Car accidents are common
, but thankfully, severe crashes are less so. You are surrounded by vehicles nearly everywhere you go, and the risk of being involved in an accident is high. Many drivers do not pay particularly close attention to the road; they are passive and are not overly concerned with the safety of others or themselves. These drivers contribute to all sorts of accidents with their lack of regard. If you have been involved in a crash, we recommend calling our Woodland car accident lawyers
for assistance. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, employs an expert team of car accident attorneys
who have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
Why Car Accidents Happen
The majority of car accidents happen due to driver negligence. Although there are over 6 million accidents per year, there are not accidents every time you go out and hit the road. People still choose to drive unsafely, though, and usually do not choose to change their ways until they get into a car accident. By then, though, it may already be too late.
We have seen many car accidents happen for the same reasons, including:
- Poor merging
- Lack of turn signals
- Running stop signs
- Running red and yellow lights
- Turning in front of oncoming traffic
- Driving while drunk or tired
- Texting or using the phone while driving
- Inclement weather
- Road defects
- Vehicle defects
The responsible driver should be targeted in a lawsuit. If you were innocently driving through a parking lot or if you were cruising on the freeway and you were struck by a negligent driver, you should not be held accountable for the expenses. Our Woodland car accident attorneys can take control of your case and win you coverage for your damages.
Injuries from Car Crashes
A car crash can lead to devastating damage, even with safety belts and air bags. The sheer impact of extremely heavy vehicles made of metal, plastic, and glass can easily cause permanent injuries and death. Even crashes that happen at low speeds can be fatal. Some of the injuries we have seen happen in car accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Brain damage
- Neck and cervical spine injuries
- Herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Lacerations and gashes
- Puncture wounds
- Crushing injuries
- Knee and hip injuries
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Severed limbs and digits
Some of the injuries require immediate treatment, while others may take their own time to heal. There is also the possibility that previous injuries will be aggravated or that you will need continuous help to overcome the damages you suffered. Car accident injuries are unpredictable, and you should be adequately prepared in the event of a crash. You should also see to it that you get expert legal representation if you are hurt – our car accident lawyers in Woodland
can assist you.
Procedure After A Car Accident
It is not uncommon for you to be confused or frustrated after a car accident, and you may not have any idea what to do next. It is important that you do not leave the scene of the accident without acquiring evidence for your claim or without asking for any way for the evidence to be delivered to you.
As soon as the accident occurs, you should examine yourself to make sure you are not in immediate danger. You may need to call the paramedics for further evaluation and you may even get taken to urgent care or the emergency room. It is important that you place your health and safety first.
While at the hospital or with the paramedics, though, you can make it a point to request your medical notes, your receipt, and more.
It is important that you get medical help immediately after your accident
. If you wait too long, your claim will likely suffer. The insurance agent will see that you did not get treated and use that as proof that you were not severely hurt or that you were trying to game the system and place the blame of your current injuries on the incident when you were actually hurt elsewhere. However, you will also have a better chance of treatment succeeding, since paramedics and doctors can catch injuries that you may not feel or you are too filled with adrenaline to notice.
You should then acquire all the evidence of the accident
as you can. This includes photos of your injuries, the damage to your car and the other vehicle, the damage to the environment or any environmental factors, and more. The photos and videos you take will help establish how the crash happened and its results.
You can also get surveillance footage from nearby businesses, eyewitness reports from bystanders and passengers, and a copy of the police report. The more proof you have from different parties, the more effective your claim will be. It will not consist merely of your word versus the responsible party’s.
You will need the contact information or insurance details of the liable driver
. In some cases, hit-and-run accidents prevent you from getting this, so you may need to pursue underinsured/uninsured damages through your own policy.
It is in your best interest call a skilled car accident attorney in Woodland
who can organize your evidence, collect any proof you were unable to acquire, and more. We will write the demand letter outlining what we want as compensation and we will send the evidence package to the insurance agency. You will not have to worry about the legal legwork if you contact our firm
or call us at (888) 649-7166
Deadline To File A Car Accident Lawsuit
A car accident lawsuit is a personal injury claim, and as such, you only have a statue of limitations of 2 years from the date of the injury to take action. The statute is in place t ensure that claims are not left alone for too long and are filed quickly with ample fairness for both parties. Some people may not have the funds to pay for damages years later, while evidence could get lost in the meantime. If you do not file a claim within the two year period, you will be barred from pursuing compensation in the future.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, however. If you were a minor at the time of the incident, your statute of limitations would begin when you turned 18 years old. You also may have been severely injured and left mentally or physically incapable of pursuing legal action; once you return to functionality, your statute would begin. Additionally, the defendant must be in the state if you plan to sue him – if he isn’t, your statute of limitations will begin or resume when he returns to the state.
Because of these different circumstances, it can be very confusing to pinpoint the exact time frame for your lawsuit. It is best if you let our attorneys file your claim for you – we won’t miss a deadline. Our car accident attorneys in Woodland are punctual and will never be too late on your behalf.
Compensation For Your Damages
You deserve the utmost compensation for your damages if you were left injured from a car accident. We will strive to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law, including coverage for the following:
- Medical bills from surgery costs, hospitalization fees, medication, physical rehabilitation, and future treatments
- Lost income from days of missed work from the past and future
- Property damage to your car, electronics, books, personal items, and more
- Pain and suffering damages to cover PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional anguish, and more
You may be able to receive punitive damages, which are monetary amounts meant to punish the defendant. They are handed out in times of gross negligence or when you were deliberately hurt, but many judges and juries are hesitant to give them out. They view the damages as excessively severe or harsh.
If a loved one passed away in the incident, you could receive wrongful death
damages to cover the funeral and burial costs, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings and inheritance, loss of relations, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more.
Your case may be worth over $1,000,000. Call our Woodland car crash lawyers
to discuss the worth of your claim. We will strive to win you every single dollar you deserve – we won’t stop negotiating with the insurance agency until we are satisfied with the result.
The Firm for You
Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, has been winning car accident lawsuits for our clients for years. We are among the most highly rated firms in the area and we have a lengthy track record of success. Our aggressive lawyers will stop at nothing to win you the settlement you need and we will go to court if necessary to fight for your rights. At DTLA Law, you are our highest priority and we treat you like family.
Call us at (888) 649-7166
for a free legal consultation. You can ask us anything you wish and we’ll give you the information you need. We will also look over your claim and tell you how much we believe it is worth. If you want to hire us, we’ll give you a zero fee guarantee that you won’t pay any money out of pocket for our services. We won’t get paid unless and until we win, and we will only have our fees paid by the insurance company. A loss will not get a any payment at all. You won’t touch your savings.
For the best assistance available, call our car accident attorneys in Woodland
at (888) 649-7166