Orange County Car Accident Lawyer
After being injured in a severe car accident, you’ll probably have significant difficulties ahead of you. You will likely face costly medical bills, have a hard time working, and will be dealing with chronic pain while attempting to recover from your injuries. In order to make your life more comfortable, you should speak with an experienced Costa Mesa car accident lawyer who can help you receive compensation to ease your recovery.
The California car accident lawyers at Beckerman Anderson know what you are going through. You most likely have many questions regarding the value of your claim and how long it will take to reach a fair settlement.
A car accident attorney from our law firm can give you simple, straightforward answers concerning every aspect of your car accident claim, including medical coverage, personal property damage, lost income, and more. We also have the resources to help you get the medical care you need, so you can start putting your life back together.
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Overview of Car-Related Accidents in Orange County
The following data reflects the frequency of motor vehicle accidents in Orange County between January 2021 and December 2021. The statistics were provided by the University of California, Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System.
Orange County Motor Vehicle Accidents
Between January 2021 and December 2021, there were 11,951 motor vehicle accidents in Orange County. According to the Transportation Injury Mapping System, rear-end collisions accounted for 33% of all vehicle collisions. There were 3,559 broadside collisions, which made up 29% of all accidents.
Other forms of collisions, such as wrong-way, rollover, sideswipe, pedestrian, and striking a fixed object comprised 36% of the total.
Orange County Motor Vehicle Accidents by Severity
Although a significant number of motor vehicle accidents took place in 2021, the majority were not fatal. Roughly 57% of auto accidents resulted in moderate pain to the victims, and about 36% caused visible injuries. Only 6% of accidents resulted in serious injuries, and 1% were fatal.
Orange County Motor Vehicle Accident Victims by Victim Role
According to TIMS, most 2021 car accident victims were drivers, accounting for 67% of 11,414 victims. Three thousand nine hundred seventy-seven victims were passengers, comprising 23% of the cases. The victims also included 4% bicycle riders and 4% pedestrians.
Orange County Motor Vehicle Accident Victims by Age and Gender
In Orange County, the most common auto accident victims in 2021 were men between 20 and 24 years old. This group was followed by men between the ages of 25 and 29.
Orange County Motor Vehicle Accident Victims by Severity of Injury
In 2021, 94% of all Orange County car accidents resulted in “suspected” or “possible” victim injuries. Eight hundred twenty-seven accidents, or 4%, resulted in suspected serious injuries, while only 1% resulted in fatalities.
Do I Have a Valid Car Accident Claim?
After being injured in a car accident, you might need clarification as to whether or not you have a legitimate compensation claim. To be able to collect damages, automobile accidents have to satisfy the following two criteria:
- The accident was caused, in part or in whole, by someone else’s negligence.
- The accident caused you or a family member to be seriously injured.
Our California car accident lawyers are prepared to answer any questions you might have about what is considered negligent and what constitutes a severe injury. If we determine that your car accident fulfills these two criteria during your free consultation, we will start working on your claim immediately.
The Insurance Company Keeps Calling Me. What Do I Do?
Once the insurance company is apprised of the accident, adjustors from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer will contact you. Although you need to notify your insurance carrier of the accident as soon as possible, you never want to talk to an adjustor from the other driver’s insurance carrier.
Entirely innocent comments will be taken out of context and manipulated to make it seem like you are to blame for the accident or that your injuries are not that serious. They will also try to bully you into accepting a quick settlement offer far less than you need and are entitled to.
It is common practice for adjusters to mislead injured victims about how much compensation they are eligible for. When you work with a licensed attorney, you will know exactly what your rights are and how much your claim is worth.
An experienced California car accident lawyer will consider your current and anticipated medical expenses, lost earnings, and other costs. This will give you a clear idea of how much financial compensation you will need to cover all the damages caused by the accident.
We know the underhanded tactics that insurance companies use, so when they contact you, hang up and call us instead. We will help you decide if their settlement offer is adequate, and if not, we will handle communications with them from that point forward.
How Can a Costa Mesa Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
If you were badly injured or lost a family member in an automobile accident, the last thing you need to focus on is battling with an insurance company about fair financial compensation. We know how tempting it can be to accept their initial offer and just be done with it. Unfortunately, it is a certainty that their offer is often much lower than what you will need to pay your medical bills, continue medical treatments, and compensate you for your lost income and other damages.
A skilled Costa Mesa car accident lawyer from Beckerman Anderson can help you recover the financial damages you are entitled to. Regardless of what kind of car accident you were involved in, you can count on our firm to look out for your best interests and take care of your legal needs, so you can concentrate on getting better and providing for your family.
