When a driver sharing the road with you is talking, texting, or engaging in social media on their handheld phone, they cannot fully focus their attention on their driving or on the road. A driver can also be distracted by in-dash entertainment, navigation systems, and other factors. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, distracted driving was a contributing factor in as many as 29% of traffic fatalities in the state between 2015 and 2017, representing 481 deaths.
If you or a loved one were injured or if a loved one was killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, a Tacoma distracted driving accident lawyer may help you get financial compensation. Your lawyer can help to prove the cause of the at-fault driver’s distraction, assess the monetary value of your claim, and negotiate a financial settlement that covers the cost of treating your injuries and your injury-related expenses.
Our team is here to help ensure that you do not pursue financial compensation on your own. When you are ready, our team is here to assist you in navigating the personal injury process. Contact the client intake team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC by calling (800) 598-7557 today.
Distracted Driving Is Costly
When distracted driving is the cause of a car accident, its victims can be left with injuries that create emergency and ongoing medical expenses. Your injuries can also leave you with additional expenses the at-fault driver should be responsible for paying. According to Revised Code of Washington (RCW) § 4.56.250, you can receive a financial award to cover the following injury-related expenses and losses:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Physical disability or disfigurement
You can also recoup the cost of repairing or replacing your damaged or destroyed vehicle and the funeral and burial expenses of a loved one who was a fatality in a distracted driving accident. Review your full range of monetary and nonmonetary costs stemming from the accident with your lawyer to ensure none of your recoverable damages are overlooked and your claim is not undervalued or underpaid.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving lawyer serving Tacoma, call (800) 598-7557
Act Quickly to Resolve Your Compensation Claim
Because you were involved in a car accident, you are entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. Your timeframe for seeking compensation in Tacoma is limited by RCW § 4.16.080. According to Washington State’s statute of limitations, you generally have three years from the date of the collision to file your lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit in time:
- You will be denied the ability to file your lawsuit at all
- The at-fault driver will not be compelled to compensate you
- You will bear the full financial burden of the accident
Do not hesitate to contact a member of our team right away. We will work hard to ensure the filing of your lawsuit falls within the state’s time restriction. The sooner you contact our team, the sooner we are able to start preparing your case and filing your personal injury lawsuit.
Tacoma Distracted Driving Lawyer Near Me (800) 598-7557
Gather Relevant Documents and Evidence
Your compensation claim is based on your recollection of events and the documents and evidence that support your claim. Your lawyer will request the following items from you. Obtain them as quickly as you can and let your lawyer know if you need assistance acquiring them:
- Crash report
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Income history
- Witness statements
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of your vehicle
- Vehicle repair bills
- Vehicle replacement estimates
Our team members can help you build a complete case file and accurately assess the monetary value of your compensation claim. We can also keep you updated on the progress of your claim and ensure it is filed on time. In addition to building your case file, our focus on your claim can allow you to concentrate on recovering from your physical injuries.
Settlement Negotiations Can Resolve Your Claim
Like many personal injury claims, yours can be resolved with a financial settlement. You can avoid having your personal injury claim go through the court system by agreeing to a settlement with the at-fault driver or with the insurance company that represents them. If you are prepared to resolve your claim with a financial settlement, your Tacoma distracted driving accident lawyer can:
- Assign a financial value to your compensation claim
- Negotiate a favorable settlement that fully covers your expenses
- Ensure you do not accept a speedy settlement that is too small
Fully and accurately valuing your claim is a critical part of your case. Assigning an inaccurate value to your claim could result in an inadequate financial settlement. Rather than accept a speedy settlement offer, you should wait until all injury-related bills have been received and the total value of your claim has been carefully calculated.
While your lawyer will advise you on the feasibility of each settlement offer you receive, only you, not your lawyer, can accept or decline an offer. Your lawyer can ensure you evaluate each settlement offer carefully and that your claim is not undervalued or underpaid.
Complete a Free Case Evaluation form now
Contact a Member of Our Personal Injury Team Today
Were you or someone you love injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver? If so, you have the basis for a financial compensation lawsuit. You should not carry the financial burden of a car accident you did not cause. Instead, get help pursuing the at-fault driver at no up-front cost to you. Find out how a Tacoma distracted driving accident lawyer can help you seek the financial recovery you deserve by contacting Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557 today.