One of the most critical elements in a car accident claim is fault. If you have been involved in a car accident in the Redmond and surrounding area and need powerful representation of a car accident lawyer or accident attorney, we stand ready to assist you.
Not only is the issue of determining whose negligence caused the accident, but we hear with greater frequency from people who are being mistreated by large insurance companies following a car accident. They need a car accident lawyer or accident attorney to serve as their advocate.
Our car accident lawyer serving the Redmond area and beyond can assist 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.
Call Wiener and Lambka for powerful representation by our car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving Redmond and the surrounding area.
When you are involved in an accident that is not considered minor, you need an experienced car accident lawyer to achieve the best possible compensation for your losses.
Recovery of compensatory damages, both economic and non-economic, requires the services of an experienced car accident lawyer or accident attorney for expenses incurred as a result of an accident, such as:
It is vital to consult with our experienced car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving Redmond and the surrounding area prior to talking with an insurance adjuster or accepting settlement from the insurance company.
Our car accident lawyer and accident attorney teams have a proven track record serving clients in the Redmond area and beyond, and getting the financial settlements they deserve.
Your choice of an accident attorney serving the Redmond and surrounding area is a very important decision.
In seeking powerful representation by an experienced accident attorney, search for a firm such as ours that argues cases for accident victims rather than insurance companies.
When you choose our accident attorney following a car accident, you will receive protection of your rights under the law to avoid paying financially and personally for another person’s careless driving behavior.
It is important to recognize 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. Our experienced car accident lawyer has the knowledge and resources to assist in claiming compensation following a car accident.
You can rely on our car accident lawyer or accident attorney serving the Redmond area and beyond to handle a thorough accident investigation and your claim. Call Wiener and Lambka at 800-680-8112.
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident where injury, death, or damage to a vehicle, is required to immediately halt and stay on scene. Drivers must cooperate with police, providing their vehicle registration, their name and driver’s license, and insurance.
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 do not involve death or serious injury such that a police investigation needs to be done for the purposes of evaluating the possibility of criminal conduct. However, if you can leave the vehicles where they are stopped, so that everything can be properly documented by the police, this is preferable. 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 indicate that they cannot come to every accident and, if smaller and without apparent injury, will advise that the parties should handle it themselves. In this instance, you would at least be able to state that you called them but were unable to bring them to the scene.
Typically the police will come to the scene to fill out a 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 you’ll receive two cards from your insurance company: one to carry at all times, one to keep in your vehicle. The ticket for not having proof of insurance is several hundred dollars so, keep that information handy.
Your insurance policy most likely requires that you notify your insurance company to report a collision. 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 keep them up to date on the situation as well. Ensure that you follow the requirements of your policy and document this. Store copies of letters you exchange with your insurance company and make note of all conversations, including time, date, and the name of the adjuster you spoke to. 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 might be relevant. 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 taking photos of anything that may be relevant, even 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 especially true if the vehicle was totaled, or before it’s repaired, sold for salvage, or 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.
Also, any physical manifestation of your injuries should be photographed 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. The best course of action is to seek legal advice before speaking to them because they will seek 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. Many clients of ours have given statements that cause unnecessary problems in their case due to lack of properly understanding the system they are now involved in. Seeking legal advice prior to providing a statement to the opposing insurance company is definitely recommended.
If there are witnesses to your collision, obtain their contact information and an understanding of what they saw. 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 to some, often after an accident, folks wait and hope that their injuries go away naturally.
Any delay will give the insurance company for the other driver some wiggle room where they can claim that if you had really been hurt, you would have sought medical care immediately. Also, without seeking medical care immediately, you can be susceptible to the claim that you failed to take reasonable steps to limit harm.
By the same logic, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and follow up as appropriate. Mention any possible problems to your 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.
Whether someone receives a ticket and the other contents of the police report are not admissible in a trial on the matter. 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 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 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, 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.
What you should not do is give a recorded statement to 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 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.
If you’ve ever Googled yourself or another person, you know it’s possible to find lots of information you didn’t know what public. Depending upon the settings in your social media, others can have access to interesting information about you. 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. It’s possible to find your information on websites you didn’t even know existed. Your friends can have different settings that you do and thereby allow investigators to find out information about you from their pages.
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 collision at all and don’t post about your injuries. These posts will only come back to haunt you later. Do not make any posts regarding issues you want a judge or jury to take into account.
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. Additional forms of damages may be present in individual cases, but these are typically the ones looked at by most attorneys.
Depending upon what insurance you have on your vehicle, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills by your own company, up to the limits of your policy. You may handle property damage and car rental through you own company. Your insurance provider may also cover wage loss and have a home helper provision. Funeral costs may also be included in your automobile policy. All of this is dependant on the coverage that you have paid for.
Typically the other driver’s insurance company with 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 be in a proper position to know about your future as it relates to the accident in order to sign off on that release, the bodily injury payment typically does not occur until you are completely done with your treatment and have 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.
Your vehicle must be in pre-accident condition when all repairs are done to be considered repairable. You may choose the shop where you wish the car to be repaired. 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. Be sure that the work on your car is performed well because you sign the insurance check over for the repairs.
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.
You will receive “fair market value” for this car if it is deemed a “total loss.” Fair market value” is what your car or truck could have been sold for 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.
Insurance companies must research the price of comparable cars by calling dealerships and checking newspapers to determine the price. You should do the same. You can’t be offered a “book figure” under law. The used car guides are usually low as to value because car dealerships use them for trade- in purpose more than for “selling price”.
Itemized below are the evaluations 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. Prorated unused portion of your license tab fees
4. The use of a rental car until the offer is made or the cost of the rental car paid directly to you.
5. The fee for transfering the title
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.
There are two important considerations if you were a passenger in a car accident. As the passenger it does not matter to you who was at fault in the accident You can collect from any of the negligent parties, as you are not remotely at fault.
The second important consideration is 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. What we are looking for is Personal Injury Protection coverage. If there wasn’t any, or if it exhausts, then your health insurance will kick in.
You likely bought your medical coverage for instances like this. Your automobile insurance rates will not be raised when you use your coverage in connection with an accident that was not your fault. The amount that your insurance company pays for your injuries is reimbursed by the insurance company of 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.
There is no situation where the negligent party is going to pay for your losses in the short term, with the exception of the vehicle damage. 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, are you pleased with the amount you were offered? Is it a fair offer? 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. You cannot really blame them for at least trying to see if you will settle for a small amount; such is the nature of a corporation, which has 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. The consultation will be free, so you should take the opportunity to gain some insight into 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.
Three years is the amount of time you have to resolve or properly file a lawsuit in Washington State. 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. If you would prefer to avoid a lawsuit, and most people would, acting early is your best course of action. 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. Check out our complete information on UIM here.
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