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Olympia Car Accident Lawyers 

Olympia Car Accident Lawyers

Car accidents are often sudden and come out of “nowhere,” or so it seems. Unfortunately, even minor accidents can leave you with debilitating injuries and significant bills.

At Bernard Law Group, our experienced Olympia car accident lawyers understand the impact a car accident can have on you and your family. We are here to help you understand your rights and recover the full compensation you are entitled to.

Understanding Car Accident Laws in Washington State

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding the legal landscape. In Olympia, specific laws, which are crucial to understand, govern car accidents.

Know Your Rights

We understand the importance of knowing your rights after a car accident. Washington operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that if you’re involved in a car accident, your ability to claim compensation is not barred, even if you are partly at fault.

However, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

Legal Options in Olympia

In Olympia, you have several legal options following a car accident. These include filing a claim with your insurance company, seeking compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance, and pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.

It’s vital to understand that Washington State has a statute of limitations for settling a car accident claim or filing a lawsuit.  It is typically within three years from the accident date.

Our team is dedicated to helping Olympia residents navigate these legal paths.

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Common Causes of Car Accidents in Olympia

Unfortunately, car accidents are common in Olympia. Some of the most common causes of accidents include the following:

Challenging Weather Conditions

Olympia’s weather can be unpredictable and often treacherous for drivers. Heavy rainfall, common in the area, can lead to slippery roads and reduced visibility, increasing the likelihood of accidents. During winter, icy conditions and occasional snowfall further exacerbate driving hazards.

Traffic Congestion and Rush Hour

The area’s growing population often causes traffic congestion, especially during rush hours. This increase in vehicles on the road raises the chances of collisions.

High-traffic areas, such as intersections and busy streets, are common for accidents. We often handle cases where rush-hour traffic has contributed to accidents, emphasizing the need for heightened awareness.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Activities like texting, using a GPS, or even eating while driving divert attention from the road, significantly increasing the risk of a collision.

Driving Under the Influence

Alcohol or drug impairment remains a critical concern in causing car accidents. Impaired driving reduces reaction times and decision-making abilities, leading to serious accidents.

Inadequate Road Maintenance

Lastly, poorly maintained roads can lead to accidents. Issues like potholes, unmarked road construction, or insufficient lighting contribute to the risk of an accident.

You can count on us to investigate the cause of your accident to ensure the right party or parties are held responsible.

Legal Protections for Car Accident Victims

The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming and stressful. At Bernard Law Group, we understand the complexities of car accident cases and the importance of knowing your legal rights.

If you are injured in a car accident, you have specific rights. These include:

Navigating Insurance Claims and Compensation

After a car accident, one of the first steps is dealing with insurance companies. Washington State operates under a “fault” car insurance system. This means that the person responsible for the accident is also responsible for any resulting harm.

As a victim, you have the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. However, insurance companies often prioritize their profits over fair compensation. Our experienced attorneys can help navigate these claims, ensuring you don’t settle for less than you’re entitled to.

Legal Recourse for Damages

Car accident victims can suffer various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Washington law allows victims to seek compensation for these damages.

At Bernard Law Group, we meticulously document all aspects of your case to build a strong claim. We work tirelessly to ensure you receive compensation for immediate losses and any long-term repercussions of the accident.

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Statute of Limitations

If you are involved in a car accident, you have to settle your claim or file a lawsuit within three years of when it occurs. This is called the statute of limitations. You will lose the right to recover compensation if you miss the cutoff.  There are exceptions to this if the injured person is a minor.  To get further clarification of the statute of limitations on your case, contact our office.

We encourage you to contact us immediately to ensure you meet all deadlines and requirements.

Our Experienced Attorneys Are Advocates for Your Rights

At Bernard Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of car accident victims. Our expertise in navigating the legal complexities of car accidents in Olympia, Washington, positions us as strong advocates for our clients.

We are committed to securing the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us to learn how we can assist in your recovery and legal journey.

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