Top 2 Common Questions About Car-Accident Lawsuits

Various government agencies confirm that more than 30 million people suffer serious injuries each year, so it is no wonder that there is a large number of personal-injury lawsuits filed every week in the United States. Car accidents are the most common causes of personal-injury lawsuits; in fact, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that they account for about 50 percent of all injury claims. The department also reports that car-accident lawsuits are the most successful types of civil claims with a compensation rate of approximately 60 percent.

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If you are planning to file a personal-injury lawsuit against a negligent driver in Seattle, Washington, we can help. At Richard McKinney Law, we specialize in car-accident lawsuits, and we have won fair compensation for hundreds of clients during the past 40 years. If you have been injured by a drowsy truck driver, a distracted driver or a speeder, we will work hard to maximize your compensation. To arrange a consultation with a personal-injury lawyer, please call us at 206-933-1605.

1. If There Are Not Criminal Charges, Can I Still Sue?

This is a common concern among negligent-driving victims. They often wonder if they can have a strong case if the police do not believe a crime occurred. Fortunately, it is still possible to file a civil claim in the absence of criminal charges.

Consider a recent news story about a pedestrian accident. According to CBS News, a bus driver struck and killed a teenager who was crossing the street. The driver said that he used his horn, but the teen was wearing headphones. Even so, the police decided that the driver should have had sufficient time to stop, and they plan to charge him. Even if a jury does not convict him of reckless driving, the teen’s family can file a lawsuit against him and may win compensation. This is because the burden of proof is lower in civil courtrooms.

2. Can I Sue a Government Entity?

The short answer is “yes;” however, it is very important to speak with a personal-injury lawyer before deciding to sue a government agency. Different rules apply to these types of lawsuits. That does not necessarily mean they are more difficult to win, and on top of compensation, civil action against a city or agency can provide a way to affect change in a community.

For example, when a reckless driver struck and killed 12-year-old Hailey Ratliff, her mother decided to sue the city because the neighborhood had a lack of pedestrian safety measures in place. Specifically, she claimed that the city neglected to lower the speed limit or to install a crosswalk despite a high amount of foot traffic. KTVU News reports that the city has agreed to review the road as part of a settlement made last week.

At Richard McKinney Law, we have the experience necessary to fight for fair compensation after a negligent party causes an injury. We aggressively negotiate with insurers and are not afraid to go to trial if necessary. To learn more about our services, please call 206-933-1605.


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