Washington’s roads and highways vary from high-speed, high-traffic interstate routes to winding, historic byways. These diverse roadways have one tragic thing in common: motor vehicle accidents. According to 2019 state highway safety records, there were 111,632 auto accidents throughout the state, 500 of which resulted in fatalities.
Drivers in the city of Moses Lake were involved in 541 auto collisions in 2019, many resulting in injuries. Motor vehicle accidents can leave families devastated by injuries, loss, and financial damage. Survivors can struggle to overcome long-term disabilities, cognitive issues, psychological difficulties like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. Dealing with the death or permanent disability of a family member can be emotionally and economically crippling.
Proving Fault in an Auto Accident in Moses Lake
The causes of auto accidents vary widely around Moses Lake and surrounding Grant County. Residents have witnessed multi-car pileups involving big-rig tractor-trailers and high-speed, head-on collisions on Interstate 90, common rear-end collisions between commuters on SR 17, and collisions involving motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes. In recent years, tragic crashes on Highway 2 (U.S. Route 2) and Sunset Highway (WA State Route 28) have snarled traffic and caused irreparable damage to local drivers and motorcyclists.
Proving who is legally responsible or “at fault” for the damages in an accident can be complicated. Motorists may be at fault if they engage in unreasonably risky behavior, violate traffic laws, drive too fast or recklessly for the conditions, or otherwise fail to use reasonable care to operate their vehicles safely. Pedestrians or cyclists may be at fault if they suddenly dart into traffic or otherwise disobey traffic laws. Sometimes, more than one driver is at fault for an accident. Washington allows injured parties that share some fault in an accident to recover compensation for their damages but may reduce the amount they collect in proportion to their degree of fault. (This is called “comparable fault.”)
Moses Lake Insurance Claims and Compensation
Unfortunately, many drivers are uninsured or underinsured. When someone has seriously injured you without insurance or without enough insurance to cover your expenses, you may have other ways to pursue compensation for your damages.
Your vehicle insurance policy likely has uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage for these situations. However, pursuing a claim for your damages in these situations can be complicated. An attorney can help you navigate filing a complete, well-supported claim to every insurance company involved, including your own. In UM/UIM cases, even more than other accident litigation, it’s important to have strong representation that focuses on protecting your interests and obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Compensation and Long-Term Effects
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, you could be merely inconvenienced or you might suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. Because the long-term effects of a crash may not be readily apparent, Washington law gives a person three years after an accident to bring a lawsuit against driver, operator, or owner liable for their injuries. This three-year window is called the “statute of limitations,” you shouldn’t wait until you complete medical treatment to contact a lawyer. A seasoned and experienced personal injury attorney – like the lawyers at Calbom & Schwab – can help you find treatment resources, assist you in managing medical expenses and other costs, and ensure you document your progress and restrictions to support your case.
The compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident can include:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional and psychological damage.
- Compensation for lost wages and work opportunities.
- Medical care and treatment expenses.
- Transportation for medical visits.
- Long-term disability.
- Childcare expenses.
When a person is killed in an auto accident, family members may be entitled to pursue a lawsuit for the loss of that loved one.
Local Moses Lake Lawyers With Local Knowledge Fighting for You
Our attorneys focuses exclusively on defending the rights and needs of injured individuals and families across Central Washington. The legal team at Calbom & Schwab have served our communities and neighbors since 1954, and we are proud to have assisted countless families in recovering the compensation they deserve to pay for medical expenses, make up for lost income, and rebuild a future interrupted by serious injury or wrongful death.
We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case’s circumstances and determine the best course of action to pursue recovery with no obligation or cost to you. In many cases, we offer contingency fee arrangements where we delay the attorney’s fees and other costs of pursuing your claim until you receive a settlement or judgment.
Compassionate, Experienced Legal Representation
Our Washington State personal injury attorneys provide experienced legal representation for personal injury claims, including workers’ compensation matters, negligence, premises liability, Social Security disability, and more in a professional and ethical manner.
Contact us today to put our decades of experience to work for you.