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When two or more vehicles collide, the consequences can be catastrophic and disastrous. However, no-contact accidents, in which the vehicles never actually touch one another, are no less dangerous and deadly.

As you can only imagine, no insurance company will be eager to pay you for your damages and losses if you were injured in a no-contact car accident. Our Seattle no-contact accident attorney at Russell & Hill, PLLC, warns that seeking compensation for your personal injury and property damage suffered in a car crash where no other vehicle actually collided with your vehicle can be tricky.

Proving fault in a no-contact accident

As if recovering damages after a no-contact accident was not difficult enough as it is, it makes matters worse is that in many cases, the at-fault driver does not stop at the scene and flees the scene of the “crash,” or the at-fault motorist stops but does not admit fault.

In either of these situations, the victim should speak to an experienced no-contact accident attorney in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington to (a) collect evidence to identify the at-fault motorist who fled the scene, or (b) gather sufficient evidence proving the other motorist’s fault.

Who’s at fault for a no-contact crash?

Contrary to the popular belief, just because you were in a car crash where no other vehicle touched your vehicle, this does not automatically make you fully responsible for your resulting financial damages and losses. In this situation, many drivers feel discouraged from attempting to prove the other party’s fault and decide to pay for their medical bills and other damages from their own pockets.

Our Seattle no-contact accident lawyer explains that you may be able to pursue reimbursement for your damages and losses if you can prove that the other motorist – or the phantom driver – breached the duty of care that he or she owed to you and other motorists by failing to exercise reasonable care or violating traffic laws in Washington.

You will be able to seek compensation for your personal injury and property damages suffered in a no-contact accident if you can prove that your own actions did not constitute negligence or carelessness. In other words, unless you contributed to the no-contact accident in any way, you should be able to get compensated for your injuries and damages.

If your actions did contribute to the accident, you will most likely be able to share the liability and split the damages with the at-fault driver (which is a much better alternative to not getting any compensation whatsoever).

Beware of dishonest insurance companies

Time and time again, our car accident lawyers from Russell & Hill, PLLC, hear complaints from people in Seattle and all across Washington state that insurance companies use dishonest techniques to deny their legitimate personal injury claims. As you can only imagine, the risk of dealing with a dishonest insurer increases tenfold if you are trying to recover damages for a no-contact accident, where you are expected to demonstrate the highest standard of proof to prove the other party’s liability.

If you are trying to seek compensation for your damages after a no-contact accident, do not take your chances by dealing with your insurance company with no legal professional by your side. Schedule a free consultation with our attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC, and discuss your case. Call our offices at 206-880-7703 today.

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