Winning Your Car Accident Claim
A car accident can happen with (at most) only a few seconds of warning, but can leave your life changed for years to come. You may face high medical bills, long rehabilitation, an inability to work at pre-accident levels or possibly not at all, lengthy pain and suffering, and expensive damage to your own car or other property. Getting help for all your needs, even when you were not at fault in causing the accident, can feel confusing, intimidating, and demoralizing. But you don’t have to do this alone.
Since 1992, Vancouver personal injury attorney John Lutgens has been helping injured victims of car accidents across southwest Washington and the Portland metropolitan area win full recovery for their injuries, and he will help you get the recovery you deserve in your car accident matter whether you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist in the accident.
Proving Your Car Accident Claim to Get Your Best Recovery
Washington has what is called a “fault” recovery system for car accidents. What this means is that a person involved in a car accident is not required to pursue recovery from their own insurance carrier before going after the at-fault driver. Instead, the injured victim may sue the other driver directly (or the driver’s employer if the accident occurred on the job) and/or his insurance company. To prove a car accident claim, the plaintiff must show:
- The other driver acted negligently (meaning he failed to take due care to avoid foreseeable damages);
- as a result, the other driver caused the accident; and
- the plaintiff suffered injuries due to the accident.
Even if the injured victim played a part in causing the accident, he or she still may recover from the defendant for the proportion of fault caused by the defendant. Oregon has somewhat similar laws to Washington, and a plaintiff may generally recover against an at-fault defendant for injuries so long as the plaintiff was not more than 50% at fault.
Work with Car Accident Attorney John Lutgens to Recover All the Damages You Deserve
If you have been involved in a car accident, a defendant driver, his employer, or insurance company may try to offer you a quick settlement in exchange for you giving up your legal rights to bring a claim. But only your own car accident attorney will assess your claim to determine the true value of your claim under the law and fight to get you the full recovery you deserve.
John Lutgens has worked with numerous car accident injury victims over his two decades of legal practice, and he knows just how financially devastating these injuries can be over the long term. He will fight to get you all the damages you deserve, including:
- The cost of past and future medical bills
- Compensation for pain and suffering endured over your life
- Recovery for any missed time at work or impact on your earning capacity
- All property damage to your vehicle
Don’t accept a quick insurance payout without speaking to a knowledgeable attorney committed to your recovery for all the years to come. Car accident attorney John Lutgens can come to your home or hospital if need be to begin the process of your legal recovery, and he is waiting to hear from you now.
Contact Vancouver Attorney John Lutgens to See How He Can Help You
If you have suffered an injury in Washington or Oregon due to the careless driving of another, set up a free consultation with Vancouver personal injury attorney John Lutgens to discuss your claim by calling 360-693-2119 today.