You’re probably reading this page because you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident in Washington. Maybe your car accident wasn’t so recent, but you think it’s time to start researching Seattle car accident lawyers. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re really sorry that you’ve been injured in a car accident in Seattle. We know how frustrating it is to be in your situation – we see situations like yours every day. That’s why we want to help you navigate your situation and get the best possible outcome.
On this page, you’ll learn about what’s at stake when you’ve been injured in a car accident, what you should do right now to protect your claim, and other important factors to consider at this stage. You’ll also discover resources to help you make the best decisions about your situation.
Your First Step After a Car Accident
Download Our Free Car Accident Guide!
At Premier Law Group, we believe in educating people who have been injured in car accidents so they can make good decisions regarding their situations. That’s why one of our partners, Jason Epstein, wrote a guide called The Truth About Washington Auto Accidents and we give it away for free. In this guide you’ll discover:
- Ten insider secrets that insurance companies hide from you.
- The “service” some lawyers provide that is actually a “kiss of death” to your car accident claim.
- Whether or not your health insurance company can force you to repay them if you win your claim.
- The one document you should never sign for an insurance company.
Discover Other Useful Information
The Premier Law Group website contains a wealth of information and resources for people injured in Washington State car accidents. Click the links below to discover…
The Impact of Car Accidents and How Our Washington Lawyers Can Assist
Safeguarding Your Health Post-Accident
When it comes to injuries resulting from car accidents, most people tend to think about physical injuries like whiplash, concussions, and broken bones. Physical injuries are a major component, but there are other types of injuries as well. Car accident injuries include those related to mental and psychological health. Regardless of how you were injured, your health is now at stake. You probably need resources like time, money, and therapy in order to make the best possible recovery. Typically, insurance is available to help you access these resources.
Addressing the Emotional Toll of Car Accidents
Many insurance companies and adjusters don’t want to give you full and fair compensation. The reality is, insurance companies exist to generate profit and adjusters are incentivized to pay out the bare minimum in compensation. In fact, the compensation they offer when you don’t have a car accident attorney may not even cover costs associated with making a good recovery. And by the way, it’s hard to know what a good recovery should look like just a couple months after your car accident. This is to say that your emotional well-being is also at stake. Without a Seattle car accident lawyer, insurance representatives will pressure you to accept unfair compensation, causing a lot of unnecessary anxiety and frustration.
Protecting Your Finances After a Car Accident
Finally, your financial well-being is at stake after a car accident. For example, injuries may be preventing you from working in your chosen field, or performing as you would have had you not been injured. Either of these scenarios may be costing you money. You may have mounting medical expenses and other bills associated with the accident. If injuries have impacted your ability to perform domestic chores, there may be increased costs associated with keeping up your home and quality of life. There are all kinds of ways that mild, moderate, and severe injuries impact your day-to-day financial well-being.
For all these reasons, it’s important that a trusted Seattle car accident lawyer assist with your injury claim. The right car accident attorney will enable you to make the best possible recovery, handle communications and negotiations with the insurance company, and help you get full and fair compensation.
Immediate Steps to Take After a Washington State Car Accident
How to Securely Preserve Accident Evidence
There are several things you can do to protect your Seattle car accident claim. We recommend that you or someone you trust do the following, if possible:
- The most important thing is to collect information from other people involved in the accident. This includes their name, address, phone number, and insurance information.
- It’s also helpful to document the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Take photos of the car accident scene. Include pictures of the vehicles involved and try to capture the type of accident (ex. rear-end collision, head-on collision, T-bone, rollover, hit-and-run, commercial vehicle, trucking, motorcycle, bicycle…). Also try to take pictures of the people involved.
- Call the authorities if appropriate (police or 911 for emergency medical assistance).
- Get pictures of any injuries that are evident at the scene of the accident.
- If there is surveillance footage from the area, act quickly to request it. Without acting quickly enough, owners of the surveillance equipment may erase the footage.
- If someone called 911, contact the authorities to request the 911 tape. Authorities may erase this as a matter of course if you don’t act fast enough.
- It may be helpful to have pictures of your injuries as they are healing.
Why Act Quickly: Consult a Washington Auto Accident Attorney
One of the common questions we get is, when should I hire a Seattle car accident attorney? There are many advantages to hiring someone as soon as possible. The right attorney will help protect your health, emotional well-being, and finances right away, and give you useful resources.
Keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations. This is the cut-off date for filing a claim. Usually, you have to file a claim within three years of your car accident, but there are always exceptions and there may be circumstances that change the statute of limitations in your particular situation.
At Premier Law Group, our mission is to ensure that everyone who contacts us ends up more informed about their legal options – whether we end up representing them or not. Contact Premier Law Group to schedule a free Washington State car accident case review today. Call 206.285.1743.
Connect with Our Car Accident Experts in Washington for a No-Cost Review
The best way we can help you is by speaking with you directly. We offer free case reviews to people who were injured in car accidents and are looking for a car accident lawyer in Seattle, WA. By speaking with you and collecting information about your specific situation we’ll be able to provide the most accurate information and explain our recommendations in detail. Call us at 206.285.1743 to schedule a free case review today.
Breakdown of Injuries from Washington Motor Vehicle Accidents in 2023
Decade Overview: Trends in Washington State Motor Vehicle Crashes (2014 – 2023)
Essential Qualities of an Effective Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve never been injured in a car accident or hired a lawyer before, you may appreciate some information about what to look for in a car accident attorney. At the very least, the attorney you hire should:
***Have specialized experience representing victims of car accidents. (At Premier Law Group, you could say this is our “area of expertise”.)
***Have a good reputation in the community. A good reputation in the legal community and beyond shows that a lawyer has experience and other qualifications. (We’re proud to say that our Seattle car accident attorneys are recognized by the media and receive awards from various organizations on a regular basis. We also have a track-record of getting excellent case results.)
***Be accessible and approachable. There’s a lot at stake in a car accident claim, so it’s important that you have a good and productive working relationship with your lawyer. (We’re known as the “approachable” car accident attorneys in Seattle).
***Never pressure you. Instead, your lawyer should guide you and provide the information required for you to make the best decisions. (This is the mark of a real professional.)
***Be considerate of your client experience. You’ve been through enough already! The firm you choose should make the process of working with them a positive experience for you. (We’re pleased to have excellent client satisfaction and be the only car accident law firm in the state to offer a VIP Program.)
Why Washington Chooses the Premier Law Group
If you don’t need an attorney to settle your claim, we’ll tell you up front. We’ll even give you a copy of our guide How To Settle Your Own Case.
Our mission is to ensure that everyone who contacts us ends up more informed about their legal options – whether we end up representing them or not. Contact Premier Law Group to schedule your free car accident case review. Call 206.285.1743 today. There’s no legal fee unless we settle or win your case.