Car Accidents

Why you should use your insurance in a car accident?

I have heard it a thousand times, people believe that it is not good to use their own insurance in a car accident injury case. They want to go through the other party’s insurance to repair their car. This is not a good idea, especially if you are injured in the car accident.

You have car insurance for this very reason, yet many people want to not get their insurance involved because they believe that their insurance premiums will go up to a point where they cannot afford.

New flash: your insurance company will get wind of your car accident one way or another. Insurance companies like to talk and chances are the defendant’s insurance will report that you were in a car accident. Your insurance will get wind of it one way or another.

If your insurance company wants to raise your rates because you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else, that is a problem with the company and not you. You should find another company if this is the case. How dare you use your insurance for something that you pay a premium to them every month for! Trust me, there are many insurance companies out there that want your premium every month and they will charge you less than what your insurance company charges.

Here are the three reasons you want to use your insurance for a car accident injury case:

  1. Your insurance company has an obligation to treat you fair: This means that they cannot play games with evaluating you and your injuries. The other insurance company has no obligation to you and will try to convince you to drop your claim against them or diminish it as much as possible.
  2. The other insurance company will get an unfair look at your car damage and not give you the same courtesy: Often times in a car accident, the car that rear ends another car often has much more damage then the car that they hit. This is because rear car bumpers are generally much sturdier than the front bumper, which also house the hood and lights. If they have your damages and your car didn’t suffer much, they may try to claim a low impact case without revealing their insured’s major damages, which can pigeon hole your case and make you settle for much less than you deserve.
  3. You pay a lot of money in premiums to cover your car repair and medical damages with PIP premiums, why not use it? You should go through your own insurance company to pay for your medical bills because the other insurance company will not pay for your medical bills until you settle your case with them. This means that your hospital bill will go to collections and you may not be able to use your medical insurance to cover physical therapy, chiropractor, and massage therapy that you need. However, PIP covers all of these expenses immediately so that your bills do not go to collections and you can get the treatment you need now.
  4. PIP puts money in your pocket: If you use your PIP to pay for your medical bills and hire a Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you in your car accident injury case, you will get more money in your pocket. This is because your car accident injury lawyer will be able to lower the amount you owe back in medical bills to insurance companies if you use your own PIP, which you wouldn’t get if you didn’t have a lawyer. The other insurance company would just pay back the other insurance company directly for the bills.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you can give Chern Law Firm a call today for a free consultation. Cherin Law Firm charges on a contingency fee, which means that we do not get paid unless you recover money. We do not charge you out of your own pocket. We are paid out of the settlement that the insurance company pays.

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When to use your insurance and when to use the defendant’s?

There seems to be a lot of misguided information and confusion around the topic of whose insurance you should use following a car accident injury case to pay for your medical bills. Mistakenly, many people don’t want their insurance rates to go up so they try to avoid using their car insurance policy as much as possible since the other person was at fault. This is bad and here is why.

The defendant’s insurance will not pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages, until you settle with them.

This means that the defendant’s insurance company will not pay for your medical bills until you come to a settlement with them, which should only be when you are fully healed and have completed all your medical treatment. There is one exception, this doesn’t apply to people who are injured while using a bike or as a pedestrian, which are entitled to the defendant’s PIP (personal injury protection) policy, which acts like medical insurance and pays for your medical bills. If you are injured in a car accident, you can only use your own PIP if you are the driver. If you were the passenger, you get to use the driver’s PIP as well as your own, if you have a separate policy.

In the mean time, who is paying for your medical bills?

Since the defendant’s insurance company will not pay for your medical bills suffered in the car accident, who is going to pay for your medical bills and stop them from going to collections? If you have a PIP plan with your car insurance, you should absolutely use it.

PIP pays for any and all medical treatment such as hospital bills, ambulance rides, emergency room bills, chiropractor visits, physical therapy, massage therapy, doctors visits, and more. Most people have $10,000 in PIP benefits but some have $35,000 or more. Check out your insurance policy or call your insurance adjuster to find out how much you have.

