Car Accident Lawyers In California
What should you do after a car accident?
If you are injured in a car accident or truck accident, you can easily be overwhelmed by everything that you will have to deal with. Keep in mind a few basic steps as you move forward through the aftermath of the auto accident. Always take care of yourself first. Make sure and take the following steps, listed below.
- Get medical attention
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Make sure pictures are taken of the vehicle damage
- Contact your attorney
- Let your Car accident lawyer handle all communication with opposing insurance and attorneys
The law offices of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has 30 locations to serve you. We have locations throughout California including Palm Springs, Santa Rosa, Tracy, Long Beach, Hayward, Murrieta and twenty four additional locations. Find the location nearest you, by clicking here. We have a team of car accident specialists available to you 24-7. Contact us now to speak with an intake specialist. We offer a free and confidential consultation.
Most Recent Settlements and Victories
A mother of two adult children was killed in a two-car accident.
Driver’s convertible vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. Plaintiff’s vision in one eye was permanently diminished due to the high-speed impact.
Defendant accidentally hit the vehicle’s accelerator pedal in parking structure, pinning pedestrian’s arm between Defendant’s vehicle and a large parking structure pillar. Plaintiff suffered a broken arm.
You need to keep these points in mind. There are very good reasons for each one of them. The reasons for these steps lie in the fact that the consequences of accidents can lead to adversarial proceedings: matters become divided between “your side” and “their side“. Anyone from “their side” is not your friend, whether it is the other driver, his or her lawyers, or the insurance company representing the other driver.
When you have been the victim of an accident involving a car or truck, the most important thing to do is to take care of your physical injuries. It is also important that you always follow the directions of your doctor from that point. Do not try to “rush” your recovery. If the doctor tells you to refrain from certain types of activity, do not attempt them. In addition to making your injury worse, this may harm the car accident lawyer’s ability to assist you.
Document your injuries
If you have the opportunity, take photographs of your injuries resulted from your auto accident or truck accident. Use the camera on your cell phone or tablet or any other means, if you can. Equally important for you is that you keep track of all documents for your treatment. The reports of emergency personnel and doctors will be an important component of your case. Be sure to have all continuing instructions from your doctor at hand. If there are any changes in your treatment, and those documents to your file and also be sure to inform your car accident attorney of these facts.
Document vehicle damage
If possible, take photographs of your auto or truck at the site of the accident. Take multiple shots, from several different angles, so the full nature of the damage can be seen. If it is not possible to do this at the scene of the accident, do it as soon as possible afterward, and before any work is done on the vehicle. Keep all the documents for the repairs together: estimates, invoices, service orders, any paperwork connected with the incident. These also are documents that you should copy and give to your car accident lawyer.
The State Bar of California website is a great resource where you can find a lot of useful information.
Do I need to Hire a Lawyer to handle my auto accident claim?
In the case of any serious auto accident or truck accident that involves personal injury, your wisest course of action is to seek the help of a legal advocate. This professional will keep a clear head in dealing with all aspects of the aftermath of the accident. The service, the lawyer, provides protects you from mistakes that can be made because you are dealing with the stresses and upsets of the event. Your car accident attorney will advise you of the specific steps you will need to take in dealing with an accident and insurance.
Let the Attorney deal with the case
The most important thing for you to remember when pursuing a personal injury claim is that anything you say in public can become a “matter of record.” Comments you make on social media sites (such as Facebook) can be used against you. Talking with your friends about matters can be used against you. Even though as social creatures it is part of human nature to want to talk about things that happen to you, remember that discussing such matters can negatively impact your injury claim. If any insurance company attempts to speak with you about the accident, tell them to speak to your lawyer. If the insurance company for the other party contacts you with an offer, do not comment on it one way or another, but rather tell them to approach your attorney.
When injured in an auto accident or truck accident, securing the services of a good personal injury lawyer will provide you with peace of mind in a time of trouble. Your car accident lawyer will work to get the best results for you. Don’t hesitate to get an advocate who will fight for you, as any delay can also compromise the value of your injury case.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT?
What type of compensation am I entitled to receive?
An individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can sometimes be extremely complicated. Retaining the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen who are experts in motor vehicle accident damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery you deserve, no matter how complicated or contentious.
In automobile accident cases, as in all negligence cases, the injured party may recover for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical and rehabilitative expenses, past and future lost income, permanent impairment, and permanent disfigurement. Typical damages include future medical bills that are reasonably certain, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical property damage. A previous injury does not necessarily affect the right to recover compensation. The injured party may still recover damages for reinjuring or aggravating the earlier injury. In order to document the damages, a person injured in an accident should keep a daily diary describing how the injury affects him or her and if appropriate, his or her immediate family.
Family Member’s Damages
The spouse of the accident victim may also be able to recover for damage or loss to the marital relationship. Both the husband and wife usually bring the claim, which is known as “loss of consortium.” Loss of consortium refers to any negative effect on the marital relationship caused by an accident, and includes loss of the spouse’s love, companionship, comfort, affection, solace, moral support, sexual relations, ability to have children, and physical assistance in the operating and maintaining a home. Loss of consortium can be either temporary or permanent.
