Because they happen so frequently, car crashes are among the most common causes of personal injury claims in Washington State. Being injured in a car accident can be very stressful and disturbing. Many car accidents result in physical injuries that incur medical expenses to treat bruises, broken bones, and head injuries.
After being involved in a car accident, there are steps that should be taken.
- First, make sure you’re off the road and the car is turned off.
- Second, make sure no one is injured. If possible, at this point it’s a good idea to turn on your hazard lights.
- Third, call 911.
- Fourth, if it is safe and if you’re physically able, you need to exchange information with the at-fault driver or, if there are multiple vehicles involved, trade information with all those drivers involved in the accident.
You need the following information from the drivers involved: name, address, phone number, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license number and license plate number, along with the make and model of the cars involved.
Recent Jackman Law Firm Case: Recently, the Jackman Law Firm settled two cases for two women in separate car accidents. Both women suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of their injuries. In both cases, the women receive the maximum amount of insurance available. One case settled for $200,000 and the other settled for $275,000.
Below are the most common reasons for car accidents in Washington State
- Driver impairment: 50.1%
- Running off the road: 43.7%
- Speeding: 39.5%
- Young driver: 34.6% (this is defined as someone 16-25)
- Driver distraction: 30.3%
- Unrestrained occupants: 24.8%
- Errors at intersections: 20.6%
There are many laws that aim to keep drivers safe in Washington State. It is best to keep between two to three car lengths between you and the car in front of you while driving to make sure you are not too close to the vehicle ahead of you and you have ample room to stop should you need to. It is advisable to allow even more room between cars if you are traveling at high rate of speed.
Washington State law requires a driver to signal for at least 100 feet before switching lanes or merging into another lane. Sudden and abrupt lane changes are among the most common reasons for car accidents in Washington State. Far too often cars fail to properly signal before turning and cars are often in each other’s blind spot when the accident occurs.
Perhaps the most common car accident occurs when one driver rear-ends another, which results when the car is following too closely. RCW 46.61.145 states that a driver may not follow “follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”
Adjusting to traffic, especially when it is sudden, is one of the biggest reasons for accidents. Car accidents often happen when a driver is going too slow or too fast, though it’s usually the latter. Controlling speed and adjusting lane position and signaling in a timely, effective way are the surest ways to avoid common accidents.Common Car Accident Injuries
There are many injuries that can give rise from car accident cases. They can range from minor cuts and bruises to paralysis and even death, but here are the most common:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- PTSD and Emotional Trauma
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
Many people who have been in bad car accidents have to receive injections to get better. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle, you need to seek immediate medical care from a medical doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or massage therapist.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
After being in a car crash, the victim is confronted by many unpleasant tasks. Going to the doctor, chiropractor, and physical therapist is common. The car, truck, SUV, or van most likely has to go to a body shop to be fixed, or the vehicle is completely totaled and transportation arrangements have to be made until a new car, truck, or SUV is purchased. Both your car insurance company and the at-fault driver’s insurance company are likely calling, emailing and sending letters, not to mention time from work and family is being missed to deal with these issues.
Why go through it alone? The Jackman Law Firm can handle all of this for you, allowing you to focus primarily on healing and recovering. With The Jackman Law Firm’s help, you can recover:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future wages, if applicable
- Money for pain and suffering
- Out of pocket expenses, such as repayment for a cane, brace, or wheelchair, if applicable.
- Loss of Consortium
Call The Jackman Law Firm to discuss your rights and learn how we can help you recover. Each category of damages, whether it is medical bills or money for pain and suffering, is your legal right to recover and something that you are owed under the law if you have suffered injury because of someone else’s negligence.