A car accident injury can be a devastating and can lead to high medical bills, time away from work, car repairs, rental costs—it all adds up very quickly. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of a car accident injury can put undue stress on you and your family.
There were nearly 32,719 fatal car accidents in the U.S. in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The state of California accounted for 2,857 of those fatalities, an increase of 1.5 percent from 2011. Whether it is caused by a distracted driver, dangerous road conditions, or defective car part, car accidents can be devastating. Too many car accidents result in serious injuries and even death—and you deserve compensation from negligent drivers.
If you have suffered a car accident in Southern California due to a negligent driver, contact Welebir | Tierney. With more than 40 years of experience, our skilled Redlands & San Bernardino car accident lawyers can guide you through the legal process and help you recover what you deserve.
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Different vehicles, road conditions, and driving situations have different risks. Major causes of car accidents include, but are not limited to: Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, speeding, fatigued driving, distracted driving, and poor vehicle maintenance.
Welebir | Tierney is prepared to handle all types of car accidents, including:
As technology becomes more and more pervasive, distracted driving continues to rise at a troubling rate, especially those involving texting and use of electronic devices. Distracted drivers caused more than 3,300 fatalities and 421,000 injuries in car accidents in 2012, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. One in ten drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reportedly distracted at the time of the accident, and drivers in their 20s make up more than one-fourth of distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
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All drivers are required to exhibit care to avoid causing harm to motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. Drivers must observe these duties:
If a driver is not reasonably careful and injures somebody, the driver is liable.
Keep reading to learn how you can protect your rights after a car accident!
If you are a plaintiff and want to sue the defendant for negligence, there are a few things you have to do in court. You’ll need to:
It would be in your best interest to speak to an experienced personal injury & accident attorney about all the legal options available to you and what they recommend be the best course of action.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States, causing millions of injuries every year. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, injuries can vary widely.
Possible car accident-related injuries include:
Get the Police Involved: When an accident occurs, it is always a good and smart decision to involve the police, even when the accident is minor. This is because the police will issue a police report, which will become a useful element in your case. It helps to establish the facts and will become a key part in helping when you have to argue it out with the insurance adjuster over liability issues (AllLaw).
The Importance of Information and Pictures: You should always gather photographs, witnesses, names, and contact information before you leave an accident scene. You should photograph various vehicle positions, body damages, and road conditions involved that day. You should always collect and keep this information for the safety of your case.
See a Doctor: If you believe you are injured or there is the possibility that something may have occurred in the slightest, it is always in your best interest to see a doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes you may even leave the scene and head straight to the hospital depending on the severity of the accident. Pain from soft tissue injuries to the spine, muscles, and more may manifest days or weeks after an accident takes place so that is something of importance to note. If you visit a doctor or hospital, this will immediately document your injuries and begin proper treatment.
If you have doctor’s appointments after your treatment, you should never miss them. Your case could be significantly weakened if you even skip as little as one trip. The insurance adjuster will begin making arguments that you must not have been in too bad of shape if you couldn’t keep your appointments, which could end in lower or denied compensation for your injuries.
Never Give a Recorded Statement: When it comes to insurance representatives, do not give a recorded statement to them. If you have a lawyer with you, they will guide you on what to say and what not to say, but otherwise, do not do this by yourself. You must make sure that all facts about the accident are fully expressed and that you don’t misspeak when you are confronted from all angles.
Seek a Lawyer and Stay Realistic About Your Claim: You should always go into a case with realistic expectations about case worth. You may receive compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering, sure – but that isn’t always the case and you have to be prepared for that. Seeking wonderful legal representation from somebody experienced in this type of claim can help your case to a full extent. You can call Welebir | Tierney today to speak to an attorney with just that type of experience and get back on track to living your life. Call now and get started.
Recoverable damages in a car accident are based on the monetary, physical, and mental cost of the accident. The majority of damage awards are decided in out-of-court settlements with the defendant; however, it is crucial to retain a lawyer with trial experience from the start. With a true trial attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your lawyer is well-prepared and that your case is prepared to go to court if necessary.
Damages in personal injury cases are split into two main categories: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Punitive damages are reserved for cases of serious malfeasance, intentional actions, and extreme negligence; these damages are designed to punish the defendant for egregious behavior.
Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the injured person for his or her losses, both physical and financial.
Compensatory damages include compensation for:
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California follows a “pure comparative negligence” system, meaning the court will determine the relative liability of the defendant and the plaintiff and adjust damages accordingly. Under this system, plaintiffs are allowed to collect damages even if they were partially at fault in the accident; however, the potential damages will be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault.
For example, say the plaintiff was adjusting the radio dial when the defendant blew through a red light and T-boned the plaintiff’s vehicle. The defendant was clearly more at fault than the plaintiff, but the plaintiff bears some of the fault for being distracted at the time of the accident. If the court determines there are $100,000 in possible damages and the plaintiff is 90% at fault, the total damages possible will be reduced to $90,000.
Welebir | Tierney has been helping those in need in the San Bernardino and Riverside County area for more than 40 years. Our Redlands car accident lawyers have trial experience, and we have been able to help thousands of people who suffered from car accidents. Our team has won several significant verdicts and settlements, including a $16 million car accident verdict, a $2.6 million hit and run verdict, and a $6 million settlement in a delivery truck accident.
Talking with an experienced trial attorney is the best way to determine whether or not you have a legitimate claim. Our team is prepared to investigate your accident thoroughly and hold the guilty party responsible for your injuries.
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