Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Were You Injured in a Christmas Car Accident?

Posted Friday, December 24, 2021 by Chris Thayer

If you were injured in a Christmas car accident, you are not alone. While Christmas can bring lots of merriment and holiday cheer, it can also significantly increase driving risks. In fact, studies show that an estimated 42,300 people seek medical treatment as a result of Christmas day car accidents each year. The data also shows that at least 28% of Christmas Day car accidents will involve at least one drunk or intoxicated driver. This means that if you were involved in a car accident on Christmas that was not your fault, there is a good chance it was the fault of the other driver. Legally, that puts you in a much better position if you are seeking to recuperate damages suffered in the accident.

*Establishing Liability for Holiday Car Accidents * Travel increases dramatically over the holidays, with many people traveling on Christmas day to visit family and friends or attend social gatherings. This can result in a lot of tired and distracted driving. Because there is also usually alcohol at many holiday parties and gatherings, drunk driving is a major concern and cause of these accidents as well. If it is clear that the other driver was under the influence at the time of the accident, they can be held accountable for their negligence. In fact, the DUI will be de facto proof of negligence, so that you do not even have to prove it in court. Rather, all you will have to establish in court is that the other driver was negligent and you suffered harm. This makes it much more streamlined than a traditional negligence case and significantly increases your chances of succeeding in your recovery.

*What to Do if You Have Been in an Accident * If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. Be sure to report the accident to police and inform them at the scene if you believe the other driver may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol so that they can conduct proper field testing. If you have suffered an injury, it is important to contact a lawyer so that they can represent your interests in negotiations with the insurance company and ensure that you get a fair settlement that will actually cover your medical expenses long-term. Your insurance company may make you an offer that seems good until you get the full facts and understand the extent and financial impact of your injury. A lawyer will make sure that you avoid the pitfalls that commonly keep people from getting the settlement that they deserve.

*Talk to Pivotal Law Group* If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Seattle-area car accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to help you navigate this process and ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact Pivotal Law Group today to schedule a consultation. Serving Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Renton, Burien, Mercer Island, Issaquah, and the greater Washington State area, our lawyers are ready to help you.