No Motor Vehicle Collision is Minor
"Accidents" are by definition unexpected, but they can cause
an enormous disruption in your life. The effects of these accidents on
car accident victims' lives can be extremely painful, not to mention
burdensome. Costly medical treatment can be required for even minor injuries,
while serious injuries, such as spinal or head trauma, can cause permanent
Many people do not realize how extremely difficult it may be to recover
from a car accident. In the early stages of medical treatment, often victims
mistakenly believe low-impact car accidents are no cause for concern.
In reality, no crash is minor. While an individual involved in a car accident
might not have injuries that are evident immediately, soft tissue injuries
such as whiplash, torquing of the
neck, back or spine, will start to show symptoms later. Soft tissue injuries are severe because
they oftentimes have long-term effects on the victim.
Steps to Take Immediately Following an Auto Accident in Spokane
The actions you take following a car accident can have an enormous impact
on your claim. Here is a list of steps you should take no matter how minor
the injury might seem:
- Call the Police to have a Collision Report Prepared
- Ask Someone to Take Pictures of the Scene and Injuries, as well as write
down witness names
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention, completing all diagnostic tests, treatment,
- Do Not Speak With the Insurance Company without Consulting an Attorney
- Gather as Much Information As Possible (witnesses, times, dates, locations)
- Don’t Delay. Call to Speak With a Lawyer. The call is always free.
Any Statement to Insurance Will Only Be Used Against You
When the other driver’s insurance company tries to contact you to
request a written or verbally recorded statement, they are not on your
side. They are trained to build a case against you. You have the right
not to discuss your car accident with them. The claims adjuster might
justify his or her requests based on a desire to “resolve”
Car accident victims must remember the “resolution” the adjuster
cares about and gets paid for, is one where you recover little or no compensation.
To protect your best interests, all communications with the insurance
company should be done through a lawyer specializing in motor vehicle
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by another
driver, you should not fight the insurance company alone. An attorney
who specializes in car accident injuries can provide you with the information
needed to make decisions in the aftermath of the wreck.
Collision Re-Construction Can Show the Other Driver’s Careless Maneuvers
Sweetser Law Office understands the “rules of the road” and
how to prove who was at fault in your case. Liability in motor vehicle
lawsuits typically will be based on negligence when the other driver was
speeding, violating a traffic law or another form of unsafe driving. Most
car accidents are shown to have been caused by drivers choosing to be
careless, such as a momentary loss of attentiveness.
We employ complex scientific and engineering principles sometimes necessary
to prove just how a collision occurred on the roadway, or how even a minor
impact can cause life altering injuries. A collision reconstruction expert
is an engineer who can determine speed, the point of impact, the path
of travel, and other critical aspects which ultimately prove who was at
fault for the car accident.
Reckless behavior such as high-speed driving, or driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol, might be criminal
civil in nature. The criminal court will be conducted by law enforcement officials, but
the civil justice system is your only way to recover for your financial
costs, pain, suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of enjoyment
of life, lost relationships, lost opportunities, and the long-term consequences
of your injuries.
Retain a Reliable & Knowledgeable Spokane Accident Attorney
The facts of a motor vehicle accident must be carefully evaluated. All
responsible parties must be identified, including the vehicle owner, driver’s
employer, and in some cases the business over-serving alcohol. We have
recovered millions for Spokane victims and families of car or motor vehicle
accidents. Let our 30 years of experience serve you.
No Recovery Means
Would you like to discuss the details of your case with a Spokane car accident
lawyer? Call for a
free case evaluation.