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Let Briggs and Briggs Handle Your Auto Accident

The personal injury lawyers at Briggs and Briggs represent injured clients in personal and commercial vehicle accidents.

Auto Accidents

Vehicle accidents are an unfortunate event that occurs on our highways and roads. No wants to be in a car wreck, but if you are, the first step is to notify your insurance or the insurance of the at-fault driver. Your next step is to hire a car accident lawyer. Immediately seek out medical attention and follow their advice. Many times, symptoms from injuries do not begin to display for days or even weeks after the accident.

When you are in an accident, never give a statement to the insurance company without consulting an auto accident attorney first. This is because they ask certain questions in a specific way hoping you, the non-fault party will inadvertently admit full or partial liability for the accident. This can and will make a significant difference in your ability to recover any money for your case. When you hire a personal injury attorney, the attorney will handle with the insurance company on your behalf.

Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death

Our highways are full of large trucks. Unfortunately, there is no small 18-wheeler accident. If you are involved in an 18-wheeler accident, then consult a truck accident attorney. A wrongful death lawyer can assist those who have lost a loved one to a traffic accident.

Briggs and Briggs are committed to representing those injured and their families in Lakewood, WA; Bremerton, WA; Chehalis, WA; Olympia, WA; Tacoma, WA; and Puyallup, WA. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Meet Our Attorneys

Our skilled team of injury attorneys has been serving the community and helping injury victims since 1952.

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Outstanding service

Shawn Briggs has handled cases for both me and my wife with outstanding results and satisfaction. Both he and his staff are very friendly and approachable. They take good care of they're clients. Highly recommended.

Posted by Christopher Scime on AVVO
February 19, 2015

Good Advice

Mr. Briggs was extremely kind and honest. I appreciated the callback. He was the first attorney to speak to me personally.

Posted by Stephanie S. on AVVO
March 24, 2018

Verdicts, Awards, and Settlements

At Briggs & Briggs, we won’t rest until we get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injury claim. We won’t settle for anything less than what you deserve. Our track record of successful verdicts and settlements include victories like:

$5.1 Million

Negligent Police
Chase Auto

$1.1 Million

Wrongful Death
Truck Accident

$2.1 Million

Accident Due to
Highway Defect

$2.1 Million

Construction Site
Wall Collapse

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About Personal Injury Cases

When a catastrophic accident derails your life or impacts the life of someone close to you, you need someone to stand up for you and your rights. The team at Briggs & Briggs has built a reputation for standing up for injured people in Lakewood and across Washington for more than seven decades. Our aggressive trial attorneys will work around-the-clock to make sure that the party who caused you is held accountable for their actions, and we will make sure that they pay you for the harm you’ve suffered.

Don’t trust your case to a firm that lacks the experience and resources to get you the results you deserve. When everything is on the line, you need a firm that you can trust to secure you a settlement or verdict that makes things right. Choose a firm that has the right experience, the right resources, and a proven track record of success to fight for you and your family.

Washington State Accident Statistics

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s 2016 Traffic Safety Annual Report, there were 553 traffic fatalities in 2015. These crashes resulted in 2,092 serious injuries, and 367 serious injuries involved a drug- or alcohol-impaired driver, while 515 serious injuries involved speeding.

The annual report also found that there were 73 motorcyclist fatalities in 2015 and 403 serious motorcyclist injuries. The state of Washington had 86 pedestrian fatalities and 287 serious pedestrian injuries that year. In 2015, there were 14 bicyclist fatalities and 107 serious bicyclist injuries.


Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington


Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington


Accidental Deaths in 2015 in
the state of washington

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission stated that a crash occurred every 4.5 minutes in Washington in 2015, a person was injured in a crash every 11 minutes, and a person died in a crash every 16 hours. Furthermore, a motorcyclist was in a crash every 4 hours, a pedestrian or bicyclist was involved in a crash every 2.5 hours, and a pedestrian or bicyclist was killed in a crash every 4 days. The report also stated that a speeding driver was involved in a crash every 27 minutes, an inattentive/distracted driver was involved in a crash every 12 minutes, and a person was killed by an impaired driver every 1.5 days.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that there were 24 multiple-vehicle fatal crashes involving large trucks in Washington in 2015. There were 34 large trucks involved in fatal crashes resulting in 42 fatalities in Washington that year.

According to FMCSA, there were 415,000 crashes nationwide involving large trucks and 67,000 crashes involving buses. Of these accidents, 3,598 fatal crashes involved large trucks and 257 fatal crashes involved buses, while 83,000 injury crashes involved large trucks and 14,000 injury crashes involved buses.

Researchers with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an estimated 4,521,300 people were bitten by dogs every year between 2001 and 2003. Another CDC study found that 756,701 persons who sustained bites required medical attention, and a November 2010 statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) reported there were 316,200 emergency department visits and 9,500 hospital stays related to dog bites in 2008.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III) and State Farm, homeowners insurance companies paid over $686 million in dog-related liability claims in 2017. According to the 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 28,079 people underwent reconstructive procedures related to dog bite repair in 2015.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that 6,263 people suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in 2015. Among those injured, 1,527 people died from TBIs while 4,736 were hospitalized with a TBI alone or in combination with other injuries.

According to the Washington State Work-Related Fatalities Report from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, the construction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities in 2017 with 16 deaths, which was the highest number of construction fatalities since 2008. Falls accounted for 63 percent of fatal incidents in construction in Washington that year, and 63 percent of the construction fatalities involved victims who were 50 years of age or older.

Choose Briggs & Briggs

Our consultations are always free and 100% confidential. We want to hear your story, and we want to fight for you. When you work with us, you won’t have to worry about the cost of pursuing justice. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that if we don’t win your case, you won’t owe us a thing. That’s how it should be. You know that when you work with us, we will do everything in our power to get you what you are owed.

Don’t wait. Contact Briggs & Briggs now by calling (253) 588-6696

Frequently Asked Questions About Accidents in Washington

Most people who are considering filing a personal injury claim have never filed a lawsuit before, so they have many pressing questions about the process. Some of the questions we hear most frequently in our office are below.

Under Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080, any action for injury to a person must begin within three years of the date of an accident. Certain exceptions may exist to this statute of limitations in some cases, but a person generally should not delay in seeking legal representation. It is important to remember that an attorney will need time to investigate your accident and obtain important evidence before they can begin negotiating a possible settlement.
Revised Code of Washington § 4.22.005 establishes that your compensation award will be reduced by the percentage you are found to be at fault, regardless of how high that percentage is. This means that if you were awarded $100,000 in compensatory damages for your injury claim but were found to be 50 percent at fault, your damages would be reduced by $50,000 and you would ultimately receive $50,000. Unlike many other states that prohibit recovery when a claimant is 50 percent or more at fault, Washington is one of only a dozen states that uses a pure comparative fault system that allows victims to recover damages—even if they were primarily at fault.
Most accident cases are resolved through settlements, as insurance companies are reluctant to bear the costs of going to trial as well as the possible judgments that may result. When a victim proves their case by a preponderance of the evidence, they could be entitled to compensatory damages, which are usually a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to tangible losses a victim has incurred or will incur, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are much more subjective and typically cannot be quantified, including awards such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and disfigurement. Washington Pattern Instructions (WPI) § 348.02 states that a jury can also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate a plaintiff but rather to punish a defendant and discourage similar acts in the future. The plaintiff has the burden of proving that punitive damages should be awarded because the defendant's conduct either was motivated by evil motive or intent or involved reckless or callous indifference to the rights of others.