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We Seek Compensation for Victims Injured in Auto Accidents in the State of Washington
Nothing can ever prepare you for the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that arise in the aftermath of a traumatic auto accident. The good news? You don’t have to tackle these hardships alone. Our Spokane auto accident attorneys can build a strong claim and protect you against unfair tactics used by insurance companies. Our goal is to make sure you access the medical treatment you need and the maximum recovery available under the law.
When insurance companies do not cooperate, we will take the case to trial and aggressively represent your interests. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident in Spokane County, Adams County, or Grant County, call our law firm today at (509) 495-1246 (509) 495-1246 to schedule a free consultation.
Important! — There is a Three-Year Statute of Limitations, So Take Action Now
Washington state restricts the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. You only have three years from the date of the accident to pursue compensation.
There are also immediate steps you should take immediately following the accident to identify and document your injuries. Our experienced auto accident attorneys can guide you throughout the entire process. The sooner you attain legal representation for your auto accident case, the better the likelihood of winning your case. Don’t delay.
Types of Auto Accidents in Spokane, Washington
At Albrecht Law, we help people who have suffered the following types of auto accidents in and around Spokane:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents involving motor vehicles
- ATV & UTV Accidents
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced auto accident injury attorneys.
Representing Car Wreck Injury Victims Suffering from a Variety of Injuries
Many types of auto accident injuries can lead to significant medical bills and various additional hardships that will often require legal representation when making auto accident claims with the insurance company.
The following serious injuries are associated with automobile crashes in Spokane County:
- Face lacerations (cuts), contusions (bruises), and abrasions (scrapes)
- Fractured legs, arms, wrists, and hands
- Sprained and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons Hip and shoulder displacement, fractured ribs and clavicles (collarbones)
- Spinal cord injuries (herniated discs and spinal compression, severed and bruised brain stem and spinal cord)
- Traumatic brain injuries including brain concussions, skull fractures, and other severe brain damage
- Paraplegia, tetraplegia or quadriplegia
- Wrongful Death
An experienced Spokane auto accident lawyer can guide you through the steps to make a motor vehicle accident claim. Your auto accident lawyer will handle the communications with the insurance company, and they will also help you navigate aspects of personal injury law pertinent to your case.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents & Car Crashes in Washington
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of accidental injury and premature death in Washington state. They are most often caused by driver negligence, defective auto parts, or dangerous road conditions due to improper maintenance. The majority of traffic accidents are not “accidents” but rather due to another driver’s negligent or reckless behavior, including:
- Distracted driving such as using a cell phone to talk or text, eating or drinking, playing with the radio, talking to passengers, or tending to pets or children instead of paying attention to the road.
- Driving aggressively including speeding, tailgating, illegally changing lanes, and unsafely passing another vehicle
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Driving while impaired, either by alcohol, drugs, or fatigue In addition to negligent actions, a traffic accident can be caused by:
- Unsafe road conditions: Washington State has its share of crumbling infrastructure. It’s not uncommon to find roads riddled with potholes caused by the repeated cycle of freezing and thawing in the winter.
- Bad Weather: Rain, snow, slush, ice, high winds, and fog can affect a driver’s ability to see what is ahead, and to stop in time.
- Defective auto parts: parties that design, build, or sell a car with defective parts (faulty brakes, an airbag that doesn’t deploy, tires that blow out, steering system defect) can be held liable for injuries.
A Spokane car accident lawyer at Albrecht Law PLLC can assess and research the facts of the accident to support your case.
Common Types of Auto Accidents in Spokane, Washington
Rear-end collisions occur when a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these accidents account for nearly 30 percent or one-third of all auto accidents in the United States.
Head-on collisions happen when the front ends of two vehicles heading in opposite directions crash into one another. These are often extremely devastating types of auto accidents because they are especially likely to lead to serious injury or death. These accidents are usually caused by the negligent actions of one of the drivers, which may include:
- Crossing the centerline
- Passing incorrectly into oncoming traffic
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Speeding, driving distracted
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc.
Side-impact collisions happen when the front or back of one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle. These accidents, also referred to as broadside or T-bone collisions, are likely to occur in intersections and parking lots where vehicles are traveling perpendicular to one another.
Vehicle Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips over on its side or roof. These accidents are usually violent and have high fatality rates as drivers and passengers may be ejected from the vehicle.
Hit-and-Run Accidents occur when the other driver leaves the scene of the accident. In such situations, it is not always possible to identify the driver, but by quickly coordinating with your auto accident attorney to research the accident and talk to witnesses, it may be possible to learn the identity of the hit-and-run driver. The incident may be recorded on video by a nearby business or residence, but such evidence is often fleeting, as businesses often erase old footage. Hit-and-Run cases often involve uninsured or underinsured claims on your auto insurance policy. Your attorney can guide you through the steps, but it is important to act quickly.
