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Auto Accident – Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers #IntentionallyDifferent

Car Accidents in Washington

“Other people’s actions can wreck your life.” The road to recovery is filled with potholes and insurance companies. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, the experienced lawyers at Evergreen Law Office, PC can help you with practical, collaborative, and solution-oriented negotiation and litigation services aimed at resolving your injury claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.” – Adam, Managing Attorney

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Washington and are looking for auto accident lawyers, consider reaching out to the experienced auto accident attorneys at Evergreen Law Office.

We have years of experience representing some of the world’s largest companies as well as smaller entities and we are uniquely positioned to understand how insurance companies think. We use this knowledge to help present your best case to seek positive outcomes for you and your family.

What Do I do if I have been in an auto accident?

The moments following your accident will be stressful. Follow these Car Accident Help Steps:

 

1. Find a safe place to stop. Check for injuries.

Find a safe place to stop your car and check yourself/other passengers in your vehicle for injuries or other health and safety concerns. If you have suffered any type of injury because of the negligence of another car, you should immediately (or as soon as possible) seek medical attention for diagnostic evaluations and potential treatments. Also, contact the authorities to create a police report.

Seeking immediate medical attention not only increases your chance of a positive prognosis but also works to create a medical record with diagnostic evidence that helps build your claim!

NOTE: STAY AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT UNTIL IT IS APPROPRIATE TO LEAVE. Leaving the scene of an accident where someone has sustained injuries can subject you to serious criminal penalties.

2. Call Law Enforcement

If there is a significant amount of property damage, physical injury, or death – call the police or local law agency.

3. Exchange Information

You will want to get the following information: (a) Name(s), (b) address(es), (c) drivers’ license number(s), (d) license plate numbers, (e) basic insurance information (policy number, etc.) of all drivers involved, and (f) if there are passengers, obtain their names, numbers, and addresses.

Be cordial. Be cooperative.

NOTE: You should never apologize for anything at the scene. (Example: “I’m so sorry, I blew through that stop sign!”) – this is an admission of liability. Immediately following an accident it isn’t necessarily clear who is at fault.

4. Talk to Witnesses

Ask every witness to the accident what he or she may have seen. Obtain names, numbers, addresses, and email addresses, if possible.

5. Take Pictures! Take Pictures! Take Pictures!

Photos of damage to all vehicles (including the amount of the damage, weather conditions, location and any other factors that you think are relevant) should be taken by you or someone who has the ability to take photographs. These may positively impact your claim later and act as a reference point to build your claim.

6. Inform Your Insurance Company

Promptly tell your insurance carrier you have been involved in a car accident. You should cooperate with them and tell them the truth about what happened and the extent of your injuries.

7. Contact an Attorney Prior to Speaking to an Insurance Company

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Auto Accidents – Evergreen Law Office, PC Fee Structures

Evergreen Law Office offers contingent fee structures for our Personal Injury clients. This means that you pay nothing to retain our services. It also means that we will only be paid if and when your claim is resolved using a standardized fixed percentage according to Washington State Law. We offer this type of structure because it means that the insurance companies lose the negotiating leverage of wracking up high legal fees which level the playing field to maximize your recovery.

We will always discuss pricing in detail in advance.

Our initial consultations are always free of charge and we are available when it is of convenience for you – not the other way around! And even if you don’t wish to pursue your claim or if no claim exists, you will owe nothing.

Let us focus on your claim so you can focus on your recovery. Discover today why we are #IntentionallyDifferent.

With offices in Puyallup-Tacoma, our auto accident attorneys are ready to bring their experienced approach to representing your personal injury claim throughout Pierce and Thurston County.


 

What is Personal Injury Protection? – Experienced Personal Injury Firm #IntentionallyDifferent

Personal Injury Protection – PIP?

PIP stands for personal injury protection (personal injury protection), and it is an extension of car insurance that covers medical expenses and in many cases, lost wages, loss of services, and funeral costs. It is often called “no-fault” coverage because its inherent comprehensiveness pays out claims regardless of who is at fault in the accident.

Am I required to have PIP?

In Washington, Insurance Companies are required to offer PIP coverage, but you are not required to accept it. If you do not wish to have PIP coverage, however, you must reject the coverage by your signature.

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While you have the ability to opt out of your PIP coverage, we highly recommend obtaining PIP coverage to protect you in the event you are unprotected – for any reason whatsoever.

I have PIP, but who does it cover?

In Washington, PIP will cover:

  • The individual named on the policy;
  • All household residents related by blood, marriage or adoption;
  • Step-children and Foster-children;
  • Any other non-family passengers (and pedestrians) involved in an accident.

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Is there anything PIP doesn’t cover?

PIP typically does not cover injuries caused by using motorcycles (PIP coverage is available for motorcycles, but is usually very expensive), recreational or off-road vehicles, mopeds, or farm equipment.

PIP will not cover intentional injuries caused by the insured. For example, if the insured person’s injuries were caused due to an organized racing activity, or while committing a felony.

PIP also will not cover any services that the insurance company deems unreasonable, unnecessary, related to the accident, or outside three years from the date of the accident.

Do you still have questions about PIP coverage?

Evergreen has reviewed hundreds of insurance claims and policies. We recommend PIP coverage to all of our clients, friends, family, and neighbors for typically a few additional dollars per month. Call us today at 253-693-2244 in Puyallup-Tacoma.

Evergreen Law Office, PC proudly serves Pierce and Thurston County. Set up your FREE CONSULTATION TODAY*!

Dog & Animal Bites

It’s estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. In fact, approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35% have a cat. (Source: American Pet Products Association 2015-2016 (APPA)).

If you have been injured by an animal in Washington State, you may have two separate causes of action.

Strict Liability

RCW § 16.08.040 provides strict liability for the owner(s) of a dog that bites a person while that person is in public or lawfully in a private place – including the property of the owner.

What does this mean? It means that the owner(s) is liable to the person bitten. It doesn’t matter if the dog had never bitten anyone before. Regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of the viciousness, they are still liable for what happens.

Negligence Liability

Negligence liability may extend to people or entities that were not directly involved in the incident at issue — a concept called vicarious liability. Vicarious negligence liability is often claimed to make certain that an injured person can recover his or her damages from a financially secure and adequately insured party.

Prevention

If you find yourself in a dicey situation with an animal, follow these steps as they should work:

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If you’ve suffered an injury at the expense of an animal owner, call us at 253-693-2244 to find out why we are #intentionallydifferent!