Washington Car Accidents
The Tacoma, Washington Auto Accident attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. work throughout Washington's Puget Sound region from Gig Harbor to Renton and statewide to help people who have been injured in car accidents recover medical expenses and other damages, while holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions and working to prevent such tragic accidents in the future.
Car Accidents and the Law of Personal Injury
Car accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including negligence or reckless driving, driving while impaired or fatigued, a car built with a defective design or defective parts, or dangerous road conditions caused by improperly designed or poorly-maintained road surfaces, traffic signals, and guardrails. When a driver or passenger is injured in an accident through no fault of his or her own, the responsible party may be liable for the damages caused. Even where the injured person was partly to blame for causing the accident or injury, he or she may still recover from a negligent defendant for that party's share of responsibility for the accident.
Washington Automobile accidents are a major source of serious injuries and wrongful death. Even a relatively low-impact crash can cause neck and back injuries ranging from whiplash to paraplegia or quadriplegia. More dramatic crashes can cause serious burn injuries, fractures and internal injuries, or even traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as from a rollover accident, which can occur on dangerously-designed roads or in poorly-designed vehicles.
The damages which are recoverable in a car accident claim include property damage, present and future medical expenses, and loss of current and future income. In addition, persons may recover for the physical and emotional pain and suffering and the emotional distress they have experienced, including compensation for any scarring or disfigurement or loss of enjoyment of life which may be caused by a serious crash.
Trust in Experience
At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., we understand the devastating impact that a catastrophic injury can have on the lives of the victim and his or her family. Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that many of these accidents could have been avoided if the other driver had been more attentive, or if the automaker had spent the time to design and build a safer car. The law can sometimes ease the pain and suffering of the injured by providing compensation to help with the financial and emotional losses. Equally important, the law can serve to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future, by setting an example, raising awareness in other drivers, or forcing a manufacturer to make a change in the way it does business.
Our firm stands for these principles and works to make a positive difference in the lives of the people in our community. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. for a free consultation to discuss how we can help.