Washington Auto Accident Laws 2017-07-14T16:57:26+00:00

Washington Auto Accident Laws

We’re about to tell you everything you ever wanted to know and more if you were in a car accident in Washington.  You’ll learn what you need to do after your accident and what the average settlement is for a car accident Washington.

How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit After My Car Accident?

After you’ve regained your composure after your car accident, you will want to reach out to a lawyer.  In Washington you will have 3 years  from the date of your car accident to file a lawsuit.  This is the same whether you are seeking damages for personal injury or property damage.  These two years go by quicker than you expect and it is recommended to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

The one exception to this is if your accident involved any type of government vehicle.  In this case the laws are different but you will need to file quickly in this case, often within 90 days of your accident.

Pure Comparative Fault Rules In Washington

Washington state has some of the most straight forward car accident laws in the country.  When you are injured in a car accident, then you file your lawsuit or an insurance claim, and you are awarded compensation for any damages.  The problems arise is if they jury or insurance adjuster decides you are partially at fault.

Let’s look at an example of what this might look like:

Assume you are in an accident and between injury, lost wages and medical bills the total is $100,000.  If the jury after looking at the evidence determines that you are 10% at fault, then you would recieve only 90% of the damages, so $90,000.  If you are deemed to be more than 50% at fault you will automatically not be eligible for any settlement.

If you have any questions that you are looking for further details, please visit Washington’s Department of Transportation website here

What’s The Average Settlement For A Car Accident In Washington?

If you’d like to see how much your accident settlement may be worth, please fill out this form and a Washington car accident attorney will contact you shortly.