If you run out of PIP, you can use your medical insurance to continue paying for medical treatment so long as the treatment is covered according to your policy and the treatment provider is ok with using it.

Additionally, some medical facilities will allow you to pay them back out of the settlement and continue to get treatment after your PIP has been exhausted. However, most medical facilities will require you to have a personal injury lawyer represent you and have them sign an agreement that says they are entitled to be repaid out of the settlement for their treatment of you.

What claim numbers do you give to your medical providers?

It is important that you give your PIP claim number to all of your medical providers especially hospitals and ambulances who will send you to collections very quickly if they are not paid within a couple months of service. You should not give the defendant’s insurance claim numbers to your medical providers, as they cannot bill them and the claim will be rejected, which may make the medical facility send you to collections.

Give your PIP claim number to all of your medical providers at the outset of your appointments so that all billing goes through your PIP.

They were responsible, shouldn’t they pay?

Yes, and they will. The defendant’s insurance company will repay all medical bills that have been paid by your PIP policy, medical insurance, and those you paid out of pocket or are waiting to pay back on a lien. This will come out of the settlement in addition to compensating you for your lost wages and pain and suffering.

Using PIP puts more money in your pocket

All medical bills are subject to being paid back by the defendant’s insurance company and to whoever paid them. However, if you hire a car accident injury lawyer to represent you for your injuries, your lawyer will be able to reduce the amount of PIP benefits that you have to pay back by at least 1/3, putting that money in your pocket, instead of your insurance company’s pocket. This is because you hired a lawyer to represent you and attorney’s fee are usually 1/3 of the settlement. State courts have found it unfair for the PIP insurance company to benefit from your hiring of a lawyer, who obtains money for their repayment out of the settlement.

Scared of racking up too many bills?

If you are scared of racking up too many bills because you believe you may not be able to get them paid for out of a car accident settlement, you should contact a car accident injury lawyer today. The Cherin Law Firm offers free consultations and will answer all your questions about your case, case value, PIP benefits, etc. Additionally, the Cherin Law Firm is paid out of the settlement and charges 1/3 of the settlement, which never comes out of the client’s pocket. Therefore, anyone can afford our services but you cannot afford not to have a lawyer representing you against the insurance company who are professional negotiators.

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Defensive Driving Tip: Drive Like People Have No Clue

Driving around the streets and highways of Seattle you come to find that most people do not know how to drive and traffic sucks. If you are driving on I-5 near Seattle, you could be going 60 mph only to come to a complete stop nearly two minutes later. This is how congested this city has become and has been with poor road designs. What makes matters worse, is when people either don’t see you and try to merge into your lane or are driving like a maniac all over the place.

Seattle Car Accidents Are Avoidable?

Some car accidents are unavoidable as just bad luck or bad timing comes into play preventing someone from seeing another person in the road. However, most car accidents are avoidable if you use common sense, are constantly aware of your surroundings, and you drive defensively.

What does it mean to drive defensively to avoid car accidents?

Defensive driving schools around the country teach you to anticipate other car’s actions. This means that when you are driving along the road and someone is driving next to you or just in front of you, always imagine them trying to merge into your lane. If you are approaching an exit ramp on I-5 in Seattle and there is a car just in front of you, anticipate them cutting in front of you at the last second to get into your lane.

When you anticipate that cars are going to try to get into your lane, you can prepare to break and leave space for them to avoid a car accident from happening. Giving just a little extra space and slowing down just slightly can be the difference between you rear ending them and not.

Avoid Driving Next to Other Cars Prevents Car Accidents

When you are driving along the freeway or on residential streets, it is important to not drive right next to another car. Driving right next to other cars puts you in their blind spots where they may assume there is no car next to them as they try to merge into your lane.

You should always try to leave some space between you and the car driving next to you. Either accelerate to get in front of them or slow down to let them get further in front of you. With all the distractions that people are dealing with these days while driving, you should anticipate that they are distracted and don’t see you.

