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Automobile Accidents

Every year, millions of people are injured — many very seriously — in motor vehicle accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. In 2000, there were an estimated 6,297,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 41,611 people were killed, and 3,236,000 people were injured. 

At The Law Office of Charles J. Brocato, we use our more than 35 years of experience in handling accident cases to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. Evaluating all of the facts involved in the cause of a motor vehicle accident requires skill and experience. Our office will take over the investigation of your case so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. We can assist you in finding an appropriate medical specialist to treat you, and, in some cases, we can make arrangements with your medical care providers to wait for payment until your case is resolved through settlement or trial. 

Automobile accidents are generally decided using the law of negligence. Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances of an accident. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay any damages — either to person or to property — caused by their negligence. 

Courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some examples of these factors include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failing to signal while turning
  • Following too close
  • Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals

In all automobile cases, it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, to investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other health care experts to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, call now at 253-851-9164 or e-mail. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we will be paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the Statute of Limitations expires.