Vehicle-Into-Building Accident Attorneys
Cars crash into buildings when drivers are entering or exiting ‘nose-in’ parking spaces that face pedestrian walkways or business storefronts. Cars also crash into buildings when a driver loses control at the curve of a roadway or at T-shaped intersections.
Businesses located on busy roadways, downtown city streets, or in commercial business areas are susceptible to cars crashing into buildings. Especially those with parking spaces directly facing a storefront. These crashes can injure or take the lives of business patrons or employees who are hit or pinned under the at-fault driver’s vehicle or struck by flying debris.
At Premier Law Group, we are here to help you hold at fault drivers or property owners accountable. If you or someone you love has injuries or has been killed by a car crashing into a building, one of our attorneys may help you pursue compensation. You may be entitled to have your medical expenses, missed time from work and pain and suffering covered.
Washington State Vehicle-Into-Building Crash Statistics
Cars crashing into buildings are some of the least occurring accidents. However, according the Washington State Patrol:
- In Washington State, 843 motor vehicle accidents involved a car crashing into some sort of building in 2016.
- King County accounted for 296 of those accidents.
What Causes a Car to Crash Into a Building?
Fortunately, a car crashing into a home or other building is an uncommon occurrence. However, it does happen. Some common causes for these types of crashes are:
- Drunk driving
- Driver fatigue
- Hazardous roadway
- Poor road design
- Vehicle malfunction
Who is Liable for Injuries or Death When a Car Crashes Into a Building?
In order to seek compensation for any damages resulting from a car-crash-into-building accident, you must know who’s at fault. In most cases, the person driving the car will be at fault.
Additionally, property managers, and business operators have been aware of the potential for cars to crash into buildings for years. Once aware, if they don’t correct safety issues, they may be held liable or partly at-fault for future incidents. While store owners can implement protections on their own, most do not.
Furthermore, if you drive a car into your own garage or home, you might be at fault.
However, that doesn’t mean that you’re not eligible for some type of compensation.
To help you avoid making a mistake, let one of our experienced Washington State vehicle-into-building accident attorneys assist you with your claim.
Our lawyers will fight for a fair settlement on your behalf or represent you in court.
What Can My Insurance Cover?
Further still, if someone else crashes into your home, their insurance company will have to pay for the damages. However, insurance companies only have to pay up to a policy’s limits. So, the cost of the damage may exceed the insurance company’s policy limit. Should this happen, you can turn to your own homeowner’s insurance or sue the guilty party privately.
However, if the at-fault-driver doesn’t have insurance, you are unlikely to gain much. Whether you have to take an individual to court or deal with their insurance company, it’s important that you speak to an experienced Washington State vehicle-into-building accident attorney.
At Premier Law Group, we will handle communications and negotiations with the insurance company while you focus on recovering. Our lawyers can assist you by negotiating for a fair settlement on your behalf or representing you in court.
What Do I Do If a Car Crashes Into My Home?
There are several things you should do to protect your claim. We recommend that you do the following:
- Collect the information of those involved in the accident. Try to get their name, address, phone number, and insurance information.
- Take photos of the accident scene. Include pictures of the vehicles and people involved.
- Call the authorities.
- Get pictures of any injuries and damage that are evident at the scene of the accident.
- If there is surveillance footage from the area, request it quickly. Owners of the surveillance equipment may erase the footage if you do not act quickly enough
- If someone called 911, contact the authorities to request the 911 tape. The police may erase this as a matter of course if you don’t act fast enough.
- It is helpful to have pictures of your injuries as they are healing as well.
Contact a Dedicated Seattle Car Accident Attorney
At Premier Law Group, we want to help you and will speak with you directly. You don’t have to worry about hearing from an intake specialist or a paralegal, We’ll put you on the phone with one of our experienced Seattle auto accident attorneys!
Don’t let the insurance company bully you and lowball you after your car crash into a building case. You have rights and you deserve justice! Give us a call at 206.285.1743 to schedule a FREE consultation!