Riverside Car Accident Lawyers
Over 25 million drivers’ licenses are issued in the State of California in any given year, according to statistics provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles. With so many drivers on California roads, and a public transportation system that has yet to catch up with increasing populations in Southern California’s major cities, car accidents on our roadways almost seem inevitable. Accidents happen, but if you are an accident victim, what you do following your accident can be critically important for your future.
The personal injury attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have over 11 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in car accidents. They are experts in guiding you through the legal process and ensuring that you receive the compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of your accident. If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident in Riverside due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm for a free consultation and to ensure that you know your rights.
Top Causes of Car Accidents in Riverside
Distracted driving and reckless or negligent driving are among the top causes of car accidents in the state of California, and Riverside drivers are not immune. According to California Office of Traffic Safety statistics, there are over 2600 people killed or injured in a car accident in Riverside each year, and over 10 percent of those accidents involve alcohol – the top cause of car accidents. Speed is another significant contributing factor in car accidents in Riverside, in addition to drivers who drive through stop lights and don’t abide by the other rules of the road. Distracted, drowsy, reckless drivers, weather and road conditions also factor into many of the accidents in both the city of Riverside and the county.
When you are injured in a car accident, there are many factors that come into play – the speed of both vehicles will have an impact on how severe the injuries may be – in addition to the manner in which the accident happens. Both low speed and low-impact accidents can still cause significant injuries, so it is important to seek out medical attention if you have been in a car accident that may not seem serious at first.
Type of Injury Cases Handled by Wilshire Law Firm
According to the Center for Disease Control, Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from injuries sustained in car accidents. Car accidents are the most frequently handled personal injury matters because of the high frequency of car accidents, with almost 7 million auto accidents every year, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. While injuries from car accidents are varied, there are some common patterns in car accidents, and thus, some injuries that are more common, including:
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Whiplash (one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents)
At the Wilshire Law Firm, we handle all types of injuries (including catastrophic injuries) that can be caused by an automobile accident, including amputation, brain injuries, broken bones, burn injuries, head injuries, lacerations, orthopedic injuries, spinal cored injuries, paraplegia/quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries and whiplash.
There are other common injuries/traumas caused by car accidents including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), strokes, depression, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, memory loss, and in the case of a pregnant female, even miscarriage.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you were injured in a car accident, in accordance with California law, you have two years to file a claim. If an accident resulted in death, you have two years from the date of the person’s death (not the accident) to file a claim. No matter how severe the accident was, if you do not file a claim within two years, you will not be able to do so. Therefore, it is important that you seek counsel as soon as possible following an accident.
Following a car accident, if you are injured, you will likely receive a settlement from the insurance company, but your compensation may be limited to just the policy’s limits. If you work with an attorney to file a lawsuit in your matter, you may be able to garner greater compensation. Here are the types of compensation that are commonly awarded in automobile accident cases:
Compensatory damages: This type of compensation is the most typical and is awarded to you for injuries and losses if the other party is found to be negligent.
Specific damages: This type of compensation considers specific amounts of money lost due to the accident – such as the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and loss of future earning capacity.
General damages: This type of compensation is more subjective. General damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium (damages suffered by the spouse or family of a person injured or killed in an accident, and other losses.
While there is no typical car accident settlement, the settlements are often larger if the other party is found to be negligent. The court will decide on how much you will be compensated based on the type of injuries you sustained in the accident, the kind of treatment or therapy needed following the accident, and lost income.
Compensation in a successful car accident claim may include financial considerations for pain and suffering, discomfort caused by your injuries, your medical and treatment bills, lost income, and the costs of repairing/replacing your car. You may even be compensated if the accident causes you to have reduced earning potential or a change in your lifestyle.
No Win, No Fee (Contingency Fee)
At Wilshire law firm, we won’t take any fees unless you are compensated in your claim. While many attorneys work this way – on a contingency basis – it is important to know that all contingency fee agreements are not the same. It is our firm’s guarantee that you will not have to pay any attorneys fees or costs if we are not successful in your case. There are no hidden fees, and we will even advance your costs – including fees for expert witnesses, presentation expenses, and court filing fees. We guarantee you won’t pay anything unless we help you win your case. If you have been injured in a car accident in Riverside, please call us for a free consultation and learn more about our “zero-fee guarantee.”
Other Types of Accidents We Handle
We’re personal injury experts – our breadth of experience includes all facets of personal injury law, including auto and construction accidents, in addition to the following vehicle and transportation accidents:
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accident
- Bus Accident
- Commercial Vehicle Accident
- Bicycle Accidents
- Amusement Park Accident
- Boat Accident
- Cruise Ship Accident
- Plane Accident
- Train Accident
- Uber Accident
We also specialize in specific personal injury matters including:
- Food Poisoning
- Construction Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Catastrophic Injury
- Battery Explosions
- Wrongful Death
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
Free Consultation in Riverside
If you or a family member have been in an accident in Riverside, you will want an expert by your side. The attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm are among the best in country in working with insurance companies and representing parties in court to ensure that they receive all of the compensation they are entitled to and deserve. Please contact us to discuss your individual matter – we offer free consultations and can help guide you through the legal process and understanding your rights.
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