Washington State Resonable Care
In Washington state, drivers have a legal duty to act with reasonable care on the road. The standard of care is important for determining fault/liability and proving negligence in car accidents. In personal injury claims the following four elements must be proved for a successful claim:
- A duty to exercise reasonable care existed
- This duty was breached through negligent action(s)
- Injuries were caused by the negligent action(s)
- Actual damages were suffered such as pain and suffering and medical bills
When drivers act in unexpected or dangerous ways such as drifting between lanes, slamming on their brakes, or turning suddenly without using their turn signal, the risk of a rollover collision or other type of car accident is very high. All drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road that they will drive with reasonable care. This means driving sober, rested enough to stay alert, and following traffic signs, among other things.
If you were the victim of a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve full and fair compensation for your losses and injuries. Call a local car accident lawyer for help – they can discuss your legal rights, walk you through the claims process, and negotiate your settlement.Read More
Traffic violations occur when drivers break traffic laws that regulate the operation of vehicles on streets and highways. There is a long list of traffic violations that drivers must avoid to prevent traffic tickets and potential car accidents. When a driver breaks a traffic law such as running a red light, they endanger themselves, other drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians who are sharing the road with them.
There are many reasons that drivers violate traffic laws and receive traffic tickets. When a car accident happens as a result of one driver violating a traffic law, the responding officer will generally issue a traffic ticket and explain the traffic violation in their collision report. Insurance companies review the collision report and will often assign liability for injuries to the driver who violated the traffic law.Read More
Ford announced a product recall of 3.3 million vehicles that might not shift into the correct gear, causing them to move in an unintended direction or roll away when placed in park. The National Highway Safety Administration has received six reports of property damage and four reports of injuries that might have been caused by the problem. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported due to this recall.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a defective product, contact an experienced car accident lawyer for help. The injury lawyer can discuss your legal rights and assist you in recovering a full and fair settlement for your injuries.Read More
Car accidents are responsible for thousands of injuries every year. A herniated disc may occur during a car accident when the force of the crash causes a vertebra to push into the spinal canal. This can put pressure on or irritate the spinal cord, causing pain to radiate throughout the body. If you or a loved one experienced a herniated disc after a car accident that is disrupting your life, you deserve to be made whole. Contact a local herniated disc lawyer as soon as possible to discuss whether a herniated disc personal injury claim is the right option for you.
What is a herniated disc?
Spinal discs are circles of tissue that sit in between the vertebrae of the spinal column for the purpose of holding the vertebrae together, acting as shock absorbers, and assisting with motion.Read More
You’ve probably heard that if you’re in a car accident, you should call 9-1-1 so a police officer can come and make a police report about the accident. The car accident police report will contain details about the crash, statements from anyone directly involved in the accident, and other important information such as road conditions and whether a traffic law was violated.
Insurance adjusters lean heavily on police reports for car accident settlements and lawsuits, especially if the officer’s report shows that their client may not have been mostly or completely at-fault for the crash.Read More
The vast majority of car accident settlements are paid by the at-fault insurance company. One thing that people may not think about is that insurance policies and policy limits vary from insured person to insured person, which means that not every policy will have a high enough limit to cover a full and fair settlement. A policy limit or an insurance limit is the highest amount an insurer will pay for a claim that their customer’s insurance policy covers.
Those who are severely injured in an accident by a person with a low policy limit may run into trouble negotiating a settlement that covers their losses and injuries. While it can be a challenge to collect injury compensation beyond an insurance policy limit, no situation is hopeless. We recommend contacting an experienced car accident lawyer who can assess all your legal options.Read More
If you’ve been in a car accident or were one of the direct witnesses of an injury car accident, you should call 9-1-1. Ideally, emergency responders will arrive, including police officers who can conduct a brief investigation and write up a Police Traffic Collision Report. While not admissible in court, accident reports are used by insurance companies to help determine fault in motor vehicle accidents.
Am I required to call the police for a minor accident in Washington State?
In Washington State it is not required by law to call the police for minor accidents (though insurance information must be exchanged before parties can legally leave the scene of the crash). It is usually a good idea to call the police anyway, even when injuries and property damage are minor. Having an accident report can help you get a full and fair settlement for your injuries and losses.
There are an average of 17,000 car accidents every day in the U.S., causing thousands of whiplash and concussion injuries. While these injuries are not typically life threatening, they can cause debilitating symptoms including neck pain, dizziness, difficulty focusing, headaches, and disorientation.
What is a whiplash injury?
A whiplash injury is an injury that affects the neck. It is caused by the force of the collision that pushes the neck backward and then forward, most commonly in a rear-end or T-bone accident. This violent motion injures the muscles and nerves and/or the tendons and discs in the neck. A whiplash injury car accident lawyer can discuss your legal rights.
What is a concussion?
Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions are fairly common in collisions. These injuries may occur when the head smacks into the steering wheel or from the sheer force of the brain being violently thrown forward, causing the brain to slam into the skull. A concussion can cause disorientation, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and more. A traumatic brain injury car accident lawyer can discuss your legal rights.Read More
Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, are a common injury caused by motor vehicle accidents. While most concussion symptoms improve within a week or two and resolve completely within a month, some patients end up dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). PCS is a complex health condition that affects 30 percent to 80 percent of patients with mild to moderate brain injury. If the following symptoms persist after a month or two, it could be a sign that you are experiencing PCS: headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, insomnia, loss of concentration and memory, and irritability. Women and older adults as well as those who have had previous concussions are at greater risk of developing PCS.Read More