Kennewick Car Accident Lawyers
Strong advocacy for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders in WA
Travelers on State Routes 240 or 397, Interstate 82, US 395, or any of the local community roads in and near Kennewick expect to get their destination safely. Yet almost every day, drivers can see police vehicles called to the scene of a car accident. Many accidents cause catastrophic or permanent injuries. Sadly, too many car crashes are fatal. Even with advanced technology, airbags, and other safety measures, car accidents happen all too often.
The Kennewick car accident lawyers at Telaré Law have been fighting for car accident victims for 25 years. Our lawyers have an impressive record of success securing just settlements and verdicts. Our impressive record of results is why clients refer their family and friends to us, why adjusters negotiate with us, and why defense lawyers respect us. When we do settle a car accident case, we are often able to secure a much higher award because the insurance companies know we ALWAYS prepare your case for trial. If you were hurt in Southeast Washington, you can count on us.
How can we help?
- How dangerous are car accidents?
- What types of car accident cases do you handle?
- What are the common causes of car accidents?
- What injuries do Kennewick car accident victims suffer?
- Who is liable for a car accident in Kennewick?
- How much is my Kennewick car accident claim worth?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in Washington?
- Do you have a car accident lawyer near me?
How dangerous are car accidents?
There were more than 90,000 traffic accidents in Washington State in 2021. More than 2,500 people suffered serious injuries and 583 people died, including 133 pedestrians.
When a car accident occurs, the occupants of the car can suffer injuries due to colliding with the dashboard, windshield, other passengers, or other parts of the car. Some passengers may be ejected from their vehicle. Glass can shatter. The greater the speeds of the cars involved in the car crash, the more likely an occupant, even with airbags, is likely to die or suffer severe injuries. When cars collide with other cars, the vehicles take the bulk of the force. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, the odds of the him or her dying or suffering severe injuries are extremely high.
What types of car accident cases do you handle?
At Telaré Law, our lawyers handle car accident claims that cause catastrophic injuries. The type of accident is a strong indicator of how catastrophic the injuries are likely to be.
We regularly handle the following types of car accidents:
- Head-on collisions
- Broadside accidents
- Multiple-vehicle accidents
- Single-car accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Rockslide accidents
- Car vs. Truck
- Car vs. Motorcycle
We work with investigators, the police, traffic reconstruction experts, and product safety professionals to show how the accident occurred and why the defendants should pay for your damages.
What are the common causes of car accidents?
Drivers know the traffic laws. They know the difference between safe driving and unsafe driving. When they cross these lines and act negligently, they deserve to be held accountable. Some of the many reasons car accidents happen in Kennewick include:
- Driver intoxication
- Driver distraction (texting, etc.)
- Driver fatigue
- Not obeying traffic signals
- Failure to yield
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Defective and confusing roadways
What injuries do Kennewick car accident victims suffer?
Telaré Law represents victims who suffer catastrophic injuries in a car accident – the types of injuries that may take years to heal or may never fully heal at all. We have the skills, resources, and experience to handle complex claims involving:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputation/limb loss
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Multiple broken bones
- Permanent vision and hearing loss
- Chronic pain
- Nerve damage
We are skilled at representing children who are injured in car accidents, and families when a loved one dies in a Kennewick car crash.
Treating a catastrophic injury
Most car accident victims begin their treatment with a visit to the emergency room. In truly catastrophic cases, the accident victims require surgeries, including skin grafts or even organ transplants. They may need ongoing care from a physical therapist, who focuses on strength and mobility, or from occupational therapists, vocational therapists, psychologists, and many other healthcare professionals. In many cases, families require life planners to help them chart a path forward for their children, their spouses, and even themselves.
At Telaré Law, we understand what kind of financial burden lifelong medical care can create. Our Kennewick personal injury lawyers work with your doctors. We also have a network of independent doctors who can review your injuries. By the time your case is ready for a settlement discussion or trial, we will know your diagnosis, prognosis, the full range of treatment options, and all the ways your injuries affect your ability to function, work, and enjoy life – and every single insurance company in Washington State knows it. Our team won’t let you settle for less than what you need and deserve.
Who is liable for a car accident in Kennewick?
Washington is a fault-state. This means that in order to recover damages for your injuries, you need to show that a driver or someone else caused your accident. You need to show more than how the accident happened; you need to show why the accident occurred. We work aggressively to establish how and why the defendant’s actions caused the accident which led to your injuries.
At Telaré Law, we file car accident claims against every responsible party. Defendants can include:
- The negligent driver
- The owners of the car (if different than the driver) if they gave permission to the driver to operate the vehicle
- An employer
- The manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective auto parts such as defective brakes, airbags, and fuel lines
- A seller of alcohol, if the driver is a minor or someone who was visibly intoxicated, and that driver causes the accident
- The Washington Department of Transportation, or other state or local entities/ agencies, when applicable
Our lawyers are skilled at handling complex cases which involve multiple defendants. In addition to our work with accident reconstructionists and, when necessary, members of law enforcement, we thoroughly question the defendants to determine everything they did and failed to do immediately before the accident. We also use all phone, repair, and insurance records to help build your claim.
How much is my Kennewick car accident claim worth?
Each case is different depending on the type of injuries you have, the severity of the injuries, and how your injuries are affecting your daily life. Insurance adjusters often base settlement offers on how much similar cases have settled for, or what juries awarded in similar situations.
At Telaré Law, our Kennewick car accident lawyers demand just compensation based on the value of all your economic and non-economic losses including:
- All medical bills (past, present, and future) for hospital care, doctor visits, therapy, assistive devices, and medications
- Lost wages and loss of future earning potential
- Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional
- Any scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium (marital support and intimacy)
- Property losses
While many of our cases do settle – often for amounts that are so significant that the insurance companies ask us to keep the amount confidential – we are experienced trial lawyers at Telaré Law. Our success at trying cases is a major reason insurance companies make fair settlement offers. Our seasoned Kennewick lawyers are respected in the Tri-Cities area and throughout Southeast Washington for our ability to persuasively try your case in court.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in Washington State?
While you generally have three years to file your claim (exceptions do apply), you shouldn’t wait. The best course of action is to contact our Kennewick car accident lawyers immediately. We need to move quickly to investigate your claim. We need to work with your doctors now to understand your medical condition. You need the strongest recovery possible to move forward with your life.