Spokane Car Accident Attorneys with 40+ Years of Experience and Millions of Dollars Recovered
Our office in Spokane, WA
- Address: 1312 N Monroe St f179, Spokane, WA 99201
- Open hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
- Phone number: 509-228-8790
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Car accidents happen all the time. According to data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), a crash occurs every four minutes and 30 seconds – and just under half of these accidents result in injuries. Car crash statistics for 2021 show that accidents reached an all-time high, making it the deadliest and most dangerous year on Washington’s roads since 2006. Of those collisions, 2,411 resulted in serious injuries. As our society recovers from the pandemic, people are getting out on Washington’s roadways more and more. Accidents continue to happen. Even if you take all the necessary precautions and obey all the rules of the road, you can’t control the conduct of others.
But, despite the fact that auto accidents are so common in Spokane and other cities throughout Washington, and despite the fact that the insurance companies sell auto policies by making it seem like filing a claim with them is easy, no two-car accident victims face identical circumstances. Rarely are the facts straight, and rarer still are cases in which the insurance companies voluntarily pay the full amount that injured drivers and passengers are owed. Seek legal advice from the knowledgeable Spokane car accident attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC. We have years of experience to help you with your claim.
We Help Spokane Auto Accident Victims Win Just Compensation
Trust us, we know. Our Spokane car accident lawyers have been representing car accident victims in Spokane for more than 40 years. We have represented clients who have contacted us from the scene of the accident and who have contacted us after being denied coverage by the insurance companies; in all cases, there have been hurdles to overcome. But, as our record shows, we have consistently been successful in helping our clients recover just compensation, and our lawyers remain steadfastly committed to making sure that every single client we represent receives the full compensation he or she deserves.
Experienced Spokane Auto Accident Lawyers Handling All Types of Car Accidents
What caused your accident? Was the other driver drunk or distracted? Was he or she speeding or following too closely? If you are like most car accident victims, your answer to these questions is likely to be, “I don’t know.”
And that’s okay. Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye. And in the aftermath, it is virtually impossible to gather the information you need in order to conclusively determine what factors were to blame. As your lawyers, it is our job to gather the evidence needed in order to establish liability and prove your claim for damages.
5 Key Facts about Seeking Financial Compensation After a Car Accident
1. The Sooner We Can Start Working on Your Claim, the Better.
Given the fundamental importance of proving fault after a car crash accident, the sooner you contact us, the better. Once you hire our firm to represent you, our lawyers will promptly conduct an investigation, and we will guide you step-by-step through everything you need to do in order to assist with your claim. Of course, getting started sooner means recovering your losses sooner as well. And for many car collision accident victims, this can be extremely important.
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in Washington also requires injured victims to act on their claim quickly. For personal injury lawsuits, Washington state requires claimants to file their lawsuit within three years from the date of the injury. A failure to do so likely bars you from filing your claim at a later time. If you can’t file a claim, then your chance for compensation will also be lost. Washington law provides a few exceptions for failure to file a timely claim, including:
- At the time of the accident, your injury was not apparent or
- For a period of time after the accident, you were incapacitated and unable to file a claim.
Waiting until the last minute to file your claim can be disastrous to your chance of financial recovery. The sooner you retain a Spokane car accident lawyer, the sooner you have an advocate on your side building the case you need to prevail.
2. Many Common Mistakes Can Be Extremely Costly.
Another reason we encourage car wreck accident victims to contact us right away is so that we can help them avoid costly mistakes. As we mentioned, there are always obstacles to overcome, and you do not want to make it any harder than necessary to recover just compensation.
For example, you may feel that your hope for financial compensation is doomed because you share some fault for your car accident. Your Spokane auto accident injury lawyer will tell you that comparative negligence is the rule in Washington state. Comparative negligence permits injured victims to recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for the accident. Therefore, even if you carry some responsibility for your accident, you are still entitled to financial recovery. Your percentage of fault simply reduces your settlement or judgment.
3. You Should Not Have to Pay Anything out of Pocket for Your Legal Representation.
While some lawyers charge retainer fees and bill by the hour, this is generally not the case with lawyers who represent injured drivers, passengers, and their families. Our auto accident attorneys handle all cases on contingency, so you only pay if we win.
4. Most Claims Settle, But in Order to Settle, You May Need to Prove That You Are Prepared to Go to Trial.
You may have heard that most car accident claims settle. While this is true, it is also somewhat misleading. First of all, receiving a settlement and receiving a fair settlement are two different matters entirely. Secondly, in order to convince the insurance companies to settle for just compensation, it is often necessary to convince them that you are committed to going to trial, if necessary.
A good Spokane car accident lawyer will make sure that any settlement will adequately compensate you for your losses. The types of car accident injuries and the magnitude of property damage heavily impact settlement values. Your Spokane auto accident injury lawyer goes over recoverable damages with you before settlement discussions begin so you understand what your case is worth.
In Washington, an injured victim is entitled to recover compensatory damages in the form of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages represent tangible and financial losses directly related to your injuries and include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future wages, and
- Property damage.
Receipts, pay stubs, invoices, and other evidence support your demand for economic damages. Retain all copies and provide these to your Spokane car accident attorney to strengthen your claim.
Non-economic damages include a more complex area of compensatory damages. After an accident, many suffer psychological and emotional effects that linger for months and even years after their physical injuries may have healed. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Disfigurement or permanent injury,
- Loss of society, and
- Loss of consortium.
It’s challenging to recover non-economic damages without a Spokane auto accident injury attorney.
5. No Matter What Happened, You Owe It to Yourself to Speak with a Lawyer.
What do you need to do in order to protect your legal rights? What if you were partially at fault in the accident? How can you make sure you have the money you need for your future medical bills? These are all important questions that you deserve to have answered. No matter what happened, you owe it to yourself to seek legal advice from a proven Spokane car accident attorney, and we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation.
Speak with a Spokane Car Accident Lawyer for Free
If you would like to speak with a lawyer about your car accident in Spokane, please call or contact us online. Our highly-skilled lawyers are always ready to assist any personal injury claim, no matter how big, small, or unusual it might seem.
Our lawyers are available to speak with prospective clients 24/7.