Whiplash Injuries and Auto Accidents: What You Should Know
The National Safety Council reports that 20 percent of all people involved in rear-end collisions suffer a whiplash injury. Even at a relatively low speed, an auto accident can cause a violent impact. Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are common in accidents. Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury that occurs because of the “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement” of the neck. While they are commonly associated with rear-end collisions, these injuries can occur in any type of motor vehicle accident. Some of the specific symptoms and ailments that are associated with whiplash include:
- Severe neck pain and neck stiffness
- Reduced range of motion and restricted movement
- Debilitating headaches
- Tenderness or tingling in shoulders
- Numbness in the extremities
- Sustained fatigue and difficulty sleeping
All whiplash injuries require immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, many people fail to seek proper care for whiplash. It may feel like whiplash is an injury that you can “walk off” or “let heal or improve on its own”—but this is simply not the case. Neck pain should always be evaluated. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better position you will be in to recover from a whiplash injury. This will also create documentation that can help to support your case.
Building a Case to Seek Full Compensation for Whiplash Injuries in Spokane, Washington
For a number of different reasons, it can be difficult for people to recover financial compensation for their whiplash injuries. As whiplash is fundamentally a type of soft tissue damage, there is no one definitive test that can be used to prove the existence and severity of a whiplash injury. The good news is that there are proactive steps you can take to protect your legal rights. An experienced Spokane, WA car accident attorney can help you put together the evidence you need to prove the extent and severity of your whiplash injuries.
How Long Does it Take to Settle an Auto Accident Injury Claim in the State of Washington?
Auto accidents are very common causes of severe injuries in our region. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) reports that approximately 50,000 people are hurt in traffic collisions in the state each year. If you were injured in a crash, you need financial compensation to pay your medical bills and support your loved ones.
There are many factors that will affect the timeline of your case. In this article, our Spokane car accident attorneys provide a brief overview of key things to know about the timeline for bringing a personal injury claim in Washington state.
The average car accident injury claim takes between two months and twelve months to reach a final settlement. In some cases, there is a fierce dispute over fault or damages. Remember, it is important to be patient. Do not settle your personal injury case for less than a fair and appropriate amount that you need, given the damages you have suffered and may continue to suffer.
What Needs to Happen Before You Can Settle an Auto Accident Injury Claim
Every auto accident injury claim is different. As a general rule, the more severe the injuries and the more complicated the accident, the longer it will take to resolve the case. Here are three things you must do before trying to settle a car accident injury case:
- Gather and Collect Evidence: Among other things, this includes the police report, photographs of the crash site, and the insurance policy details for the responsible parties.
- Complete Medical Treatment: Without seeking professional care, you will not have a car accident claim. You should not settle a case until your condition has stabilized.
- Present a Strong Claim: To pursue a full and fair settlement, you must present a strong case. An experienced Spokane, WA car accident injury lawyer will help you put together a compelling, well-documented claim.
Determining The Value of Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim in The State of Washington
Calculating the true value of your claim is our greatest responsibility. We wait until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (as close to full recovery as possible) before we submit a demand letter to the insurer. This enables us to account for every penny owed. Here is a brief overview of our process of building a strong claim:
An accident leads to legal liability when you can establish that someone else’s negligent actions caused your accident and subsequent injuries. To prove negligence, you and your attorney must show the following about the alleged at-fault party:
- They owed you a duty of care
- They breached that legal duty by acting or failing to act in a certain way
- Their action or inaction caused your injuries and damages
Our auto accident lawyers will gather evidence including police reports, photographs, witness statements, medical records, accident reconstruction, and more to make the case that you were a victim of negligence. A thorough investigation on our end enables us to negotiate more effectively with the insurance adjuster. We will also consult with your doctor/s and other medical experts who can confirm that the accident was the “proximate cause” of your injury.
Demonstrate Damages Incurred
A personal injury claim doesn’t exist without the ability to show that you’ve suffered economic (monetary) and non-economic losses due to someone else’s negligence. As applicable to your case, we may consult not only with your doctor(s), but perhaps also with financial and vocational experts who can attest to your immediate and long-term financial issues.
It is likely there are life-impacting damages you have not yet recognized. Albrecht Law will help to identify and calculate your total damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Spokane Auto Accident Attorney at Albrecht Law PLLC So We Can Answer Your Questions
Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation with a Spokane injury lawyer at Albrecht Law PLLC. We gladly provide complimentary initial consultations, and you will have no obligation to hire our firm at the end of your free consultation. Reach out to us first, and we will address your inquiries, even if we do not handle your case.
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