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How Do I Get A Police Report?

May 25th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “How Do I Get A Police Report?”

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Washington, you may be wondering how to obtain a police report for your own benefit and for insurance purposes. Many people involved in an auto accident believe that the paper they receive at the scene of the vehicle collision is the police report; however, that is normally just an “Exchange of Information” and the actual report is something that is created and submitted later by the responding officer.

Are police reports available to the public?

It’s important for our community to realize that accident reports are different from other police records. Arrest reports, crime and or incident reports that are part of an investigation are not made readily available to the public. Motor vehicle accident reports are available to the public. They can be readily accessed by any interested party. In fact, the state of Washington allows you to access motor vehicle accident reports online.

How do I get a copy of a police report from a car accident?

The state of Washington has made it very easy for people to order and receive their police report in a timely manner. The easiest way to get your police report is to visit the Washington State Patrol website and submit your request. The report is sometimes ready within minutes. You can also submit a public records request to the specific police agency that responded to the collision. Every police agency in Washington offers the ability to submit a public records request via the internet, but this route often takes a bit longer than simply using the Washington State Patrol.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and are in need of legal advice or help, the attorneys at Washington Law Center offer a No Fee Guarantee where we’ll give you a free consultation. If you choose us to represent you there will be no payment to us unless we win your case.


Ashton Dennis is a litigation and trial attorney at Washington Law Center who specializes in serious personal injury and auto accidents. He has been named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers of Washington State and one of the “Premier 100” trial attorneys by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers in Washington. Click here to learn more about Ashton.

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“Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?”

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on ““Can I Pursue A Diminished Value Claim?””

If you are involved in a car accident, the vehicle that’s involved can incur lasting harm in the way of a diminution in value. If Vehicle A is damaged and repaired to a pre-loss condition, it is still inherently worth less than Vehicle B, of the same exact make/model/mileage/features, but having never been in a collision. The difference between the worth of Vehicle B and Vehicle A is Vehicle A’s “diminished value”.

Pursuit of a diminished value claim is often left with a message akin to “sue us”. With that in mind, as well as noting that there is an upfront cost to submit a diminished value claim, a cost/benefit analysis is always the first step to deciding whether or not to pursue a diminished value claim. (more…)

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Our Issue With USAA Claims & Auto Injury Solutions

March 23rd, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Our Issue With USAA Claims & Auto Injury Solutions”

USAA Insurance Company claims to stand behind service members and their families in its advertising.  The commercials evoke feelings of patriotism and service. In these commercials, USAA Insurance claims to have a high customer satisfaction rating; however, in our experience, individuals who have USAA and have been injured in a collision face significant challenges with their coverage.  (more…)

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Health Insurance Is Not A Replacement for Personal Injury Protection

March 13th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Health Insurance Is Not A Replacement for Personal Injury Protection”

“We could lower your personal injury protection (PIP) and that would reduce your monthly payment by $11 and then you could use your PIP for co-pays and deductibles.” 

This was nearly verbatim what my insurance agent told me recently when I was looking at options on how to reduce my monthly rate. I was shocked at not only the misguided advice, but frankly the flat out wrong (and potentially illegal) guidance. I’d be willing to bet that this was a regular selling point for this agent and his office. The insurance agents are likely told to use this as a selling point when a potential customer is out shopping for insurance rates. Their advice to “cancel personal injury protection” or “reduce personal injury protection” is flat out dangerous.  (more…)

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Is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Necessary?

March 13th, 2017 Posted by Auto Accidents 0 comments on “Is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Necessary?”

“I was in a collision, hurt my back and now need surgery that will cost $78,000.” 

This is almost word for word a phone call our law firm received recently. We consulted with the client and determined that the driver at fault only carried a policy of ONLY $50,000. Fortunately, she has UM/UIM (uninsured/underinsured) motorist coverage well above that amount, but it may still not be enough. Without her uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, she would likely have been stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in medical care. Uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance is an inexpensive buffer against the worst-case scenario of being stuck with a bill for medical care stemming from an auto accident that was someone else’s fault.      (more…)

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