Cars Driving Fast or Swerving Lanes – Stay Calm

You should constantly be scanning your rearview mirror for potential crazy and aggressive drivers. Too many people are driving on the road with road rage these days and trying to get to places extra fast.

If you see someone coming up behind you that is weaving in and out of lanes stay in your lane and do not try to merge lanes until they have passed you. Crazy drivers are only out for themselves and believe that the road is theirs to concur. They are trying to pass you and everyone else by getting around you. They will try to accelerate around you with little or no signal or warning. Because of this, it is better to stay in your lane until they have passed so they don’t cause a rear end car accident with you and push you into other cars.

If you have been injured in a Seattle car accident, please call the personal injury lawyers at Cherin Law Firm for a free consultation. Our Seattle car accident injury lawyers are paid out of the settlement so everyone can afford to hire a Seattle personal injury lawyer but you cannot afford not to hire one.

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Seattle Passenger Car Accident Injury Case

If you have been injured in a car accident while riding as a passenger in Seattle, you need to find a Seattle passenger car accident injury lawyer. A Seattle personal injury lawyer will be able to help you maximize your recovery from the possible people that have caused your injury. Passengers have a lot of options if injured in a car accident as they often are allowed to recover from the driver of the car if the driver caused the car accident by any bit.

Seattle Passengers Injured in Car Accidents Have Many Options For Medical Payments

People who are injured as a passenger often are afforded the ability to use the driver’s personal injury protection car insurance coverage. This is a no fault option that is available to pay for your medical bills right away. Without PIP you would be forced to use your medical insurance to pay for medical bills now because the at fault part’s insurance will not cover your medical bills until you settle with them. PIP insurance can pay for your hospital bills, chiropractic appointments, physical therapy, massage, surgeries, and even for your lost wages. Most people only have $10,000 PIP policies but possibly more if they paid for extra coverage.

In addition to using the driver of your car’s PIP insurance, you may also be able to use your own PIP insurance through your auto insurance. As long as you have used up all of the other PIP, you can possibly use your own even though your car was not involved in the car accident. A Seattle personal injury lawyer can advocate on your behalf to get you these benefits.

Seattle Passengers Can Go After Their Own Driver and The Other Driver

If you are injured in a car accident as a passenger, you have many options of recovery. If your driver and the other driver involved in the car accident both shared fault for the car accident, the passenger can go after both insurance policies to recover their damages. This can be very helpful if one insurance company does not have very much liability insurance coverage, which $25,000 is the minimum limits in Seattle.

Seattle Passenger Car Accident Injury Victims Can Use Their Own UIM as well as Driver’s

If for some reason the other driver does not have insurance, you are entitled to use the driver of your car’s Uninsured Motorist Insurance (UIM). UIM insurance basically steps in as if they other person had insurance and the insurance carrier will use all defenses that person had.

In addition to being able to use the driver of the car’s UIM insurance, a Seattle car accident injury lawyer may be able to advocate for having your own UIM insurance coverage on your vehicles step in and cover you. Your lawyer will have to prove that there is no other means of recovery in order to use this.

What are Seattle Passengers Injured in Car Accidents Entitled to?

If you are injured in a Seattle car accident while riding as a passenger, you are entitled to your medical bills being fully paid for or reimbursed, your lost wages paid, your future lost wages paid if you can no longer work, and pain and suffering. Being injured in a Seattle car accident can leave you with outrageous medical bills, broken bones, and permanent injuries. It is important that you have a Seattle car accident injury lawyer representing you for your case so that you receive what you are entitled to and not what insurance companies want to pay you.

Contact a Seattle car accident injury lawyer today at Cherin Law Firm. We offer free consultations and are paid out of the settlement. Therefore, there is no money out of your pocket and we only get paid if we obtain a settlement for you. Anyone can afford a Seattle car accident injury lawyer but you cannot afford not to have one against the insurance companies.

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Pedestrians Injured In Seattle Car Accident

If you are looking for a Seattle pedestrian car accident injury lawyer, you should be aware of your rights in the car accident. Pedestrian car accidents are some of the worst type of car accident injury cases because the person injured is often severely injured. This is obvious as they have no protection to limit the damages that a car can have on someone like someone safe in a car would have. Pedestrians are more prone to bone fracture type injuries and traumatic brain injuries than those in a car.

