Car Accident Attorneys
Our car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results on their behalf. Hiring the car accident lawyers in Kennewick, WA at Parke Gordon Law Firm will save you time and energy while also getting you the compensation you deserve. Call (509) 582-7274 now to speak with an experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable personal injury attorney about your case during a free consultation.
Things to Do After a Car Crash That Can Increase Your Settlement
After an auto accident, call 911 immediately after a car accident so that a law enforcement officer investigates the accident and documents that the other driver was negligent. The police officer will take statements and usually issues a traffic citation to the driver responsible for causing the car crash. Without the police officer’s report, the other driver might lie and make it difficult to obtain a settlement.
If the police officer wrongly finds you at fault, our car accident lawyer in Kennewick, WA can still help. We’ve helped numerous clients fight tickets and obtain settlements when an investigating officer makes a mistake as to who was at fault for causing a car accident.
The next step is to get your injuries examined by a licensed physician. This is not the time to be tough and hold back. Injuries might not be apparent right after a car accident. You need to document the areas of your body that are in pain by getting checked at the emergency room or an urgent care center. Make sure you tell the doctor of all the injuries you suffered to avoid confusion and false claims later. Insurance companies can sometimes accuse car accident victims of lying about their injuries.
After you have had a medical evaluation, you should call a car accident attorney. There is no up-front cost to hire a car accident attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm. Our attorneys will only get paid when the case settles. Your attorney can deal with the insurance adjusters, help get you a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or appraised, and ensure your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated. Once your injuries are resolved, your attorney can negotiate a settlement that pays you money for everything you’ve gone through.
How Much is Your Car Accident Case Worth?
The value of every auto accident case is different and depends on a number of factors such as who is liable, the severity of your injuries, and how hard your attorney is willing to fight for you. A great lawyer will build the value of a car accident claim by pursuing recovery of all damages, hiring doctors, economists and other experts to document all recoverable damages. Our car accident attorneys are experienced in maximizing the value of your case and will fight to get you every penny you deserve.
Contact an Auto Crash Lawyer Right Away
Call the car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm immediately after the accident. Many people have lost money by not contacting an attorney and failing to properly document their injuries, failing to obtain the necessary diagnostic test, speaking to the adverse insurance company and saying something detrimental to their case. There’s no need to risk hurting the value of your car accident case. Call us now to let us begin working on your case at (509) 582-7274.
Top Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents happen all too frequently and usually occur due to human error. While some auto accidents are only minor, some lead to serious injuries and permeant disfigurement or even death. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should not be held responsible for the ignorance or negligence of another driver. Contact the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm to receive a fair settlement for your car accident case.
Here are the top common causes of a car accident in the United States.
- Speeding. It can be very tempting to drive over the speed limit, especially when you are in a hurry. However, speeding is the second most common cause of car accidents as reported by forbes.com.
- Distracted driving. Texting, eating, reading, grooming or any other activity that distracts from driving is distracted driving. Distracted driving is something that is warned about constantly but is becoming a larger threat every year. Please resist the temptation to answer that text message, make that phone call or anything else while driving.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous causes of car accidents in America and is very deadly. Please only drive sober and if you have had a drink, take a taxi or find a ride.
- Running a red light or stop sign. Even when it seems there is no other cars coming, STOP. Running a red light or stop sign could be deadly to you and/or others.
- Bad weather conditions. Driving in the rain, snow or ice is completely different than driving on dry pavement. Remember to always slow down and leave extra space in front of you to avoid a car crash.
- Driving after dark. Visibility is greatly decreased after dark making it much more difficult to drive safely. Make sure to be extra alert and use your full headlights when driving on a dark road.
- Tailgating. Many car accidents are rear-ended accidents from drivers not leaving enough space between them and the car in front. A safe traveling distance in good driving conditions is three seconds from the car in front of you. In bad weather, slick roads or after dark, increase your travel distance to about five seconds or what seems most comfortable.
- Design defects of the vehicle. Sometimes car accidents occur from a design defect in the vehicle. Pay attention to recalls in the news and have your car regularly maintained.
- Unexpected animal crossings. Often times in rural areas such as Kennewick, Richland or Pasco, animals will often be crossing the street. Be sure to stay on the lookout for potential animals that may all of a sudden dart out into the street.
