Our car accident lawyer and accident attorney serving the North Bend area and beyond are experienced in assisting victims with financial compensation for injuries, medical expenses and pain as a result of car accidents.
It is important to understand, as a victim of a car accident, 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. An essential decision on the part of the victim is to call a car accident lawyer or accident attorney to serve as their advocate.
Our car accident lawyer serving the North Bend area and beyond will provide powerful representation in assisting a victim of a car accident in recovering compensation from the other driver to pay for damages to the car, current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses, and wages and income.
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As a victim of a car accident, it is vital to consult with our experienced car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving North Bend and the surrounding area prior to talking with an insurance adjuster or accepting settlement from the insurance company.
Immediately following receipt of your call or visit, our accident attorney will promptly begin investigating your car accident.
In the event of severe injury or death, our accident attorney serving the North Bend area and beyond will assist you through the legal process and significantly improve your chance of receiving financial compensation.
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Drivers of vehicles involved in an accident that results in death, injury,or damage to a vehicle is required to immediately halt and remain at the scene. Drivers are required to cooperate with the police and provide their name and vehicle registration, driver’s license, etc.
Drivers should render assistance within their reasonable ability including calling for an ambulance and any other reasonable act to help injured parties.
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 incident may appear, failure to document the scene can leave the possibility open for the other driver to change their statement.
Whether or not you believe that the collision merits a call to the police, it is likely advisable to do so. Sometimes the police will be unable to respond to ever minor collision and will advice both parties to handle it themselves. In this case you would be able to state that they were called, but did not come to the scene.
Typically, however, the police will come to the scene and fill out an official police report. Having an officer as a witness, along with the report, can be a key part of your case later. You should remember that injury may not be immediately apparent as some have slow onset, and many people experience adrenaline at the scene of an incident.
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 should have, and are required under Washington law to have, current proof of liability insurance with you while driving. This is why your insurance company typically sends you two cards: one to carry with you and one to keep in your car. The ticket for not having proof of insurance is several hundred dollars so, keep that information handy.
Your insurance policy likely requires that you report collisions and accidents to it. Because an insurance policy is a contract, the parties to it owe one another a duty of good faith and fair dealing. This means that you should cooperate with your own company in a reasonable and forthcoming 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. If you do not comply with your policy, this could result in denial of coverage.
Try to safely take pictures at the scene. Take photographs of anything that you think might turn out to be important. Take pictures of the scene, the surrounding area, tire tracks left in the cement, injuries that were incurred, identification, anything unique (if items flew around in the car)
Continue to take relevant photos after you leave the scene. You should take photos of the property damage that is uncovered after a bumper tear-down or other work in the body shop (most shops will agree to take and provide you with such pictures).
Any additional chance to take photos should be taken advantage of. This is particularly true if the vehicle was totaled out, or before it’s sold for salvage, repaired, or simply disappears. It is much easier to convince the insurance company and the jury that the impact from the collision was severe enough to cause your injuries if you have a photograph of your crushed vehicle.
You should also photograph any physical manifestation of injuries. Bruises get worse and then heal up, scars change, everything that is not going to stay static during the healing process should be documented with photos.
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. Seek legal advice before you speak to them, as they may wish to record your statement. Moreover, insurance adjusters taking statements are trained to try to find ways in which to limit or deny claims of the other driver. We’ve taken on clients who haven’t understood the system experience problems with their case due to giving a statement they weren’t prepared for. 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 witnesses don’t often need to be contacted after the incident, that’s not always the case. 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, many people choose wait or hope that their injuries are going to go away as quickly as they came on.
The trouble with waiting to see if you feel better is that the insurance company for the other driver can claim that if you’d been really hurt, you would have sought medical care right away. Also, without seeking medical attention immediately, you can fall prey to the argument that you failed to take reasonable steps to limit the harm caused by the collision.
With this same logic in mind, it’s also important to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly, and follow up when appropriate. Make sure that you mention any perceived problems to the doctor so that they can be properly documented. Not having the injury documented is the same as not having suffered the injury when it comes time to settle your case.
The contents of the police report, and who is given a ticket, are not admissible evidence in your trial. That being said, these items still matter a whole lot to the insurance companies and the drivers.
If you receive a ticket that you do not believe is justified, then you have a right to challenge it in court. Simply follow the instruction on the ticket you were given. You might consider hiring an attorney that handles traffic tickets. 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 consequences for both your injury case and your long term financial interests in regards to insurance rates.
As mentioned above, if your insurance company requests a statement, you have a duty to give it to them. In the state of Washington, statements given to your own insurance company are not discoverable to the insurance company of the other driver. While it’s not as pressing that you speak to an attorney before giving a statement to your own insurance company, it is advisable.
