When Accidents Occur in Vancouver, Contact Our Personal Injury Team
After a serious Vancouver crash, injured people and their families find themselves thrown in a weird, stressful, sometimes scary new world. Before the accident, life was maybe busy, challenging, and stressful, but after the accident, life is always difficult. Since injury attorneys Paula, Dave, Matt, and Dean have vast experience working with injured folks, we wanted to provide information for injured people and their families as they move toward recovery.
The Vancouver first responders reduce the damage caused by accidents
The Vancouver Police Department will take charge of the scene when the crash occurs within the city limits, and will create a traffic collision report. Go here to request a copy of the collision report.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Department responds when an accident happens in the county.
The Washington State Patrol usually responds to crashes that happen on the interstates in Vancouver. Also, the WSP keeps all of the Police Traffic Collision Reports for the entire state. This is where you go to get a copy.
The Vancouver Fire Department and Vancouver Emergency Medical Services provide immediate help for injured victims. After an accident, many crash survivors want to reach out and thank their first responders for their help. You should – they save lives, and they are awesome.
“After my accident I felt like the walls were closing in on me. Having someone on my side made all the difference.”
Healthcare providers in Vancouver take charge after an injury accident
Often the first post-crash experience for an injured person is being treated at one of Vancouver’s hospitals including Vancouver PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Getting emotional support after losing someone in a fatal accident is important
When a loved one is killed in a motor-vehicle accident, it is incredibly helpful for grieving family to work with a grief support organization or therapist who provides help and guidance. Go here to learn more about grief support.
The Vancouver court systems help accident victims deal with the criminal and legal aspects of a crash
The Clark County District Court typically has authority over minor criminal matters, traffic tickets, and civil lawsuits where a small amount of money is involved. The Clark County Superior Court handles felony cases and civil cases involving larger amounts of money.
Drunk-driving accidents are a huge problem in Vancouver
We hear every day from people injured in drunk-driving and drugged-driving crashes. We admire the work that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is doing to reduce and prevent these collisions. Here’s a link to the MADD site which provides great information on their efforts and how you can help.
For the Vancouver bicyclists and motorcyclists out there
In Vancouver, bicyclists and motorcyclists face a heightened level of potential danger on the roadways. To learn more about biking and motorcycling in the region, check out Washington Bikes and the Washington State Department of Licensing Motorcycle Safety Program.
Get Vancouver travel, traffic, weather, and road information from Washington State DOT
Since accident prevention, traffic, and road/transportation safety are key interests in any community like Vancouver, the Washington State Department of Transportation works to move people and vehicles safely, and to offer traffic and weather information that help drivers plan their travel. Also, the Washington State 511 phone system provides up-to-date information regarding travel, weather, road-construction projects, mountain pass conditions, and other information for travelers.
Regarding the insurance claim that is likely heading your way
We are injury attorneys, and so we have to think about that aspect of an accident. Regardless of the severity of the accident, most folks have to deal with an insurance claim. The Washington State Insurance Commissioner protects insurance consumers and provides great information on how insurance policies work. While minor crashes can be often be handled directly with your insurance adjuster, major accidents require more assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will the information that I share with you be confidential?
Yes, it will. As lawyers, we are prohibited by law and by professional ethics from violating attorney-client privilege. This means that we will never share anything that you tell us in confidence without your consent. This is not an afterthought, either – attorney-client privilege is the foundation of the practice of law.
What is the statute of limitations in Washington State?
The statute of limitations is the deadline by which you must file a lawsuit over your claim or be forever barred from recovery. In Washington, the deadline for personal injury or medical malpractice is three years after the date of the injury, while for wrongful death it is three years after the date of the victim’s death. Very few exceptions exist.
What kind of evidence will I need to win a car accident case?
At the very least, you will need:
- A copy of the police report and your medical treatment records,
- Contact details of everyone involved in the accident,
- Insurance details of the defendant, and
- Contact details of any witnesses.
You may need other evidence, such as photographs of the scene of the accident, as well.
What if I was partially at fault for a car accident?
You will not be completely barred from recovery for your part in the accident, as long as the other party was also at fault. Under Washington’s “pure comparative fault” rules, an amount will be deducted from your damages that is equal to your percentage of fault. You may also have to pay a portion of the other driver’s damages.
Can I settle out of court?
Yes, you can, and in most cases it’s a good idea. In fact, over 90 percent of all personal injury claims are resolved out-of-court. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t have to file a lawsuit, however – sometimes, you have to file a lawsuit to prod the opposing party into issuing a higher settlement offer.
Worried about handling your own insurance claim? You don’t have to!
Reach out to Paula, Dave, Matt, and Dean if you are struggling with the aftermath of an accident and need some support and advice. They know what you are dealing with now, and they know what you will need to deal with in the future. You will know what to expect, you will know what your rights and options are, and you will not have to deal with insurance companies alone.