Seattle Car Accident Lawyers
Get the Help You Need After an Auto Accident
Being injured in an auto accident is often a traumatic experience during and after the actual crash. It is important to remember that no matter how difficult the situation, there may be a way to set things right. Accident survivors are given ways to cope physically, emotionally, and financially by filing an injury claim or pursuing a lawsuit to hold the negligent parties responsible. While not every car crash calls for legal action, it helps to know your rights and options to make the best decision for your specific situation.
With over two decades of experience seeking justice for Seattle car accident victims, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., will work diligently on your behalf. We understand that no amount of money can undo what has happened; however, we want to help your family through legal hardships so you can focus on healing and rebuilding your life. Fill out a contact form today for a free consultation if you or your child has been hurt in a car accident.
Beware of the Danger of Seattle Construction Zones
Travel any stretch of road in Seattle, and you're bound to run into some kind of road construction. From bridge repairs to pothole filling, the Washington State Department of Transportation keeps busy year round maintaining and repairing damage to the state’s roads. Throughout these many work zones, you'll find a posted speed limit that brings traffic to a crawl to keep workers safe. Drivers who speed through roadside construction sites aren't only breaking the law; they are putting lives, including their own, in danger. Should an accident happen, people who are injured have the right to take action against the at-fault party.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you could be looking at a considerable financial award for damages. Were you part of a roadway construction crew? Were you another driver making your way through the construction zone? Were you a pedestrian using a nearby crosswalk? Even people injured in a hit-and-run in Washington have the legal right to get paid for their injuries.
Common Reasons for Construction Zone Car Accidents in Washington
Roadways undergoing construction are marked with bright orange signs for a reason. Not only are there more people on the highway, the area itself is dangerous, full of giant holes and heavy equipment that can cause terrible damage in an accident. Sadly, despite the signs and potential danger, many drivers choose to ignore the warnings. Some of the common ways people get hurt in construction zone accidents include:
- Texting instead of paying attention to what is ahead.
- Speeding through the zone, hoping to avoid a red light, sign-man, or any other warning that may slow them down.
- Passing slower traffic along sections of the road that have been roped or coned off.
- Not paying attention and failing to recognize the warning signs in time.
How Can I Recover Damages and Losses in Washington?
If another person's negligence was the cause of your accident, you may be compensated for the following:
- Medical Expenses: Keep a record of all medical expenses related to your vehicle accident. These injuries could include bruises, fractures, broken bones, trauma, and damage to soft tissue. Your medical expenses include more than just the initial visit to a doctor or hospital. Any medication, procedures, therapy, or rehabilitation should also be included.
- Loss of Wages: Inability to return to work after a car accident is common, especially if your injuries are severe or therapy and rehabilitation are required. Compensation can also be sought if you are unable to attend classes, which causes you to forfeit tuition that you have already paid.
- Property Loss: Whether your car is totaled or dented, you may be compensated for the cost of repairing any damage. This can include repairs to your vehicle, cost of a rental vehicle, or the purchase of a replacement vehicle if your vehicle was considered to beyond repair.
- Emotional Distress: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from a vehicle collision, especially if a loved one is injured.
- Long-Term Care: If a serious injury prevents you from working, long-term care and loss of potential earnings should also be factored into your compensation.
- Loss of Enjoyment: It is common for individuals to experience fear of driving after an auto accident. This can lead to loss of enjoyment due to dread of driving, anxiety from oncoming traffic, and not wanting to leave your house.
How Is Evidence Collected at the Scene and After the Seattle Accident?
As the victim of a crash caused by someone else, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation that pays for your losses. However, you will need to prove that you are a victim. You will only be able to find success by collecting evidence, which includes:
- Witness Testimony – Occupants of the vehicles involved and anyone nearby who may have witnessed the collision. Obtain their contact information and statements detailing what happened and events that might have led up to the accident.
- Photos – Photograph the scene of the accident to show the damage and the positions of the vehicles after the collision. Also, take photos of your injuries for documentation immediately after the accident. These photos, along with future medical records, will illustrate the extent of your injuries caused by the auto accident.
- Police Reports – Call the police immediately to report the accident. When officers arrive on scene, explain your perception of the accident, who was involved, and how it was caused. This will all become part of the official police report and statements regarding the accident.
- Insurance Company Reports – You will need to open a claim with your insurance company. Your insurance company may tell you to contact the other driver’s insurance company. In some cases, you will only work through your insurance company, but in others you will be asked to work with the other driver’s insurance company as well.
- Medical Records – Even if you do not believe that you have been injured, it is always wise to see a doctor for a full examination. If you have injuries as a result of the accident, be sure to obtain copies of all medical records to verify your condition.
- Video Evidence – There may be cameras near the scene of the accident. This includes red light intersection cameras, which may have video evidence showing the collision.
After gathering these pieces of evidence, your lawyers will be able to present them in a manner which proves responsibility for the accident. In addition, your legal team can use the documentation to help to determine the amount of compensation that you will be seeking from the responsible party.
For more than 40 years, the car accident attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., have been helping victims recover damages as a result of auto accidents. Call (425) 228-3860 or toll-free at (888) 228-3860 today for your free consultation.
Standing Up to Insurance Companies after a Seattle Car Accident
Most accident victims believe that their own insurance company will be their greatest ally after an accident, but that is not always the case. Insurance companies are in business to make money, and that can sometimes conflict with your best interests—delaying payment, or offering a lowball settlement. Insurance companies may also deny a valid claim, so you must be ready with the appropriate evidence and materials to prevent this from happening or combat it. The lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., will not only represent you against the other drivers, but also work on your behalf with your own insurance company to ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
Protect Your Rights in Washington
As one of the most respected law firms in Seattle, our legal team has the experience and expertise to get you the settlement that you deserve. We understand the legal system and what is required to prove that a driver has acted in a negligent manner. Our long history of working with law enforcement officers and investigators allow us to compile the clear and convincing evidence required to secure your compensation.
Don’t try to handle something as complicated as a car accident on your own. Contact Seattle car accident attorney Joseph Pendergast at (888) 228-3860 or online for a free, comprehensive case evaluation. We want to help you and your family recover from the trauma of an auto accident.
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