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Get The Compensation You Need After A Vehicle Accident

Serious vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of civil lawsuits in Washington. Road accidents can occur at any time and in any location. Being involved in an accident is stressful and traumatic, and this is especially true if you or a loved one is injured. In Washington, vehicle accidents include those that involve cars, motorcycles, charter buses, trucks, boats and trains, and can occur as a result of driver misconduct (such as texting and driving), driver impairment or road design faults.

No matter how a vehicle accident occurs in Washington, they can cause huge expense to those involved, not to mention serious injury or even death. Because of the high stakes involved, if you or a loved one is a victim in an accident on the road, it is essential that you get the legal help you deserve. From our law offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC is here for you.

Did you know? In 2019 in Washington, there were 1,602 reported serious automobile crashes; 312 of those accidents were fatal. Our law firm has recovered numerous noteworthy verdicts and settlements for our clients in the state, including $5 million for an individual who was permanently injured when struck by a car.

Auto Accidents

Our attorneys are knowledgeable and well-versed in Washington state auto accident law. We have worked on hundreds of different auto accident cases and with all the major insurance companies. We know how to build a strong case so that you can get the settlement that you deserve.

Getting a settlement is important because if you are a car or truck accident victim, you may suffer high financial expenses and serious emotional stress. The long-term effects can include expensive medical treatments, missed work and subsequent income, and the loss of irreplaceable time with your family. Our auto accident lawyers will work diligently to earn you a successful result in your case so that your expenses can be reimbursed and you can focus on getting better.

We work hard to ensure that our clients are well looked after in terms of medical treatment for injuries resulting from car and truck accidents. The types of injuries drivers and pedestrians involved in accidents receive can vary greatly, including spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries or ligament damage. However, whatever injury occurs, we will work hard to ensure that you get the help you need and deserve.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are a great way to get about, especially in busy cities. They give riders the freedom to roam and a sense of exhilaration. However, riding a motorcycle also comes with an increased level of danger and so accidents can easily occur. The resulting injuries can often be severe. As a result, our team of motorcycle accident lawyers is here to help if you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident that is not your fault.

Did you know? Motorcycle accidents cause injuries that are often severe or catastrophic, commonly much more so than a passenger vehicle accident. In 2017, motorcyclists were about 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured, according to NHTSA. Our firm offers help and hope for the injured and survivors.

Our lawyers know how to communicate effectively with insurance companies. We have represented clients involved in motorcycle, truck and car accidents for years. Many have suffered extensive injuries as a result of other people’s mistakes. As a result, our team of lawyers knows what an impact a motorcycle accident can have on someone’s life and on the lives of those around them, whether that comes as a result of long-term injuries or the need for costly medical care.

What’s more, our lawyers know the steps needed to ensure that the strongest case possible is built. They will always work hard and will treat each and every case on an individual basis. Our lawyers know what to expect from motorcycle accident cases, how to deal with insurance companies and how to help clients on their road to recovery.

Here at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC, we regard a successful claim as one in which the client receives a settlement that will allow them to recover physically and financially, both in the initial recovery period and for years to come.

Charter Bus Accidents

Charter bus accidents cause injuries that can be severe or catastrophic, and often much more so than a passenger vehicle accident.

Charter buses are commonly hired by sports teams, bands, tourists and private companies, and they can be a nice way to get around as a group. Usually, a private company operates the charter bus line. If the bus is involved in an accident, the riders can suffer injuries worse than those of a car accident, as most buses are not equipped with safety belts.

Did you know? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates motor coaches and requires operators to follow safety rules, including rules about how long drivers can operate in one day and how buses must be maintained. Our attorneys look closely at whether charter bus drivers were violating FMCSA regulations when working on charter bus accident cases.

We Have Worked On Both Sides Of Charter Bus Cases

Our lawyers have worked with insurance companies and clients involved in charter bus accidents for years. We obtained a $5 million confidential settlement for a client injured in a charter bus and pedestrian accident. We have also represented people who suffered accidental injuries as bus passengers. Our attorneys have dealt with numerous clients who have suffered extensive injuries as a result of other people’s mistakes. As a result, our team of lawyers understands the impact a charter bus accident can have on someone’s life and on the lives of those around them whether that is a result of long-term injuries or the costly medical care needed.

What’s more, our lawyers know the steps needed to ensure that the strongest case possible is built. We always work hard and approach each and every case on an individual basis. Our lawyers know what to expect from charter bus accident cases, how to deal with insurance companies and how to help clients on their road to recovery.

Did you know? According to a 2012 NIH study on bus accident severity in the U.S., accident severity increases: “(i) for young bus drivers under the age of 25; (ii) for drivers beyond the age of 55, and most prominently for drivers over 65 years old; (iii) for female drivers; (iv) for very high (over 65 mph) and very low (under 20 mph) speed limits; (v) at intersections; (vi) because of inattentive and risky driving.” Whatever your vulnerabilities before a bus accident, we will pursue the resources you need for recovery.

Here at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC, we regard a successful claim as one in which the client receives a settlement or verdict that allows them to recover both financially and in terms of their injuries. We also aim to provide clients with an award that will fully compensate them for their losses both in the short term and in the future.

Defective Roadways

Sometimes, the cause of a vehicle accident can be a problem with the road itself, meaning the local government is at fault.

Roads are supposed to be designed to make journeys safe and easy for drivers. However, sometimes the road design is faulty and can lead to accidents, which can cause serious damage and injuries for drivers. The company or individual in charge of road design (usually a local government) is responsible for any accidents that occur as a direct result of design faults.

An injury claim will need to target the responsible person or organization effectively. For best results, choose a plaintiff’s lawyer skilled in settling cases and bringing lawsuits against entities like government bodies. If you think that a vehicle accident that you were involved in was due to faulty road design, then get in touch with Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC so that our team of road design fault lawyers can help you.

Our Firm Will Tackle Major Players Like Governments

Our team of experienced lawyers is specialized and dedicated. They always consider every case on an individual basis so that victims can feel secure and cared for throughout their legal experience. Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC lawyers will do all the hard work for you. You shouldn’t have to deal with insurance companies or worry about how you are going to cover your medical bills. When we represent you, you won’t have to pay anything unless we successfully settle your case. You can rest assured knowing that our lawyers will do everything they can to help you or your loved one.

We Work Hard To Build Strong Cases To Settle Or Take To Trial

We dig for facts needed to obtain the best possible result for our clients.

For example, there were 6,932 “distracted driver” crashes in 2019 in Washington, which included drivers using their cellphones or texting. Was this the case in your accident? We may discover that your crash was caused by a texting driver, an auto defect or even a defective roadway. Compelling evidence of who’s at fault in an accident can help settle a case without needing to go to trial.

Whether a municipality was negligent in road design or maintenance or another driver was distracted while behind the wheel, we will find out—and we will use this information to your advantage.

Settling a vehicle accident injury claim out of court saves time and stress for our clients. A pretrial settlement preserves more of the financial reimbursement for the injured person after all expenses have been paid. However, sometimes an opponent plays hardball and it becomes necessary to take a case to court. If we represent your case and it does go to trial, rest assured that you will have a team of dedicated lawyers and talented support staff ready to present your case to a jury. We will give our best efforts to obtain a positive verdict for you.

Let Us Hear From You

If you or a member of your family is involved in and becomes injured as a result of a car, truck, motorcycle or charter bus accident, send an online inquiry to the vehicle accident lawyers at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC.

You can reach our Seattle office at (206) 536-2850 or our Tacoma location at (253) 948-3199 to schedule a consultation. Let us put your mind at ease after an accident by providing the legal help you and your loved ones deserve.