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How an Attorney Can Help After a Seattle Car Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 1, 2016

Being in an automobile accident can be a traumatic experience. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a passenger or a driver can help you regain losses from vehicle damage and injuries. Contacting a lawyer who has had experience with auto accident claims can also make this situation easier. A qualified lawyer can guide you through a sometimes confusing legal system.

What to Do After an Accident

The immediate concerns after an accident are your injuries. Seek prompt medical attention for any injuries, regardless of how minor these may seem. Keep records of all medical costs. Also, keep records of lost wages due to the accident. Obtain other evidence in the form of police accident reports, eyewitness accounts, insurance reports, car repair or replacement costs, and photos or videos of the accident scene. A lawyer who is experienced in auto accident law can inform and guide you about the specific evidence needed for your potential lawsuit.For example, one of the most important and critical parts of an accident evidence is the police report. This is required under Washington state law when the person responsible for an accident causes property damage above a threshold amount or is responsible for injury or death. The person responsible, soon after the accident, should file a report with the chief of police in his or her jurisdiction. Often a police officer at the accident scene will file the report and it is not necessary for the person responsible to file a duplicate report. The lawyer for an accident victim should obtain this report as part of filing a lawsuit as well as any other necessary evidence.

The Role of the Attorney

Gathering evidence is just one of the tasks lawyers do for their clients. Personal injury lawyers start with investigating claims to judge the merits of potential plaintiff claims, gathering evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim, and then move forward with doing the actual law work after screening clients. The work of a lawyer is to research case law, draft pleadings that are the formal statements of the plaintiff’s claims against the defendant, and make motions to the judge for a decision in the case. Other duties are discoveries that ask for evidence from the defendant’s legal counsel, interviewing, and deposing witnesses to speak at the trial. Preparing the trial, advocating at the trial, and counseling clients are just the most well-known of a complex legal process a competent personal injury lawyer can help you navigate in the court system.

The Seattle car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S can help you if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. Please contact us at (888) 991-4021 today.


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