Have your complaints been in writing? All complaints should be in writing. Don't forget to keep a copy of the complaint for your records. If you were not having these problems when you moved in, you should mention to your landlord that every lease agreement has an implied covenant of quiet enjoyment. In other words, the landlord has an obligation to ensure that you possess the premises in peace.
A "renter's license" is not required to rent property. However, the property must be "habitable." If it is not, you must give the landlord written notice about the problem. Make sure to keep a copy of the written notice for your records. A landlord has 24 hours, 72 hours or 10 days to START making the repairs, depending upon what the issue is. More information can be found here: http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/WA/StateChannelResults.cfm/County/%20/City/%20/demoMode/%3D%201/Language/1/...
You need to talk to a lawyer. The King County Bar Association runs a Housing Justice Project, which may be able to help you. They give free legal advice and may be able to address your specific issue. Information can be found at: http://www.kcba.org/scriptcontent/kcba/legalhelp/hjp/clients.cfm or by Googling King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project.
Yes. A landlord can serve the 3 day notice. Make sure you strictly comply with the statute. Judges (or more likely a court commissioner) strictly interpret the statute authorizing the pay or vacate process. A lawyer in your area could likely help you make sure you do it correctly.
You should absolutely talk to a lawyer that handles products liability cases. You also need to preserve the evidence (i.e., the car). A good expert may be able to determine what the cause of the steering failure was, even if it is mangled. An insurance company may not be willing to take this extra step and you should therefore consult an attorney immediately.
If you caused damage to someone else's property or injured them, you should probably report the damage. Whether the accident took place on private is irrelevant if you were at fault for causing the damage. If you were at fault, the statute of limitations would govern how long you could be held liable in court. How long you could be held liable for the damages would be a matter of years, not a matter of days.
Weather may change the "duty" of drivers. In other words, if conditions are more dangerous, drivers will have a duty to adjust their driving to compensate for the poor conditions. If the persons that hit you were driving in a manner that was unsafe because of the conditions (in this case, snow and ice), they would probably be considered at least partially "at fault" for causing the collision.
Yes. Like most states in America, Washington has a "comparative fault" system. Ultimately, if a case is tried, a jury gets to decide what percentage of fault all the person involved in an accident bear. If there is no trial, insurance companies or parties often agree about a fair distribution of the percentage of fault. If they cannot agree, a lawsuit will need to be filed.
I highly recommend hiring a lawyer. You correctly identify that the standard contingent fee agreement often calls for a 1/3 attorney fee. That number is not set in stone. Some lawyers may set up the structure differently. As a consumer, you are certainly able to negotiate a different contingent fee.
What's more important than the fee, however, is that you hire competent counsel. The person you hire should be someone you trust and that trusts you. Someone that is willing to have a frank...