You should absolutely not record a statement for the other driver’s insurance company. Their priorities are themselves and the other driver. If they request this, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An insurance company doesn’t have the right to a recorded statement. You should be able to have a reasonable conversation to answer any questions, but please do contact an attorney before speaking to the adjustor, so you will fully understand what you are doing.
If you have ever Googled yourself or another person, you know that you can sometimes find information about them that you otherwise would not know. Depending on the privacy settings you have on your social media account, there may be more information public about you than you realize. For example, Twitter keeps a running record of your tweets. Your Facebook posts can be accessed by anyone if your settings allow it. There are numerous other sites that keep your information online and readable by anyone who wants to find it. Investigators may even look at your friends who have more open privacy to find out information about you.
While it’s probably not a bad thing to have your information locked down, the prospect of a legal claim is even more reason to do so. It should also be noted that, with your newly granted legal rights, you could conceivably get in trouble for changing your social media posts following a collision because you could be accused of 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 incident and do not post about your injuries and how they are affecting your life. These posts can only come back to haunt you later down the road. 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 negligent party is responsible for all of your 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. Individual cases may have additional forms of damages, but these are typically the ones looked at by most attorneys when presenting a case.
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 policy may also cover wage loss and home help. Funeral expenses are also sometimes included in automobile policies. What you can obtain depends upon the type and limitations or the coverages you have paid for.
Typically the insurance company of the at fault driver will cover property damage at the time of the accident. You will then receive a check for all of the other losses when you have signed the release at the end of the case. Because you need to fully understand the future of your injuries, the bodily injury payment typically does not occur until you are done with treatment and have knowledge of your medical future.
Your coverage through your own automobile insurance will pay for things as incurred, consistent with what coverage you actually have purchased.
Your vehicle must be in pre-accident condition when all repairs are done to be considered repairable. You may have the vehicle repaired at a body shop of your choice. Some insurance companies with guarantee the work on the car for the amount of time you own it, if you have it repaired at one of their “approved” shops. A rental car is owed to you, or as an alternative, the cost of the rental car paid directly to you. Be sure of the repairs on your car before signing over the insurance check.
If you elect to use the insurance company recommended shop, you should probably obtain an independent review of the damage and an estimate for repair from that shop as well to make sure that everything is being properly 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 determine based on factors such as mileage, age, condition of the exterior and interior, maintenance, 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 also do your research. Under the law, the insurance company cannot offer a “book figure”. The used car guides are usually low as to value because car dealerships use them for trade- in purpose more than for “selling price”.
Below are the factors that must be included in a total loss settlement offer:
1. The Fair Market Value
2. The sales tax on the Fair Market 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. Fee for transferring the title
If you are interested in retaining the “salvage” (damaged vehicle) then you have the right to match 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.
There are two important things to keep in mind if you are the passenger in a car accident. 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. First we would look at the insurance of the vehicle, then at the driver to see if they have any additional insurance, and finally whether you have 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. Automobile insurance, if used in connection with an accident that was not your fault, is not adversely affected in terms of raised rates. Typically, the amount that your company pays for your medical care is reimbursed (subject to legal reductions that your attorney can use to help benefit you) by the negligent party.
You should have PIP (please see our posts and pages on this coverage HERE), but if you do not than your medical insurance will pay for your care.
Reimbursement of everything other than vehicle damage will take time. The better your coverage, the better off you will be both in terms of the short term ability to weather the storm and to be able to wait for, and obtain fair compensation for, your total settlement.
This depends on a lot of factors. First, does the amount offered make you happy? Is it a fair offer? In cases where there is less injury and folks bounce back quickly, if the amount seems fair, that’s probably good.
Beyond this happy scenario, however, are most of the cases. Insurance companies usually try to settle claims for less than they are worth. Corporations have duties to maximize profits for their shareholders, so it makes sense that they would want to see if they could get you to accept a smaller settlement.
If the insurance company will not raise its offers to the point of what you consider to be reasonable, then you should consult with an attorney about your case. Consultations are free, so you should definitely take the opportunity to at least gain some insight into your case. In many instances, you simply aren’t going to be treated fairly without having an attorney handle your case.In many cases, you aren’t going to be treated fairly without have an attorney present to handle the situation. 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, you have three years in which to either resolve or properly file and serve a lawsuit. If you do not take appropriate legal steps in front of the three year mark, then you will 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 gather everything you need such as medical records, understanding of the case, negotiation and settlement. Start early with a consultation with a good personal injury attorney.
Being partially at fault does not mean that you cannot 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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