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Car accidents are unsavory on thebest of days and a real headache on the worst of days. Unfortunately,car accidents happen all too frequently and at that rate, pretty muchanybody is likely to get involved in one. According to theWashington State Department of Transportation,there were 115,930 crashes in the state in 2018. A car accident happensonce every 4 minutes in the state, leading to the death of at least oneperson every 20 hours. The sadtruth about the data is pretty simple.
Accidents happen often and theycan happen to anybody. When they do happen, no matter how serious theyare, they will most likely bring some level of damage and plentydiscomfort. If you have beeninvolved in a car accident, you should know that the law grants youseveral rights in the event. It also imposes certain obligations on youthough. If the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to claimcompensation for any damage done to you.
Our Seattle personal injury law firm helped countless clients with complex cases obtain thecompensation they deserve.
Our experience and track record in the Seattle Tacoma areahas seen us emerge as a leading personal injury firm in Washington State.
Although all accidents are importantevents that should not be taken lightly, some will involve less seriousdamage than others. For instance, when you only have a damaged bumper or adent on your car. The mostimportant measure is whether the accident is minor and can be measuredby the amount of the damage involved. According to theSeattle Police Department,a minor accident is one that involves damage of a value less than$1,000. In the event of such an accident, here’s what you need to do:
If the accident involves injury thatcauses bleeding, broken bones or fractures, it is considered serious. Inserious accidents, your obligations are slightly different. Here’s whatyou need to do:
Although you may be flustered in theevent of a car accident, especially if you think it was your fault, donot leave the scene. If you do, you may be prosecuted for a hit and runmisdemeanor or felony. UnderWashington state law leaving the scene of a car accident isa crime punishable by jail time and fines. It does not matter whetheryou caused the accident or not. The law requires that you:
Even if the other vehicle was parked or if the driver is nowhere to be found, you must still provide your details. You are legally bound in the city of Seattle King county to write down your details on a note andplace it somewhere that the driver would be likely to find it.
Leaving the scene of a car accidentbefore complying with the law may bring some unpleasant consequences.Depending on whether the accident involved just property damage orincluded injury, it could be a misdemeanor or felony.
Ifyou leave the scene of a car accident that involved property damage,you could be prosecuted for a misdemeanor hit and run offence. Thiscould sum up to 90 days in jail and fine of $1,000.
For leaving thescene of a car accident that involves injury to another person, youcould be prosecuted for a felony hit and run. This is punishable with 5years’ jail time and a fine of up to $10,000.
Ifthe accident results in death to any person and you flee the scene, thepenalty is much stiffer. The offense is punishable for up to 10 years in prisonand a fine of $20,000. All of this is apart from the civil liabilitiesfor the offense.
Rear-end collision accidents happen when a car tailgates the one in front of it. Most times, rear-end collision accidents happen when the at-fault driver does not pay adequate attention to the road. While this is often the reason for rear-end collision accidents, other reasons also apply.
The injuries sustained in this type of accident have the potential to be very severe. As a result, they cost the victim a lot in terms of injuries sustained, piles of medical bills to be taken care of, and potentially losing income. If you or your loved one has suffered from injuries resulting from rear-end collision accidents, you should hire a personal injury lawyer.
The major cause of rear-end collision is driver negligence - either the driver in the front or the one at the back. If the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver behind you, you want to be in a position where you can request compensation for your injuries. The lawyers at Oshan and Associates have served clients in the Seattle and Tacoma areas for decades.
Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries.
Back and spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Head trauma or brain injuries including concussions or loss of consciousness.
Other serious injuries or death.
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence we will fight for you and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Head-on collision accidents happenwhen two vehicles hit each other front end to front end. Due to theoverwhelming force involved in this type of accident, head-on collisionsare among the most serious motor vehicle accidents and the injuries resulting from them are usually extremely severe or even fatal.
If your loved one was injured or died in a head-on collision, the pain can be crippling - even more so when the accident was a result of someone else's negligence.The suddenness and brutality of the accident fill you with a sense of helplessness and you wish you can turn back time and find a way to prevent it from happening. While we can't be turn back time, we can help you hold the at-fault party responsible.
The personal injury lawyers at Oshan and Associates have been providing justice for clients in the Seattle and Bellevue area for over two decades. We have a wealth of experience which will give you a great edge if we take on your case.
If you have been involved in a Seattle head on collision you know howdevastating these injuries can be. You also know how much impact theyhave on quality of life. Aside from having to deal with theinjuries, you also have to deal with the resultant inability to work.Thus, you are injured and paying medical bills, while having your sourceof livelihood threatened.
Most times, head-on collisions happendue to the negligence of either one or both of the parties involved.Common instances in which a motor driver’s negligence can causeaccidents include:
We know what it means to deal withhead-on collision accidents especially when the accident was as a result of another person’s negligence.
Sideswipe accidents occur when two motor vehicles are side by side on two separate lanes traveling in the same direction and making contact with each other. This type of accident is common when changing lanes and one driver does not see the parallel vehicle.
Blind spot collisions are often unexpected and usually caused by poor visibility of another automobile. Being so sudden the driver usually does not have any time to brace or respond in a matter that would protect themselves during the collision.
A blind spot can be found to the right or left shoulder of thedriver.
A blind spot can occur when an item in the car, the side frame of the car or sun glare blocks the view for the driver. The the height of the driver can also play a role in a blind spot auto collision.
Never speak with any insurance adjuster rep or lawyer for the other party without the advise of an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.
T-bone accident got its name from having two vehicles make the shape of a T where one vehicle runs head-on into the side of another making a T. Those types of crashes usually happen in intersections and accompanied by horrific injuries.
When determining the at fault party the right of way must be examined. Both cars could'nt possibly both have the right of way so factors like witnesses, lights at the intersection and possibly cameras may all play a role if there are conflicting stories. In a t-bone accident,one vehicle had the right of way and the other vehicle which caused the accident will be determined to be the at fault party.
When a vehicle rolls over on its side or roof it is considered a rollover crash.
With over 10,000 people killed every year in a rollover accident.
The most contributing factor to rollover crashes have been linked to the changing the composition of trucks and sport utility vehicles which changes their center of gravity.
Rollover accidents typically involve a high speed vehicle that loses control due to road conditions, distracted driving or fatigue.