With Moxee’s charming small town character and small population, residents have come to trust the area and appreciate its safety. However, it is not impervious to accidents. There was an average of about one car accident per month in Moxee in 2014, some of which caused injuries and costly property damage, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
If you or your family member was recently injured in a crash in Moxee, call The Pickett Law Firm at 509-972-1825 for a free consultation to discuss what legal options you have available and what types of damages you may be able to collect.
What are the primary causes of car accidents in Moxee?
Car accidents really are not “accidents,” per se; there is usually a root factor that officers or investigators can trace the wreck back to. And most car accidents — in Moxee and around the nation, in general — are caused by driver negligence. In legal terms, negligence simply means breaching a duty of care and acting in a way that most would consider unsafe.
There are various types of driver negligence that contribute to accidents. Speeding, driving under the influence, texting while driving, and tailgating are all prime examples.
Failing to follow the rules of the road is another common cause of car accidents, which is what happened back in May 2016 when three people were injured in a three-car crash on State Route 24.
According to the Yakima Herald, Charlene Tillequots was driving east on SR 24 when she turned left onto Bell Road and struck a westbound Mercedes-Benz with three teenagers inside. Tillequots and two of the teenagers were injured. She was cited with failing to yield.
What rights do I have after a car accident in Moxee?
Drivers can prevent most accidents by paying attention and following basic traffic rules. When someone is hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver, Washington law provides that the victim has the right to pursue compensation for her losses from the responsible party.
If you were hurt in a recent accident, there are several things you should to protect your rights.
- First, report the accident to authorities and obtain a copy of the police report.
- Gather as much evidence at the scene as possible, including photos of the vehicles and injuries, eyewitness contact information, and the other driver’s information.
- Get a medical evaluation. Regardless of the supposed severity of your injuries, have a doctor check you out and notate the accident on your medical record.
- Call a local car accident attorney. We will explain your rights, what to say and not to say to the insurance company, and what your next steps are to file for compensation.
- Call the insurance company to report the accident and begin the claims process. We can help initiate your claim, talk the with the insurer, and even negotiate on your behalf for a fuller settlement.
How do I prove my Moxee accident claim to the insurance company?
The more evidence you have to support your claim, the better. Our team will help gather evidence to 1) prove liability, and 2) prove the extent of your damages. For instance, if the other driver was texting while driving, we might obtain his cell phone records and eyewitness testimony to prove negligence. If he was intoxicated, we will pull the police and toxicology reports.
We will also create a comprehensive list of your damages so that you receive fair and full compensation. You might be entitled to recover losses and expenses such as:
- Medical bills and prescription costs
- Loss of wages and loss of work benefits
- Rehabilitation, disability, and long-term care
- Household services
- Pain and suffering
CAUTION: Insurance adjusters, while seemingly courteous and educated, are not out for your best interests. They work for a for-profit business, after all. They often look for ways to reduce or deny victims’ claims — and most victims are none the wiser. To protect yourself, have your lawyer from The Pickett Law Firm review any settlement offers you receive before signing any documents.
Can I afford a car accident lawyer in Moxee?
Yes. At The Pickett Law Firm, we do not charge our clients unless they win their case. There are no upfront expenses on your part, so you have access to excellent legal representation with no risk. There is a lot that goes into filing a car accident claim, and because car accident cases handled by attorneys often settle for far more than cases handled by the victims themselves, it is prudent to consult a lawyer before taking any action.
Contact us today to speak to a lawyer about your car accident case in Moxee and learn more about how we can be of service to you: 509-972-1825.