You've been injured in an accident in Washington. Maybe you were riding a bus that hit another vehicle. Maybe you were a pedestrian crossing the street when a car. Maybe you were riding your bike and a car turned into you. However it happened, you were hurt. You've been checked out by a doctor and maybe you've started a course of treatment. Now you're looking for a lawyer to help you with your insurance claim. One question you probably have is "how long will this take?" The answer, as lawyers like to say is "it depends."
I often speak about what not to do after an accident, but there are certain things you definitely SHOULD do after a car accident in the State of Washington to protect your claim, and to make sure you get the proper treatment for any possible injuries.
Washington residents may be interested to learn that the State Patrol is searching for witnesses to an accident. The car accident occurred recently on State Route 527. According to reports, the driver of an SUV vehicle crossed the median and began driving in the opposite direction of the highway when it collided head on with a Freightliner tractor. Fortunately, the reports do not indicate that the driver of the tractor suffered any injuries in the crash.
Seattle residents hear about car accidents on an almost daily basis and the regularity of accident reports can make it easy to forget that the impact of a crash can affect injured victims long after media reports have become yesterday's news. The story of one Everett woman serves as a vivid reminder of the extent of physical pain and suffering that may result from a serious car accident.
A young Seattle woman was among three people treated at a King County hospital in the wake of an October 4 crash that led to the death of a 68-year-old tractor driver. Police suspect that drunk driving may have played a role in the fatal truck accident that took place in the early afternoon on I-5 in Federal Way.
Teen drivers, as Seattle readers may know, present a much higher risk of being involved in an auto accident than more experienced drivers. In some cases, as one Marysville family has learned, the statistics surrounding the risks to teen drivers may tend to bias the results of an accident investigation.
A dangerous section of U.S. Highway 2 between Everett and Stevens Pass recently injured yet another victim. The crash was the third serious accident along that section of U.S. 2 in less than a week. According to reports, the latest car accident sent a 56-year-old eastern Washington woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with critical injuries.
A recent report suggests that drivers in Seattle could probably use a refresher course on safe driving practices. According to Allstate Insurance Company, Seattle drivers are 27 percent more likely that those in other large U.S. cities to get into a car accident. In fact, of the country's 200 largest cities, when it comes to the risk of getting into an auto collision Seattle drivers ranked 154th.
Some of the most difficult motor vehicle accident cases are those that involve a hit-and-run driver. Not only are there challenges when it comes to evidence, but it also makes an unfortunate event all the more disturbing when a driver makes the choice to run from responsibility.