The roads and highways that wind through our state can be historic and picturesque. But they can also be dangerous. Recent state highway safety records indicate there were 111,632 auto accidents throughout the state, resulting in 500 fatalities.
Drivers in Wenatchee were involved in 565 auto collisions in 2019, many of which resulted in injuries to drivers and passengers, and the city of East Wenatchee reported an additional 233 accidents. Motor vehicle accidents can leave families devastated by physical injuries, emotional suffering, and financial burdens. Accident survivors might struggle to overcome long-term disabilities, cognitive impairments, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions. When a loved one is involved in a catastrophic car crash, family members are left to deal with the person’s permanent disability or death along with the emotional and economic consequences.
Proving Fault in an Auto Accident in Wenatchee
Like elsewhere in Washington and the U.S., the causes of auto accidents vary widely around Wenatchee and surrounding Chelan and Douglas Counties. Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers traveling along US 2, sightseers and tourists on SR 285, and local commuters on Sunset Highway (SR 28) can – and have – cause collisions resulting in damage to drivers, passengers, and property. Single-car accidents can injure or kill pedestrians and cause damage to buildings and other structures. Regardless of whether it’s a multi-car interstate pileup or a driver swerving to avoid an obstacle and leaving the roadway, an auto accident poses both short- and long-term dangers.
Establishing who is legally responsible or “at fault” for an accident and the subsequent damages can be problematic. Motorists may be at fault if they are negligent, engage in unreasonably risky behavior, violate traffic laws, drive too fast or recklessly for road conditions, or otherwise fail to operate their vehicles safely. Besides drivers and operators, bicyclists and pedestrians may be at fault if they suddenly dart into traffic or disobey traffic laws. In Washington, injured parties that share liability for an accident can still recover compensation, but their damages are reduced in proportion to their “comparable fault.”
Wenatchee Insurance Claims and Compensation
Unfortunately, many drivers operate their motor vehicles without insurance or without sufficient insurance. 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.
More than likely, your vehicle insurance policy offers uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage for these situations, but pursuing a claim for your damages can be problematic. That’s why you need an attorney – like the lawyers at Calbom & Schwab – to help you file a complete, well-documented claim to every insurance company involved. In UM/UIM cases, you need strong representation to protect your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.
Compensation and Long-Term Effects
Many times, the long-term damage from a motor vehicle accident isn’t immediately recognizable, which is why Washington law provides a person three years to file a lawsuit to recover damages from a negligent driver. This three-year period is called the “statute of limitations.” But you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to consult with an attorney. When you contact an experienced lawyer soon after your accident, they can help you find necessary treatment, manage your medical expenses, and document your progress and ongoing physical limitations.
The compensation and damages you might obtain due to another driver’s negligence can include:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional and psychological damage.
- Medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses.
- Long-term disability.
- Transportation to and from medical visits.
- Compensation for lost work or lost work opportunities.
In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may pursue claims to recover damages for the loss of their loved ones, including lost earning capacity.
We Are Local Wenatchee Attorneys Who Look Out for You
The team of dedicated attorneys at Calbom & Schwab focuses exclusively on protecting the rights of injured people across Central Washington. We have served our communities and neighbors since 1954 and have proudly helped countless individuals and families recover the compensation they need for medical expenses and lost income. We have helped clients rebuild futures interrupted by a serious injury or untimely and unforeseen death.
We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and determine the best course of legal action with no obligation. Often, we take matters on a contingency basis, allowing clients to defer the attorney’s fees and other costs until they receive a settlement or judgment.
Count on Our Compassion and Experience
Calbom & Schwab has experience in a wide range of personal injury matters, including workers’ compensation, negligence, premises liability, Social Security disability, and other claims. In every case, we adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism.
If you or someone you love has been injured, contact us today and let us put our experience to work for you.