How to Prove Fault in a Pedestrian Car Accident Injury Case?

Pedestrians have a lot of advantages and rights to cross streets at certain spots than those in cars in Seattle. Pedestrians have a right of way to cross streets at intersections with cross walks and in unmarked cross walks. An unmarked cross walk is the like an invisible cross walk or where you would usually find a cross walk between streets. In these areas, cars are supposed to wait for the pedestrian and stop to let them cross the street.

What if you are injured in an area not in a cross walk or unmarked cross walk?

If a pedestrian is crossing the street at a spot other than a cross walk or an unmarked cross walk, they are generally not allowed to cross the street and they must wait until all cars have passed to cross safely. This is highly discouraged but people do it all the time when a cross walk or intersection is too far away.

In these situations, if a pedestrian is hit by a car, the pedestrian is not out of luck for recovering damages for being injured. The car driver has an obligation to be careful and prudent to not hit people that are in the road. This means that they must be driving with an awareness for obstacles and others. In Seattle, there is a distraction law that prevents people from using a cell phone while driving or any other acts that cause a driver to be distracted like eating, doing makeup, or smoking a cigarette.

If hit by car 50% your fault, Seattle is a Contributory Fault State so no worries

Contributory fault means that if a pedestrian is partially at fault for crossing the street and getting hit by a car, they can still recover damages minus the percentage fault they are responsible for causing in the car accident. This means that if the person crossing the street was deemed 50% at fault for being hit by the car, the judge will award the person hit by the car 50% of their damages. This means that if the other person caused $1 million dollars in damages, the pedestrian would recover $500,000 from the driver of the car’s insurance company.

Damages that a Pedestrian Can Recover in a Seattle Car Accident

If a pedestrian is hit by a car in Seattle, they can recover the cost of their medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the pedestrian is hit by a car and the driver has PIP insurance, you are entitled to the driver’s PIP coverage to cover your medical bills up front, which is not available to a car driver hit by another car driver. This is unique as it applies to bicyclists, pedestrian, and passengers who are going after the driver of the car for negligence in causing a car accident.

Pedestrians Entitled to PIP of Driver and Their Own PIP Policy

Generally, you must pay for your own medical bills until you reach a settlement with the defendant’s insurance company for your total damages. However, most PIP policies are only $10,000 which may not be enough to cover your medical bills. At this point, a Seattle personal injury lawyer would look into trying to use your car insurance PIP policy to apply to the medical bills, your own medical insurance, or delaying payment of medical bills until we reach a settlement for the pedestrian’s injuries.

If you are injured by a car accident as a pedestrian, you are looking at an uphill battle to not only recover and get back to normal life as you know it, but also fighting the insurance company and making sure all your medical bills are paid. A Seattle car accident injury lawyer can allow you to focus on healing while they figure out how to get coverage for your injuries and negotiate a good settlement that you deserve. Contact Cherin Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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How to find the best Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer For You

If you are looking for a Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you in your car accident injury case, there are some important things you should be considering. If you are looking for a Seattle car accident lawyer for your case, you should look for someone that has good experience, communicates like you like them to with many options of style, has your goals in mind and not theirs for what to get out of your case, and has heartfelt reviews that talk about what the law firm did for them in detail and not a fake review by a friend or colleague that merely says good lawyer but gives them 5 stars.

Communication Style of Your Seattle Car Accident Injury Lawyer

When you are searching for a lawyer to represent you for your car accident injury case, you should look at their communication style and see if it matches your own. Communication is key in your personal injury case to make sure you are informed about what is going on with your case. Today personal injury lawyers can communicate with you in a whole lot of different ways from texting, phone calls, emails, video chat, or face to face meetings.

In today’s busy world many people do not have the time to have face to face meetings and appreciate fast email communications that can be checked and responded to quickly. Additionally, many people and millennials like texting than phone calls because they can continue to work on what they are doing without picking up the phone and they can respond when they can.