- Construction site. Sometimes a construction area could be confusing and lead to a car accident. Follow the cones and directions of construction workers to avoid an accident. You may also be aware of any other confused drivers.
Top 5 Causes for Car Accidents in Washington State
Car accidents are something that happens much more often than any of us would like to admit. Many of the reasons for car accidents could be preventable. Here are the top 5 causes of car accidents in the state of Washington in recent years.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol. Most fatal car accidents in the state of Washington happen because of drunk driving. Drunk drivers will face criminal penalties as well as civil lawsuits for negligence could be filed by the injured drivers or their families.
- Failing to yield right of way. Many drivers are in a hurry and could easily fail to yield to other vehicles. Be extra cautious of those driving around you to avoid a car accident.
- Speeding. A driver is speeding whenever they are traveling faster than the suggested speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions. Road conditions can be hazardous due to weather, traffic or road construction.
- Distracted driving. There are many ways a driver can become distracted while operating a vehicle. A few examples include texting, using your cell phone’s internet browser, using GPS, eating while driving, talking on the phone regardless of if it is hands-free.
- Following too closely. A safe driving distance is two to three seconds behind the car in front of you. In bad driving conditions, leave even more space so you have enough time to stop on slick roads.
Failure to Yield Car Accident Statistics
Thousands of car accidents and injuries occur every year from drivers failing to yield. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 3,100 fatal car accidents in 2011 due to failure to yield.
When a driver causes a car accident due to failure to yield the right of way, it is considered negligent driving. If you believe you have been involved in a car accident where the other driver failed to yield to your right of way, contact our law office immediately.
How to Prevent Head-on Car Accident Collisions
Providing adequate passing zones is one way to reduce the number of head-on car accident collisions. Here are a few more strategies to prevent or reduce head-on car accident collisions.
- Install centerline rumble strips for two-lane roads.
- Install profiled thermoplastic strips for centerlines.
- Provide wider cross sections on two-lane roads.
- Provide center two-way left-turn lanes for four and two-lane roads.
- Reallocate total two-lane roadway width (lane and shoulder) to include a narrow “buffer-median.”
- Use alternating passing lanes or four-lane sections at key locations.
- Install median barriers for narrow-width medians on multilane roads.
- Better pavement markings.
- Skid-resistant pavement surfaces.
- Rumble strips to slow vehicles on approaches to hazardous locations.
Why You Need to Purchase Auto Insurance
The purpose of insurance is to transfer the risk of unexpected loss to someone else. The chances of the loss occurring may be small, but if you are unlucky they are catastrophic. Your savings, your home equity and all of your assets can disappear because someone was careless for just a moment.
Insurance companies solve this problem by spreading this risk over a large group of people. Everyone in the pool pays a little money to the insurance company and the insurance company pays a lot of money to the person who is unlucky.
When buying insurance, it is tempting to skimp. For instance, instead of paying $100 a month you decide to pay only $50 a month for coverage. It is easy to think that if you have some insurance you are going to be OK. The reality is that insurance is only as useful as you have designed it to be. There are many kinds of coverages designed to protect you against different kinds of risks associated with motor vehicle accidents. If you haven’t gotten proper coverage, you are still exposed to the problem you were trying to solve. Thus, it is useful to understand the different types of coverage and determine how much of each you require.
Read our full blog post, “What Car Insurance Coverage Do I Need to Cover My Car Accident?”
Techniques for Driving in the Fog to Avoid a Car Crash
Driving in the fog is a high risk for a car accident due to the low visibility. Fog can come on suddenly and sometimes take a while to fade. Here are a few techniques for driving in the fog that could potentially help you avoid a car accident.
- Slow down. Like any other bad weather driving situation, slow down to be safe.
- Turn on low-beam highlights. When visibility is low, turning on low-beam headlights will help make you more visible to other drivers as well as help you to see. Be sure to only turn on low-beam headlights. High-beam illumination reflects off the fog and back into your eyes causing even more problems.
