Car Accident FAQ
After being in a car accident in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham or anywhere in Washington State, you may be uncertain as to how to pursue a claim or what rights are available to you. This site will hopefully help you answer some common questions that may come to you after your accident.
Question: What is PIP?
Answer: PIP stands for Personal Injury Protection. It’s a form of medical insurance through your car insurance. PIIP will pay your medical bills that are related to your car accident. If you get a recovery from the at-fault driver’s car insurance company, you must pay PIP back a portion of your medical bills.
Question: How long will my case take to settle?
Answer: It depends on whether you have to file a lawsuit, if you are still treating for your injuries, and if you do not wish to file a lawsuit. A case can be settled in as little as 30 days or it could take up to three years.
Question: What if I was hurt or in a car accident before this one?
Answer: It is important to understand whether your treating doctor can clearly separate which accident caused your injuries. The Jackman Law Firm can assist you in this.
Question: Will my case go to court?
Answer: Statistically, it is not likely since most cases settle out of court, but the best way to settle the case is to prepare as though you are going to trial.
Question: How long do I have to file my case in court?
Answer: You have three years from the date of the accident.
Question: Do I have to give a recorded statement to the insurance company? They keep asking me.
Answer: No, you don’t. It is best you don’t in fact.
Question: The police didn’t come to the scene of my car accident. Is this going to hurt my case?
Answer: No, it does not matter. You just need the name and address of the driver who hit you.
Question: How do I pay for a lawyer?
Answer: The Jackman Law Firm works on a contingency fee, meaning we only recover fees unless you win your case. We typically take 33%. We will never send you a bill.
Question: Can I still have a case if the driver who hit me had no car insurance?
Answer: It will be hard if they have no insurance and you do not have what is called UIM coverage, which stands for Underinsured or Un-insured Motorist Coverage. We can help you find out whether you have this.
Question: What is UIM insurance?
Answer: UIM insurance stands for Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage. It is a form of insurance you have to buy through your own car insurance company.
Question: I just got in a car accident. What should I do?
Answer: After being in a car accident, there are a few things you should do. First, call the police. Second, go see a doctor or medical professional. Third, call the Jackman Law Firm so we can discuss your options and make sure you do not sign any settlement documents with an insurance company before it is too soon to settle.