Car Accident CausesThere are many ways that car accidents happen. Often, drivers are simply moving along and not paying attention; highway hypnosis, for example, causes people to have no memory of the recent trip. Unfortunately, even if you are constantly paying attention and aware of what is going on around you, another driver may cause an accident. You could simply be on the receiving end of a crash, such as when you are sitting at a red light or when you proceed through a stop sign. Rear-end crashes are the most common form of car accidents and they are usually caused by drivers failing to stop in time. The crashes happen at red lights and stop signs, but they can also happen on the freeway and highway when merging or when traffic forces everyone to slow down. In addition to rear end crashes, you could be involved in T-bone crashes (broadside) when you’re hit in the side of your vehicle, and head-on collisions where you are struck in the front. Each accident can result in severe consequences, even without considering speed. Some of the other causes of car accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Driving while texting and talking on the phone
- Using a GPS or other app while behind the wheel
- Ignoring right of way laws
- Turning into intersections without looking
- Running stop signs and red lights
- Not yielding to traffic or at intersections
- Road defects
- Sharp turns, hills blocking view, sudden curves, dips, and more
- Poor weather (rain, snow, sleet, fog)
- Vehicle malfunctions (tires fall off, brakes fail, engine shuts down, lights stop working)
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Steps to Take after a Car Accident
Following these steps will allow you to have the best chance of success with a lawsuit and will keep you safe in the immediate aftermath. You should:
An attorney can make sure that you are on the right track with your claim and will help you prove that the other driver was negligent. You must be able to show that you were owed a duty of care that was breached, and that the breach led to an accident resulting in physical injuries. If you have not handled a claim before, you may not have any idea how to move forward with legal action. Let our experienced car accident lawyers in Irvine litigate your case for you.
- Get medical attention at once
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of the damage to your car and the scene of the accident
- Interview eyewitnesses and passengers for statements and testimonies
- Take down the insurance information and personal details of the driver who hit you
- Get a copy of the police report
- Contact a lawyer for more assistance
Rightful Damages from a Car Accident Claim
Our Irvine car accident lawyers handle dozens of car accident cases each month, and we have a long history of winning our clients the compensation they deserve. Victims often call us with questions about what they could potentially earn. Your car accident case is important to us and we will do all we can to win you the maximum settlement available under the law. Victims often need ample coverage if they have been severely injured in such accidents, and we can ensure you get the following:
You may be able to receive additional damages as well if circumstances permit it in your case. Some individuals have had family members who have died in car accidents. These situations can result in wrongful death damages to cover the costs of the funeral and burial and any pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering. There can also be compensation for lost inheritance, wages, income, savings, and benefits. You could also be covered for loss of consortium and relations if it were a spouse or significant other who passed away.
If you were intentionally harmed in the accident or if the defendant acted with gross negligence, you could potentially receive punitive damages. These damages are additional monetary payouts meant to punish the defendant, as civil cases do not result in jail. These damages are usually looked down upon by juries, though, and are seen as excessive. You may have trouble winning them unless a skilled and qualified attorney handles your case.
Our car accident attorneys in Irvine will be able to secure you the fairest compensation available for your case.
- Coverage for medical bills and hospital fees, including surgery, anesthesia, ambulatory transportation, and more
- Compensation for future medical expenses, such as additional procedures, medication, physical therapy sessions, and others
- Reimbursement of missed income from the past and future if you needed to take time off work to deal with the repercussions from the accident
- Expenses for damaged property and lost belongings
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Valuing Your ClaimMany car crash victims are curious what their cases are worth and how those numbers are calculated. There is no calculator that allows you to input your damages and a round number gets spat out. Instead, an insurance agent will consider your claim and weigh your damages. He will consider the extent of your injuries, how much of an impact they had on your life and career, your age, the level of fault you were at in the accident, and more. It will be up to our Irvine car accident lawyers to successfully secure you the maximum value for your claim. Often, attorneys will simply pressure their clients to accept the first deal that is offered, even if it is not a large sum. This is an act of bad faith and occurs because attorneys sign on a lot of cases and do the bare minimum to resolve them and collect their own checks. This usually results in negative consequences for the clients. If you feel that your current attorney is not accurately representing you, contact our firm for a second opinion. We will tell you if we believe your case is worth more than what you are being offered.
Statute of Limitations for Your ClaimIn California, you only have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit for the car crash. If you do not sue the responsible party within this two year deadline, you will not be able to receive any compensation in the future. The statute of limitations helps plaintiffs because it allows their evidence to be preserved and has a lower risk of corrupting. Many cases have been lost because the statute of limitations has run out. It is crucial that you file a claim as quickly as you can to ensure that it goes smoothly and you have the highest chance of success. The 2-year limit can be extended for various reasons. Common exceptions to the statute include your age, your wellbeing, and the defendant’s location. If you were under the age of 18, the statute would not kick in until you turned 18. Further, if you were physically or mentally incapable of filing a lawsuit, you would not have to adhere to the statute until you returned to health. Finally, if the defendant left the state or the country, the statute of limitations would be temporarily frozen until he returned. If you are unsure of how much time you have left to file a lawsuit, speak with our car accident lawyers in Irvine. We will make sure that your claim is file in the correct amount of time and that you do not miss any deadlines at all.
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