Gig Harbor Car Accident Lawyer
Filing a Car Accident Claim in Washington State
No one expects to be in a car accident. Unfortunately, these incidents happen all the time—often with devastating results. All too often, victims are left with catastrophic, life-altering injuries and immense financial hardships in the wake of serious motor vehicle collisions, but the good news is that help is available.
If you were injured or if someone you love tragically died in a car accident in Washington State, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses—and the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr can help. Since 1991, our personal injury attorneys have been fighting tirelessly on behalf of severely injured accident victims and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed in fatal traffic collisions throughout the state. From our office in Gig Harbor, we provide compassionate, personalized client service and innovative legal strategies tailored to each client’s unique situation.
Is Washington a No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Washington is not a no-fault state when it comes to car accident claims. What does this mean for your claim? Unlike in states that follow a no-fault system, under Washington’s fault-based (or “tort”) system, you must prove that another person or party was to blame for the accident if you wish to seek compensation for your damages. Because the state follows a pure comparative negligence rule, you do not need to prove that the other party was entirely at fault for the accident, only that they share at least some of the blame.
To prove that someone else was at fault for the crash that left you injured, our Gig Harbor car accident lawyers conduct exhaustive investigations to determine how the accident occurred.
We look at various factors that may have contributed to or caused the crash, such as:
- Driver distractions, including texting while driving
- Intoxication/driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding, including excessive speeds
- Aggressive driving behaviors, such as road rage
- Traffic law violations
- Inexperienced, young, or careless drivers
- Poor weather conditions
- Defective roadway construction or design
- Auto defects
We often work with a team of experts—including accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and others—who help us put together a comprehensive picture of how the accident happened, who was at fault, and the full extent of our clients’ damages. This allows us to build powerful cases for our clients and fight for the maximum compensation they are owed.
How Much Is a Car Accident Claim Worth?
Determining the value of a given case is nearly impossible without first reviewing the specific details involved. Every case is unique, and various factors affect whether your case is worth several thousand, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars. That being said, most car accident claims fall somewhere in the multiple thousands of dollars range.
Some of the many factors that affect your potential car accident settlement include:
- The severity of the crash
- The nature of your injuries
- The cost of your medical care
- Whether you suffered temporary or permanent disability
- Your income and the amount lost due to your injuries or disability
- How willing the insurance company is to settle
- The degree of your pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses you paid related to your injuries
Additional factors, such as the liable party’s ability to pay, the degree of shared fault (if any), and more can all play a significant role in the overall value of your claim.
Although determining the exact potential value of your claim can be difficult, there are certain damages for which many car accident victims are able to recover. These include:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care costs
- Lost income/wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Our Gig Harbor car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr can sit down with you during a free case evaluation to discuss the specifics of your case and which types of damages you may be entitled to receive. We bring decades of experience, as well as extensive resources and an in-depth knowledge of the state’s car accident laws, to every case.
How Long Do You Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Washington?
Like other states, Washington has what is known as a “statute of limitations” on personal injury claims, including those involving car accidents. The statute of limitations is essentially the deadline by which you must file your claim; in Washington, the statute of limitations on car accident claims is three years from the date of the accident or injury. If you fail to bring a lawsuit within three years, you will almost certainly lose your right to seek compensation for your damages.
We encourage you to reach out to the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr right away to learn how we can help you with your case. The sooner we can begin collecting evidence and filing necessary paperwork, the better your chances of recovering a fair, timely settlement. If, however, a fair settlement is not possible, our trial lawyers are ready to represent your best interests in the courtroom.
Get Started with a Complimentary Consultation Today
Take the first step in your recovery; reach out to the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr today to schedule an appointment with our legal team. There are absolutely no costs and no risk in discussing your potential case during a free, no-obligation consultation with our firm. We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any attorney fees unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict for you.