Our law firm handles all motor vehicle accidents, including those involving:
- Commercial trucks
- SUV rollovers
- Drunk driving victims
- Skateboarders, pedestrians, or bicycle riders
- Flawed roadway design
- Construction zone negligence
A person can even suffer a severe injury in a low-speed collision, such as a rear-end accident in a shopping center parking lot. Victims can sustain:
- Neck and back injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Cuts, bruising, and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Permanent disfigurement and scars
How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
At Beckerman Anderson, our Costa Mesa personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, our fees are a percentage of your judgment award or settlement, so if we do not win your case, you don’t pay a penny. There are no up-front costs, and you never pay for anything out of pocket.
Without an experienced attorney defending your rights, you run the risk of the insurance carrier taking advantage of your situation. Insurers have a vast amount of resources available to put toward fighting liability for car accidents. Without legal counsel, you could be left with a lot less than you deserve and, in some cases, with nothing.
Our attorneys also have extensive resources, impressive negotiating abilities, and the determination to secure the maximum compensation allowed by California law. Motor vehicle accident victims who work with attorneys have been proven to recover more significant amounts of financial compensation for their damages than unrepresented individuals, even after paying the attorney fees from their award.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Due to the severity and frequency of Orange County car accidents, our Costa Mesa car accident attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of car accident victims. Car accidents often inflict severe and life-changing injuries on their victims. We have seen first-hand how these injuries affect people and how we can effectively help them fight for fair compensation awards. We have helped clients who have endured various kinds of personal injuries in car accidents, including:
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Neck injuries/back injuries
- Permanent handicaps
- Fractured bones/broken bones
- Serious lacerations
- Soft-tissue damage
- Severe burns
We also have a well-established track record of helping clients receive compensation for their emotional trauma. California personal injury law permits plaintiffs to seek financial compensation for their psychological, mental, and emotional suffering, physical pain, and economic damage. Our law firm can help you pursue damages for your pain, suffering, emotional harm, distress, grief, anguish, and even conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder following a severe motor vehicle accident.
Car Accident Laws in California
Although car accident laws in California can be complicated, it is important that you, as a victim, understand them. If you don’t, you could unintentionally make an expensive mistake that reduces the amount of compensation you are entitled to for your damages or leaves you with no financial compensation. After a severe Costa Mesa car accident, you need to contact an experienced Costa Mesa car accident attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers make understanding the laws relevant to your personal injury case easy.
One of the most important laws to be familiar with is the state’s deadline for filing your claim, known as the statute of limitations. In California, all car accident victims are given precisely two years from the injury date to file their injury claims. If the claim involves only property damage, the filing deadline is three years from the cause. Courts typically do not allow exceptions to the statute, although, under certain circumstances, the clock might start on the day of discovery. Your Costa Mesa lawyer will be able to tell you which statute applies to your specific case.
California adheres to fault-based auto insurance laws. Every driver must carry adequate insurance for $15,000 per person, $30,000 per accident for bodily injury coverage, and $5,000 in property damage liability. Following a car accident, the injured party will file their claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company for damage recovery. Victims could also be entitled to file a lawsuit rather than an insurance claim depending on the situation.
California does not prohibit car accident victims who share in the liability for their accident from collecting financial recovery. Instead, comparative negligence laws will lessen their award by their percentage of fault. In other words, even if they were found to be 99% liable for causing the collision, they would still be eligible to recover 1% of a financial compensation award. A lawyer from Beckerman Anderson can help protect you against a comparative negligence defense.
Establishing Negligence in a Costa Mesa Motor Vehicle Accident
In personal injury law, the theory of negligence refers to the claimant’s legal doctrine. The majority of vehicle accident cases and other forms of personal injury suits derive from this theory. When a person is said to have been negligent, it means they fell short of the prevailing standard of care, an obligation to exercise the same degree of care that a sensible person would have shown under the same or similar circumstances. With a car accident claim, a duty of care usually refers to the responsibility placed on drivers to follow traffic laws, drive cautiously, and avoid any accidents.
Establishing negligence for a car accident requires obvious and compelling evidence that another driver violated their duty of care. A violation of duty refers to a breach of the level of care that should have been shown under the circumstances. Secondly, the claimant will have to prove that the respondent’s violation of duty was the primary or proximate cause of the accident, meaning the crash would never have occurred were it not for their negligence.
To prove these elements, you need evidence of negligence. This evidence could be a police crash report, pictures, dash cam video, witness statements, testimony from expert witnesses, accident reconstruction, your medical records, the respondent’s cell phone records, a commercial driver’s safety records, and much more. A lawyer will be able to help you gather all available evidence and prove the respondent’s negligence in your car accident case.
How Will Comparative Negligence Affect My Car Accident Claim?
The comparative negligence defense can be used against the claimant to devalue their judgment award or settlement. It stands to reason that the respondent should be liable for a smaller portion of the damages because the victim was partially responsible for the accident.
If opposing counsel successfully uses the comparative negligence defense against you, it will most likely reduce the financial compensation you receive from the respondent. For example, if it is determined that you were 20% at fault for the accident, any recovery you are awarded will be decreased by 20%.
