Determining who is at fault in a car accident is an important aspect of ensuring you receive the compensation you need from your insurance company. In some cases, it is easy to identify the negligent party, such as when someone rear-ends you, but other situations are significantly more complex.
If you have been in an accident, you need the assistance of skilled car accident attorney with an advanced understanding of Washington’s motor vehicle laws. At Styles Law in Everett, WA, we can handle complicated insurance claims and personal injury suit to ensure you collect the compensation you need. Jeremiah Styles is a personal injury lawyer who can handle all aspects of your case. Contact our office online or call (866) 586-8494 to speak to a member of our team today.
How to Determine Liability
Whether you are pursuing coverage from your insurance company or seeking damages from a third party, it is important to prove who was responsible for the accident. If you are unable to do so, your insurance company may deny you coverage. Thankfully, there are multiple avenues for proving liability after a car accident.
Attorney Styles and our team can help you gather evidence and build a strong case.
In some cases, the nature of the accident makes determining fault easy. If a car hits you from behind, you are almost never to blame. Drivers are legally expected to leave enough room in front of their car to safely stop, even if the car in front of them brakes suddenly. However, if you rear-ended someone due to the actions of a third party driver, you may have a claim against that third party. Similarly, left-turn collisions are almost always the fault of the individual turning left.
Unfortunately, most other types of car accidents are not so easy to explain. Attorney Styles and our team can help you gather evidence and build a strong case. We can use police reports filed at the scene or after the fact, research traffic laws, interview witnesses, and perform accident reconstructions to fully investigate the circumstances of your accident.
Liability Law in Washington
Determining who was at fault for your accident is especially important. Your ability to collect damages is directly determined by how much fault you had in the incident. Washington operates under a law known as pure comparative negligence, which allows injured parties to recover partial damages, even if their actions played some role in the accident.
This law requires courts to evaluate the accident and assign a percentage of fault to each party involved. The amount of fault affects how much compensation you receive. If the court determines you were 30 percent to blame for the incident, for example, then you are only entitled to 70 percent of the claim amount awarded to you.
Seek Legal Help
The aftermath of a car accident can feel overwhelming. We understand how stressful this time can be. Our team at Styles Law can assist you with every aspect of your case, including the process of determining liability. We work on a contingency basis in car accident cases, allowing you to focus on healing while we work on your case. For more information about our services, call our office at (866) 586-8494 or contact us online today.