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If you were injured in a California car wreck let our award winning California car accident lawyers handle your case. We will fight to get you the compensation for the injuries and damages you’ve sustained. As experienced car accident lawyers, we know that after an accident, trying to figure out what your rights are how you’ll pay for your medical bills, care and lost property is stressful and overwhelming. Fortunately, we can help.
Our attorneys have over decades of experience successfully fighting on behalf of those injured in wrecks caused by other drivers. We work to get you and your family to get the maximum compensation.
Car Accidents Table of Contents
Car Accident Attorneys: Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I do after a car accident?
- What should I do if I was injured a hit-and-run accident?
- Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?
- What if the driver who caused the auto accident is uninsured?
- What is the statute of limitations to file a car accident claim in California?
- Can I recover damages for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and medical expenses?
- Can I get compensated for my injuries and other damages if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt?
Types of Car Accidents
Driving is probably one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis. With millions of drivers on the road, our law firm has seen nearly every type of car accident.
Some of the most dangerous types of car accidents are:
- Hit and Run accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Speeding accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Multi-car accidents
- Highway accidents
As your car accident attorney, it is our job is to investigate and prove what happened, who was at fault, and what damages you and your family incurred. To begin with, we will undertake a thorough investigation to determine why the accident happened. We will question witnesses, talk to experts, look at the police report, talk to the officers on the scene, review security camera footage, and uncover all the relevant evidence to determine causation.
For example, our investigation may reveal that the at-fault driver was texting or driving under the influence of alcohol when the car accident occurred. We might discover that the other car’s driver failed to yield the right of way or was speeding through a construction zone. As a car accident lawyer, it is our job to determine what exactly caused your injuries.
We will review all matters connected to the personal injuries and property damage you sustained as a result of the auto accident. We will assess all of your losses and damages, including:
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
- Any transportation costs you incur while waiting for a suitably repaired or replacement vehicle
- Your out-of-pocket medical bills
- Any future medical bills or expenses, including amounts for physical and/or mental health therapy, rehabilitation, and long-term care needs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Common Car Accident Injuries
If you were injured in a car accident and have not yet seen a medical professional, we urge you to do so immediately. Not only may you have serious injuries that have not been identified, but medical records of your injuries will be essential in building your case. As your attorneys, our legal team can acquire all the relevant medical records on your behalf. This will include records from the emergency room and ambulance trips. Additionally, to fully investigate your medical damages we will work to get any x-rays, CT scans or MRI’s that may have been ordered, as well as any ongoing medical treatment. Some of the most dangerous and common injuries we’ve come across that many clients ignore are concussions and whiplash as these can lead to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
Car Accident Compensation and Settlement
Depending on the details of your accident, either your insurance company or the insurance carrier of the individual who hit you (or a combination of both) will likely pay for the resulting damages. Things may become more complicated in your case if you were hit by a commercial vehicle or were involved in a multi-car accident.
Most insurance companies will try to get away with paying out less than a claim is worth. However, with an experienced and successful accident lawyer to speak with the insurance company on your behalf, we can help determine if the settlement offer is reasonable given your damages. One of the main benefits of hiring an attorney is to fully investigate your damages including lost wages both past, and future, medical bills both past and future, as well as pain and suffering. Before signing a settlement with an insurance company, at the very least, discuss your options with an attorney before you accept their settlement offer.
Car Accident Attorneys: Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do after a car accident?
First, seek medical care immediately following your accident, even if you don’t think you have serious injuries. Second, gather as much information from the scene as you can.
Do not discuss your case with an insurance company representative without legal counsel. Insurance companies have one goal when it comes to compensating victims for damages, and that is to make as small as payment as possible. If you want to receive the compensation you deserve, you need a lawyer on your side.
What should I do if I was injured in a hit-and-run accident?
First, seek medical attention. Next, call the police and report the accident as soon as possible so they can go to the scene and write a report. Be sure to take photos if you can and get the names and numbers of any witnesses who may have seen the other driver and can testify to what happened. An attorney can help you collect evidence and assess your damages and options.
Why should I hire a car accident lawyer?
An experienced personal injury lawyer like the attorneys at Curtis Legal Group have a track record of car accident settlements. Our litigation team has years of experience investigating car accidents, assessing damages, reviewing medical records and other evidence to build you the strongest case possible. Once we are confident in our evaluation we will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Our attorneys have been investing, building and litigating car accident cases for decades. We know every trick in the book that the insurance company’s lawyers will use and we will prepare extensively for it. Ultimately, we make sure that we prepare your case for litigation if the insurance carrier does not offer you a fair settlement.
What if the driver who caused the auto accident is uninsured?
Even if the other motorist is uninsured, you have options. You can file a lawsuit against the other driver and attempt to collect damages from them directly. You can also file a claim with your own insurance carrier under your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. It is a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney who can discuss all of the available options with you.
What is the statute of limitations to file a car accident claim in California?
If you’re filing a lawsuit for personal injury damages following a motor vehicle accident, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim under California state law. If you’re only seeking compensation for property damage, you have three years to file your claim. Please note that if the claim involves a public entity or medical malpractice action, then a claim will then need to be filed with the public entity or medical provider before suit is filed. Also, the wrongful act may involve another cause of action triggering an earlier date in which a suit must be filed to protect your rights. You will need to consult with an attorney immediately regarding the statute of limitations applicable to your claim.
Can I recover damages for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and medical expenses?
You can recover amounts for lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and medical expenses. Your personal injury attorney will be able to assess the extent of your damages and advise you regarding what recovery you are entitled to.
Can I get compensated for my injuries and other damages if I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt?
You can still file for compensation after an accident even if you weren’t wearing a seatbelt; however, your damage award may be reduced.
Even if you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation for your injuries. California law allows a defendant to assert what is commonly known as the “seat belt defense,” which means that if you are the injured victim then you must prove that you would have suffered injury notwithstanding the failure to use a seatbelt.
California law places limitations on how long you have to file a claim, so contact us today to speak to an experienced and proven car accident lawyer.