- Do not stop in the lane of traffic. It may seem tempting to just stop and wait for the fog to clear. However, stopping on the road when visibility is low could put you at risk of being hit by another vehicle that can’t see you. If you feel you must stop, be sure to pull over to a safe place far away from traffic. Also, be aware that leaving your lights on could indicate to other drivers that where you have pulled over is the lane of travel. This could cause you to be rear-ended.
- Use the right-side pavement line as your guide while driving in the fog. The white painted line on the right side of the road is usually a great guide that is still visible even in the fog. Using the center line markings will guide you into oncoming traffic from the opposite direction and could cause a head-on car collision.
Why Speeding is Dangerous
A posted speed limit is not to be taken as a mere suggestion. Speed limits are posted for good reasons. For example, a speed limit may be set in an attempt to reduce noise, vibration, emissions, or road condition. Speeding through a sharp turn often results in the vehicle overturning and ending in a car accident. Speeding is not only dangerous for the driver and their passengers, but it is also dangerous for everyone else on the road around the speeding vehicle. Here are some statistics about the dangers of speeding.
- Approximately 27 percent of young driver and passenger deaths are due to speeding according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- When a driver is speeding, other drivers don’t have enough time to react or tell how fast they are going.
- Speeding to keep up with the flow of traffic is still illegal and will still result in a traffic ticket.
- Stopping time for a speeding vehicle depends on four things: perception time, reaction time, braking capability and the vehicle’s reaction time.
Road Rage and Car Accidents
Road rage is a leading cause of car accidents. In fact, 80 percent of drivers have admitted to exhibiting some form of road rage within the course of a year. A shocking 8 million act on their road rage, causing harm to people and damage to vehicles. Acts such as rear-ending another vehicle intentionally, confronting drivers on foot, etc.
Road rage is the act of causing harm to another vehicle or person while driving on the road. This definition is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Road rage can occur with a vehicle or any other weapon. In addition, road rage includes any act of violence performed by a driver or passenger in the vehicle.
Acts of Road Rage
A few common acts of road rage include the following.
- Purposefully driving another vehicle off the road.
- Making it impossible for another driver to change lanes.
- Use of weapons to cause harm to a person or vehicle.
Road Rage vs. Aggressive Driving
While road rage and aggressive driving seem the same, they are not. Aggressive driving is an act you do while driving that does not follow the law. Aggressive driving does not cause direct harm to another person or vehicle. A few examples of aggressive driving include speeding, tailgating, and hand gestures to other drivers. Though aggressive drivers present no physical harm to a person or vehicle, aggressive drivers could still be dangerous.
Aggressive driving is a traffic violation while road rage is a criminal offense. An alarming 66 percent of fatal traffic accidents result from aggressive driving.
How to Avoid or Deal with an Aggressive Driver
The easiest way to avoid an aggressive driver is to not offend them. Be courteous. Never change lanes unless there is enough room. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. Never make hand gestures to other drivers. If someone wants to drive faster than you, get out of their way.
If you are unable to avoid the aggressive driver, make sure it doesn’t turn into road rage. Even if the other driver is unfriendly and yells at you or offers unkind hand gestures, do not return the favor. Instead, stay focused on the road and remain calm. Put as much distance between the two of you as you can to defuse the situation and avoid a car accident. If you are in any immediate danger, call the police. Never pull over to the side of the road. This would all easy access to you and put your life in danger.
Common Car Crash Injuries
Life-Altering Brain Injuries
The force of impact from a car crash often will whip your head back and forth or cause your head to collide with something inside the car. These types of motions can often have a negative impact on the brain. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes long-term damage to your brain’s ability to function properly. These types of injuries are not always apparent right after the accident. Months later, an injured person or their family may notice them being forgetful, a change in personality, or becoming less patient, irritable or angry. Anyone who has been involved in a car accident, should watch for signs such as headaches and seek neurological car for suspected TBI.
Whiplash injuries such as neck and back strains are common injuries from car accidents. These injuries can be much more severe, however, than just a mild strain. Sometimes the force from a car collision causes the tissue between the vertebrae of the spine to rupture. This type of condition or injury is known as a herniated disc. Pressure and inflammation of the nerves coming out of the spine cause severe pain, loss of feeling, and even loss of control of your muscles usually in your arms or legs. Symptoms of a herniated disc may appear right away but can also develop weeks or even months after the accident. A herniated disc often requires surgery and can cause long-term disability.
