Motor Vehicle Accidents

Automobile Accidents

The statistics for car accidents nationwide are staggering. More than 5.5 million motor vehicle accidents occur in the United States each year. In 2009, nearly 30 percent of motor vehicle accidents resulted in injury, and over 30,000 of these accidents resulted in fatalities. Some frequent causes of car accidents are drunk driving, speeding, reckless driving, talking on the phone or texting while driving, and other types of negligent behavior. Car accidents are very traumatic and can often lead to severe and debilitating injuries such as paralysis, whiplash, chronic pain, broken bones and burns.

If you are injured in a car accident, the damages you can recover include medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical impairment, lost wages as a result of the injury and property damage. You may also file a wrongful death claim if you have suffered the loss of a loved one in a car accident. One factor in determining the amount of damages you may recover is the degree of fault of each party. According to Washington law, you may recover even if you were partly at fault for the accident.

If you are injured in a car accident, call Anderson & Mitchell at (206) 436-8490.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation, with the number of registered motorcycles in the United States growing each year. With that increase, though, comes a rise in the number of motorcycle accidents as well. In fact, over the last 10 years, the number of motorcyclist fatalities has nearly doubled. Interestingly, nearly 50% of fatalities were single-vehicle crashes (no other vehicle involved). In a recent year, 87,000 riders were injured in motorcycle crashes across the country. Injuries can include brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs, fractures and other severe problems as a result of motorcycle accidents.

Anderson & Mitchell, PLLC has been representing the victims of serious injuries for years. We typically start by examining the cause of the crash. It can be an issue of motorcycle maintenance, driver fatigue, driver negligence, excessive speed, alcohol use, tire blowouts, sudden braking, brake failure, unsafe safety systems or warning devices, failure to yield the right of way, tailgating, or unsafe road conditions. The firm will also examine the motorcycle accident victims' losses that include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow and mental suffering, loss of quality of life and other possible damage claims.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, call Anderson & Mitchell at (206) 436-8490.

Bus Accidents

Buses certainly are a convenient form of public transportation – whether they be commuter buses, tour buses, airport shuttles, ski shuttle buses, casino buses or, of course, school buses. As common carriers, bus drivers and bus companies owe their passengers a greater duty of care in protecting them from harm. Bus driving takes special training and that training must be adequate. Buses also need to be checked regularly for safe operation.

Actions against a common carrier bus service can involve the negligent conduct of the driver or inadequate training, or the condition of the bus itself such as improper maintenance or defective parts.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bus accident, there are particular nuances regarding the filing of a lawsuit. The deadlines are called statutes of limitations and they vary from state to state. Certain common carriers that are owned by governmental entities such as federal, state, county or city governments may have special notices that must be given before filing a lawsuit. These time periods can be very short.

If you are involved in a bus accident, be sure to contact the police. If you are able, take down the driver's name, address, date of birth, driver's license number and expiration date. Get his or her phone number. Get their insurance company's information. Get the make, year, model, license plate number, expiration, date and vehicle identification (VIN) number of all vehicles involved in the accident. If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, you will need all of this information of the owner of the vehicle. Be sure to get identification information of any passengers in any cars who may have been witnesses. Also, see if you can get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Even if the person will not offer the information, get that person's license plate number. Note the road, weather and lighting conditions.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car, motorcycle or bus accident, it is important to have an experienced and dedicated attorney on your side. The attorneys at Anderson & Mitchell, PLLC have a demonstrated history of success in helping clients with their personal injury claims and are dedicated to giving you the best representation. Call Anderson & Mitchell, PLLC at (206) 436-8490 or send an email to ba@andersonmitchell.com.