If you have been in an automobile accident that was not your fault, and you are wondering where to turn next then you should speak to an attorney before doing anything else.
You should NOT:
1) You should NOT speak with the insurance company that represents the other driver.
2) You should NOT give a recorded statement
3) You should NOT sign an authorization for release of information.
Your actions in the days after the accident can determine the outcome of your case and the amount of any settlement you may receive. In many cases the trauma of the initial event shock and terror can mask significant injuries that can plague you and your loved ones for years to come. You may need to spend time in the hospital, attend physical therapy, and may have mounting bills from Ambulance transport, hospitals, ER doctors, specialists, therapists and more. Additionally, not all injuries are physical and apparent. Some injuries may be psychological or not visible. Many people suffer traumatic brain injuries in accidents and do not fully comprehend the damages they have suffered until months or years after the initial injury.
The initial reaction of most people in these cases is to turn to their insurance company for help. Insurance companies often have little or no interest in obtaining a fair and just settlement for you.
Prepare your case like we are headed to trial
At John T Law, PLLC we will prepare your case as if we are headed to trial. The only way to obtain a fair settlement from an insurance company is to present them with the possibility of trial and greater costs. At John T Law, PLLC we don't prepare to settle at the insurance companies first offer. We prepare for trial and prepare to win.
A variety of factors can contribute to dangerous car accidents, some of which include:
1. Texting while driving or distracted driving.
2. Aggressive driving
3. Drunk drivers or Drivers who are impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs or even lawfully prescribed medications
4. Driving too fast for road conditions
An experienced attorney will be able to explain your rights and may be able to obtain financial compensation for:
Medical bills, Physical Therapy, Ongoing car, Lost wages, pain and suffering
In Washington, the statue of limitations for filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party is stipulated by Title 4, Ch. 16, Section 4.16.080 of the Revised Code of Washington, which sets the statue of limitations at three years. That means you must settle your personal injury claim or file a lawsuit within three years of the date of the accident.