For such a small community, Renton certainly sees its fair share of car accidents. Anyone traveling down Interstate 405 or along Route 167 can see vehicles pulled off the side of the road after an accident almost any day of the week.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, we want to help. Our team has decades of combined experience obtaining justifiable compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.
Car Accident Injuries
Even at low speeds, car accidents can cause serious injuries that leave our clients in considerable pain and with mammoth medical bills. Below are some common injuries:
- Cuts or abrasions. Shattered glass can cut a person’s hands, arms, and face. Deep cuts can leave unsightly scars that cause intense embarrassment and can also damage nerves, leading to paralysis and facial sagging.
- Strains or sprains. These soft-tissue injuries can leave a person housebound for weeks. More serious soft-tissue injuries require surgery to repair torn or damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Whiplash is a type of soft-tissue injury to the neck that can cause chronic headaches neck stiffness.
- Compressed nerve. Anything pressing on a nerve can cause constant pain, ultimately leading to permanent nerve damage.
- Fractures. Any bone in the body can break in a car crash. Serious accidents can cause bones to shatter into many fragments, requiring the insertion of pins, screws, or plates to hold the bones together.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). Any shaking of the brain or blow to the body can lead to impairments in how the brain normally operates. Motorists can suffer serious TBI symptoms, such as headache, impaired memory, sleep disturbances, mood swings, and poor coordination or movement. Moderate or severe TBIs require rehabilitation and possibly surgery.
- Back injuries. Many things can go wrong with the back, including cracked vertebrae, herniated discs, and other immobilizing injuries.
- Spinal cord damage. Injury to the spinal column can result in paralysis in part of the body.
Identifying Fault for a Collision
Washington is a fault state. This means that the driver who caused the accident pays compensation to injured victims, whether those victims are in another car or were passengers in their car. When you make a claim with an insurance company, the adjuster will try to determine who is at fault for the accident.
There are many causes of car accidents, including:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to yield
- Reckless movement
- Weaving in lanes
- Illegal passing
- Distracted driving (cell phone use, eating, etc.)
- Failure to use mirrors or turn signals
- Intoxication or drug use
In some situations, both drivers might have contributed to the accident. In some states, a motorist who contributed even a little to an accident is barred from suing, but that is not the law in Washington. Instead, our state’s comparative fault rules allow someone who is even 99% to blame for the accident to sue. However, the amount of compensation they receive will be reduced by their percentage of fault. So someone who suffered $50,000 in damages but was 60% to blame can receive, at most, $20,000.
What Should You Do after a Car Accident?
The minutes and days following an accident are critical. We have seen some motorists hamstring their cases by making simple mistakes that cost them later. We recommend that you do the following:
- Stop your vehicle and pull to the side of the road if you are able.
- Ask all passengers if they need an ambulance and call one. If you are seriously injured, ask someone else to call emergency services for you.
- Swap personal information with other drivers involved in the wreck. Get the name, address, phone number, and insurance information for all drivers involved. Also get their license and license plate numbers.
- Identify all witnesses and get their contact information.
- Take pictures of all damage to vehicles. You can use your smartphone.
- Call the police to report the accident. An officer can respond and file a police report which has important information.
We also recommend that you never admit fault for the crash or say anything that sounds like you are taking responsibility for the accident. These statements might be used against you.
Speak with a Renton Car Accident Lawyer about Your Case
After an accident, you might be receiving conflicting information from insurance adjusters and other people. It is very easy to become confused and to throw up your hands. Now is the time to hire a car accident lawyer with the experience necessary to get maximum compensation.
At Premier Law Group, we do everything we can to get the most compensation for our clients available under the law. To speak with a member of our team, please schedule a free case evaluation.