Auto Accidents

You or your family has just been in a car accident.

What do we do now?

 

FIRST, call 911 and report the collision. Ask that the police come to the scene.

Why?

  • Because the police will identify the other driver and witnesses, and verify insurance information.

SECOND, if you are hurt, immediately go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room or Acute Care Clinic.

Why?

  • Untreated injuries sometimes get worse.

  • You may be injured more seriously than you believe.

  • A delay in treatment may be seen later by an insurance adjuster as proof that you were not really injured.

THIRD, do not move your car unless instructed by a police officer to do so.

Why?

  • Because the other driver may later dispute how the collision occurred.

FOURTH, if you have been injured tell the police officer.

Why?

  • That fact will be noted on the police report.

  • You may not know how badly you are injured and may need aid.

FIFTH, take pictures of both cars at the scene. If you don’t have a camera use your cell phone.

Why?

  • You need to document the damage to each involved car.

SIXTH, don’t try to settle your case on your own.

Why?

  • Insurance adjusters are trained and evaluated on the basis of how cheaply they settle claims.

  • You probably won’t know what fair compensation is in your case.

  • You may not know which health care providers need to be repaid, and if so, how much?

  • In most cases of significant injury an experienced attorney will help you receive more money than will be offered in settlement by an insurance adjuster, even after attorney’s fees and costs are paid.


But I don’t have any money to hire an attorney. What can I do?

Answer: We will evaluate your case with no charge to you. If we believe we can help you, we will represent you on a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee is one where we will charge you a percentage of what we recover for you, ONLY IF AND WHEN WE ARE SUCCESSFUL.

But I don't want to sue anyone. Can I still make a claim?

Answer: Yes. Most cases can be settled without a trial.

We have helped many families through the often confusing aftermath of an auto accident. We know the law. We know how to get your medical bills paid. We know how to prove the monetary value of your other losses, such as scarring, disfigurement, pain and suffering, etc.

 

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Call us today at (425) 451-8333 to speak with our Bellevue, WA auto accident lawyer to discuss your case. We offer Free Case Evaluation to new cases.

 

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