As obvious as it may seem, your rights if you’re injured by your spouse are the same as your rights if you’re injured by a stranger. There’s no difference under Washington law between the rules regarding who’s at fault or what your damages are just because your spouse was involved.
Yes, your rights against the driver of a car are no different if you’re a passenger than if you’re in a different car completely. The fact is, the driver is responsible to you for any injuries caused by their negligence, even if you’re a voluntary passenger in their car.
If you’ve been in a car wreck in Washington, the last thing that you want to do is talk to an insurance company or give them a recorded statement unless you’ve talked to an attorney first. The fact is, insurance companies are only interested in finding out the facts that help them. They’re not interested in helping you and before you talk to them, you need to know what your rights are.
Absolutely, you do. Here’s why. Insurance companies make more money if they pay you less money, and they’re very sophisticated, so they figured out that just telling their adjusters to be nice to you and kind and cooperative, and to seem to care about you, will keep you from hiring a lawyer. Insurance companies know that if you hire a lawyer, you’ll get more money for your case, and they will make less money. Absolutely, you need a lawyer to be on your side to fight for your rights.
You should always call the police if you’re in a car wreck in Washington, even if the damages seem minor. The fact is, the proof of what happened is going to be more authentic if it’s recorded by a police officer than if you get into a he said, she said game later down the road.