Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatizing and stressful experience, especially if you are seriously injured as a result of the collision. Davis Law Group is dedicated to holding people responsible for causing personal injury to others. Car accident victims also suffer the burden of large expenses, including hospital bills, medical treatments and medication, childcare, loss of personal time with loved ones, and missed time from work.
Pursuing a personal injury claim can reimburse you for these expenses, and statistics show that accident victims typically see a much higher recovery when they hire a lawyer.
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What Are Your Legal Rights After A Car Accident?
Insurance companies are in business to make profit. Companies' revenue comes from customers' insurance policy payments, while their largest expense is paying out claims. In order to maximize their profitability, insurance adjusters will do just about anything they can to decrease the value of valid personal injury claims.
Most car accident victims have a limited understanding of their own legal rights after being injured in a collision, and the insurance companies use this to their advantage during the negotiations process. Many of the car accident victims we speak with are shocked at the lowball offers they receive after submitting their claims to the insurance companies.
If you have been seriously injured in a collision and the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer may be the only way to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and other damages.
How A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown, on average, automobile accident injury claimants who hired a lawyer received a settlement that was 3 and a half times more than they would have if they had tried to negotiate on their own.
Get more information on this study by downloading our free report: Why Injury Victims Who Hire A Lawyer Receive Larger Settlements
The truth is not every car accident victim needs the assistance of a lawyer. In some instances, you may be able to negotiate on your own without having to pay attorney's fees. It is also important to understand that hiring a lawyer does not automatically mean that a lawsuit is necessary. More often than not, an attorney will be able to negotiate a fair settlement before the case goes to trial.
When necessary, lawsuits can serve the purpose of compensating car accident victims and holding defendants accountable for their negligent actions. When it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim after a car accident, having an attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial gives you more power and a higher likelihood of an excellent result.
Washington State Car Accident Statistics
According to the World Health Organization, about 3000 people die in car accidents each day worldwide. There were approximately 10.8 million car accidents in the US in 2010, resulting in millions of car accident injury cases and more than 31,000 car accident deaths. An average of 115 people die each day in car accidents in the United States. That's one every 13 minutes.
Each year there are almost 100,000 motor vehicle accidents in Washington State. One-third of those collisions result in injuries. Victims of the most serious accidents may die or face lasting injuries.
In 2012, drivers in Washington State were involved in:
- 99,560 motor vehicle accidents;
- 403 fatal car crashes;
- 18,871 serious injury collisions;
- 59,585 accidents where the drivers was injured;
- 28,500 injured passengers occupants;
- 2,038 pedestrians and 1,269 bicyclists were involved in collisions;
- 428 deaths;
- and 2,200 serious injury victims.
Typical Motor Vehicle Accident Legal Questions
There are a number of legal questions facing car accident victims who are trying to determine their best course of action after being injured in a collision. Some of these common questions include:
- What is my car accident case worth?
- What should I say to my insurance adjuster?
- What if the responsible party does not have car insurance?
- Do I need to contact a car accident attorney after an accident?
- Do I really need a lawyer or can I handle my automobile accident case on my own?
- When should I hire an attorney for my case?