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Seattle Car Accident Attorneys

Car Accident Lawsuits, Settlements & Verdicts

Car Accident Lawyer In Seattle
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 physical injuries, crash victims also suffer a number of other economic and non-economic damages.

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 qualified car accident attorney can help you recover compensation for these expenses, and statistics show that accident victims typically see a much higher recovery when they hire a lawyer.

No matter what type of car accident, drunk driving crashes, head-on collisions, rear-end accidents, running-red-light crash, failure to yield collisions, illegal U-turn accidents, or any other type of collision, Davis Law Group can help.  Call 206-727-4000 for a FREE legal consultation. 

Common Car Accident Legal Questions

Award-Winning Car Accident Lawyers

The award-winning attorneys at Davis Law Group are dedicated to holding people responsible for causing serious harm to others and have helped accident victims in Washington state recover large settlements and verdicts for more than 25 years. 

Davis Law Group, P.S. founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State.  Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards

Our team of attorneys will review your case absolutely free, with no obligation. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington state, contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to have your case reviewed and to schedule a free legal consultation. 

Our Car Accident Cases In The News

As a prominent car accident injury lawyer with experience in handling motor vehicle accident claims, attorney Chris Davis's expert opinion is often featured by local media covering accident-related issues and/or some of his cases.

    

Large Car Accident Settlements & Verdicts

Mother Of Four Killed By Drowsy Driver

car accident case resultA local contracting company employee fell asleep behind the wheel, crashing into a mother of four. We negotiated a $4 million dollar settlement, providing her children the assistance they require for the rest of their lives. 

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Car Wreck Victim Suffers Broken Back & TBI

car crash victimWe recovered a $5 million dollar settlement for a 41-year-old who suffered a brain injury and broken back after a vehicle blindsided her county truck was improperly parked on the shoulder, causing the collision.

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High-Speed Crash Results In Permanent Injuries

seattle car accident lawyerOur firm negotiated a $3.4 million dollar settlement for the estate of a man and his girlfriend after their vehicle was struck by an eight-time felon involved in a high-speed police chase.

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Washington State Automobile Accident Statistics

  • According to 2017 Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) data, a car accident occurs every 4 minutes and a person dies due to a car crash every 20 hours.
  • Fatal crashes went from 508 in 2016 to 525 in 2017, resulting in the death of 555 people. This number has stayed relatively steady for the past decade. 
  • According to WSDOT, the number of car accidents with suspected serious injuries totaled 1,932 for the year 2017.
  • Suspected serious injury collisions went from 1,896 in 2016 to 1,932 in 2017, resulting in 2,229 serious injuries.
  • King County accounted for 40,192 (33 percent) of car accidents in Washington state in 2017 and 538 (28 percent) of serious injury collisions.

See more motor vehicle accident data and statistics here. 

Typical Causes of Car Accidents

It is important to understand that all car accident cases are different and unique in some way or another. That being said, there are some common factors and causes that we often see in car accident cases, including:

  • Distracted Driving. One of the most common causes of car accidents. Drivers are often distracted by the cell phones, GPS systems, or other passengers inside of the vehicle. 
  • Road Conditions & Debris. Rain, snow, and wind can make the roadway more dangerous and increase the chances of a crash. Seattle's rainy weather is often a major factor in serious car accidents.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose a serious risk to other motorists. 
  • Inexperienced Drivers. Teen drivers and those with limited driving experience often react slowly to a potential crash and may have a poor understanding of traffic laws.
  • Reckless Driving. Vehicles traveling over the speed limit or following too closely often cause serious and even fatal car accidents. 
  • Defective Vehicle Parts. Malfunctioning equipment or poorly-maintained cars and parts can break down and make it difficult for drivers to control their vehicles. 

Common Types Of Crash Injuries

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

Part of providing excellent legal services for victims of car crashes in Seattle is understanding their injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, etc.) needs. Attorney Chris Davis often consults with medical experts from all over the country to ensure that the client is in the best position to recover physically.

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, and so on.

Financial Compensation For Car Accident Victims

What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

Each and every car accident case is unique in its own way. The outcome of your case - meaning the total amount of money that you will be able to recover - depends on a number of different factors, including:

  • Medical Expenses. You are entitled to seek compensation for all medical bills related to the injuries you suffered in the car accident. If you are going to require future medical care and treatment, those expenses will also be included in the resolution of your case. 
  • Non-economic Damages. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages that you have suffered as a result of the accident. Understanding what you are legally permitted to recover allows us to get you the best possible result. 
  • Lost Earnings. Compensation for wage loss is usually based on how much money you would have earned if you had not been injured. Car accident cases have long-term implications, and we will do everything we can to ensure your financial future is protected.
  • At-fault Driver’s Insurance. If the at-fault driver was carrying a policy with low liability limits, you’re unlikely to receive anything over those limits, unless that driver has significant assets. Our legal team will investigate every possible avenue and source of recovery to ensure that you get what you deserve. 
  • 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. Unfortunately, even your own insurance company is likely to put up a fight over these benefits, and we can help make sure they offer fair compensation for you and your family. 
  • 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 can sometimes put additional pressure on the insurance company to settle the case fairly. 

What Damages Are Recoverable In 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.

It is important that you hire a qualified attorney who has experience in handling car accident claims. Experienced attorneys can ensure that victims get the full value that they deserve. You only get one chance to resolve a car accident case, so it's important that your attorney includes all of the recoverable damages in your claim. 

How Do I Deal With Auto Insurance Claims Adjusters?

Insurance companies want you to believe that handling car accident claims is a simple matter that you can do yourself, and does not require the assistance of an attorney who specializes in car accident claims. 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 qualified 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 car accident claims to be routine, that just isn't true. Every car accident and every individual who is injured in a car accident is unique. Seattle attorney Chris Davis knows that a wide variety of injuries can result from a car wreck. Car accidents may be caused by the negligence on the part of another driver or the design and condition of the road or highway.

How Can A Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown that on average, 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 give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve, and our experienced legal team keeps each client up-to-date with the progress and status of their unique case. 

Commitment to Justice. We want to make sure each client gets the best settlement or verdict that is reasonably possible. While other law firms may leave money on the table in order to settle your case more quickly, we take the extra time to get the best possible results for every client.

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 information about your car accident case written in plain English.

Contact Us For A Free Case Review

The award-winning legal team at Davis Law Group are dedicated to achieving the best possible result for each and every one of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it may be in your best interests to consult with an experienced attorney.

We offer a free case review to all car accident victims and work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front fees and you do not owe anything until we successfully resolve your case. Call our downtown Seattle office at (206) 727-4000 or use the contact form on this page to get started.

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