Cherin Law Firm communicates with their clients in many different ways including texting and email, which are usually responded to within minutes of a text or email. Additionally, if you are looking to talk on the phone or schedule a meeting, the receptionists at Cherin Law Firm will take your call and transfer you to Andrew Cherin the attorney to talk about your problems.

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer with Your Goals In Mind, Not Theirs

Your car accident injury lawyer should have your goals in mind when they are approaching settling your car accident injury case. Most people do not want to go to trial and are looking for just compensation that will compensate them for their injuries. Some Seattle lawyers are very trial and litigation minded so that they do not really try to settle your car accident injury case very long before they file a lawsuit.

Your case is yours to decide what to do with. If it makes sense for you to settle your case outside of a court room and doesn’t drag on the process longer, it is your decision to accept a settlement offer or not and not your attorneys. A good Seattle personal injury lawyer will advise you on whether they believe that the highest offer the insurance company is making is a good offer that puts good money in your pocket or not. A good car accident injury lawyer will also weight the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit and whether it would make financial sense to do so or not.

At the Cherin Law Firm, we do not try to pressure our clients into settling a case or filing a lawsuit but we do give them advice on whether we believe an offer is a good offer or a bad one. We bring to our clients the maximum offer that we can get from the insurance company and break down what the settlement offer will put in the client’s pocket so they know whether this is an amount they feel compensates them enough for their pain and suffering, lost wages, and pays for all their medical bills.

Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer Reviews Say a Lot About Who They Are and What They Do For Their Clients

When you are searching for the best Seattle car accident lawyer to represent you for your car accident injury case, you should look at the client reviews that they have and read them.Don’t just look at the 5 stars, read some reviews. Some personal injury lawyers in Seattle have a lot of reviews but none of the reviews talk in detail about what that lawyer did for them and what they went through, making them seem like they were written by a friend or colleague that wasn’t an actual client. If a review talks in great detail about the service that the client received, you can trust that review was from an actual client.

The Cherin Law Firm has a lot of heartfelt reviews from our clients because we truly do care about what our clients have gone through and treat them how we would like to be treated. We do not have any reviews that say great lawyer and leave it at that. Our clients, who we are very blessed and honored to have served, write multiple paragraphs often about the struggles they went through from the car accident and the relief they felt knowing that the Cherin Law Firm handled all aspects of their case taking a big burden off of them.

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Uber Driverless Car Kills Pedestrian

Driverless technology is not quite here as evidenced by a fatal car accident on Sunday night. An Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in the first known fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. Uber temporarily pulled its self-driving cars off the roads in all four cities across the US as a result of the car accident.  The killed woman was walking her bicycle outside of a crosswalk across the street when the car hit her.

Driverless Cars Break the Law Speeding?

Car Accident Related Deaths Increase by 6% in 2016

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of crashes involve human error. The number of lives lost on U.S. roads surged nearly 6% to 37,461 in 2016, according to the USDOT. It is unclear whether the increase in car accident related deaths is in relation to growing interurban communities and more traffic on the road or speed increases around the nation.

Pedestrians and Others Poise Special Risks for Driverless Cars

While robot cars are being created to follow traffic rules, interactions with humans continue to present hurdles. Pedestrians, in particular, can confuse systems because they are unpredictable. Even human drivers struggle to deal with pedestrians. About 50% of pedestrian fatalities involve people running into the road, failing to yield the right of way or otherwise crossing improperly, according to research by Duke’s Ms. Cummings. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accident in the U.S. last year, representing about 16% of all motor-vehicle deaths.

Driverless Tesla Accident in 2016

Tesla became the first auto maker to come under significant government scrutiny for a semiautonomous driving system when a man driving one of its Model S electric cars operating with the company’s Autopilot system died in a May 2016 collision with a truck on a Florida highway. In that car accident, apparently the technology could not see the

Some research suggests that the driverless technology has a hard time determining what is a car, what is not a car, and determining and adjusting for objects that suddenly dart in front of the car. The 2016 Tesla crash involved the Model S hitting a truck that was crossing the road. The company said its car’s system couldn’t see the truck’s white trailer against a bright sky. It isn’t clear if Uber’s laser sensors failed to detect the pedestrian.

