Injured in a Car Accident?
Our law firm can help you now on the road ahead
For many people in Seattle and throughout Washington, getting around means driving every day - whether it's to work, school or elsewhere. Motorists don't think much of it. That's why car accidents can be so jarring. In an instant, something that seems so routine suddenly turns into a serious injury with life-changing results.
Because of the amount of force involved in a collision, car accidents can cause massive injuries. Broken bones can take months to heal. Injuries to the back, legs or arms can leave you unable to work or care for loved ones. And if you've suffered a traumatic brain injury or an injury to the spine, your life can change forever.
What type of accident were you in?
Your crash may have been over in moments, but your recovery may take weeks, months or even years. If you've been hurt in an accident, you need a car accident lawyer who will stand by you throughout the process. You need someone who will focus on your recovery. You need NLE Law.
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In the wake of a car accident, some of your concerns will likely be financial - medical bills, lost income, repairs to your vehicle and more. However, we realize your case is about much more than money. We'll fight for the damages (financial compensation) you need to pay for those costs. We'll use our connections in the medical community to make sure you receive the best possible treatment. Our mission is to make you whole again. That's why we'll put all our resources to work for you.
Here are the questions that we are most frequently asked about car accidents.
What do I do after a car accident?
- Remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of a car accident that causes injury or property damage is a felony in Washington.
- Call 911. You can also render first aid to anybody seriously injured, if you’re trained to do so.
- Get the contact info of other drivers. Get contact info for anybody else involved in the accident, too, like witnesses, passengers, and the investigating police officer. You’ll want to exchange insurance information with the other drivers involved, but that’s it. Don't say anything that could be construed as admitting fault. Keep any comments brief and to the point.
- Get looked at by a medical professional. Even if you feel OK, being examined by a doctor is the best thing you can do for your health. You may be injured and not even realize it. Seeing a doctor can also help to protect your legal rights if you later need to file an insurance claim.
- Talk to a personal injury attorney. Having a lawyer looking out for your best interests will ensure that the insurance claims process goes smoothly and that your rights are protected.
Do I need to see a doctor even if I feel OK?
Yes. There is a chance you have a concussion, or an injury with delayed-onset symptoms. Getting medical attention right away can prevent an injury, such as a brain injury, from giving you serious long-term consequences. The sooner you see a doctor, the better your chances are for being treated early. In addition to being a smart thing to do for your health, it can also help your future insurance claim. If you wait to seek treatment, the insurance company may argue that you sustained your injury after the crash, or not take your injury claim as seriously.
How can a car accident lawyer help me?
If you’re injured in an accident, you most likely have medical bills piling up. Getting those bills paid can be one of the biggest challenges you'll face after being injured in an accident, especially if your injuries keep you out of work for any length of time. If the accident was the other driver's fault, their insurance company should be paying your medical bills. Their insurance company may not pay you anything, however, or may offer you a lowball settlement for your injuries that won’t even come close to covering all your costs. A personal injury lawyer can fight to protect your rights and get you fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Will I need to go to court?
Most car accident claims are settled out of court. An experienced personal injury attorney can negotiate a settlement with the insurance company without needing to file a lawsuit in court. If the insurance company insists that your case goes before a jury trial, you’ll need to go to court but an experienced personal injury attorney can represent you and will devise a legal strategy.
How much is my car accident claim worth?
Every case is different, so it is impossible to put a specific dollar amount on a “typical” claim. Some injuries are serious but short-term, like a broken bone, and others may have a long-term or permanent impact on your quality of life, like a traumatic brain injury. The insurance company may dispute the costs of medical treatment severity of your injuries.
You need an attorney who understands
We work hard for car accident victims because we understand what you're going through. NLE partner Mike Nelson survived a serious car accident. We've seen the lifelong consequences of brain injuries and other serious injuries. That's why we prepare each accident case with the victim's entire lifetime in mind. Our attorneys have helped hundreds of people throughout the Puget Sound area recover after being hurt. As your attorney, we will fight for you until we've achieved the best possible outcome.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, our accomplished attorneys can help you move forward with your lives. Don't delay. Contact us today online or by calling (206) 623-7520. We would be honored to meet with you for a free consultation.
"How did your accident happen?"
Speeding, a factor in many accidents throughout the Seattle area, can lead to serious injuries. Drivers who exceed the speed limit have less time to react to obstacles and other vehicles, and because of the high speed at impact, victims are at a high risk of head trauma leading to a traumatic brain injury or other serious injury. If you've been hurt in a high-speed accident, you may feel like your life is spinning out of control. NLE Law can take charge and help you get better.
When drivers take their eyes off the road, people get hurt. Texting or cell phone use behind the wheel is a common type of distracted driving, but motorists cause accidents while changing the radio, eating, grooming or talking to passengers as well. Distracted drivers often cause rear-end collisions, and while these accidents happen at low speeds, they can still involve violent movement of the head leading to injury to the brain or spine. NLE Law will guide you through the recovery process and help hold the distracted driver accountable.
In Washington, drivers are not allowed to use cell phones except with hands-free devices. Still, many motorists choose to put others at risk by texting and driving. Texting drivers often cause rear-end collisions at intersections and hit vulnerable people such as bicyclists or pedestrians. If you've been hurt by a distracted driver, NLE Law can help. We've been advocating for victims and holding negligent drivers accountable for decades.
While it's well known that driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is dangerous, some motorists still put others in danger by drinking and driving. Drunk drivers often cause head-on collisions that can lead to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries. At NLE Law, we have the experience and resources needed to handle big, complex cases arising from drunk driving accidents. We'll do everything we can to help you get better.
Falling asleep at the wheel has become an increasingly serious issue in a time when people work more hours than ever before. Every motorist has a choice to stop and take a break. When they choose to drive while drowsy, they put others in danger. Because asleep-at-the-wheel drivers generally don't hit the brakes before impact, these accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries. Turn to the accomplished attorneys at NLE Law to help you get better.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a felony in Washington, but some drivers do it anyway. They may be drunk, driving without a license, or engaging in some other type of illegal activity. If the driver who hurt you is never found, you may feel like you're out of options. NLE Law can help. We'll put our insurance expertise and significant resources to work to help you find and pay for the best possible care for your injuries.
Rear-end collisions may seem like open and shut cases - after all, the driver in the rear vehicle is almost always at fault. But insurance companies won't make your case that easy. Fault may not be in dispute, but they may argue that because your accident happened at a low speed, you couldn't have been hurt. The reality is that whiplash suffered in a rear-end accident can lead to serious brain injuries. NLE Law can help you move forward and get better.
While head-on collisions are thankfully fairly rare, when they do happen, they can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. Because of the sheer force involved when two vehicles collide head-on, injuries to the brain and spinal cord are common. Most head-on collisions are caused by drunk, distracted or drowsy drivers, but proving liability in those cases can be tough. That's why you need an experienced attorney from NLE Law on your side.
A vehicle is said to be "T-Boned" when the front of another car strikes its broadside. The side of a car offers comparatively little protection from impact and the force of being hit from the side often causes serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury. You need a seasoned attorney to help you move forward. You need NLE Law. We'll help you fight for all of the compensation you need to keep moving forward after a devastating t-bone accident.
When passengers get hurt in accidents, complex legal cases often follow. The person at fault for your injuries may be the driver of another car, but you may also be looking at a claim against the friend, colleague or relative who was driving the car you were in. It's important to remember that you aren't trying to take your friend's money - you're just filing a claim with his or her insurance company. Our passenger injury attorneys know how to work with insurance companies to get you all of the compensation you need without straining the relationships that matter to you.