Best Car Accident Attorney in WA

A car crash is not just an accident.

An accident just happens: it’s not predictable or preventable. Most car crashes are not accidents. They are the predictable result of poorly designed streets, unsafe vehicles—or drivers who are distracted, drive too fast, ignore traffic signals, or drive under the

That’s why we use crash, not accident.

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Your Legal Rights

You have the right to talk to a car wreck lawyer before speaking with an insurance company. Often, the other driver admits fault at the scene of the crash. You reasonably believe that your bills and expenses will be covered by the other driver’s car insurance. But once insurance companies get involved, the at-fault driver may change their story or the insurance company may blame you. Many personal injury law firms, including Coluccio Law, offer a free consultation.

You have the right to choose where, and how, your vehicle is repaired. Your vehicle might be a total loss. But many people find that the insurance company recommends repair, and offers a “preferred” auto repair shop. These mechanics may have deals with the insurance company, but you are not obligated to have your car repaired there.

You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by a car crash attorney. Sometimes, people sign away their right to fair compensation without realizing it. Call a car crash attorney, and make sure this settlement offer is the best option for you.

Common Types of Car Crashes

Car crashes happen every day and vehicles can collide with one another in many ways. Oftentimes these different types of car crashes result in serious injury and can even be fatal. Common types of car crashes include:

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Rear-End Collisions
A rear-end collision accident occurs when a vehicle crashes into the vehicle in front of it. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car crashes across the country. These accidents often result in serious injury and sometimes even death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these collisions are responsible for about 29 percent of car accidents nationwide.
Head-End Collisions
Head-on collision accidents occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into one another or when a vehicle hits a non-moving object. This type of car crash is very dangerous for both the driver at fault and the victim of the accident. Typically the force of the impact of the crash is doubled because of the traveling speed of the vehicles.
T-Bone Accidents
Sometimes also referred to as a side-impact crash, a T-Bone accident can occur any time a vehicle crashes into the side of another. This type of car crash usually occurs when a vehicle runs a stop sign or red light. About 28% of all car crashes in the United States are side-impact crashes according to the NHTSA.
Single Vehicle Crashes
Another common car crash type is a single vehicle accident. This type of crash takes place when only one vehicle is involved and damaged. Examples of this type of accident include running off the road, hitting a guardrail or tree near the roadway, and more. Although there is only one vehicle involved and the driver is almost always at fault, there are a few exceptions. This includes things like bad road conditions, vehicle defects, or other dangerous conditions on a roadway like a driver drifting into your lane causing you to crash into an object nearby.

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What to do After a Car Crash

When you’ve been involved in a car crash, you’re certainly caught off-guard and may be uncertain about what steps you should take next. At Coluccio Law, we want the Seattle community to know how to be best prepared if you’re a victim of a car crash. See four quick steps below:

    1. Get Medical Care
    2. Document Everything
    3. Contact local police
    4. Open an Insurance Claim

For more detailed information, review our blog on What to do after a car crash in Seattle.

Car Crash Frequently Asked Questions

    • First and foremost, make sure everyone is physically okay. This step can be hard since someone or something was at fault in the car wreck, but do make
      sure to help anyone in need. You may need to dial 911 if the physical injuries are severe.
    • Take pictures and notes. A lot of pictures and detailed notes quickly. Try to get a picture of every part of the cars involved, the road, and anything else that could have caused the crash or been affected by it. Take notes on what happened and anything that is said afterward.
    • Call the police, if someone hasn’t already done so. Stay by your vehicle until they arrive. When the officers get there, ask for a car accident report and be as specific as possible about everything that led to the car crash.
    • If you haven’t been seen by a medic yet, seek a medical evaluation and potential treatment as soon as you can. When you’re in a car or truck wreck, you may not notice a serious injury due to the sudden trauma you’ve just experienced. Some car crash injuries aren’t prevalent until a few days after the crash, so continue to monitor your personal health and take pictures of any bruising or lacerations.
    • Once you’ve been released from the scene of the crash, see if there are any witnesses around. Get their information: names, phone numbers, and what they saw. These eyewitnesses can be the most important evidence used to determine fault.
    • Take more pictures of the vehicle as it’s being towed, the witnesses, and any other potentially relevant information. When in doubt, take a picture.
    • Lastly, call your insurer and open an insurance claim, even if it wasn’t your fault. Be cautious when talking to someone else’s insurance company and don’t give a recorded statement. Also, speak with your lawyer before you sign anything.

For more information on what to do after a car crash, check out this article.

If you are injured in a car crash through no fault of your own, you can still get stuck with medical bills, lost wages, lasting injuries or disabilities, and much more. Even if your insurance adjusters “fairly” resolve the personal injury claims, they are ultimately working for the insurance company. Kevin Coluccio, our experienced car crash lawyer, at Coluccio Law will work for you.

We realize that most car accidents are not accidents at all. That’s why we refer to them as crashes. They are caused by someone or something and they are usually predictable. So, we look at all the factors that led to the accident and fight for our clients to get what they deserve.

Because there are many factors that go into the settlement of a car crash case, there is no definitive answer to how long it can take to settle. In Washington State, you have 3 years from the time you were injured in a car crash to file a claim and open a lawsuit. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the lingering effects, we may take all that time to gather relevant information for the lawsuit. Then there are negotiations and mediations, potential trials, and more. We work for you and put in the time and effort it takes to get you the best possible result.

At Coluccio Law, we have a free consultation process where you will talk with one of our attorneys about the crash. If we think we can help, you can hire us on a contingency fee basis. Put simply, we only get paid if you get paid.

It’s hard to say how much money you will get without knowing all the facts, but if you speak with our firm about the car crash, we can give you a better range of what you can expect. Also, check out this post about the different factors that go into calculating a settlement.

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Attorney Kevin Coluccio has been helping injured people get justice since 1985.

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