important or necessary, the problem is that you won’t know that at the time of the crash. You should be taking notes of anything that might seem like it will be important at the time of the collision.
If you find yourself injured in any way, you should seek medical attention. While this seems like common sense to some, often after an accident, folks wait and hope that their injuries go away naturally.
The problem with taking this approach in the context of a car accident case is that the insurance company for the other driver will use any delay against you and claim that if you were all that hurt, you would have sought medical care. Also, without seeking medical care immediately, you can be susceptible to the claim that you failed to take reasonable steps to limit harm.
Keeping that in mind, it is also important to follow your doctors instructions and follow up when necessary. Mention any possible problems to your doctor so that they can be properly documented. Not having an injury mentioned in your medical records is the same thing as not having had the injury at all when it comes time to settle your case.
Whether someone receives a ticket and the other contents of the police report are not admissible in a trial on the matter. However, these do matter quite a lot to the insurance companies and drivers.
If the collision results in a ticket that you do not believe is justified, than it is your right to challenge that in court. Simply follow the instruction on the ticket you were given. Sometimes hiring an attorney who handles traffic tickets is a good idea. A personal injury attorney may also be able to assist with fighting the ticket.A personal injury attorney is another possible option who may be able to help you fight the ticket.
Tickets can have a negative impact on insurance rates and your injury case.
As we said above, if it is your insurance company requesting the statement, it is your duty to offer it. In Washington state, statements given to your own insurance company are not discoverable to the other driver’s insurance company. While it’s not as pressing, you might consider contacting an attorney even before speaking to your own insurance company, just to ensure that you have all of the facts of the case accurate.
You should absolutely not record a statement for the other driver’s insurance company. Their priorities are themselves and the other driver. If this is requested, you should get in contact with a personal injury attorney right away. An insurance company doesn’t have the right to a recorded statement. You should be able to speak to the adjustor to answer reasonable questions, but please do contact an attorney before agreeing to this, just so you know what to expect.
The internet is a fairly open place, and if you’ve ever Googled yourself or someone else, you know how easy it is to find information you didn’t know what public. Depending on the privacy settings you have on your social media account, there may be more information public about you than you realize. It’s good to keep in mind that Twitter keeps a running record of your tweets. Your Facebook posts can be accessed by anyone if your settings allow it. That are many websites that keep you information online and available for anyone to find who might want to. Investigators may even look at your friends who have more open privacy to find out information about you.
While it’s probably a good policy to keep your information faily private, the prospect of a legal claim is especially good reason to do so. If you alter your social media posts following the collision in light of your newly granted legal rights, you can get into trouble for altering evidence.
The easiest way to avoid issues with your social media accounts is to just not post about the case. Do not post about the accident itself, do not post information that could be used against you regarding how hurt you are and how your injuries affect your life. The only impact these posts could conceivably have is to harm your case. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want a judge or jury to take into account when making a decision.
Our consultations are free and completely without obligation to retain us as your attorneys. Most personal injury attorneys have the same policy. There is no reason why you shouldn’t at least put in a telephone call or email inquiry regarding the pros and cons of hiring an attorney.
There are many times that having an attorney in your corner is a good idea:
It is difficult to select an attorney. Attorneys are good at self-promotion and persuasive arguments. All attorneys will happily tell you about how good they are in order to obtain your business. Here are some things that will help you sort through the marketing.
The at fault party is responsible for all reasonable losses. What this mean is: any damage to your vehicle, the cost of a rental car, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, any personal property damage due to the accident, medical bills for your collision related injuries, future medical bills, future lost wages, future impairment of wage potential, general damages, pain and suffering, and impairments of your life caused by the injuries incurred in the accident. These are the typical areas looked at by attorneys when presenting a case, though other areas may be investigated for individual cases.
Depending on the insurance you have on your vehicle, you may be entitled to payment of medical bills by your own company. You may also be able to handle property damage and car rental through your own company. Your own company may have a wage loss provision and a home helper provision. Funeral expenses might also be covered in your automobile policy. What you can obtain depends upon the type and limitations or the coverages you have paid for.
Generally, the negligent party’s company will only pay for your property damage at the time of the accident. At the end of the case they will write you a check for all of the other losses, once you’ve signed the release. Because you need to have all of the facts surrounding your injuries, the bodily injury payment will usually happen after you have fully completed treatment and have a full knowledge of your medical future.
