As anyone who lives or works in California knows, driving is not only a necessity, it’s a way of life. Whether cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, touring wine country, or commuting to and from work, the roads and highways are traveled by all types of motor vehicles. With so many drivers on the road, accidents are inevitable and thousands of people are injured or killed each year.
Deldar Legal has a proven track record of obtaining meaningful compensation for car accident victims throughout the state of California. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you will have peace of mind knowing our experienced legal team is by your side.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in California
Accidents are usually the result of another driver’s negligence and can be caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driver fatigue
- Running red lights/stop signs
- Improper turning
- Unsafe lane changes
- Reckless driving
In addition, if the accident was caused by defects in the road, a curb or median, inoperable streetlights, or a faulty traffic signal, we may pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible city, county or state. At the same time, when an accident is caused by a mechanical defect, we can pursue a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor.
The Elements of Driver Negligence
Generally, a successful claim requires demonstrating four elements of negligence. We will work diligently to show that:
- The other driver had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner
- The other driver breached this duty
- The actions of the other driver caused the accident
- Your injuries or monetary losses were directly caused by the accident
It is also important to note that comparative negligence laws apply to automobile accidents. This means that if you contributed to the accident, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault. In other words, if you suffer $10,000 in damages, but the insurer finds that you were 20 percent at fault for the accident, the damages will be reduced to $8,000.
As you can see, an automobile accident claim can be quite complicated, especially in determining who was at fault. Over our many years of practice, we have seen how insurance companies try to settle claims for as little money as possible. The capable attorneys at Deldar Legal have the knowledge and skills necessary to prove your injuries were caused by another driver’s negligence.
We will fight for your right to just compensation that considers all your losses, including any future medical and financial needs. If the insurer fails to offer a fair and reasonable settlement, we may recommend pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in court. When you come to Deldar Legal, your case will be handled by savvy attorneys with a well-earned reputation of achieving successful outcomes.
What to Do After an Automobile Accident
Depending on the severity of the collision, injuries can range from bruises, lacerations, broken bones and fractures to whiplash and spinal cord injuries. Although a high impact collision can lead to traumatic injuries such as paraplegia, quadriplegia or head and brain injuries, even seemingly minor fender benders can cause serious harm. In some cases, an accident victim may not be aware that he or she has been injured or needs medical treatment until days or even weeks later when the symptoms begin to surface.
If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident in California, call the police and seek medical treatment. The reports of police and emergency responders will act as valuable evidence in your personal injury claim. In addition, if you are able, collect any additional information such as the name and contact information for the other driver and any witnesses. Finally, since most people carry smartphones, it is helpful to take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles and your injuries.
Finally, because an automobile accident claim will involve the other driver’s insurance company, a claims adjuster from the insurer will contact you shortly after the accident. You should not speak to anyone from the insurance company without an attorney representing you.
If you sustained injuries, it is vital for you to receive proper and timely treatment and for your medical team to provide records of doctor visits, surgical procedures, radiological tests, prescriptions and rehabilitative care that will support your personal injury claim. You must also follow your doctors’ recommendations for medical treatment and therapy.
Why You Should Call Deldar Legal For Your Auto Accident Claim
Our trustworthy attorneys are dedicated to helping car accident victims and their loved ones. We know that being injured in an accident is an overwhelming experience and will offer you compassion, knowledge and help you get back on your feet. Our legal team will make sure you get the medical care that you need and fight to obtain just compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering and other expenses and losses. If a loved one was killed by a reckless or negligent driver, we can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain justice.
Deldar Legal serves clients throughout California including San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego. All automobile accident cases are handled on a contingency basis which means you do not pay any attorney fees unless we obtain compensation for you. Call our office today for a free consultation or fill out the contact form on our website.