Car accidents happen every day in Washington state, and injured accident victims are often left with more questions than answers. Located just 25 miles south of Olympia, Centralia experiences a slightly higher motor vehicle accident rate than what is considered average for other cities in Washington.
Centralia is also a popular checkpoint for many motorists traveling north and south on Interstate 5, which could be partially responsible for contributing to a higher than normal accident rate. We often hear from accident victims who are residents of Oregon or Canada who were involved in an accident while traveling through the Centralia area.
Regardless of how or where your accident happened, it's important for personal injury victims to understand the personal injury legal process and how to protect their legal interests after an accident. The award-winning car accident lawyers at Davis Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and determine if hiring an attorney is in your best interests.
Centralia Car Accident Victims Should Understand Their Rights
Washington state law states that accident victims have the right to be made whole if they were injured in an accident due to the negligence or fault of another party.
Davis Law Group is an award-winning personal injury law firm located in Seattle. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in or near Centralia, you have legal rights which entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries and other damages.
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Centralia Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen in Centralia, Chehalis, and nearby areas every day. Whether you have been injured in a car or truck accident, bicycle or pedestrian accident, dog bite, or other type of incident which resulted in your injuries, you likely have questions about your legal rights and options.
Washington state law permits injury victims to pursue a personal injury claim against the person or party responsible for causing their injuries. In car accident cases, the at-fault party is typically the person who is responsible for causing the accident. In other types of personal injury cases, identifying the responsible party may require the assistance of a qualified personal injury lawyer who knows how to properly investigate an injury case.
It is also important for your attorney to determine whether the responsible party is covered by a liability insurance policy so that you can recover compensation for your injuries and other damages. In some cases, there may be multiple layers of liability insurance coverage available. It is crucial to identify all applicable insurance coverage and take the proper steps to corresponding with the insurance company so as not to make any critical errors that can affect your case.
If you have been injured due to the fault or negligence of another person or party, call the award-winning personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group today at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to request a free legal consultation with our team.
Centralia Car Accident Lawyers
Every motor vehicle accident is unique in its own way and the specific facts of each incident may present different legal challenges. That being said, there are a few basic important steps that each person should take in order to protect their legal interests after a crash:
- Call 911 and get a copy of the incident report. If police respond to the scene of your accident, they will usually write up a report documenting the incident and what may have caused it. This serves as a crucial piece of evidence which can help prove the cause of your injuries as well as who is responsible for the accident.
- Seek medical treatment and keep your appointments. Going to the doctor after a car accident ensures that your injuries are properly documented. Your doctor should also come up with a treatment plan and may refer you to other specialists, depending upon the nature and extent of your injuries.
- Be careful about your interactions with the insurance company. You may receive a phone call from an insurance adjuster asking you to give a recorded statement about your accident. It's important to understand that insurance companies are not on your side and will use your statements against you if they can.
- Contact a lawyer for a free consultation. The truth is, many accident cases do not require the assistance of an attorney. Most personal injury lawyers offer a free legal consultation, so there is really no downside to consulting with an attorney about your accident to see if your case would benefit from legal representation.
The award-winning personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group have helped car and truck accident victims navigate the personal injury legal system for more than 25 years. Our team has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we provide top-level client service to each and every person we are hired to represent.
Centralia Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Like many cities in Washington, Centralia is hoping to improve walk-ability and encourage non-motorized transportation among its residents. Cities often do this by introducing more sidewalks, adding signals and signage to densely populated communities, and improving public transportation options and infrastructure.
What often happens in these communities, however, is the increase in the number of people walking around town leads to an increased rate of pedestrians being injured in crosswalk accidents. Pedestrian collisions can be very serious - even fatal - due to the nature of such a collision and the fact that pedestrians are not afforded physical protection from other vehicles.
Pedestrian accident victims also face a number of unique legal challenges in the event that they wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the person who hit them. Washington state's comparative negligence laws create added pressure for accident victims to prove that they were not at all responsible for the accident. Even a small percentage of fault could greatly affect an injured pedestrian's ability to recover the full amount of damages they may be entitled to.
Insurance issues can also affect the ability for people injured in pedestrian accidents to pursue a claim. For example, many pedestrians do not realize that their own auto insurance policy may provide coverage for their initial medical costs and other types of damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian or crosswalk accident, call the award-winning pedestrian accident lawyers at Davis Law Group to request a free legal consultation. Call (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to have your case personally reviewed by our legal team.
Centralia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists ride northbound and southbound on I-5 every day - whether it's to enjoy spectacular views on a joy ride, commuting, or shopping at Centralia Factory Outlets, you do not have to look far to see a motorcyclist in Centralia.
Like pedestrians and bicyclists, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to serious injury or death in the event of an accident. Motorcycles do not offer any physical protective barrier to riders or passengers, and safety accessories like helmets and gloves can only go so far in helping motorcyclists avoid suffering a catastrophic injury.
Furthermore, a thorough investigation is key to any successful motorcycle accident claim. Collecting evidence from the scene and photographing tire markings and vehicle damage are examples of crucial evidence that can be collected during the investigative process.
Insurance difficulties are not uncommon in motorcycle collision cases, particularly because Washington state law does not legally require motorcycle owners to purchase insurance for their vehicles. This leads to a high number of motorcycle accident victims struggling to get the medical treatment they need due to a lack of insurance coverage.
Our legal team can help you work with medical providers to get the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Call the Davis Law Group office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to request a free legal consultation now.
Centralia Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Washington state is regularly recognized as one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the entire country. This is a blessing and a curse for bicyclists, as it has led to improved infrastructure designed to increase access to bicyclists across our state. It has also led to an increased frequency of bicycle accidents.
Like motorcyclists and pedestrians, bicyclists are at a higher risk of injury than drivers and passengers riding inside motor vehicles. They are also at a higher risk of catastrophic injury due to the lack of physical protection from external elements.
Bicyclists also face a number of challenges when it comes to pursuing medical treatment after an accident. Bicyclists are less likely to carry auto insurance because in many cases, biking is their primary mode of transportation. So even if a bicyclist is in an accident due to another person's negligence, they may have difficulty paying for initial doctor's visits and other medical treatment early on in the process.
Our attorneys can help you better understand your legal rights and how to ensure you get the necessary medical treatment to recover from your injuries and protect your legal rights. We also offer a free legal consultation to victims of bicycle accidents in Washington.
Contact our office in Seattle to learn more about your legal rights and see if our attorneys may be able to improve chances of a successful outcome in your case. Call (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to request a free legal consultation with our legal team.