The coverage you own through your insurance company will pay for things as they are incurred, based on the policy you have purchased.
If your vehicle is repairable, it must be restored to its pre-accident condition. You may have the vehicle repaired at a body shop of your choice. Some insurance companies have a list of “approved shops” and the company will guarantee the work as long as you own the vehicle if you use one of their approved shops. You are owed a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or as an alternative, the daily rental fee amount paid directly to you for the “loss of use” of your car if you do not obtain a rental. Make sure that all work performed is to your satisfaction before you sign an insurance check over to the repair shop.
If you decide to go with the insurance company prefered shop, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion to be sure everything is considered.
If you’re vehicle is declared a “total loss” which would indicate that it isn’t cost effective to repair it, than you will be reimbursed “fair market value for the car. The “fair market value” of your vehicle is determined based on the amount you would have made were you to sell the car the day before the accident. Market value is dependant upon many factors such as age, mileage, condition of the body and paint, condition of the interior, tread on tires, damage history, recent maintenance expenses, etc.
To determine the market value of your car, the insurance company must perfect a market survey by calling dealerships and checking newspapers to find out the selling price on comparable vehicles. You should do the same. You can’t be offered a “book figure” under law. Guides are typically low because car dealerships tend to use them for trade-in rather than selling price.
Here are the factors that should be included in a total loss settlement offer:
1. Fair Market Value
2. Sales tax on that value
3. Any unused portion of the license tab fee.
4. A rental car for use until the fair market offer is made, or the cost of the rental rate paid directly to you.
5. Title Transfer Fee
You can retain the damaged vehicle by matching the highest bid for the salvage that the insurance company obtains from a wrecking yard.
It typically takes roughly two weeks from the date of the claim report until the total loss offer is made, as it take time to determine everything.
If you were a passenger involved in a car accident, there are two important things to keep in mind. It doesn’t matter who is at fault in the accident if you are the passenger. You are fault-free and can collect from any of the negligent parties.
You’ll need to consider what insurance will be available to you in the short run to help with medical bills and wage loss. We would consider the insurance on the vehicle, then whether the driver had additional insurance, and lastly: whether you had automobile insurance that would apply. In all cases we are looking for Personal Injury Protection coverage. If there was none, or it exhausts, then your health insurance would kick in at that point.
You likely bought your medical coverage for instances like this. Auto Insurance rates will not go up when used in connection with an accident where you were not at fault. The negligent party will reimburse that amount that your company pays (subject to legal reductions that your attorney can use to help benefit you).
If you do not have PIP (please see our articles and pages on this HERE) then your medical insurance will pay for your care, and will be reimbursed by the negligent party as well.
Reimbursement of everything other than vehicle damage will take time. If you have good coverage, you will be better off while waiting for the final settlement to be agreed upon.
The answer to this question depends on several factors. First, are you happy with the amount offered? Does it seem fair? In cases where people get only slightly injured and then bounce back quickly and are confident that their injuries are a thing of the past, then an amount that seems fair to you is probably a good thing.
Beyond this positive situation, that’s where most cases end up. Insurance companies typically seek to settle claims for far less than they are worth. This is not really surprising as it makes sense that they would at least try to see if you would settle for a lesser amount; such is the nature of a corporation with duties to maximize profits for its shareholders.
If it doesn’t seem like you are going to get a fair offer, you should consult with an attorney. Consultations are free, so you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to gain insight about your case. Unfortunately it’s normal that you won’t be treated fairly unless an attorney is there to maneuver the case for you. Every case is unique and only a consultation will help you understand the ins and outs of what to expect with your claim.
In Washington state, three years is the amount of time you have to resolve or properly file and serve a lawsuit. If these appropriate legal steps are not taken with that three year time frame, you lose your rights to compensation. We suggest that you begin the process at or before the two year mark so you can maneuver the legal process with plenty of time. We suggest you give yourself plenty of time for the paperwork as the legal process takes time. We suggest you act early if you would like to avoid a lawsuit. It takes time to get everything together for the case, review it, negotiate, and settle. Again, an early consultation with a good personal injury attorney is advised.
If you are partially at fault you may still be able to bring a claim This insurance steps in in case the negligent party does not have the insurance needed to cover your damages. Please see our discussion of UIM here.
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