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 experienced 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.
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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Depending on the circumstances of an accident, injuries can vary widely.
Possible car accident-related injuries include:
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 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.