Car Crashes2022-05-18T20:13:23+00:00
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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 influence.

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:

Common Types of Car Crashes

Rear-End Collisions

Head-End Collisions

T-Bone Accidents

Single Vehicle Crashes

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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

What should I do if I’ve been involved in a car crash?2021-03-08T12:59:06+00:00
  • 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.

Do I need to hire a car crash attorney?2021-03-08T13:04:20+00:00

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.

How long does it take to settle a car crash case?2021-03-08T13:05:36+00:00

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.

How much does it cost to hire a car crash lawyer?2021-03-08T13:06:15+00:00

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.

How much money will I get if I hire an attorney?2021-03-08T13:06:54+00:00

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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