When I was rear ended, the accident was only paint transfer from a "fender bender;" and the person who drove into the back of my car, called the police before they would exchange insurance but I did not want to wait around, so did I have to wait o...
In the State of Washington, it may not always be required that you stay at the scene of the collision until police arrive. There is a statute that governs this situation. RCW 46.52.020. It is, however, a Class B felony to leave the scene of an accident "resulting in damage to any vehicle" before giving your "name, address, insurance company, insurance policy number, and vehicle license number and shall exhibit his or her vehicle driver's license to any person struck or injured or the driver or any occupant of, or any person attending, any such vehicle collided with and shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying or the making of arrangements for the carrying of such person to a physician or hospital for medical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such carrying is requested by the injured person or on his or her behalf."See question
The state trooper was going to arrest him for hit and run. Then the guy magically produced insurance so the trooper let him go with just a hit and run ticket.. The insurance company said it doesn't recognize his policy number. Called the guy bac...
Also, if you do have uninsured motorist coverage through your own carrier, they will likely cover your damages (potentially less a deductible). Your insurer will likely pursue the deadbeat driver to recover both any money they pay out as well as your deductible.See question
I am 27 now, and when I was 15 I was placed in a group home per care of DSHS, while there I was sexually abused by a female staff member at the home I just completed alcohol treatment and relized that my problems stemmed from that setting when I...
I highly recommend you contact someone with expertise in this area. There are several good ones in the Puget Sound region including Kristine Grelish of Gordon Edmunds Grelish in Seattle, Washington.See question
I was hit from behind by a young driver in Washington State. Police sighted him with 2 tickets. I was not sighted. His insurance company says its my responcibility to get them a police report. Police reports says it was his fault not mine. Now his...
First, the insurer can get a copy of the police report. You are not obligated to provide one to the insurer. You could provide them with the case number if they don't already have it. You are entitled to parts that will return your car to its pre-accident state, if possible. If you have collision coverage, you may want to have your insurer assist you with the property damage claim. You likely have a deductible, but your insurer, if the other driver is at fault, should assist you in getting the deductible refunded. Also, your insurer will be obligated to play fair by law under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (and for other reasons). The other driver's insurance does not have such obligations to you.See question
How much time do you have to file a bad faith claim from the time of the acc.?
If you believe that you may have a bad faith claim against your insurer, I strongly suggest that you contact an attorney that specializes in that kind of work as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for the bad faith claim probably does not start running from the date of the accident, but instead may begin running as soon as the insurance company has breached is obligation of good faith. That can be near the time of the accident or even months and years later.
My firm does this work as do several others in the Everett-Seattle-Tacoma area.
Best of luck.See question
I was driving my little Geo and a ford truck rear ended on freeway in May 2010,The other driver stopped and when I asked for insurance info he run away, But I did notice the number plate and reported it to State Patrol, It was hit and run case. ...
You should definitely contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Getting the treatment you need now is very important. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you find a health care provider or providers that will treat you on a "lien," meaning that they defer payment until your legal claim is resolved.
If liability is as clear as you suggest, the other party's insurance company should pay for all of your related treatment and "general damages." They will not, however, agree to pay anything until you are ready to settle the claim.
Best of luck.
I got hit by a car in wal mart parking lot approx. 10 -12 mph on friday sept 17, minor injuries twisted ankle,knee, briused hip, and alot of stiffness in neck.Who is responsible for my medical bills driver or walmart? The person who hit me is not ...
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you have auto insurance, you probably have PIP coverage, which will pay for your medical bills up to the limit of your insurance policy. You may have an obligation to contact your insurer as soon as you can. An attorney licensed to practice in your area can help you figure out who will pay for your treatment, etc.See question
I was struck at a low speed however did spend 8 hours in ER, several xrays, CAT SCAN, MRI, IV fluids, IV pain medications and now have follow up doctor appointments. My motorcycle has over $3000 in damage, plus lost wages, lost motorcycle helmet a...
I'm sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds awful. You would be well advised to talk to an attorney about what options you might have. If the young man that hit you was living with his parents, they may be liable under the "family car doctrine." Also, if you have UM/UIM coverage of your own, your insurance may be able to pick up where the at fault party's insurance (or lack of insurance) leaves off.
In any event, there may be options for you. You should definitely contact an attorney and discuss your options.See question
I had an auto accident recently, but I did not report it to the police. Will my auto insurance require a police report? I do not remember the details of where this accident occurred.
Whether a police report is needed will depend on a variety of factors. If there were any injuries, you need to report it to the police. It will also depend on what your insurance policy says.
At a minimum, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible. You probably have an obligation to do so as soon as you are reasonably able to do so. They should be able to tell you what you are required to do under the terms of your policy.See question
was in an auto accident and have all the medical bill, medical reports in order and computate for past 1 1/2 years would the fee still be 33% to hire an attorney
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 discussion about their fee is an important part of building the trust relationship
Gathering medical bills is only a tiny part of what a lawyer who represents you does.
Best of luck to you.See question