Driverless Cars in Seattle

Late in 2017, Governor Inslee signed an Executive Order allowing driverless cars to be driven within the state of Washington. However, it is unclear how many driverless cars are currently driving around Seattle and Washington State as a result. Uber was doing an experiment with driverless cars in San Francisco, Phoenix, Toronto, and Pittsburgh before this car accident. While Lyft has driverless cars providing service in Boston currently.

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Seattle Decreasing Speed Limits while USA Increasing

An article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend stated that speed limits on highways around the nation are increasing instead of decreasing. Most studies show that car accident injuries become more severe when speed is increased so a move around the country to increase speeds is contrary to popular knowledge of safety mechanisms to decrease severe car accident injuries.

Traffic Fatalities Fall But Could Be Less

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that there were nearly 27,000 car accident fatalities from 2000 to 2013 because of higher speed limits. In their study the IHS compared the effects of all states increase in speed limits from 1992-2013 when deciding what would have happened had speed limits stayed at federal limits of 55mph.

How Is the Speed Limit Set

Surprisingly, traditional speed limits are set within 5mph of the speed at which 85% of vehicles travel along a roadway in free-flowing traffic. This guideline is endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration but the National Transportation Safety Board recommends using crash statistics and other factors to set speed limits. Texas increased it’s speed limit 5 mph a year from 70 in 2011 to 85 three years later.

History of the Speed Limit

In 1973 the National speed limit was set at 55mph down from 65 to 75 mph in most rural areas. The decrease in speed limit the next year led to 9,100 fewer car accident related deaths the following year, according to the National Research Council. However, the National limit was repealed in 1995 due everyone’s need to go fast to save time. However, a driver going 80mph compared to someone traveling 75mph will only save two and a half minutes in a 50 mile stretch.

Higher Speed Equals Increase Likelihood of Severe Injuries

In 2015 in Seattle, 44 pedestrians, 23 bicyclists and 119 people in vehicles were killed or severely injured in car accidents. In an effort to combat car accident related deaths, Seattle has decreased speed limits around the city in order to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.

Seattle Lowers Speed Limit to Combat Car Accident Deaths and Injuries

In 2016, Seattle decreased speed limits city wide by 5mph on all major intercity streets. The former 30-mph limit falls to 25 mph for downtown and connecting central-city arterials, which are generally the streets with more than two lanes, or two-lane streets divided by yellow striping.The residential speed limit of 25 mph falls to 20 mph throughout the city, including hundreds of unmarked roadways — in many cases, too narrow for drivers to safely exceed 20 anyway.

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Seattle Rollover Car Accidents

Car crashes are one of the most common causes of injury in Seattle. However, of the most common car accidents, rollover car accidents in Seattle are some of the most deadly car accidents. Rollover car accidents are so severe because of the vulnerability of passengers inside the car and car manufacturer’s inability to create protection for people experiencing a rollover crash. Car manufacturers now how to prevent rollovers and do a good job for most cars, but they do not plan to protect people that are in a rollover because of the rarity of these type of car accidents.

Who Has a Car With Rollover Car Accidents?

The attorneys at Cherin Law Firm, PLLC, are experienced Seattle rollover car accident attorneys who know how devastating being in a rollover car accident can be. When you hire our law firm, we will open a thorough investigation into your case to determine precisely why your accident happened, the extent of damages you have suffered, and your best options for recovering your maximum settlement amount.

Passengers of Rollover Car Accidents

If you are injured in a single vehicle rollover car accident, you have a case against the driver of the car if no other car was at fault. It may seem hard to go after a loved one or friend who caused the car accident but this is why they have insurance. The insurance for the driver of the car will compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning potential, and pain and suffering. You should not feel bad going after someone’s insurance policy, you deserve this compensation and if they have insurance they will not have to pay out of pocket for your damages.

