Kent Driver Error/Inexperience Accident Lawyer
- Driver Error and Inexperience Can Lead to Accidents
- Damages Available After an Accident With an Inexperienced Driver
- How a Kent Injury Lawyer Can Help You After a Driver Error Accident
- Case Results for Herschensohn Law
- Can I Afford a Lawyer After an Inexperienced Driver Accident?
- Sue the Inexperienced Driver Behind Your Accident Before Time Runs Out in Washington
- See How a Kent Attorney Can Help After an Accident Caused by Driver Error or Inexperience
New drivers lack the experience to make good judgments on the road, with potentially tragic consequences. Driver error or inexperience contributes to serious and fatal accidents each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at a higher risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents than any other age group.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an accident caused by another driver’s error or inexperience, you may face astronomical financial losses. You may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, loss of income, property damage, and more from the at-fault driver and his insurance company. A Kent driver error or inexperience accident lawyer at Herschensohn Law may be able to help, so call us today at (206) 588-4344.
Anyone can make a mistake while driving, but new drivers are more likely to make errors because of their lack of experience. People with years of driving experience have enough hours on the road to improve their judgment and critical thinking skills.
Newer drivers may misjudge a situation. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, younger drivers tend to underestimate dangers on the road while overestimating their own driving abilities. This combination makes them more likely to engage in risky behaviors while driving, such as speeding or texting.
Common Driving Errors That Lead to Car Accidents
Many common driving errors can lead to accidents, including:
- Driving too fast for current weather conditions
- Distracted driving, such as texting, eating or talking on the phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Turning left into oncoming traffic
- Failing to negotiate a curve
- Disregarding traffic signs or signals
- Failing to avoid a stopped or parked car
You may be able to recover damages from the other driver and his insurance company after an accident. Your lawyer can investigate your losses and determine how much compensation you may pursue.
Economic Damages After an Accident
You may be entitled to economic damages, which cover tangible losses directly caused by your accident, including:
- Medical bills: This covers ambulance fees, emergency room treatment, surgeries, hospital stays, follow-up appointments, prescription medications, rehabilitative therapies, and more.
- Future medical treatment: This covers continued therapies such as speech, occupational, or physical therapy, anticipated surgeries, or other types of ongoing care
- Medical equipment: This covers things like slings, crutches, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters.
- Home modifications: This covers widened halls and doorways, accessible bathrooms, lowered kitchen counters, and ramps, to make your home accessible to a wheelchair or scooter.
- Loss of income: This covers your salary, wages, tips, or other income if you cannot work temporarily or permanently because of the accident.
- Property damage: This covers repairs or replacement of your vehicle.
Non-Economic Damages After an Accident
Non-economic damages cover the intangible negative impact the accident has on your life, both now and in the future. You may be able to recover non-economic damages if you:
- Suffer from chronic pain
- Require a long recovery, multiple surgeries, or other procedures
- Lost a limb or other body part
- Became permanently disfigured or disabled
- Develop a mental health condition such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, or insomnia
- Lose the ability to participate in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed
- Have difficulty leaving the house
- Suffer from overall reduced quality of life
Wrongful Death Damages for a Car Crash Caused by Inexperience
If you lost a loved one in a Kent accident caused by driver error or inexperience, you may be able to recover damages for direct expenses caused by the accident. You may also be able to seek damages for the future financial losses you face because of the accident, including:
- Medical expenses: The treatment your loved one received before passing away
- Funeral and burial expenses: Cremation or embalming services, casket or urn, memorial service, transportation, flowers, and more
- Loss of financial support: The income and benefits your loved one would have provided had he or she survived
- Loss of household services: Services such as childcare, chores, and home maintenance
If you lost a child in the accident, you may also pursue damages for:
- Destruction of the parent-child relationship
- Loss of emotional support, love, and companionship
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“Herschensohn Law worked by my side for almost four years when I was in an auto accident and were outstanding in everything they did! They went above and beyond to make my lawsuit as easy and stress free as possible for me while consistently showing genuine care for my wellbeing. They even recommended amazing health care professionals for my injuries! Anything/everything I may have been confused/concerned about was addressed/explained so I felt comfortable with each move made in my lawsuit. Professional, courteous and attentive are just a few words I would use to describe this law firm and although I hope to never be in a similar situation again - if I do, Herschensohn Law will be my first call!”
