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Car Accident Lawyer

Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

Sacramento, California

Driving is the most common form of transportation in Sacramento, which means car accidents are a daily occurrence here. Sacramento roads are full of traffic, road rage, and distracted drivers causing many auto accidents that severely injure all parties involved. And unfortunately, we also find out all too often that Sacramento car accidents are increasingly fatal. Far too often, drivers do not realize the extreme danger that is present in any auto accident, making our streets far more dangerous for drivers.

The time immediately after an car wreck can be scary, confusing, and painful. Hopefully after your car accident, you were able to seek medical attention. If you have not yet seen a doctor or other medical professional since your crash, we advise you to seek treatment immediately. Many medical conditions caused in an auto accident are not immediately apparent, so even if you do not feel hurt, it is critical to receive a medical evaluation by a healthcare professional. Early intervention can prevent motor vehicle accident injuries from becoming more serious.

Building a Successful Car Accident Case

After your crash, if you or a loved one was injured and you are seeking a local Sacramento car accident lawyer to help you and your family, our legal team is well qualified to guide you through the complicated and confusing legal process.

As a local Sacramento law firm, we are invested in the community and have worked hard to develop a reputation for seeking full compensation for our clients. For our attorneys, success is working to ensure you receive compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages.

In order to build the strongest case, it is important that you do not speak to any insurance company about the car accident. Do not give telephonic statements to insurance company representatives as they generally record them. Their job is to represent the insurance company. Our job is to represent you.

It is also important to remember insurance companies can use what you say against you and will do whatever they can to minimize your damages. Our team will handle all negotiations with the insurance carriers and fight for the maximum compensation available.

Insurance companies are well aware that settlement payouts are much greater for car accidents when the victims have lawyers. Do not let them lure you into a quicker payment when you can get more money by working with an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer.

While we are able to successfully settle many cases out of court, we are also always ready to go to trial to fight for you and your family when needed.

How Our Lawyers Investigate California Car Accidents

When building your case, we will thoroughly investigate the accident, taking in all evidence available, and determine what caused the accident to occur. For instance, one of the drivers might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol or were texting while driving. The driver at fault may have sped through an intersection or failed to obey a traffic sign.

Our Sacramento law firm will determine if any of these or other factors might have caused or contributed to the auto accident. We will talk to witnesses and the Sacramento Police Department on your behalf. We will obtain any security camera footage available including footage that the City of Sacramento or Sacramento County may have captured. You do not have to worry about who to contact and what to ask. We will make sure all the right questions are being answered.

After a serious auto accident, your life may change dramatically, leaving you feeling helpless. If your car was totaled in the accident and you cannot afford a new one, you may not be able to provide necessary transportation for yourself or your family. With significant injuries, your medical bills could be piling up and you may be looking at years of expensive physical therapy to help you fully recover. Your injuries may even keep you from returning to work, which can put stress on your family and put your livelihood at risk.

Even if you have just missed a short amount of time at work, we understand that every dollar counts. Some car crash victims are left unable to care for their own families. After working on hundreds of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, we’ve seen countless families struggle with the resulting injuries – both from  pain and suffering and also financially. Our car accident attorneys can evaluate your financial situation following the accident to determine a fair amount of compensation that puts your mind at ease and allows you to fully recover.

Car Accident Attorney FAQs

What should I do after an Auto Accident?

Once you have received any necessary medical care, your next step should be to call a car accident attorney. You should call a lawyer before you discuss your case with an insurance company representative. Insurance companies have one goal in a car accident claim: to pay as little as possible. If there are injuries involved in the accident, you need a lawyer on your side.

How do I know if I need to hire a lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer is beneficial in any car accident case, but if there are injuries involved it is even more important. Insurance companies will not pay you what you deserve for your injuries unless you have a lawyer on your side.

Do I need to call the police after a car crash?

