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Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, with medical bills piling up while you’re potentially out of work from your injuries. This is where a car accident attorney can step in to guide you through the process. At Mickelsen Dalton LLC, we can help you obtain the compensation you need so you can focus on your health while we handle all the legal issues. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
With decades of experience between them, Attorneys Brian Mickelsen and Danny Dalton have a proven track record of success in complicated cases that require an experienced touch. Here’s why you should work with us:
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Seattle, it is important to consider the benefits of hiring an experienced lawyer to handle your case. Here’s how they can help:
Step 1 – Collect Evidence
Hiring an attorney after an auto accident is beneficial because they have access to resources that most people don’t, like investigators and support staff to help them prepare the case.
They can obtain police reports, medical records, and witness statements quickly and easily. Additionally, they know how to organize this evidence so that it is presented effectively in court. This will give your case the best chance of success if it goes to trial.
Step 2 – Negotiate with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies are notorious for trying to settle cases quickly and for as little money as possible. A lawyer will be able to negotiate with them on your behalf and ensure that you receive fair compensation for any injuries or other losses that were caused by the accident.
They will also be able to review any settlement offers from insurance companies prior to you signing anything so that you understand exactly what it entails and don’t end up being taken advantage of.
Step 3 – Represent You in Court if Necessary
If your case does go to court, then having a lawyer present is essential. They will be able to represent your interests effectively and make sure that all legal procedures are followed correctly during the proceedings.
Additionally, they can use their knowledge of Washington law to make sure that all evidence is presented properly, and any relevant testimony is heard by the jury or judge deciding your case.
The most common causes of car accidents include the following:
No matter the cause of the accident, it’s important to speak with an attorney who can help you determine if you are eligible for financial compensation.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you may be wondering who could be responsible. The answer depends on the circumstances, but there are several parties that could potentially be liable:
Unsurprisingly, drivers are often held responsible for accidents, as their actions behind the wheel can directly contribute to collisions. Driver error, such as speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence, can lead to liability. For example, if a driver rear-ends another vehicle because they were distracted by their phone, they could be held liable for the accident.
If an essential part of your car malfunctioned during your accident and caused it to crash, then you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the manufacturer of your vehicle or one of its parts.
In some cases, the owner of a vehicle may be held responsible for an accident, even if they were not driving at the time. This can occur when the owner knowingly allows an inexperienced, intoxicated, or unlicensed driver to operate their vehicle, and that person is involved in an accident.
Similarly, mechanics and repair shops could be held liable if their negligence or improper repairs lead to a car accident. For instance, if a mechanic fails to properly secure a tire during a routine tire change, causing the tire to come off while driving and resulting in an accident, the mechanic or repair shop may be held accountable.
If a poorly maintained road with large potholes causes a driver to lose control of their vehicle and crash, the responsible government agency might be held accountable for the accident.
It is crucial to understand the types of damages that can be recovered in car accident claims. Generally, these damages fall into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages: These are quantifiable financial losses resulting from the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. For example, if your car was totaled in the accident and you had to undergo surgery, you could seek compensation for the cost of replacing your vehicle and the medical bills.
Non-economic damages: These damages pertain to more subjective, non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. For instance, if the accident left you with chronic pain that prevents you from participating in activities you once enjoyed, you might be eligible for non-economic damages.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side after a car accident in Seattle can be invaluable in helping you get the compensation you rightfully deserve. If you need help, contact Mickelsen Dalton to schedule a free consultation.