Auto Accident Attorney | Dixon & Cannon, Ltd
If you have suffered injuries in a car or motorcycle accident, you may have a claim for negligence against the other driver. Typically, you begin a claim process by contacting your insurance company, and the other driver’s insurance company.
In most cases, to receive compensation you must make a claim against: Your insurance company and/or the other driver’s insurance company.
We’ve prepared more detailed information about these types of accidents in our topic: What to Know About Car Accidents in Washington State.
How to receive compensation for your auto accident injury:
The extent of your compensation for a personal injury claim depends on many factors including but not limited to whether you caused the accident, the severity of the accident, the extent of your injuries, and the specific insurance policies involved.
If the auto accident was your fault:
If you are injured and the accident was your fault, then you can only receive compensation from your insurance company, and only if your policy contains personal injury protection coverage. Personal Injury Protection Coverage provides compensation for economic damages such as your medical expenses, wage loss, and loss-of-use expenses, but it does NOT compensate for pain and suffering.
If the auto accident was not your fault:
If you are injured and the accident was not your fault, then you can receive compensation from the negligent party’s insurance and your insurance company. Typically, you receive compensation for general pain and suffering damages from the negligent party’s insurance carrier.
If the auto accident was caused by an uninsured driver:
If the negligent party does not have insurance or has insufficient insurance, then you are entitled to make a claim against your own insurance company for all of your injuries (including pain and suffering), if you have uninsured or underinsured coverage on your policy. In addition to the driver, there may be other negligent parties responsible for your injuries. Although less common, the accident may be the result of a poorly designed intersection, a dangerous road condition, or inadequate lighting. In such cases the city, county or state may bear some responsibility for your injuries. You should be aware, however, that there are special rules that apply whenever a claim is made against a government entity, and that the failure to follow those rules can result in the dismissal of your case against the government.
If you are not injured in an auto accident:
Even if you are not injured in a car or motorcycle accident, you may want to make a claim against a negligent driver to be compensated for any property damage that was the result of a motorcycle or car accident.
Insurance Claim Process
If you have been injured in a car accident, the insurance claim process can be extremely complicated and time consuming. The insurance company will often attempt to reach a quick settlement with you before the full extent of your injuries are known. It is very important for you to take your time settling your claim, and that you are not in a rush to to do so.
You have three years from the date of your injury to settle with an insurance company. Make sure you do not settle your claim until your injury is resolved completely and you have contacted an auto accident attorney to assist in the process. Or, if you have a permanent injury, then do not settle your claim until your doctors indicate that your condition is stable.
Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. attorneys provide experienced, compassionate, and aggressive representation for people injured in car and motorcycle accidents. If you have questions about a car accident and/or motorcycle accident, call us for a FREE 30-minute initial consultation at 206-957-2247. We can help!
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