Car Accident Questions | Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, WA

What if I don’t feel that I was hurt in the accident? Do I still need to see a doctor?

It would be highly advisable for you and other occupants in the car to see a doctor following an accident. Not all injuries are readily apparent. When you have a complete physical check-up, a doctor may detect injuries, some of which may be serious, that are not immediately apparent to you. These medical costs are usually covered by insurance. Remember, a number of injuries (back injuries, internal injuries, whiplash and neck injuries) usually do not fully present until days after the crash.

Can I recover damages even if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of my accident?

In some states, not wearing a seatbelt can reduce or even negate any potential compensation for damages. This is based on the idea that people suffer more severe injuries when they don’t wear a seatbelt. In such cases, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who will advise you about the law in your state and who will fight for your legal rights.

Will my injury claim always go to court?

A majority of injury cases do not go to court. They are usually settled out of court with an insurance company. However, if you are not satisfied with the settlement offered, and if you believe your claim is worth more, then your case will go to trial. An experienced lawyer will be able to advise you on the best strategies in your case.

What information should I release to another driver’s insurance adjuster?

You should not release any information to another driver’s insurance adjuster, especially sensitive medical records. In fact, you would be well-advised not to talk to an insurance adjuster, sign any papers, or enter into settlements prematurely without talking to your own attorney. If you allow medical and other information to get into the insurance adjuster’s hands, your case could be in serious jeopardy.

Should I admit fault if I believe I was to blame for the accident?

Never admit fault under any circumstances, even if you may believe that you are to blame. You are not in the best position to evaluate the cause of the accident. Many factors play a part in an accident such as defective automobiles, dangerous roadways, another driver’s impairment, distraction or negligence, and even malfunctioning traffic lights. Admitting blame is dangerous because your statements may be used against you in court. Find an accident attorney near me.

How do I know if I have a case against the automaker?

In some cases, serious injuries may occur as a result of defective automobile manufacturing. These instances may include, but are not limited to, tire defects, airbag failure, seat back failure or even seatbelt malfunction. It is best to consult an experienced legal firm with adequate resources and access to experts to determine the validity of your case. Your vehicle must be preserved intact so an expert can thoroughly examine it for any evidence of product defects or malfunctions.