Were You Involved in a Lynnwood Car Accident?
With over 1,000+ cases successfully resolved, Rico Tessandore is the Lynnwood car accident attorney for you.
Car Accident Lawyer in Lynnwood, WA
LYNNWOOD CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence. However, you can take legal action if you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, an accident involving an airplane, cruise ship or public transportation; navigating insurance companies and medical bills can seem daunting and incomprehensible. But you do not have to settle for what insurance companies offer you; the Law Offices of Rico Tessandore can help you be compensated in the way you deserve.
A car accident can occur in an instant, sometimes causing serious and life-changing injuries. The sad truth is that injuries such as these can have a significant impact on your future, health, or even the well being of your family.
As you struggle to recover, you may have many thoughts running through your mind.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident in Lynnwood that the negligence or recklessness of someone else caused, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the expenses and impacts on your life. Rico Tessandore, an experienced Lynnwood car accident attorney at Rico Tessandore Law can help you every step of the way.
To learn more about how to fight for your legal rights after an auto accident, contact an experienced Car Accident Lawyer like Rico Tessandore.
The Washington State Department of Transportation Crash Data Portal provides crash information for accidents that occurred statewide. According to the 2019 data, there were 45,524 accidents on all roads. Of those:
The Portal’s 2019 data shows that numerous factors were involved in statewide accidents, including:
Accidents involving teen drivers include 17 fatal crashes, 75 suspected serious injury, and 316 suspected minor injuries.
Distracted driving overall resulted in 33 fatal, 91 suspected serious injury, and 273 suspected minor injury crashes.
In accidents that involved teen distracted drivers, 4 were fatal, 9 were suspected of serious injury, and 27 were suspected minor injuries.
For alcohol-related accidents, 45 were fatal, 219 were suspected of serious injury, and 333 were suspected minor injury collisions.
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Here’s how Rico Tessandore can help you in your auto accident:
Understanding the law of negligence
The person who brings the lawsuit (called the plaintiff) must show that the defendant (the person being sued) was negligent. If you are the plaintiff, you must show all of the following:
The defendant was not careful. This is called “breaching” (or violating) the duty of care. In determining whether a driver was sufficiently careful, the law compares the driver’s conduct with the conduct expected of a “reasonable person.” The law asks: How would a reasonable, prudent person have behaved in the same or similar circumstances?If the defendant’s behavior falls short of how a reasonable person would have acted, the defendant has violated the duty of reasonable care.
The defendant’s conduct caused the plaintiff’s injuries. You must also show that the defendant’s conduct caused your injuries.For example, Laura is claiming she suffered a back injury when Rod rear-ended her car. Laura must prove that her back injury was caused by the rear-end accident and not due to some other accident or event.
The plaintiff suffered losses and/or was injured. Car accident victims are entitled to compensation for injuries, lost wages or earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage (for example, damage to a car). If there aren’t any monetary losses or provable injuries, the plaintiff can’t recover anything.The plaintiff must show evidence of his or her injuries and other monetary losses to be compensated. If you are the plaintiff, it’s important to keep complete and detailed records of all injuries, medical expenses, and property damage.
What duties does the driver have?
The law requires drivers to use reasonable care to avoid harming anyone encountered on the road. But what exactly does this entail? Here are some examples of specific requirements that the law has imposed. If a driver fails to meet these requirements, he or she may be found to have violated the driver duty of reasonable care.
Driving at a reasonable speed. Drivers have a duty to drive at a reasonable, prudent speed. A person who drives at a speed that is unreasonable in light of the existing traffic, road, visibility, and weather conditions may be negligent. Even driving at the speed limit can be considered negligent if, for example, visibility is low, the weather is bad, or the circumstances warrant particular caution (driving by a school where you can expect children to be crossing, for example).
Vigilance and keeping a proper lookout. Drivers have a duty to be alert and to maintain a careful lookout for other vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards. Drivers are expected to see the things that an ordinary, prudent person would see. A failure to keep a proper lookout – by, for example, failing to take care when driving by a road construction site or a school crossing – can constitute negligence.
Maintaining control of the car. Drivers are expected to keep their car under control by, for example, being able to stop quickly. Negligence may be inferred if a car loses control (such as overturning or leaving the road) for no apparent reason.
Maintaining and using the car’s equipment. Drivers are expected to maintain their vehicles in safe working order. For example, lights and brakes should be working properly.