According to the most recent data from the Washington State Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were 99,709 total collisions in the state, resulting in 43,846 injuries and 436 fatalities. This comes out to a crash occurring every five minutes and a traffic related fatality every 20 hours.
With more than 35 years of experience fighting for car accident injury victims in the Pacific Northwest, the attorneys at the NW Injury Law Center have seen how these traumatic events can impact your life on an emotional, physical, and financial level.
Cars are a necessary part of many people’s daily lives, but improper use and unsafe driving habits can lead to disastrous consequences such as wrongful death. Because of this, we promise to use every resource necessary to thoroughly investigate your claim and quantify the effects of your accident so you can get the best recovery possible.
If you or a family member have been in a car accident in Vancouver or Portland, call us at (360) 695-1624 for a free consultation or fill out our contact us form. We will be happy to review the details of your case and can answer any questions you may have to determine the best course of action for your situation.
Also, visit our frequently asked questions page to learn more about what to do in the critical hours and days right after your injury.
Types of Compensation for Car Accident Injuries:
Medical Expenses: The most straightforward compensation, if the other party is found liable for your injuries is the related medical expenses, such as a visit to the hospital, surgery, physical therapy, or anything else associated with approved medical professionals. Your future medical expenses also come into play, as long as it is proven the continued medical care is related to the crash.
Lost Wages: If your injuries are significant enough that you miss time from work, you may be eligible for compensation for lost wages, dating from the time of your accident. Even if you were unemployed at the time of your injuries, you may be able to recover damages for potential earnings.
Lost Future Earnings Potential: Sometimes an injury is severe enough to hinder the victim’s ability to reach their full earnings potential that they could have reached had they not been in the accident.
Pain and Suffering: While quantifying these damages are more challenging, you can also be awarded non-economic damages related to pain and suffering. In addition to physical pain, emotional pain suffered due to the car accident is also a valid source of compensation.
Loss of Consortium: When the plaintiff is married, the spouse may be able to seek monetary damages for loss of consortium. These damages relate to when a plaintiff is unable to provide for his or her spouse on an emotional and physical level (companionship, romantic), financial support, and their share of household duties.
Punitive Damages: In special situations, when the defendant has acted in a particularly egregious manner, and all other compensation is deemed not enough of a punishment, punitive damages may be awarded. In addition to punishing the accused, it is meant to discourage them from similar actions in the future.