When you have been injured in an automobile accident, Spokane car collision accident attorneys know that having an attorney to advocate on your behalf can make all the difference when it comes to securing a full and fair recovery for injuries and damages sustained in the accident. In 2018 there were 3,771 reported car accidents in Spokane with close to 1,500 injuries and 8 fatalities. Even when injuries are not fatal, they can still be severe and life changing.
Car accidents can be the result of a number of causes or combination of causes. Some of the most common causes and contributing factors include the following:
Attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC recommend that those who have sustained injuries in a car accident do not give statements or participate in interviews with insurance companies without first consulting with an attorney. Insurance companies work to settle their claims efficiently and for the lowest amount possible. Interviews that they conduct with injury victims are often designed to limit their own financial exposure by placing blame on injury victims or attempting to minimize the extent of injuries sustained. It is important to remember that insurance companies’ interests are at odds with your own interests when it comes to making insurance claims.
Washington is a comparative fault state which means that being partially at fault in a car accident does not necessarily bar a person from recovering for his or her injuries and damages. In fact, Washington state permits recovery for injured parties who are responsible for most of the accident fault, so long as another person in the accident was responsible for some of the fault, injured parties will be able to recover for damages that will be reduced by their portion of fault. For example, if an injured driver was 75% at fault for an accident and another driver was responsible for 25% of the accident and the injured driver sustained $100,000 of injuries, his recovery would be reduced by 75% due to his fault and he would still be permitted to collect $25,000.
When car accident injuries result in fatalities, families of the deceased may be permitted to recover compensation from the at fault party’s insurance company in some circumstances. Under Washington law, specific close surviving family members may recover under wrongful death claims when someone else’s fault caused their loved one’s death. There may be additional recovery options in fatality cases as well, which is why it is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Contact a Spokane car collision accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC to schedule a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. Our experienced car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims and their families secure the financial compensation that they deserve.