For many, driving is second nature, as well as an activity that is participated in every day, if not for many hours per day. Indeed, commuting is a part of life for many who work in Bellevue and surrounding areas.
But being comfortable behind the wheel doesn’t necessarily equate to being safe. In fact, being too comfortable can lead to dangerous behaviors that cause accidents, such as driving while distracted. When a crash occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, the injured party deserves to be compensated for their harm. If you or a loved one is a victim of a Bellevue car accident, our legal team can help.
Car Accidents Are A Leading Cause of Injury
Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in Bellevue and throughout the state of Washington. If a car accident occurs at high speeds, it is more likely to be fatal, especially if occupants are not wearing seatbelts. If the accident is not fatal, there is a high likelihood that vehicle occupants will suffer harm. Common car accident injuries that have affected our past clients include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Limb crush and loss of limb injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Facial injuries; and
- Internal injuries.
Those who are involved in serious car accidents, especially those that result in injuries, often incur psychological harm as well. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder are common following a car accident.
A Car Accident Can Change Your Life
Most people don’t plan for a car accident. Even if you are insured, a car accident can be incredibly jarring and life-changing. In addition to the potential range of injuries listed above, a serious car accident also usually means high medical expenses, lost wages, property damage costs, and a diminished quality of life. It is this last factor that can be especially difficult to calculate – all of the money in the world cannot change what happened or restore your life back to what it was prior to your accident. Recognizing this and the suffering you’re experiencing, both physical and psychological, our car accident lawyers commit ourselves to your claim with the goal of recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible on your behalf.
Car Accident Claims Can Be Complicated
Car accident claims can be complicated, especially car accident claims that involve serious losses. In fact, the more losses you’ve suffered and the more your claim is worth, the more pushback there may be from an insurance company.
The first part of a car accident claim is establishing fault. We recommend reporting your car accident to your insurer as soon as possible so that it has the opportunity to investigate your crash while evidence is fresh. (Also, if you wait too long to report your accident, your insurer may deny your claim.) If you hire our law firm, we will also investigate your case. If the insurer tries to say that you were at fault, we’ll have evidence to negate this.
The next step is sending a demand letter, which means calculating your damages and then requesting compensation. Our lawyers will handle this phase of the process on your behalf. Be prepared for an insurer to state that your damages are less than you are claiming, or to offer you a settlement that is far less than what you deserve. The primary objective of an insurance company is to save money.
The next stage is the negotiations. This is where you will have the right to reject a settlement offer and demand a higher compensation award. Negotiations can be intimidating for claimants – our lawyers will represent and advise you throughout the process.
Finally, if a settlement cannot be reached, you will have the option of filing a lawsuit. Most car accident claims are settlement without litigation, though.
How Our Bellevue Car Accident Lawyers Will Help
To start, our legal team will help you determine if you need to hire a lawyer to handle your case. If you suffered a serious injury, you need help paying your medical bills, or you are having a hard time dealing with the insurance company, our Bellevue car accident attorneys are here to help. We know how the big insurance companies operate and our team is ready to take action to protect your rights. Among other things, we will:
- Conduct a free, comprehensive review of your car accident case;
- Answer your most pressing questions and explain your legal options;
- Investigate the accident—obtaining the evidence needed to build a strong case;
- Gather all medical bills, diligently documented your injuries and damages;
- Deal with insurance company representatives, so you can focus on your health; and
- Walk you through the auto accident claims process, communicating with you regularly so that you know exactly what is happening.
Time Is Of The Essence
After a car accident, time is important. You must report your car accident to your insurer within a required amount of time. What’s more, you want to gather evidence as soon as possible so that it’s not destroyed. Finally, if you do end up filing a lawsuit, you must do this within three years of the date of your accident, per the statute of limitations.
Contact Our Bellevue Car Accident Lawyer Today
We know how terrifying being involved in a car accident is. For help navigating the claims process and recovering the compensation award that you both need and deserve, please call our experienced Bellevue car accident lawyers today. We offer free consultations and always work on a contingency fee basis.