Tacoma Car Accident Attorney
Auto Accidents in Pierce County
If you were involved in a car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a motor vehicle collision, Cook Law Office, PLLC can help. Our Tacoma car accident attorneys understand the devastating impact a serious car crash can have, both on victims and their loved ones, and they believe that you deserve justice. You should not have to simply suffer the immense physical, emotional, and financial consequences of another person or party’s negligence on your own; our team can help you file a personal injury claim and seek fair compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
From our office in Tacoma, we provide client-focused legal representation to individuals and families throughout Pierce County and the entire state of Washington. We bring extensive experience in personal injury law to every case, as well as a reputation for aggressive client advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom.
For help with your car accident claim, contact us online or call (602) 560-4756 today. Your initial consultation is free, and there are no fees unless we win your case.
Is Washington a No-Fault Car Accident State?
Washington is not a no-fault car accident state. Instead, it follows a traditional fault-based, or “tort,” system when it comes to motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving standard passenger vehicles, motorcycles, commercial trucks, and rideshares like Uber and Lyft. This means that, to recover compensation after an accident, you usually must file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. To do this, you will need to prove that the other driver was at least partially at fault for the accident.
The other driver may be partially or wholly to blame for the crash if they caused the collision because they were:
- Texting while driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Violating traffic laws or rules of the road
- Not paying attention
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
Essentially, if the other driver was being careless, reckless, or negligent at the time of the accident, you could have grounds for a claim.
What Happens when Multiple Motorists Share the Blame for an Accident?
Some car accident cases are relatively black and white with a single at-fault party. More often, however, fault is shared among two or more drivers. When this is the case, Washington’s pure comparative negligence rule comes into play.
Under the comparative negligence rule, you are allowed to file a personal injury claim and recover damages after a car accident even if you were partly at fault, as long as at least one other party was at least partly to blame, as well. Under the “pure” element of the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, there is no threshold that bars you from bringing a claim; even if you were 99% at fault for the crash, you can still seek compensation for your damages as long as you can prove that the other party was 1% at fault.
It is important to note, however, that the rule of pure comparative negligence affects how much a person can recover if they share some of the blame for an accident. If the court determines that you were partially to blame, your total recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, for example, if you are found 30% at fault for an accident, you will only be able to recover up to 70% of the total amount you would have otherwise received if you were not found to share any of the blame.
Why Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
After an accident, the insurance company for the other party may reach out to you and offer a settlement. This settlement may cover your initial medical bills and other miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses, making it seem like an attractive option. You might be tempted to accept the insurance company’s offer simply to resolve the issue and move forward with your life.
However, this could end up hurting you in the long run.
Insurance companies are not on your side. They are businesses and, like any other business, their primary goal is to limit payouts and boost profits. To do this, they may try to dispute your case, deny your claim, or even offer a lowball settlement that does not even begin to cover the full cost of your damages, including your future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
When you work with an experienced car accident attorney, you send a message to the insurance company that you are not willing to accept anything less than what you deserve. Your attorney will not only understand the law and your legal rights, but they will also know how to put together a powerful case on your behalf and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.
Request a Free Consultation with Cook Law Office, PLLC Today
Our firm is known for doing everything possible to secure every last penny our clients are owed. We do not settle cases for less than we believe they are worth, and we are ready to take on the insurance company in an effort to maximize your settlement. When necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you and your best interests at trial.
Most of all, at Cook Law Office, PLLC, we always keep in mind that our clients are more than just case numbers—they are real people who are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Because of this, we provide compassionate, empathetic counsel and guidance throughout the legal process. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we work hard to develop meaningful relationships with every single one of our clients.
Whether you need help locating the best possible medical care or are experiencing issues with the insurance company disputing or denying your claim, our Tacoma car accident lawyers can help. We invite you to reach out to us today to learn more during a completely free, no-obligation consultation.
Give us a call at (602) 560-4756 or submit an online contact form to get started.
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