Dealing with the insurance company after an accident
Typically, the insurance company will compensate the victim for his or her damages. If the other driver has insufficient insurance or is not insured at all, the victim may be entitled to compensation from his or her own insurance company under an uninsured or underinsured motorist provision. Also, other insurance policies, such as the policies of other family members or employers, may provide benefits to the injured person. We have obtained insurance coverage for many times for clients in these circumstances. Even if the injured person was partially at fault, the law might permit recovery.
Different insurance coverage is frequently required and available for rideshare drivers for Uber or Lyft. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has handled many Uber accident claims on behalf of drivers and passengers.
If you have a situation like this, immediately contact our experienced car accident lawyers at 1-800-718-4658. We have operators available 24 hours a day.
HOW MUCH IS AN AUTO ACCIDENT LAWSUIT WORTH?
The value of an automobile accident lawsuit depends on a number of factors, including:
- Who is at fault
- How easily the other party’s fault can be established
- Type and seriousness of the injuries
- Medical treatment required
- Amount of insurance coverage available
- How the accident happened
- Extent of vehicle damage
- Whether the injuries are permanent or involve significant scarring
- Amount of your past and expected future medical bills
- Effect of the accident on your income
Remember, every personal injury case is different.
But we have seen it all. Therefore, the assistance of the very experienced auto accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen is vital to obtain the highest value for your personal injury claim.
SIX COMMON CAUSES OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
1) Driver Fatigue. Having to contend with heavy traffic and gridlock is enough to wear anyone out. Fatigue is particularly a problem with truck drivers who must meet delivery times and dates.
2) Excessive Speed. Everyone seems to be in a hurry in today’s break-neck pace, but with this impatience can come tragic results.
3) Aggressive Driving. People who otherwise do not exhibit aggressive tendencies often become aggressive when they get behind the wheel of a car. Tailgating, flashing lights at other motorists, and cutting off other vehicles are all dangerous examples of aggression.
4) Drunk Driving. Many thousands of people have lost their lives needlessly because of those who drink and drive.
5) Road and Weather Conditions. Icy roads, sleet, snow, hail, as well as potholes and obstructions on the road surface are dangerous and cause many accidents.
6) Distracted Driving. This is a particularly troubling problem as more and more drivers apply make-up, talk on cell phones, eat meals, and even text while driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our roads and highways.
Traffic accident victims often suffer serious injuries that can affect them for years to come. The personal injury attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP can help you obtain compensation to help you during the difficult times ahead. Don’t wait. Contact us today for a free case evaluation, by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form on this page. A member of our Accident Injury Team will contact you within 24 hours of your request.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Accidents occur so suddenly and unexpectedly that they tend to leave victims shaken and unable to think clearly. It is a good idea to have in mind the steps you need to take before an accident occurs. You may even want to make a list of these steps and keep it in your car with your registration and insurance information.
1. Check to See if Anyone Is Injured. The first thing you should do is determine whether you or anyone in your car is injured, then check with persons in other affected vehicles.
2. Call the Police. Do this even if you don’t think you were injured or the vehicles were badly damaged. It is very important to have a police report. Do not tell the police that you are not injured. Some injuries only manifest themselves days after the accident, such as soft tissue injuries to the back or neck.
3. Take Notes about the Accident. Take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles involved. You might use the camera on your cell phone, and note feature on your phone.
4. Exchange Insurance Company Information. Get this information from all motorists involved in the accident.
5. Talk to Witnesses. Get names and contact information of any witnesses.
6. Seek Medical Attention. You need to do this even if you don’t think you are hurt badly.
7. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer. If you don’t, you will have to contend with the defendant’s insurance company yourself while you are recuperating.
DO I NEED A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
Yes, it is important to note that if there is any damage to a vehicle, insurance companies are sure to be involved. Should you be injured because of another’s negligence, an adjuster with the defendant’s insurance company will want extensive information from you. This individual is not on your side. In fact, there are typically several insurance company defenses and objections that we must overcome in order to get the best results for our clients. Following an accident, you should contact a traffic accident lawyer as soon as possible. A traffic accident attorney will work on a contingency basis, which means that he or she will only be paid if a settlement is obtained. You have nothing to lose in requesting a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, and everything to gain.
How do I request a Free Consultation with an accident lawyer?
Unfortunately, injuries received in a motor vehicle accident can be catastrophic. Serious and disabling injuries can affect not only the injured person but also family members, as well. Even relatively minor injuries that require medical care and result in lost time from work can have a great impact on the family. If you are an automobile accident victim and have specific questions or concerns about compensation for your losses, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen to assist you by diligently pursuing your claim against all who are responsible for your injuries. We will maximize your recovery.
That is what the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen are all about – maximizing your recovery!
We handle all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including hit-and-run accidents, backovers, trucking accidents, and more.
Call our accident attorneys at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation.