Insurance companies often try to deny benefits to persons injured in auto accidents. Lehmbecker Law aggressively investigates and prosecutes Seattle car accident claims—we fight for money for your pain and suffering, loss of income, and property and physical injury damages. You can help us by retaining us immediately before evidence or witnesses disappear.
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After 30-years of successfully fighting for the rights of the injured in Washington State, our goal is always to help you collect the settlement to which you are entitled. After an auto accident, contact us and an auto accident attorney will evaluate your case free of charge. Do not accept a settlement from an insurance company without first contacting us at 425-455-3186 or email@example.com.
After an auto accident remember these tips:
- Remain calm and non-confrontational.
- Call the police and ask that the officer files a police report. If an officer is not able to respond, go to a police station and file an accident report within 72 hours of the incident.
- Obtain the vehicle driver’s insurance information, address, phone number and license plate number.
- Request the name, phone number and address of every witness.
- Do not admit fault. You may think an accident is your fault, but then find out the other driver is equally at fault or even more so.
- Take care of yourself—make sure you seek any necessary medical treatment.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and all other involved vehicles.
- Do not give a statement to the vehicle driver’s insurance without first consulting us.
- Do not rush into any settlement until you know the full extent of your injuries and rights — contact us for a complimentary consultation.
Q: Should you give an auto insurance company a recorded statement after you’re involved in an auto accident?
A: Insurance companies routinely ask for a recorded statement after you’ve been in an accident. However, right after an accident most people are not sure about the extent of their injuries. They often haven’t carefully thought through the facts of what happened. So don’t make any statements about your physical condition or the facts of a collision until you’ve consulted with an attorney. The reality of these statements is that anything you say can and will be used against you. Any errors or ambiguities in your statement will be used by the insurance company to build a case against you.
Under its insurance contract your own insurance company may actually have the right to obtain a recorded statement. But you have the right to first take reasonable steps to prepare for the statement – like talking to an attorney. On the other hand, the other driver’s insurance company does NOT have the right to insist on a recorded statement, so we recommend you just say “No!”
When you retain Lehmbecker Law to represent you, we will take over handling the insurance companies’ calls. We will protect you from the insurance companies’ misleading tactics. We will help you determine if it is even necessary for you to give you a statement, and if so we will help you prepare to ensure that your statement is a complete and accurate description of the facts. Our attorneys will make sure you are treated fairly.