Yes, you should call the police after a car crash so that they can file an official report. The police report will be a crucial piece of evidence on which to build your case. If you were seriously injured you should seek medical care first, but someone on the scene should alert the police.

Should I take photographs of the crash scene?

Yes, if you are able to. If not, ask someone else to take pictures, because they will be helpful to your case. Photos can depict the severity of the accident, the condition and position of the vehicles, the tire marks on the road, and any other details that may be pertinent.

The other driver didn’t have insurance. What are my options?

You can choose to file a lawsuit against the other driver, whether or not they have insurance. If they don’t have insurance, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. But your best option for receiving the most compensation is to handle your legal claims with the help of a personal injury attorney.

What should I do if I was the victim of a hit-and-run accident?

If you need medical attention, that should always be your first priority. But you or someone else should call the police to the accident scene as soon as possible. Take pictures and gather any evidence that could help identify the other driver, such as a piece of their vehicle that may have been left at the crash site.

Should I accept an insurance company’s settlement offer?

You don’t have to settle for whatever your insurance company or another party’s insurance company offers you. If you hire a lawyer to assist with your claim and/or file a lawsuit, the insurance company might offer you more money. Discuss your options with an attorney before you accept any settlement.

Can I get my car repaired at any auto repair shop?

Technically, yes, you have the right to take your car to any licensed shop for repairs. Your insurance company may have certain shops they would prefer you go to, but you are not obligated to do so. If you’re working with an attorney, ask them if they recommend a certain shop for repairs.

Is there a time limit to bring a claim?

If you’re filing a lawsuit for car accident injuries, you have two years from the date of the accident. If you’re only filing for property damage, you have three years to file a claim.

Can I recover for lost wages and medical expenses?

Lost wages and medical bills are two of the most common reasons victims seek financial compensation after a car accident. If your injuries prevented you from being able to work and resulted in significant medical bills, working with a lawyer may help you recoup those funds.

Can I sue for compensation if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt?

You can still file a lawsuit for injuries from a car accident even if you were not wearing your seatbelt; however, you may not receive as much compensation as you would have if you had been wearing a seatbelt. Not wearing a seatbelt does not disqualify you from filing a lawsuit, but it will be a factor in your case.

Should I Contact the SPD to Get a Copy of My Police Report?

If you have already contacted Sacramento Police Department to obtain your police report, please bring it to the initial meeting with your attorney. If however, you have not, our legal staff can obtain the report during our investigation.

What happens if I am at fault for the wreck?

Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, California law uses a comparative fault system, which means liability is allocated on a percentage basis and you can still recover compensation for your injuries.

Having worked in Sacramento Courtrooms for over 40 years, our attorneys will work to build the strongest case for you. We work for you and we represent you and your interest only. So even if you are partially to blame for the wreck, we will work to strengthen your case to be as appealing to a Sacramento jury as possible.

Why Choose Curtis Legal as Your Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

First and foremost, the car accident lawyers at Curtis Legal Group are part of the local Sacramento community. We are not a national law firm that will push your case to a young and inexperienced attorney. We have built a strong reputation in Sacramento and all of Northern California and we aim to keep it.

Our CEO and supervising attorney Ralph S. Curtis has over 40 years of legal experience, and has helped countless Sacramento clients recover financial damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. He sits on the Sacramento County Bar Association and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Council.

 

Vice President Andrew Mendlin has over 25 years of experience litigating personal injury cases, and holds an AV Preeminent rating. Having once worked as an insurance adjuster, Mr. Mendlin now uses his insider knowledge to successfully negotiate on behalf of accident victims.

 

 

We know just how awful a traumatic experience like a car accident can be for you and your family. You can trust the Sacramento attorneys at Curtis Legal Group to handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing.

When a reckless driver injures you or someone you love, our legal team will make sure to hold the responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Sacramento car accident, contact us to begin your case investigation today. Remember, under California law, there is limited time to make a claim, so contact us today!

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