Rollover Car Accidents Caused by Others/Hit and Run

If the rollover car accident was caused by another driver who hit your car, you can go directly after their insurance. They are responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering among other damages. If it was a hit and run or the driver swerved at you, you can use your own uninsured motorist coverage to step in and cover your medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning potential, and pain and suffering.

The Deadly Nature of Rollover Car Accidents

According to, rollover car accident are dangerous and have a higher fatality rate than any other kind of car accident. Of the nearly 9.1 million passenger cars, SUVs, pickups and van crashes in 2010, only 2.1% involved a rollover. However, rollover car accidents accounted for nearly 35% of all deaths from car accidents. In 2010 alone, more than 7,600 people died in rollover crashes. The majority of them (69%) were not wearing safety belts.

Rollover car accidents are so dangers because of the possibility of being thrown out of the car or having a limb sticking outside of the car that gets crushed. It gets even higher when people are not wearing their seat belts of course. The jostling around inside the car can cause significant injury to the passengers inside the car and driver, as they can hit body parts inside the car or SUV than can cause severe injuries and brain damage.

Causes of Rollover Car Accidents

As you would assume, SUV’s and trucks are at a higher risk for a rollover collision than any other type of vehicle. Also, unsurprising is other factors involved in a rollover including vehicle speed and going around corners.  The Department of Transportation did a study to determine what factors were the biggest indicator of whether a car would be involved in a rollover car accident. They found out the the determining factors included the size of the vehicle, the type of road that a car was on, high speed or speed faster than conditions warrant, and alcohol usage was at play.

Alcohol Plays Major Roll In Rollover Accidents

People who are drinking alcohol are more likely to speed and drive erratic. Additionally, their reaction times are limited because of the alcohol usage so they may turn too late going at high speed and cause a rollover crash injuring all people involved in the collision.



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If you hire a lawyer, does that mean court?

Hiring a Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you for your car accident injury should not be a last resort for people. Hiring a personal injury lawyer means going to trial is common misconception that is scaring people from hiring a Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent them for their car accident injury case.

Hiring a Seattle personal injury lawyer does not mean always filing a lawsuit, however, there are situations that do require filing a lawsuit in order to get adequate and just compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

5 Benefits of Hiring a Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer

  1. Maximizing Case Value – A Seattle car accident injury lawyer will not settle your case or file a lawsuit until you are fully healed or your injuries are fully known. This helps maximize your case value by making sure you get back to 100% before you try to settle your case.
  2. Making Sure You Get The Treatment You Need – Your lawyer will help create options to pay for your medical treatment and point you in the right direction when you are lost. There are many ways to pay for medical treatment including using your Personal Injury Protection through your car insurance, medical insurance, and paying out of the settlement. Some medical providers are willing to get paid out of the settlement instead of getting paid immediately if you have a lawyer representing you, which is a huge benefit to people not wanting to pay out of pocket.
  3. Expert Negotiator – Your lawyer has negotiated hundreds or thousands of car accident injury settlements and so has the insurance adjuster on the other side. This is why you need someone that is familiar with similar injury cases like yours to level the playing field. Your lawyer is familiar with similar injuries and knows what a good settlement offer looks like.
  4. Expert Guidance – Your lawyer is familiar with injuries like yours and knows medical professionals in the field that may be able to help diagnose and treat your injuries, when your doctor isn’t helping and only prescribing medication to an injury that needs hands on treatment. Additionally, your lawyer will let you know in settlement negotiations whether the insurance company has made a good offer or if the offer is too low and filing a lawsuit might be the best option to obtain compensation that you deserve.
  5. Negotiating Lower Medical Bills –  Your lawyer can also negotiate down your medical bills that you owe your medical insurance company or your car insurance company. If you do not have a lawyer representing you do not get the discount available to people that are represented by lawyers, of 1/3 or more reduction to the repayment of personal injury protection medical bills or medical insurance bills. If you don’t have a lawyer, you will have to pay 100% of these bills back to them, this is called subrogation.
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