Injured in a Kent Car Accident?
Car crash lawyer Zach Herschensohn can get you maximum compensation
If you’ve been injured in a collision, Kent car accident lawyer Zach Herschensohn can help you get the most out of your claim so that you don’t get stuck picking up the tab for someone else’s irresponsible actions. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has secured millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and knows how to fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Discover what an aggressive and experienced Kent car accident attorney can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
- What to Do After a Car Accident
- Dealing with Car Insurance Companies
- Reading Your Washington Accident Report
- Car Accident Lawyer FAQ
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is stressful – especially if you’ve been injured. You’re hurt. Your car needs to be repaired. You’re out of work. You’ve got piles of unpaid bills and you’re struggling to make ends meet. To add insult to injury, the insurance company keeps pressuring you to accept an unrealistic settlement offer – and you’re just about ready to cave in.
Don’t throw in the towel yet. Car accident attorney Zach Herschensohn is a skilled negotiator who knows how to deal with insurance companies to maximize the value of your claim. At the same time, if the insurance company won’t give you a settlement that’s fair and meets your needs, he isn’t afraid to fight for you in court. In fact, he thrives in that environment as a strong and aggressive trial attorney.
Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a versatile car accident lawyer who helps injury victims in Kent and the Seattle metro area with cases involving:
- Rear-End Collisions
- Head-on Collisions
- Texting and Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Dram Shop Claims
- Lyft and Uber Accidents
- Asleep at the Wheel Accidents
Whether you were rear-ended by someone texting and driving or hit by a drunk driver, Attorney Zach Herschensohn can hold them accountable and get you the compensation you’re entitled to. Best of all, our law firm will represent you for a contingency fee. That means you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free consultation.
What should you do after a car accident?
If you’re involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is take a deep breath and try to remain calm. If anyone has been injured, call 911 immediately and tell them you need an ambulance. If you’re able to, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road to avoid another collision. Once you’re safe and you’ve checked to see if anyone needs emergency medical attention, call the police and tell them you’ve been in a car accident.
Other steps you should take include:
- Get the other driver’s insurance and personal information.
- Take pictures of the crash scene and all the damage.
- Don’t talk to anyone about the accident except police.
- Don’t admit fault when giving a statement to police.
- Ask police how to obtain an accident report.
- Get the names and contact info of any witnesses.
- Make notes about how, when and where the accident occurred.
- Get checked out by a doctor within 24 hours.
- Consider speaking with a car accident attorney about your rights to compensation.
What am I supposed to do if the car accident wasn’t my fault?
Washington is a fault state, which means you can file a claim for damages with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the at-fault driver’s insurance policy won’t cover all the costs of your accident or the insurance company argues the accident was your fault, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court against the driver who caused the crash. You may want to consider hiring an experienced car accident attorney to guide you through the insurance process, explain your legal rights, and if necessary, represent you in court.
What can I expect from the insurance company?
When you file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, you can expect to speak with an insurance adjuster who will ask you to give a recorded statement about the car accident, your injuries, damage to your vehicle, and any other expenses you incurred as a result of the crash.
The insurance adjuster will be the one who decides whether or not to make you an offer to settle the claim, which is why it’s wise to politely decline giving a recorded statement about the accident without first talking to a car accident lawyer. Anything you say to the insurance company could be used against you to reduce or deny your compensation.
Typically, initial settlement offers are much lower than what you are entitled to. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to let an experienced attorney negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If a lawyer can’t get the insurance company to come up on the offer, then your attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court on your behalf.
What is the average settlement for a car accident?
The amount of financial compensation you receive from a car accident settlement will depend on the specific details of your case. Claims involving bodily injury usually result in larger settlements to pay for your medical expenses – which can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. One of the best ways to get an idea of how much your claim is worth is to contact a car accident lawyer.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Every case is different, and no two car accidents are the same. That’s why it’s critical you contact an experienced car accident lawyer to go over the details of your case during a free consultation. By doing so, you’ll know whether or not your claim is worth pursuing and how much you could potentially receive in compensation.
What is the statute of limitations for car accidents in Washington state?
According to Revised Code of Washington section 4.16.080, the deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit or property damage lawsuit is 3 years from the date of your accident – though there are some exceptions. If you attempt to sue someone after this deadline, your case will likely be dismissed.
- The defendant has been absent from the state.
- The defendant has taken steps to hide themselves within the state.
- The plaintiff is under the age of 18.
- The plaintiff has a legal disability.
Do I need a car accident lawyer?
Insurance companies typically have large teams of attorneys and investigators, so if you’re involved in a car accident it’s usually a good idea to hire an experienced attorney to level the playing field. Statistics show that those who get help from a car accident lawyer receive more money compared to those who try to handle their own claim.
Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious and your repairs are minor, it doesn’t cost you anything to have an experienced car accident lawyer review the details of your case during a free consultation.
How much does a car accident attorney cost?
Most, if not all, personal injury law firms offer free consultations to potential clients. During your free consultation, the attorney will assess your case and decide if it’s worth pursuing. If the lawyer determines you have a case, the standard agreement is for them to work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless you win.
If the lawyer does win your case, your fees will be deducted from your financial award. Fees vary from firm to firm, but the industry standard ranges from 33 percent up to 40 percent of your settlement or verdict, not including costs.