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Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be exhausting and stressful, filled with endless paperwork and phone calls with insurance agents, doctor’s offices, and auto body shops. This process can be trying under the best of circumstances, but can be especially difficult if you were injured or lost a family member in the accident.
A lawyer can help you navigate this difficult process by taking over the phone calls and paperwork, giving you the time you need to heal. We can:
Investigate Your Accident
We can collect time-sensitive evidence at the accident scene such as eyewitness accounts and photos. We can also gather police reports, cell phone records, toxicology reports, traffic camera footage, and other evidence. The police and insurance companies will investigate the accident, but our investigation can focus on your point of view and look for evidence of inexperience and error by the other driver.
Estimate the Value of Your Damages
Your lawyer can gather your medical bills and records from each provider who treated you after the accident. We can also use pictures of your injuries, expert medical testimony, interviews with witnesses, vehicle repair or replacement bills, and evidence of your past income to estimate the full value of your losses.
Communicate With the Insurance Company
We can take over written and verbal communication with your insurance company. We can submit supporting documents and file a claim on your behalf.
Negotiate Your Settlement
It’s often faster and easier to settle out of court than to sue the other driver. We can negotiate an agreeable settlement with the insurance company.
File a Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to agree to a reasonable settlement, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
Herschensohn Law has successfully represented many victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Our team has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for people whose lives were changed forever because of the careless and reckless behavior of other drivers. Here are some examples of our case results for people injured in car accidents:
- $750,000 settlement for a man who sustained a torn rotator cuff in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle
- $450,000 settlement for our client who suffered a torn colon, and a broken jaw in an accident caused by a drunk driver
- $100,000 settlement for our client who sustained serious orthopedic injuries in a car accident with a drunk driver
While our past results can never predict future results, they do highlight our commitment to our clients. We work hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients who have been injured in accidents with inexperienced drivers or with any other negligent party.
A serious car accident can be devastating, physically, emotionally, and financially. You may be wondering if you can even afford a lawyer. However, personal injury lawyer Zach Herschensohn and his team are committed to providing legal services to anyone, regardless of income, who has sustained injuries because of another person’s negligence in or around Kent.
Our team works on contingency, which means that you won’t pay any fees upfront or out of pocket. We only get paid if and when we win your case. Even then, we can simply take our payment from a percentage of your settlement or verdict award.
“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”
You have just a short amount of time to sue the inexperienced driver who caused your accident. If you wait too long, you give up your legal right to hold the at-fault driver accountable for his actions.
- RCW § 4.16.080 establishes the statute of limitations (deadline) for personal injury cases at three years
- RCW 4.16.080 establishes the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases at two years
For personal injury, the statute of limitations starts on the day of the accident. For wrongful death, it starts on the date that your loved one died, which may be after the accident. Your lawyer can make sure that you file before time runs out.
Don’t forfeit the compensation you deserve after a car accident caused by another driver’s error or inexperience. You may be entitled to damages for medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. Herschensohn Law can help, so call our Kent office today at (206) 588-4344 to schedule your free case consultation.
Our results speak for themselves
After a worker was electrocuted on a construction site and suffered life-changing injuries, we fought and won on their behalf.
When a retired man was killed in a truck accident, we made sure his grieving family got fair compensation.
When a defective medical device harmed our client, we fought to ensure they had the financial compensation needed to recover.
Hurt? Let our law firm handle the details
When you request your free consultation, Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn will listen to you, answer your questions, lay out your legal options, and give you down-to-earth legal advice.
When you work with our law office, there are no obligations, hidden fees, or fine print. It’s that simple.