TOP RATED INJURY ATTORNEY
TOP RATED INJURY ATTORNEY
Orange County’s Premiere Accident Injury Attorney
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity due to long term injuries
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIAEven when a driver takes all the necessary safety precautions, there are still many factors that can lead to a car accident.
Distracted Drivers.One of the most common causes of car accidents in Orange County, California are distracted drivers. Unfortunately, mobile phones and texting has resulted in an increase in car accidents. When a driver takes their eyes off the road, even for a short amount of time, they may not see a motorist turning in front of them, or slowing for traffic. Every year in California thousands of car accidents are caused by drivers making a turn in front of an oncoming motorist that they didn’t see. However, in 2015, there was only 1.01 death per 100 million miles traveled in California.
Drunk Driving.The California Office of Traffic Safety, or OTS lists Alcohol-Impaired Driving, Drug-Impaired Driving as common causes of accidents. It is important for all motorists to be aware of a driver that is driving erratically. If you believe you see an impaired driver, call 911 to report it.
Left Turn Accidents and Failure to Yield.Drivers failing to yield to an oncoming motorists by making a sudden left turn in front of them.
Speeding.Speeding is a leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to see and react to changing conditions on the road, and increases the time and distance required to stop. Higher rates of speed lead to greater impact and more severe injuries in the event of a collision.
Improper Lane Change.A driver increases their chances of hitting a motorist if they make a sudden lane change without checking their “blind spot”. Cars are becoming smaller, and lower to the ground than previous automobiles, making it more easier for drivers to be in their blind spots.
Dangerous Road Conditions.Potholes, gravel, debris, and wet roads can all increases a motorists chances of losing control. Adding speed to dangerous road conditions is a recipe for disaster.
Sudden Stops and Heavy Traffic.Rear-end collisions are super common on the highways in California when the speed of traffic can go from 65 MPH to 0 MPH with little to no warning. When a driver is following too closely to another, a rear end collision can result in a serious neck injuries and trauma. Always allow sufficient room for stopping while traveling through traffic.
Automobile Defects.If a car part is defective, it can cause a driver to lose control and result in an wreck through no fault of the driver. No matter the cause, any auto accident can lead to serious consequences for the driver and passengers involved. Broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, and permanent scarring, and even wrongful death can result from an auto accident. If you have been seriously injured from a auto accident in California, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. Dan Chudleigh is an Orange County car accident attorney and is ready to help you.
MOTORISTS ARE NOT USUALLY AT FAULT.All drivers have a duty to follow the traffic laws, and to use reasonable care when driving. When someone fails to use reasonable care, and causes an accident, they will be found negligent and will be liable to you for your injuries and property damage.
WHAT IF THE DRIVER THAT HIT ME DOES NOT HAVE INSURANCE?If the driver that caused the accident does not have insurance, or does not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for your injuries, then your own insurance company will usually have to pay for your expenses. Even though they are “your” insurance company, if they have to pay the bills because an uninsured or underinsured driver was at fault, they will work their hardest to pay you as little as possible. It is important if you are in an accident that you talk to a auto accident lawyer before giving a statement to an insurance company. Insurance companies are for profit entities, and are always trying to maximize profits by minimizing the payment of claims. A car wreck attorney can negotiate on your behalf, to ensure you get full and fair compensation. The state of California has a strict statute of limitations for filing injury lawsuits, so do not delay in seeking help for your injuries.
WHAT WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR AFTER A CAR WRECK?The at-fault driver’s insurance will pay up to its policy limits for the following expenses after a motorcycle crash in California. Damages to Automobile (Property Damage). Your car may need repairs, or could be totaled. Either way, the insurance should settle your property damage claim quickly so you can get back on the road. Medical Bills. It is important to keep track of all your medical bills so all expenses are accounted for when calculating your damages. Ambulance Bills. If you were not at fault, your ambulance bill will be considered. Physical Therapy and or Chiropractic Treatments. These ongoing treatments will be considered by the insurance companies. It is important not to have a “gap” in treatment, because insurance companies will argue the treatment after the gap was not reasonable or necessary. Psychiatric Treatment For Mental Trauma From An Accident. If you have been in a serious auto accident, you may suffer post traumatic stress disorder. Seek treatment from a professional if you are suffering from severe anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, or uncontrollable thoughts about the accident. Surgeries and Hospital Bills. Surgical bills can become the most substantial expense after an accident. The insurance companies will pay up to the policy limits for your necessary surgeries. Lost Wages. You will be reimbursed for lost income from missed work due to the accident. Keep track of you missed work, and make sure you have your doctor make a note validating your injuries and reason for being unable to work for a specific amount of time. Pain and Suffering. Pain and suffering is a considered a non-economic damage, but is certainly a valid form of damages. Loss Of Enjoyment of Life. If you are unable to perform the same daily activities that you enjoyed prior to the accident, like running, playing tennis, or even walking for an extended period of time, this will be considered in the calculation for total damages. If you have health insurance, you can receive treatment through your normal medical providers. If you don’t have health insurance, many health providers can provide medical services on a lien, so you only have to pay for the medical bills after you get paid from the insurance company.
DO I HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT AFTER A AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT?An Orange County car accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit if needed. The state of California has a strict statute of limitations for filing injury lawsuits, so do not wait to contact an attorney if you have been in an accident. If the insurance company is not willing to pay a reasonable amount for medical bills, then a lawsuit will likely be filed, which will allow an attorney to conduct discovery and a full investigation into the accident. Taking a car accident case to trial can take years, and most cases will settle prior to going to trial. However, Chudleigh Law is prepared to take your car injury case to trial if necessary to get you full compensation for your injuries.
What if I can’t afford to pay an attorney?Chudleigh Law accepts car accident, and other personal injury cases, on a contingency fee. This means that Chudleigh Law will pay for all filing and court fees, discovery and investigation costs, and does not charge a fee unless you get paid for your injuries. This allows anyone, regardless of their financial situation, to get the best legal representation possible without paying an hourly attorney rate. The road to recovery after a serious car accident is a long one. Lasting injuries can take not only a physical, but also an emotional and financial toll on anyone. No one should have to represent themselves in pro per in court, and go up against an experienced insurance defense attorney because they can’t afford an attorney. Don’t travel this road alone and prolong your suffering after an accident. Get an experienced attorney that is ready to represent you. Orange County car accident lawyer Dan Chudleigh will gladly provide you with a no obligation case review. He can travel to you anywhere in Orange County to discuss your case. Call (949) 504-5000
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