Car Accident Lawyers
Every day, innocent car accident victims face real challenges—mounting bills, painful injuries, and real fears about their futures. The award-winning car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm understand the challenges that car accident victims face, because every single day we stand up for and protect the rights of innocent victims.
With over $400,000,000 recovered for our clients, Wilshire Law Firm utilizes proven legal strategies that get results. Time may be limited to file a claim, so ACT NOW: Contact the award-winning personal injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm today at (800) 522-7274 or fill out our online contact form.
Why do Car Accidents Happen?
With features like autonomous braking, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning hitting the market over the past two decades, it’s clear that car manufacturers are investing in technologies that prevent accidents and keep drivers and passengers safer. In fact, vehicles may be safer than they’ve ever been. But despite the many accident prevention measures introduced over the past twenty years, more than 7.2 million vehicle accidents were reported to police in the United States in 2016, a 15 percent increase over the previous year.
Even though vehicles might be safer now, driving a car is still the most dangerous everyday activity around. One of the biggest contributing factors, of course, is driver error. Additionally, car accidents tend to take place for the following reasons:
- Distracted Driving—Cell phones, conversation with passengers, even something as innocent as changing the station on the radio can lead to an accident.
- Alcohol Use—Fatal crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver accounted for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017.
- Recklessness—Speeding was cited as a contributing factor in more than 10,000 traffic fatalities in 2016, the highest figure since 2012.
- Poor/Unsafe Road Conditions—Strong rains and a stiff wind can both play a part in vehicle accidents. Cars may hydroplane, slip out of control, or suddenly veer into the path of another vehicle due to adverse conditions. Furthermore, roads that are not properly maintained by government authorities can contribute to car accidents.
- Mechanical Defect—If a car is not properly maintained, or if it is designed, built, or sold with defective parts, then a vehicular crash can occur due to a mechanical malfunction.
Regardless of the cause, there are a number of accident situations that occur more often than others.
What are the most Common Accident Types?
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, chances are that it was one of these accident types:
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact or T-bone collisions
- Low-impact collisions
- Pile-up/Multi-car accidents
- Left turn accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Merging accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Single-car accidents
Following a serious accident, victims deal with property loss and damaged vehicles. However, that’s not the most serious repercussion they face—life-threatening injuries are.
Common Car Accident Injuries
In 2016 nearly 3.2 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Don’t be fooled, either; even low-impact and low-speed accidents can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bone(s)
- Road rash/cuts
- Emotional distress
- Other very serious injuries
Many car accident victims may not immediately feel the full effects of being in an accident; this is due to the surge in adrenaline that most accident victims experience. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to seek prompt medical attention to determine the true extent of your injuries. Wilshire Law Firm’s extensive network of medical, investigative, and other experts can help put accident victims on their path to recovery.
Ways to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident
Car accidents are devastating, but there are steps drivers can take to reduce their risk of getting into an accident. If you’re looking to keep both yourself and everyone else safer on the road, follow these tips whenever you hit the road:
- Keep your vehicle roadworthy—Not keeping up with your car’s maintenance schedule can lead to big trouble down the line. You should also use the NHTSA’s safety issue and recall tool to verify that your car has no known safety issues.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol—Just like the cars they ride in, drivers need to remain roadworthy too. Drivers should be well-rested and in “good driving condition” before getting behind the wheel.
- Be a defensive driver—Drivers should be aware of the drivers around them, the speed that both they and the cars around them are traveling at, and how closely they’re following the cars in front of them; always pay attention to what the other cars on the road are doing.
- Eyes on the road—Drivers should turn off their cell phone, lower the radio volume, and remove any other distractions that prevent them from focusing on the road ahead.
What Should I do if I’m Involved in an Accident?
When a car crash occurs, it always takes us by surprise. Nevertheless, it’s important to be prepared in the event you find yourself involved in an accident. There are specific steps that accident victims should take to protect both their physical health and their legal rights, including:
- Don’t panic—Move all vehicles out of the roadway, if possible.
- Check for injuries—Evaluate the people involved in the accident for injuries, and call for emergency medical services as required. Even drivers who don’t think they are seriously hurt should be examined by a medical professional as soon as is possible.
- Call the police—You should request an ambulance as well, if necessary. Ask the police to create a detailed accident report for your records.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s)—Don’t admit liability at the scene or when speaking with the other party’s insurance company.
- Begin collecting evidence—Take pictures of the damage with your cell phone, along with the accident scene as a whole. Get the contact information of any witnesses, and gather any debris that may have broken off from your vehicle in the accident
- Consult with the car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm—With over $400,000,000 recovered for their clients, the exceptional personal injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm utilize proven legal strategies to get car accident victims the compensation they deserve.
Compensation Following a Car Accident
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve monetary compensation for your losses. The true cost of a seemingly minor accident can quickly become expensive; injuries can take months, even years to fully heal, and lost wages and other expenses can begin to pile up. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Specific Damages—Past and future medical bills; Lost wages; Lost earning potential; Necessary home or vehicle modifications; Repair/replacement services such as child care or home and vehicle maintenance
- General Damages—Physical pain and suffering; Loss of consortium; Emotional distress
The most important key to successfully proving your car accident claim? Identifying the liable party or parties. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there are a number of parties who may ultimately be found liable for the damages you have suffered, including:
- Other drivers
- Vehicle owners
- Driver employers (if the other driver was on the clock)
- Manufacturers/Shipping companies/Retailers/Marketers
One complicating factor in a car accident claim: What happens if you were partially at fault for your accident? California deals with this scenario through a system called Pure Comparative Fault. Also known as Pure Comparative Negligence, this system reduces the compensation awarded to car accident victims by their degree of fault in an accident. If, for example, you are determined to be 20% at fault for an accident, then the total compensation awarded to you will be reduced by 20%.
Another factor that can impact your case? If the at-fault driver doesn’t have car insurance. Unfortunately, there are many drivers here in California who are either uninsured or underinsured—some insurance industry studies place the percentage of uninsured drivers in California at more than 15%.
Because of the high number of uninsured drivers, it’s critical that you carry uninsured motorist benefits. This way, if you are unfortunately involved in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, you can recover damages directly from your insurer instead of filing a claim with a third party. Without underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage, you may not be able to recover any damages that result from your accident.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim?
In most cases, the statute of limitation for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident, but there are many complicating factors that can either shorten or lengthen the time a victim has to file a claim following an accident. To protect their claim, accident victims should retain the services of the exceptional personal injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm to ensure they receive the maximum compensation they are entitled to.
How a victim deals with the other party’s insurance company can make all the difference between a successful claim and an unsuccessful one. The award-winning car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies; we know all of the tricks they use to minimize their payouts and have developed proven legal strategies that get results for our clients.
Our outstanding team of legal professionals will conduct a thorough accident investigation, arrange for victims to receive the medical treatment they require, and handle all insurance-related paperwork and negotiations so victims can focus on recovering from their accident. Our Zero Fee Guarantee means our clients aren’t charged a cent in legal fees unless and until we make a recovery—no hidden conditions, no hidden fees.
Wilshire Law Firm understands the challenges that a car accident can bring—we fight every single day to get accident victims the justice they deserve. Time may be limited to file a claim, so ACT NOW. With more than $400,000,000 recovered for our clients, our compassionate, client-first approach is proven to get results. To find out how we can help you, contact Wilshire Law Firm today at (800) 522-7274 or fill out our online contact form.
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