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Car accidents are quite traumatic, leaving behind an aftermath of pain and confusion along with stacks of bills for expenses related to any injuries sustained. Accidents occur in the blink of an eye; one moment you’re rolling down the street, headed to work or out shopping—and the next you’re in the ER receiving medical care for a broken leg or whiplash. Things can look even more bleak when you’re injured to the point that you cannot work, despite the fact that rent or mortgage, utility and other bills continue to roll in. If you have been hurt in a car accident, trust our Tacoma car accident attorney to help you put the pieces back together again.

Car Accident Liability and Causes

The first step in collecting damages for your car accident injury is to identify the liable party. Most of the time, this is another driver on the road who acted carelessly or recklessly, resulting in a crash. And while the liability is at times crystal clear, proving it may require additional work on the part of your attorney. Particularly serious accidents may require the work of an accident recreationist if negotiations between the insurer and your attorney are not fruitful.

Other drivers are not always at fault in Tacoma car accidents. For instance, it is not unusual for conditions on the road to cause drivers to lose control. As an example, debris in the road from a construction project nearby results in tires losing traction, resulting in a wreck. In this instance, then the construction company may be a litigant in your case.

Some of the most often-cited causes of car accidents include:

  • Driver error and inattention
  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Tailgating
  • Road rage
  • Poor road conditions
  • Debris or oil in the roadway
  • Inclement weather

Car Accident Damages

Beyond the medical expenses, ambulance fees, and cost of repairing your damaged vehicle, most car accidents result in lost wages for the injured party. You may be forced to take time off from your job or reduce the number of hours you work each day because of your injury. You may also end up with a disability that prevents you from working again, period. Your car accident claim seeks to recoup all of your financial losses due to the accident.

In addition, you may be entitled to non-economic losses too. Pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, and other non-monetary damages may also be payable, depending on your particular situation and the facts surrounding your case.

There is no specific formula for calculating the actual damages in a car accident when non-economic losses are factored in. For this reason, it makes good sense to work with an aggressive car accident attorney with a history of going to be for accident victims. Contact Russell and Hill to find out how our Tacoma car accident attorney can help you get the legal compensation you are due for your injuries. Schedule your no-obligation, completely free consultation and case review today.

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