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Seattle car accident lawyers

Seattle Car Accident Lawyers

Seattle-area car accident attorneys on your side after you suffer injury in a crash

At Smith McBroom, we understand the profound impact that a car accident can have on your life. Whether you're dealing with injuries, property damage, or the emotional aftermath, navigating the legal complexities of a car accident can be overwhelming. Our dedicated team of Seattle car accident attorneys is here to guide you through the process, advocating for your rights and helping you secure the compensation you deserve. We are ready to be your trusted advocates during this challenging time. If you've been involved in a car accident, let us fight for your rights while you focus on your recovery.

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What are common causes of Seattle car accidents?

Car accidents can occur due to various factors, and they often result from a combination of several elements. Some common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving. Using cell phones, texting, eating, or any other activity that diverts attention from driving can lead to accidents.
  • Speeding. Driving over the speed limit or too fast for road conditions reduces reaction time and increases the severity of accidents.
  • Drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Reckless driving. Aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring traffic signals contribute to accidents.
  • Weather conditions. Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, or fog can make roads slippery and reduce visibility, leading to accidents.
  • Running red lights/stop signs. Disregarding traffic signals and signs increases the likelihood of collisions at intersections.
  • Drowsy driving. Driving while tired or drowsy can impair concentration and reaction time, leading to accidents.
  • Poor road conditions. Potholes, uneven road surfaces, and lack of proper signage can contribute to accidents.
  • Vehicle defects. Mechanical failures or defects in the vehicle, such as brake failures or tire blowouts, can lead to accidents.
  • Inexperienced drivers. Lack of experience, especially among young or novice drivers, can contribute to accidents.
  • Inexperienced drivers. Following other vehicles too closely reduces reaction time and increases the risk of rear-end collisions.
  • Failure to yield. Not yielding the right of way when required can result in accidents, especially at intersections.
  • Poor visibility. Inadequate lighting, worn-out headlights, or obstructions on the road can reduce visibility and contribute to accidents.

It's important to note that many accidents result from a combination of these factors. If you’ve been injured in a Seattle-area car accident, talk to the personal injury attorneys at Smith McBroom today.

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What are common Seattle car accident injuries?

The types of injuries sustained in car accidents can vary greatly depending on the severity of the crash, the type of collision, and individual factors like seatbelt usage. However, some injuries are quite common and occur across different types of accidents. Here's a rundown of the most frequently encountered car accident injuries:

Remember, this is not an exhaustive list and any injury is possible in a car accident. It's crucial to seek medical attention immediately after any crash, even if you don't feel immediate pain. Some injuries, like internal bleeding or TBIs, can have delayed symptoms.

Who is liable for my Seattle car accident?

Determining liability in a car accident can be complex and depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. Liability is generally established based on the concept of negligence, which involves proving that one party failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care, leading to the accident. Here are some common scenarios that may determine liability.

  • Negligence of another driver. If the other driver involved in the accident was negligent — such as speeding, running a red light, or driving recklessly — they may be held liable for the damages. Evidence like witness statements, traffic camera footage, or police reports can be crucial in establishing negligence.
  • Distracted driving. If the other driver was distracted by activities like texting, talking on the phone, or eating, and this distraction caused the accident, they may be considered at fault. Cell phone records, eyewitness accounts, or admission of guilt can serve as evidence in such cases.
  • Drunk driving. If the other driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and this impairment contributed to the accident, they are likely to be held liable. Breathalyzer or blood test results, field sobriety tests, and police reports can be used as evidence.
  • Road conditions and maintenance. In some cases, liability may be attributed to poor road conditions, inadequate maintenance, or defective design of the roadway. If, for example, a pothole or lack of proper signage contributed to the accident, the entity responsible for road maintenance might be held liable.
  • Vehicle defects. If a mechanical failure or defect in your own vehicle contributed to the accident, the liability might shift to the manufacturer or the party responsible for maintenance and repairs. Expert opinions and vehicle inspection reports may be used to support such claims.
  • Comparative negligence. In Washington, liability may be shared among multiple parties based on their respective degrees of negligence. If you are found partially responsible for the accident, the compensation you receive may be reduced proportionally. However, you are still eligible for some level of compensation even if you are found liable for the accident.
  • Government liability. If the accident was caused by poorly designed roads, lack of proper signage, or other issues related to government responsibility, a claim may be made against the government entity in charge of maintaining the roadway.

It's important to gather as much evidence as possible, including photographs, witness statements, and any relevant documentation. Consulting with a Seattle attorney with experience in car accident cases can help you navigate the legal process and determine the best course of action based on the specific details of your case.

Do you have a Seattle car accident attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Seattle-area car accident attorneys working for you

Car accidents can have lasting consequences, and navigating the legal complexities on your own can be overwhelming. Whether you're dealing with medical bills, lost wages, or the emotional toll of an accident, a knowledgeable Seattle car accident attorney can be your advocate in seeking the compensation you deserve. Let us handle the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery. Call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced attorneys.