Car Accident Settlements & Lawsuits in Washington State
Serious injuries from a car accident can be life altering. Each year there are almost 100,000 motor vehicle accidents in Washington State. One-third of those collisions result injuries. Victims of the most serious accidents may die or face lasting injuries.
No matter how minor or serious the collison, or the circumstances, car accident victims and their families often have questions about their legal rights and how to make sure that they receive fair and reasonable compensation for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you're visiting our website because you're a car accident victim, or a family member of someone who was injured in a crash, we hope this information begins to answer your some of your questions as you research your legal options and begin your journey to recovery.
Washington State Car Accident Statistics
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 equates to approximately one every 13 minutes. According to the World Health Organization, about 3000 people die in car accidents each day worldwide.
In 2012, Washington State had:
- 99,560 motor vehicle accidents
- 403 fatal car crashes
- 1,8871 serious injury collsions
- 59,585 drivers, 28,500 occupants, 2,038 pedestrians and 1,269 bicyclists were inivolved in collisions
- 428 deaths
- 2,200 serious injury victims
Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown on average, automobile accident injury claimants who hired a car accident lawyer received a settlement that was three and a half times better than they would have if they had tried to negotiate on their own. Source: 2004 Insurance Research Council study.
Justice For Car Accident Victims
Your Questions Answered & Your Legal Options Explained
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident in Washington State, car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping car accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
Our legal team of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and support staff handle each car accident case that we accept from beginning to end, lifting as many burdens from our clients we can. We make sure your legal rights are protected. We want our clients to receive fair and reasonable compensation for their injuries.
Call 206-727-4000 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Free Car Accident Legal Consultation and a No-Fee Guarantee
The cost of legal services is always a major concern for people who have been injured in an car accident accident and may have financial challenges or be unable to work. Many people believe that they cannot afford excellent legal representation.
Davis Law Group attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which takes away the financial worry of affording an experienced lawyer. If our lawyers do not collect money damages for you, you don’t owe an attorney fee. We don't get paid unless you get paid.
Call Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis at Davis Law Group to schedule a FREE legal consultation. Call 206-727-4000.
Causes of Car Accident in Washington State
Among all vehicle drivers in Washington State collisions, 46% of the drivers had one contributing circumstance, 10% had two, and 1% had three. No contributing circumstances were reported for 43% of drivers. The following is a list of circumstances that can contributed to an automobile accident. These are ranked in order based on how often they are found to contribute to accidents in our state.
- Excessive speed
- Failure to yield right-of-way to another vehicle
- Inattention / driver distractions such as texting or talking on a mobile phone
- Following too closely
- Alcohol or drugs
- Crossing the center line
- Improper turn / U-turn
- Ran a stop light
- Defective equipment
- Fatigue / Drowsey Driving / Asleep-at-the-wheel
- Ran a stop sign
- Improper backing
- Failure to yield right-of way to a pedestrian or bicyclist
- Improper passing
- Failure to yield at a yield sign
- Improper parking
- Failing to signal a lane change or turn
- Headlight violation
- Improper use of turn signal
- Disregarded flagger or officer
Car Accident Litigation / Lawsuits
Not every car accident victim needs the assistance of a lawyer. Hiring a lawyer does not automatically mean that a lawsuit is necessary. More often than not attorneys are able to negotiate settlements for their clients without ever litigating the case.
But, when they are necessary, lawsuits not only serve the purpose of compensating the car accident victims, but also holds others accountable for the negligent acts. Lawsuits can help change the law. These changes can prevent others from suffering similar accidents and injuries in the future.
If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
Settlement Value of a Car Accident
Justice for Car Accident Injury Victims & Survivors: Fair Compensation
A motor vehicle victim injured by the negligence of another motorist as legal rights in Washington State. Accident victims can generally make a claim for damages against a negligent person or company to recover financial compensation medical treatment, medical bills, lost wages, other economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, etc. In many, but not all, cases litigation may necessary and thus victims must file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. Based upon the cause of the collision accident and the specific nature of the injuries, the settlements and jury verdicts in these types of cases are often significant.
Legal Rights of Motor Vehicle Accident Victims in Washington State
If you have been injured in a car accident you probably have a lot of questions, such as:
- What is my automobile accident case worth?
- How do I know if the settlement offer from the insurance company is fair?
- What should I tell my insurance adjustor?
- What if the responsible party does not have any automobile insurance?
- Do I need to contact an automobile 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 a automobile accident attorney?
Although insurance companies and many lawyers consider automobile accident claims routine, that just isn't true. Every car accident and every individual injured in an auto accident is unique. Seattle car accident attorney Christopher Davis knows that a wide variety of injuries can result from a car wreck. Auto accidents may be caused by the negligence on the part of another driver, someone hauling a trailer, a truck driver or trucking company, a motorcycle, or the design and condition of the road or highway.
Insurance companies want you to believe that handling auto accident claims is a simple matter that does not require the assistance of a personal injury attorney who specializes in MVAs. But you should know that insurance adjusters are trained to reduce the amount of a settlement that you are paid. The only way to make sure that you get a fair settlement or award is to have a Seattle car accident attorney who understands the insurance system, is well prepared and experienced in trying these cases in court, and of course, will do everything possible to fight for your rights.
Car Accident Injuries
Part of providing excellent legal services for victims of motor vehicle collisions is understanding their injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, etc.) needs. Mr. Davis will often consult with medical experts from all over the country. These physicians may review medical records; examine clients; assess any relevant pre-accident medical history; or act as expert witnesses during trial. A complete understanding of the medical situation helps us to maximize client’s financial compensation for medical bills, injuries, etc.
Law Firm Representing Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the Davis Law Group can help. Our firm has a great deal of experience with these types of claims. Our attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to protect your legal rights and represent you in negotiations with and/or litigation against those who are responsible for your injuries.