Following a serious collision, hiring a skilled Orange County car accident lawyer is the best way for you to ensure that your right to compensation is secured and that you and your family are taken care of.
Car accidents are, unfortunately, a daily occurrence on the busy roadways and freeways of Orange County. With a vibrant economy and tourism industry, Orange County's roadways are crowded and busy. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing in Orange County, it is important that you are aware of your legal rights and options.
You may be entitled to receive compensation for not just property damage, but also your injuries and other losses. An experienced Orange County car accident lawyer can help ensure that you are able to navigate the process smoothly and receive maximum compensation for your losses.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
There are a number of ways in which an Orange County car accident lawyer can help strengthen your case and maximize your chances of being successful with your claim. Here are just some ways in which our law firm helps injured car accident victims and their families:
Gathering records and evidence:
A lot of people don't realize this, but filing a car accident claim involves a huge amount of paperwork, from your medical records and car repair bills to time missed at work to calculate lost wages. These are just a few crucial details that must be meticulously documented. Doing this type of work can be stressful, especially when you are dealing with serious injuries after a car accident.
One of the benefits of hiring our car accident lawyers is that we gather all necessary paperwork and evidence required to build a strong case on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery. We can also help compile evidence such as police reports, photos and video footage from the accident scene, surveillance videos, expert testimony and eyewitness reports.
Dealing with insurance companies:
After a car accident, you probably will have to deal with your own insurance company and insurance adjusters for the other parties' insurance carrier. You may be facing pressure from insurance companies to settle for less than what you deserve. Our car accident lawyers can help you handle calls from insurance adjusters and help ensure that you do not settle for anything less than what you deserve to get as compensation.
Determining the value of your case:
Our law firm can help review your case, evaluate the types of damages you have suffered and fight hard for your rights. Our goal is to help you receive maximum compensation for your losses. The value or worth of a car accident settlement is typically dependent on the nature and extent of your injuries and the types of damages you have suffered as a result of the car accident.
Negotiating a fair settlement:
Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and won't back down until you get a fair settlement. Hiring an attorney to handle your negotiations shows the insurance company that you mean business and are not afraid to demand just compensation. While most car accident cases are settled out of court, some do go to trial. If the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, our team of trial attorneys is ready to present your case to a jury. We will fight for your rights every step of the way.
Determining Fault in a Car Accident Case
Under California law, every motorist is required to carry auto insurance on their vehicles. Each driver must have $5,000 in property damage liability coverage, $3,500 in uninsured motorist property damage and $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident in bodily injury liability coverage. California is considered a "fault state" when it comes to car insurance. This means that you will need to go through the at-fault driver's insurance policy. If your damages exceed the limits of the other driver's insurance coverage, you may have to bring a civil lawsuit to claim compensation. This will allow you to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Negligence and Car Accidents
Acts of negligence and/or wrongdoing most often cause car accidents. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents in Orange County:
It is illegal under California law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. When impaired drivers get behind the wheel, the consequences can be devastating. A number of DUI crashes in Orange County result in major injuries or fatalities.
Driving while distracted is not just limited to cell phone use. When a driver eats, drinks, reads, fiddles with the radio or GPS while driving, or even turns to talk to a passenger – that amounts to distracted driving. There is no question that driving while distracted amounts to negligence.
This might include driving without adhering to posted speed limits or driving at a dangerous speed given the current traffic, roadway and weather conditions. Reckless driving may also include a failure to follow the rules of the road such as blowing through red lights or stop signs, failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian or making an unsafe pass or lane change.
Dangerous roadway conditions:
Sometimes, a poorly designed or maintained stretch of roadway can also lead to a tragic car accident. In such cases, the governmental agency responsible for designing and/or maintaining the roadway can be held responsible.
Car Accident Injuries and Damages
We all know that car accident injuries could range from minor scratches and bruises to catastrophic injuries that could leave individuals disabled or disfigured for the rest of their lives. Car accidents also result in wrongful deaths, which are emotionally and financially devastating for Orange County families.
If you have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (head injury), spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones or internal organ damage, it is critical that you have an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer on your side. Even injuries described as "moderate" such as a bone fracture could take several months to heal completely. You may require extensive physical therapy or other rehabilitative treatment, which could prove costly.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families that have lost a loved one in an auto accident may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. The value or worth of your car accident claim often depends on the nature and extent of the injuries and the damages, both economic and non-economic, that you may have sustained.
Get Help From Proven OC Attorneys Today
A car accident claim can be a complex legal process, which most may not be equipped to handle on their own. The experienced Orange County car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Timothy J. Ryan are tough, seasoned negotiators and trial attorneys who will fight for your rights every step of the way, and work diligently to get you the compensation you need and rightfully deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't charge you fees unless we win compensation for you. Call us at (714) 898-4444 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.