California abides by the rules of pure comparative negligence. This means that a car accident victim can be as much as 99% responsible for an accident and still be entitled to recover 1% in compensation. It is essential to work with a lawyer who can skillfully dispute the comparative negligence defense to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.
Can You Collect Compensation For a Hit-and-Run Accident?
A hit-and-run accident occurs when the at-fault driver flees the scene and does not fulfill their duty of care, including being financially liable for the incident. In hit-and-run accident cases, knowing the best way to move forward with a claim can be tricky because you don’t know who the at-fault driver is. Unfortunately, California’s fault laws only apply if the at-fault driver’s identity is known. Your own insurance company may, however, have a solution.
The first thing you should do following a hit-and-run car accident is to notify local law enforcement. They will be able to investigate the scene and might successfully locate the at-fault driver. If this is the case, you can proceed with your injury claim by filing a claim with their insurance company. If the police cannot identify the other driver, you will have to pursue compensation through your car insurance company instead. Make sure you report the crash to your insurance agent immediately. They will review your uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance, if you have it, and tell you how it applies to your compensation.
California does not require drivers to carry uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. To turn this coverage down, however, you have to request its removal from your policy at the time of purchase. If you do have UIM insurance, the insurer should cover your property damage and medical expenses. Collision and comprehensive insurance could also play a role in your hit-and-run damages. A Costa Mesa car accident lawyer from the law firm of Beckerman Anderson will be able to assist you in negotiations with your insurance company for total financial compensation after a hit-and-run accident.
Another means of collecting compensation following a hit-and-run accident is to hold someone other than the driver responsible for your injuries. An experienced attorney will be able to tell you whether or not another person or entity contributed to your accident, such as a car hire service being liable for its driver, a city being liable for a hazardous roadway, or a vehicle manufacturer being liable for a malfunctioning car part. Our lawyers can investigate your hit-and-run accident and identify all potential sources of recovery.
Financial Compensation for California Auto Accident Victims
If you have a valid claim, our attorneys can explain the forms and amounts of compensation you should cite in your initial demand letter. Every motor vehicle injury case is different, with unique sets of damages and survivor losses being endured.
A Costa Mesa car accident attorney from Beckerman Anderson can examine your case and determine the maximum amount of damages you can rightfully claim.
Some common forms of damages that are awarded in California car accident cases include:
- Current medical bills
- Anticipated medical bills and other healthcare-related costs
- Permanent or temporary disability accommodation
- Current and anticipated lost income
- Vehicle replacement or repairs
- Physical pain
- Emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages
If you were catastrophically injured or lost a family member in a Costa Mesa car accident, you could be owed a substantial economic recovery. Keep the insurance adjustor from convincing you to settle for less than the true potential value of your case. Work with one of our personal injury lawyers to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve and need to move on with your life in comfort. We can assess the probable value of your car accident case in a free consultation at our Costa Mesa office.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
After being injured in a Costa Mesa car accident, there are some actions that you can take at that moment to ensure that both you and your rights are protected. The auto insurance provider governing your initial claim will look for any reason to reduce or completely deny your claim, such as failing to seek immediate medical attention or anything that can be interpreted as an admission of guilt, like an apology. What you do and say directly after a serious car accident will impact your eligibility to collect compensation for your damages. Taking certain steps after a car accident can help reduce this risk.
- Find a safe place near the scene to pull your car off the roadway. You should never ever leave the scene of a car accident.
- Asses yourself and your passengers for any injuries. Then find out if anyone in the other vehicle was injured.
- Call 911 and report the accident promptly. Inform the dispatch operator if anyone is injured and request an ambulance.
- Trade insurance information and contact details with any other drivers.
- Never admit fault for the accident. This includes apologizing.
- Take note of the other vehicles’ make, model, license plate, and color.
- Seek prompt medical care for any injuries. It is a good idea to be evaluated by a doctor regardless of how you feel after an accident, as some injuries are not immediately obvious.
- Notify your auto insurance carrier of the accident as soon as you are able to do so.
- If anyone was hurt or property damage exceeding $750 occurred, you have ten days to notify the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Reach out to a car accident attorney before you agree to any settlement offered by the insurance company.
After you report your car accident to your insurer, they will contact the other driver’s insurance company on your behalf to initiate a claim. You will also be contacted by an insurance adjuster soon after your accident. Exercise extreme caution when talking to an adjuster or any insurance company representative. They do not have your best interests at heart. Before you sign anything, speak to a personal injury lawyer from Beckerman Anderson to understand your options for financial compensation.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Costa Mesa at Beckerman Anderson
At Beckerman Anderson, we want to help car accident victims through the claims process. We handle all auto accident cases on a contingency basis. You are only charged a fee if we successfully get you compensation.
You may have grounds to bring a claim against one or more parties for your recent automobile accident contact our Costa Mesa car accident attorneys at (949) 409-4299 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
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