Everett, WA – Being in a drunk driving accident is a life-changing and scary moment in a victim’s life. The experience can leave one with unanswered questions, confusion, frustration, and extensive expenses. Dealing with a DUI accident can differ from the average auto accident and involve more care. Recognizing the complexities, Seattle Injury Law PLLC guides victims on What to do about DUI accidents.
Like other states, Washington has its set of unique laws about drunk driving. Though it prohibits people from driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) higher than .08%, there are more severe criminal penalties for people with a BAC higher than .15%, like license suspension, hefty fines, jail/prison time, and ignition interlocking device. Most DUI accidents usually involve alcohol, but intoxication also results from over-the-counter drugs, prescription medication, and recreational drugs.
While most people know that DUI offenders get criminal charges, they may not realize that victims of drunk drivers can get damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance. ‘What we do – All we do’ is a phrase demonstrating Seattle Injury Law PLLC’s focus on one particular area of the law, allowing them to devote all resources to DUI accident victims’ cases. They leverage a unique and personalized client-centered approach, connecting with victims regularly and working proactively to represent their interests.
Victims of DUI accidents in Everett, WA, often receive low settlement offers because they don’t know about all damages available to them. For this reason, the firm recommends actions victims can take following an accident. First, they should stay calm to avoid creating additional issues like starting fights or arguing with other drivers. Once they call law enforcement, they should remain at the scene and collect the other driver’s insurance information, phone numbers, and photos/videos of the damage. It’s also advisable to seek medical attention, even with minor injuries, and share what happened at the scene with an attorney while it’s fresh in the mind.
Seattle Injury Law PLLC takes time to listen and understand a victim’s account, asking appropriate questions and seeking clarification. The team then conducts extensive investigations and examines the evidence, medical documents, police reports, and legal information to calculate the amount of damages, prove negligence, or find other at-fault parties. They also communicate with insurance companies, find/interview witnesses, hire subject-matter experts to testify, and streamline litigation/settlement.
About Seattle Injury Law PLLC.
Seattle Injury Law PLLC handles different cases ranging from automobile and uninsured motorist accidents to dog bites, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death. Alongside experienced personal injury attorneys, the firm features trained investigators, negotiators, and paralegals, many of whom have previously worked ‘behind enemy lines’ for insurance companies. Other attorneys, medical professionals, nurses, hospital staff, small business owners, insurance claims adjusters and community leaders also trust the team with their referrals.
Seattle Injury Law PLLC
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