Injuries to the Shoulder
When a person is thrown forward from the impact of a car crash, the should be restrained by a seat belt often takes on much of the force. The seat belt restraint may also cause your body to twist in motion. Shoulder injuries are common after a car accident ranging from deep bruising to shoulder strains and even severe tears to the shoulder ligaments which would require surgery to repair. A shoulder injury often worsens over time and can become chronic. Never ignore should pain symptoms after a motor vehicle accident. Get checked out by a physician.
Often after a car crash, the driver or passenger will be thrown forward from impact and hit their knee on the dashboard. Many different types of injuries can result from such direct trauma such as a shattered patella or knee cap. Other damages could be the cartilage of the knee is damaged, torn meniscus, or patellar chondromalacia. A similar injury could be when the driver brakes so hard to avoid the collision that the knee is forcefully compressed. These injuries often require surgery. Again, the injury might not be obvious right away and can take some time for more subtle injuries to develop enough inflammation to become obvious.
Ways to Prove a Distracted Driver Caused the Car Crash
If you get rear-ended during a car accident, how would you know that the driver was following too closely or distracted by texting? This is exactly why you need an experienced attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm to fight for you. Some things you could do to help your case include gathering evidence from the crash scene such as:
Witness testimony. This is especially crucial for proving the other driver was distracted. Gather as many witnesses from those who saw the accident happen as you can. Along with their statement, also gather their contact information (name, phone number, email).
Take pictures and video the scene. Gather photos of all cars involved in the accident showing damages. It is also very helpful to have photos or video of the inside of the other driver’s vehicle to help prove a distraction. For example, if you see open food containers or the other driver’s cell phone sitting on the front seat, take a picture for evidence.
Police report. Always be sure to call authorities after an accident so they can create an official police report of the accident. The police will ask all drivers involved in a description of what happened. The negligent party will typically tell the officer if they were texting or eating prior to the accident.
Rules of the Road for Washington State
Traffic Law Obedience
Laws Regarding Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings
Passing and Driving on the Roads of Washington
When Can You Drive in the Left Lane?
Is it Legal to Speed When Passing?
Responsibilities of Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Washington Law Regarding Following Too Closely
Lanes with Restricted Access – HOV Lanes
Right-a-Way at an Uncontrolled Intersection
Avoid a Car Accident When Traffic Lights Are Not Functioning
Yield Before Making a Left Turn
Vehicles Entering the Roadway
What to Do When There is an Obstruction in Traffic
Yield the Right of Way When Entering the Roadway
What to Do When an Emergency Vehicle is Near
Avoid a Car Accident in a Construction Zone
Pedestrian’s Rights and Duties
Turning and Starting
Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence, and Vehicular Homicide
Consequences of Reckless Driving
How Drunk Drivers Impact the Number of Car Accidents
Can You Have Alcohol in Your Car While Driving in Washington?
Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault
Roadway Construction Zones
Racing on Public Streets
Stopping, Standing, and Parking
Is it Illegal to Leave Your Vehicle Unattended in Washington?
Washington Law to Back Up or Reverse Your Vehicle
Am I Permitted to Drive on the Sidewalk in Washington?
Using a Motorcycle in Washington
Securing Your Load
Driving While Using a Cell Phone is Distracted Driving
Operation of Bicycles
Pedestrian Safety Tips
How do you cross the road safety? This is a question often overlooked that could sometimes be fatal. In 2013, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 66,000 were injured according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Here are some tips to keep you safe as a pedestrian.
- Think before you cross. Plan crossing at a place with a crosswalk with the most visibility. If you are walking at night, wear visible clothing and cross at a place where you can clearly see traffic and drivers can see you.
- Make a complete stop before you cross. Stand away from the edge of the curb but close enough that you can clearly see traffic. Don’t rush. Take a good look around and give yourself enough time to cross.
- Look all around and listen for traffic.
- Patiently wait for traffic to clear. If you are hesitant, do not cross. Only cross when there is a safe gap and you have enough time to cross.
- Watch and listen while you are crossing. Continue to look both ways and listen for vehicles approaching while crossing.
Recent Auto Accidents in or near Tri-Cities, Washington
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Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Tri-Cities, WA
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