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Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatizing and stressful experience, especially if you are seriously injured or lose a loved one as a result of a crash. 

In addition to their injuries, 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. A successful 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.

Fighting For Car Accident Victim Legal Rights

The award-winning car accident attorneys at Davis Law Group are dedicated to holding people responsible for causing personal injury to others and has helped accident victims in Washington state recover large settlements and verdicts for more than 20 years.

Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State in AI Global Media's Dispute Resolution Awards and 'Best Traffic Accident Firm' in Washington State by Legal Elite for commitment and excellence in serious motor vehicle collision claims.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Washington State contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to schedule your free legal consultation.

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Common Car Accident Legal Questions

Damages Recoverable in Car Accident Claims

There are essentially two types of damages that are recoverable in a car accident claim; economic damages, and non-economic damages. Past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and the cost of necessary household services are examples of economic damages. Non-economic damages include losses that are more subjective, such as mental and physical pain and suffering, humiliation, emotional distress, and even damage to a person's reputation.

Dealing With The Insurance Company

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 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.

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. Attorney Chris 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 or the design and condition of the road or highway.

Automobile Accident Injuries

Neck sprains and strains, commonly known as whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. In 2007, the cost of claims in which neck pain was the most serious injury was about $8.8 billion, or 25 percent of the total payout for crash 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.

How Can A Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown that 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. Insurance companies are in business to make profit; their largest expense is paying out claims, which means that they have a strong incentive to try to convince accident victims to take lower payouts. You can learn more about this study by downloading our free report: Why Injury Victims Who Hire A Lawyer Receive Larger Settlements.

Most car accident victims don’t understand their legal rights, and the insurance companies use this to their advantage during the negotiations process. At Davis Law Group, we focus treat our clients like part of our family. When you hire us, you can expect:

Personalized Care. We want to give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve.

Commitment to Justice. We want to make sure each of our clients gets the best settlement or verdict possible. We take the extra time to get the best possible results for our clients.

Constant Communication. We don’t just want the best results for our clients--we want to make sure they understand the process from start to finish.  You’ll receive free books and guides about accident law, written in plain English.

What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

Every car accident case is different. The total amount of money that you will receive depends on a number of factors including:

Medical Expenses. You are entitled to seek compensation for those medical bills.

Non-economic Damages. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages.

Lost Earnings. Compensation for wage loss is usually based on how much money you would have earned if you had not been injured.

At-fault Driver’s Insurance. If the at-fault driver was carrying a policy with low limits, you’re unlikely to receive anything over those limits, unless that driver has significant assets.

Your Insurance. If you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, your chances of being compensated fully are much higher. 

Litigation. Insurance companies want to avoid the risk of a jury awarding a large verdict to accident victims at all costs. A willingness to file a lawsuit puts additional pressure on the insurance company to settle the case.

Davis Law Group is dedicated to achieving the best possible result for each and every one of our clients.

Washington State Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics (2016)

  • Fatal Crashes - 508
  • Suspected Serious Injury Accidents - 1,896
  • Possible/Suspected Injury Collisions - 35,772
  • No Apparent Injury Incidents - 84,161
  • Total Motor Vehicle Accidents - 122,337

Causes of Car Accidents

Impaired Driver. Drunk driving accounts for approximately 32 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. 

Unlicensed Driver.  One in every five fatal car crashes in the US involves a driver who does not have a valid license.  You must have a valid driver license to legally operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle, moped, or motor-driven cycle on public roadways in Washington State.

Red-Light Running.  In 2014, 709 people were killed in the US and an estimated 126,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.

Rollover Accidents.  Rollovers are rare but deadly. Vehicles roll over in 2 percent of all crashes, but these crashes account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.

References

"Annual Collision Data Summary." WSDOT. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), 2015. Web. <http://wtsc.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2015_Annual_Collision_Summary.pdf>.

"Driving Safety and Accidents." WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site. Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL), n.d. Web. <http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/safety.html>.

"Neck Injury From Motor Vehicle Accidents." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. <http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/neck-injury/topicoverview>.

"Neighbors for Road Safety." City of Seattle. Department of Transportation, n.d. Web. <http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/nfrs.htm>.

"Red Light Running." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. ttp://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/red-light-running/topicoverview>.

"Rollover Crashes." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. <http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/rollover-crashes/topicoverview>.

Seattle Police Department 911 Incident Response. "Car Accidents | City of Seattle." City of Seattle. City of Seattle, n.d. Web. <https://data.seattle.gov/Public-Safety/car-accidents/htah-4jvq>.

"Traffic Manual." WSDOT Traffic Manual M 51-02.08 (2015): n. pag. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Engineering and Regional Operations; Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), July 2015. Web. <http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/publications/manuals/fulltext/M51-02/Traffic.pdf>.

"Traffic Report." City of Seattle. Seattle Department of Transportation, 2013. Web. <http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/2013TrafficReportWEB.pdf>.

"Traffic Safety Facts: State Alcohol-Impaired Driving Estimates: 2007 Data." PsycEXTRA Dataset (n.d.): n. pag. APA PsychNet. Merican Psychological Association. Web. <http://psycnet.apa.org/?fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/e626742012-001>.

Washington Driver Guide. Olympia: Washington State Department of Licensing, 2016. WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site. Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). Web. <http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/docs/driverguide-en.pdf>.

"Washington State Ten Years + Current Year Crash Data Summary." Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Apr. 2017. Web. <https://remoteapps.wsdot.wa.gov/HighwaySafety/Collision/Data/Portal/Public/PublicReport/TenYearSummary>.

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