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Automobile Accidents

SKW's lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients who were injured in car accidents. Throughout the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett, Central Washington, and Eastern Washington regions, our clients have been awarded significant verdicts/settlements.*

America’s love of the automobile comes with a human price tag. Those in WA State are no different.

Our award winning attorneys have represented thousands of people seriously injured or killed in car crashes.

The tragedy of dealing with the aftermath of a crash does not end with the physical and emotional harm suffered.  The red tape of dealing with insurance companies and the person who caused the wreck, can be overwhelming.  One story we hear all the time is that the other person "admits fault."  But once their insurance company gets involved, they change their story.

Experienced car accident lawyers know how to watch for hidden traps that can jeopardize the case.  An example arises when there are more than two people who cause a crash.  One might admit fault and try to settle the claim.  But if settlement is accepted, then that destroys "joint and several liability".  This can have huge financial consequences.

Another trap involves figuring out which insurance policies apply and what limits are related.  In the Ethel Adams case, Farmers Insurance Company initially refused to pay benefits when Ms. Adams was almost killed in a road rage accident.  They said it wasn’t an "accident."  We filed suit and the public outrage was so great that the insurance company changed its mind.  Our firm lobbied for a new law dubbed "The Ethel Adams law" that now prevents insurance companies from denying innocent victims uninsured motorist benefits.

Police departments may have major automobile incident teams (MAIT). These investigations occur at all fatality and most catastrophic injury scenes.  Interpreting this data, or determining whether it is accurate requires sophisticated and expert analysis.  We have substantial resources that help us determine exactly what happened to cause a crash and why.  The causes can range from driver negligence, to driving under the influence or while impaired, to automobile defect or highway defect.  We consult with accident reconstructionists and safety engineers to make sure all the causes are properly identified.

At the same time, we assist our clients with navigating the healthcare system.  Our law firm is at the forefront of the legal community in understanding and dealing with complex medical subrogation (repayment) issues.  Car accident injury victims are often shocked to learn that the government and health insurers will make a claim on any financial recovery.  We pay close attention to this issue to protect our clients.  We have even sued the government to prevent it from taking too much of our client’s recovery.

*Each case is different. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes.

Moothart v. State of Washington

A Thurston County jury awarded a Vancouver man almost $3 million for multiple injuries caused by a pavement edge drop-off on a highway on-ramp. Todd Moothart, a 50-year-old software development engineer, was on a motorcycle ride with two friends on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September 2013. Their plan was to head east on State… Read More

Ride the Ducks Cases

The firm of Stritmatter Kessler represents the largest number of victims from the September 2015 Ride the Ducks crash. At last count*, our attorneys represent 34 Ride the Ducks victims. The cases involve claims of driver negligence, corporate negligence, product liability, vehicle crashworthiness, negligent highway design, and insurance coverage.  It is complicated and will take years… Read More

Keys v. Safeco Insurance Co

Vincent and Theresa Keys were involved in a life-threatening car accident in southwest Washington. After months of medical care, the Keys’ UIM insurer argued that Mr. Keys’ injuries were not related to the accident. Issues involving bad faith and attorney-client privilege lengthened the litigation process. Ms. Fleming successfully argued in opposition to Safeco’s partial motion… Read More

Anderson v. Arnot

A widely adored retired Montessori teacher was involved in what seemed like a “minor” fender bender. After over 24 months of intermittent treatment, MRIs revealed why her pain and disability was worsening. Needing payment for ongoing medical care, she finally opted to pursue the defendant driver, who had crashed into her car. In the end, SKW attorneys obtained a… Read More

Confidential v. Confidential

(August 2013), $3.2 million settlement for a seaman who lost four fingers on a fish processing ship when a defective fish pan shaping machine unexpectedly slammed down on his hand.

Gamper v. State of Washington

(December 2013) $1.1 million settlement.  Long, deep and wide rut in road on SR 12 caused Plaintiff’s motorcycle to crash resulting in multiple internal injuries and fractures.

Huang v. Lustyk

(December 2007) $2,900,000 settlement for injuries suffered when a vehicle ran into a motorcycle.

Keebler v. Asmus

(October 2012) $1.235 million settlement. Bicyclist hit by a motor vehicle. Fractured leg, several vertebral fractures (no paralysis) and a mild traumatic brain injury.

Fogle v. Clark County

(March 2012) $2 million settlement with one defendant. Defective road design and signing. Traumatic brain injury to 19 year old girl. Case proceeds to trial against adverse driver and Clark County Public Utility.  Trial verdict of $4,352,350.

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