Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, is one of the most highly-rated firms in the city. Our Moreno Valley car accident lawyers have handled thousands of cases over the years and we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Often, car accident victims do not pursue compensation because they are uncertain if they can win or because they do not want to pay any fees. Our law firm can assuage all these problems and represent you so you get the compensation you deserve.
Why Do Car Accidents Happen?
Commonly, car accidents happen because of inattention and reckless driving. Too many individuals simply drive carelessly and do not try to keep others safe. Every year, there are over 6 million car accidents, with 2 million of those resulting in injuries. There are thousands of deaths and almost no way to curtail the ratio. Accidents happen due to the following reasons:
Although there are usually hefty fines and punishments for driving recklessly, many individuals take the risk and drive like that anyway. They often contribute to the high accident rate.
Types Of Injuries From Car Accidents
Car accidents can result in some of the most devastating injuries you can suffer. Different types of crashes can influence the injuries you receive, and some accidents are more severe than others. The most severe accident are head-on collisions, as these result in the most deaths and paralysis. They may happen on freeways and on main streets. The most common accident is the rear-end crash, though, which can cause whiplash; these are usually seen at red lights and stop signs, but may also happen in traffic on the freeway. T-bone crashes and sideswipes can also cause great harm. Some of the injuries we have seen from car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Internal organ injuries
- Severed limbs
- Broken bones and fractures
- Dislocations and sprains
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Crushing injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Knee and hip injuries
There is always a risk that previous injuries can also be aggravated from a car accident and the chance that some injuries will lie dormant until something triggers them. You should be sure to get medical attention and contact a lawyer as soon as you notice any kind of injury from a car accident. Our car crash lawyers in Moreno Valley can represent you.
What To Do After A Crash
It is important that you take these steps after a crash to ensure that you are safe and adequately prepared for a lawsuit. The time immediately following a car accident can be frustrating and jarring, and you may be confused and unsure of what to do. Firstly, you should request medical attention from paramedics or go to the emergency room if you were seriously injured. You may not even feel like you were hurt, but you should get treatment anyway, as adrenaline can mask injuries and others may not show up immediately. If you wait too long between the car accident and the medical visit, the insurance agent can claim that you were not severely hurt and that you were using the accident as a way to get compensation. Next, you should take pictures of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle and the other car, and the scene of the accident. Anything that can be used as evidence should be photographed or recorded. There may be a defect in the road, for example, that you need evidence of for your claim. Photos are important because some injuries will become difficult or impossible to see afterward and some repairs may be done in the meantime. If there were any passengers or bystanders who saw the accident happen, you can ask them for their statements and testimonies to back up your claim. Eyewitness statements can help in cases where there are heavy disagreements as to who was at fault. Write down the insurance information and contact details of the responsible party so you can file the proper claim. In car crashes where there were injuries, the police likely showed up to conduct an investigation. You can request the police report for additional evidence. Finally, you should reach out to a skilled Moreno Valley car accident attorney who can handle your case. It is recommended that you seek out legal representation from someone who has experience and who will fight for every penny you deserve, and we are willing to do so.
Types of Compensation for a Car Crash Lawsuit
A car crash lawsuit can result in various types of compensation for your injuries. An insurance agent will consider your damages and weigh them accordingly. For example, if you had severe damage and you became unable to complete your job duties, you would likely receive a larger offer than if you were not seriously hurt. The agent will also consider how much of the accident you were liable for and if you played a part in the crash. Many insurance agents will try to make as small of an offer as possible, and it is up to our attorneys to secure you the maximum compensation available under the law. You can receive the following from a car accident claim:
- Coverage for medical expenses (surgery fees, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy sessions, future medical treatments)
- Property damage to your vehicle and any personal items that were inside at the time
- Lost income from time spent away from work, and future missed wages if you cannot go to work due to injuries or recovery time
- Pain and suffering damages (anxiety, PTSD, fear, emotional trauma)
- Punitive damages (additional forms of monetary compensation meant to punish the defendant, but these are seldom handed out due to being viewed as harsh, so only a talented attorney will have the ability to secure them)
- Wrongful death damages (funeral and burial fees, pre-death medical expenses, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of expecting inheritance and funds, loss of relations and consortium, and more)
Our Moreno Valley car accident attorneys will work around the clock to bring you every penny you deserve. As a victim of a car accident, you should not be expected to cover your expenses if you were not responsible for the incident.
Time Limit To File A Car Accident Lawsuit
In the State of California, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party in a car accident. The longer you wait, the more troublesome it will be to gather evidence; a lot of it will become corrupted or lost, such as witness memories, and you may not have a need for compensation anymore. Waiting too long to file a claim means that you will lose the ability to collect any restitution if the time runs out. However, there are a few exceptions to this statute of limitations. For one, you could be underage at the time of the incident, which would enable you to not have to follow the statute of limitations until you turn 18 years old. You also may have been left physically incapacitated or mentally unable to file a lawsuit after the accident, which would allow you to wait until you return to a healthy state before the statute kicks in. Further, the defendant must be present in the state in order for you to file a claim; if he has left the state or country, the statute would not count down until he returns. It can be confusing to keep track of these deadlines, especially if you are eligible for any exceptions. Our team of Moreno Valley car accident lawyers can file everything on time and keep you from missing any important limits.
How We Help
The Downtown LA Law Group can provide you with a team of expert car accident lawyers in Moreno Valley to help you with your lawsuit. We will aggressively pursue your rightful compensation and won’t hesitate to go to court if necessary. We know the best tactics to winning your case. Contact our offices for a free legal consultation. We’ll answer all of your questions and tell you what we believe we can earn for you. Our consultations are totally private and none of your confidential information will be shared elsewhere. If you hire us to represent you, we will give you our zero fee guarantee, which promises that your financial standing will not change throughout the case. We won’t ask you to pay a dime; we will cover all legal expenses, and we won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we don’t get any money at all, and you can leave our firm debt-free to us. Don’t hesitate to get help from our Moreno Valley car accident attorneys.