I was driving in 28th St SE Bellevue and taking right in 148th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA. There was 2 right turn lane i was in 1st right turn lane. When there was green arrow i turned right. As i turned right, dodge Dakota came from opposite way directly to my lane. His was yield but he didn't yield and turned left.
Insurance company says, 20% my fault because I didn't do anything to prevent the accident.
Should I accept 80-20 settlement or go to lawyer. At the end even if I win the case will they pay for lawyer and so on?
Thank You for the answers !
Hello! I would not settle your case without consulting with an attorney. If you turned with a green arrow there is a strong presumption in your favor, and there should be no fault placed on you, absent very unusual circumstances which don't appear to apply here. You didn't mention how much your vehicle or personal injury losses are, and whether it is worthwhile for an attorney to be involved depends on that. However, many firms, including my firm, LEHMBECKER LAW, will provide a free initial consultation to help you decide if hiring an attorney make sense, or if you can handle the matter yourself based on the information we provide you during the consultation.
Hopefully you weren't seriously injured and if that's the case, an attorney may not be able to "net" you more than you'd get by yourself. However, if you required treatment, I suggest that you consult counsel. Virtually all plaintiff's attorney's give free consultations.
Please talk to legal counsel first before making a decision. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case with you. More information is needed to accurately determine fault and damages.
This is the kind of game insurance companies often play to safe themselves $$$. You have the right of way with a green arrow. It's possible you could have some fault if you saw the other car coming and had time to avoid the collision, then maybe. Did you tell them something like you saw other car and could have stopped? Or is there a witness who said this?
You should talk with an experienced car accident attorney before deciding what to do. Car accident lawyers almost always will give you a free consultation, some even over the phone.
If you weren't injured you may have a hard time finding a lawyer to help you with a vehicle damage only claim. In vehicle damage only cases it often will cost you more in attorney fees then taking the 80% offer. Which again the insurance companies know this and are basically using it against you.
Give an attorney a call. There may be more information you haven't disclosed that can help you.
Best of luck!
PS a good resource for you may be a copy of my FREE book Car Accident Secrets Unlocked. The book is designed to give you information about the injury claim process before talking to the insurance company or hiring a lawyer.
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A free consult shouldn't be difficult to obtain and could save you thousands that the insurance company wants to keep from you.
Somewhat difficult to answer this question without reading the incident report and negotiating with the various parties.
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I would strongly urge you to consult with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney before proceeding further; potentially further digging yourself into a hole. Many attorneys offer free consultations so you have no risk if you do your research and find an attorney you feel comfortable with. Best of luck.
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