Auto accidents are the most common reason behind personal injury claims and lawsuits in California and across the U.S. Millions of individuals are injured every year in traffic crashes. According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2019 Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions, 269,031 individuals were injured and another 3, 737 individuals were killed in California traffic accidents. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has reported that of 10 high-income countries, the U.S. leads in traffic crash fatalities. Motor vehicle crashes can cause consequences ranging from cuts and bruises to severe whiplash to traumatic brain injuries and death.
At A. Davies Personal Injury Law, you can turn to a firm that focuses entirely on personal injury claims and lawsuits seeking maximized compensation. In most of these cases, you will be dealing with an insurance company that will do everything possible to limit or deny your claim. That is why you need a professional on your side whose sole purpose is to protect your legal rights and best interests, not those of the insurer. As your attorney, I am here to fully prepare and fight for the compensation you deserve through aggressive negotiations or in court.
You will have to prove fault as well as your injuries and property damage in your claim. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side in building your case is essential. This process can be done by a thorough investigation into the specifics of the accident, gathering and preserving evidence, gathering your medical bills as well as estimates of vehicle damage and other out-of-pocket costs related to your injuries, and more. Once your case is developed, a demand letter can be issued after which negotiations will generally begin with the insurance company.
Dealing with insurance companies is risky as anything you say to them can be used against you to reduce or deny your claim. It is important to have all communications go through your attorney.
Auto accident claims are based on fault or negligence, which can include the following:
- Texting while driving
- Other forms of distracted driving
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
- Other traffic law violations
Contact my firm to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. You can reach A. Davies Personal Injury Law online or at (408) 577-3441 to get started.
The damages and losses you may recover will depend on the extent and severity of your injuries and other facts. Even if you were partially to blame for the accident, you may still recover compensation although it may be reduced by your percentage of fault. If you have lost a loved one in a negligence-based car accident, the damages available will be through a wrongful death claim and/or survival action.
In these cases, damages can include:
- Medical expenses, including future medical costs
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Physical therapy and other assistive therapies
- Lost wages/income if unable to return to work for any length of time
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Compensation for lost limbs, disfigurement, or permanent disability
- Loss of use of your vehicle
- Diminution of the value of your vehicle
Is It Worth Getting a Car Accident Lawer?
Car accidents can happen to anyone while out on the road. One of the most significant decisions you'll face after a car accident is whether or not to hire an attorney. While some may consider handling the aftermath of an accident themselves, there are numerous benefits to enlisting the services of an experienced car accident attorney.
Expertise in Personal Injury Law
An experienced car accident attorney has a deep understanding of personal injury law, including the statutes, regulations, and legal precedents relevant to your case. This expertise allows them to navigate the legal system efficiently, ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.
Protection of Your Rights
After a car accident, insurance companies may try to take advantage of your vulnerable state by offering low settlement amounts or pressuring you to make quick decisions. Having an attorney by your side ensures that your rights are protected. They will act as your advocate, negotiating with insurance companies and handling all communications on your behalf.
Evaluation of Damages
Determining the true value of your claim can be challenging. Attorneys have experience in assessing damages, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs. They ensure that no aspect of your case is overlooked, maximizing your potential compensation.
Insurance companies often aim to minimize their payouts, and negotiating with them can be daunting. Car accident attorneys are skilled negotiators who know how to counter the tactics employed by insurance adjusters. They will strive to secure a fair settlement that covers all your current and future needs.
While many car accident cases are settled through negotiations, some may require litigation. If your case goes to court, having an attorney with trial experience is invaluable. They will represent your interests in court, presenting a compelling case to a judge and jury.
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be incredibly stressful. By hiring an attorney, you can focus on your recovery and well-being while they handle the legal complexities and paperwork associated with your case.
Get Legal Protections from a Bay Area Car Accident Lawyer
You may think you don’t need an attorney after a traffic collision. However, it is vital that you understand the stakes of trying to handle your claim on your own. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and have teams of lawyers whose main job is to handle liability claims. They know they can take advantage of vulnerable and unsuspecting individuals who have accrued losses and damages in accidents caused by their policyholders.
With a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side, you will be protected against their tactics. These companies know that they cannot take advantage of law firms that are in the business of representing accident victims. At my firm, I will work tenaciously to help you get the compensation you need and deserve in these cases.