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.