Approximately 625 accidents occur in Victorville every year. If you find yourself in a car accident, especially between Exit 138 and Exit 129 (notorious for poor driving conditions, like high winds and fog), do not worry. Crockett Law Group is here.
Sadly, dealing with an auto insurance company on your own can be overwhelming, especially since these companies often strive to reduce the amount of compensation they pay out. To get through this challenge effectively, securing legal representation is essential.
At Crockett Law Group, our car accident lawyers, now serving Victorville, are committed to supporting victims and their families throughout the insurance claims process. We specialize in getting you the compensation you deserve!
How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
A serious car accident can have a serious impact on your life and it is only natural to feel uncertain about the financial implications involved in a full recovery. At Crockett Law Group, we fully understand that the last thing you need on your mind is to contend with the high cost of professional legal aid. For this reason, we offer our services on a contingency arrangement.
This means that our legal fees are contingent on our capacity to win the case and recover your compensation. Basically, we shoulder all the risk to ensure your rights are respected and you receive the full measure of compensation according to the damages you sustained.
If we are unable to recover your compensation, we will not charge you for our services — so you have nothing to lose and a more secure future to gain.
What Should I Do After an Auto Accident?
Without exception, a car accident can cause emotional and mental disruption. It is only natural to feel confused and bewildered in the wake of a car accident, but you must keep a level head and act intelligently to protect your interests.
Here are some important pointers to keep in mind in the event of a car accident that can help you preserve the integrity of your case.
It is essential that you call 911 and have the police and paramedics arrive to provide service. The report the officers make will form an important part of the case. You will need a copy of this report so, take note of the badge, number, precinct name, and the names of the officers that make it.
Check on Others Involved in the Crash
If your injuries permit, and you see that it is safe to move about, see to the safety of the others involved in the accident. Be careful making your way around busy roads, traffic and road debris can be very dangerous. Whatever you do, don’t leave the scene of the accident until the officers clear you to do so.
Get the name and contact information of the other driver involved in the accident and the information for their insurance provider as well. If you happen to see any passersby that saw the events that occurred, be sure to get their contact information and names as well. Their witness could be important to unraveling the events that led to your injuries.
Record the Scene
Take out your cellphone or your mobile device and begin taking as many pictures of the area as you can. Take snapshots of the vehicles in relation to each other, take closeups of the point of impact, damages sustained, skid marks and road debris. Take pictures of traffic signals in the vicinity and any injuries sustained as well. Try to get as many pictures of each subject from different angles.
Never Admit Fault
It is natural to feel mixed emotions when you see the results of a car accident, but it is important that you don’t say or do anything that can jeopardize your right to compensation. Even a seemingly harmless remark like “I’m Sorry” can be taken as an admission of guilt. When the officers arrive to take a report, only provide them with information as you remember it, avoiding speculating on the at-fault party.
Seek Medical Attention
No matter how light your injuries may seem at the time; the excitement of the situation and accompanying adrenaline rush can cloud your perception of pain. You may have suffered a concussion, internal bleeding, or organ damage that may not make itself apparent until days later. Make sure you and your passengers are given a full medical examination by a qualified medical professional.
Call An Accident Lawyer!
Finally, if you are serious about getting the compensation you deserve, you will need a lawyer. An experienced lawyer will be able to take your side and ensure your rights are not being infringed upon. Call Crockett Law Group at (800) 900-9393 and get in touch with an experienced legal professional who can guide you through the complexities of personal injury law to the compensation you need to make a full recovery.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
There will always be some situations in which the damages can be addressed and compensation reached through the insurance adjusters. But when injuries have been sustained it is best to have these matters handled by experts who can determine the full extent of the damages you will face now and, in the future, and tally an accurate compensation.
This is only one of the many ways that working with a talented car accident can increase your probabilities of success and allow you the best chance of navigating the legal process and achieving the best possible outcome to this rather unfortunate set of events.
Furthermore, the mental and emotional strain experienced in the aftermath of a car accident is not suitable for making important decisions that will affect your future. Your legal counsel will handle the minutiae of dealing with unscrupulous insurance adjusters while you focus your effort on restoring your mental and physical conditions.
Some of the key tasks your Victorville car accident lawyer will perform include:
Case Preparation / Filing a Lawsuit
If you have never filed a case before or handled a lawsuit, they can be especially tricky. Our top-rated attorneys have gone through years of training and many more years of hands-on experience to perfect their craft. The result of such meticulous work is that no loophole is left to provide the opposition with a chance to deny your rightful claims.
Despite what they say, insurance providers are not concerned about the interests of their policyholders and make their fortunes by looking for every way they can to deny making payments. A lawyer experienced in dealing with insurance adjusters will know exactly how to sidestep their chicanery to get you the compensation you need.
Trial Preparation & Representation
Most often, a settlement will be reached out of courts. But if no resolution can be found in negotiations, then the matter will have to be taken to the courts. No one wants this because court battles can drag out and be very costly. But the right lawyer will know how to move the wheels of justice in your favor.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident?
There is no exact formula that can be used to calculate the exact settlement for any specific car accident. If there are no injuries involved, the settlement will only cover whatever property damage was sustained. But things get a little more complex when there are injuries involved.
If there are injuries involved, then the economic implications of the car accident now include medical costs, lost wages, and property damage. When added up, the final figure typically represents a third of the entire settlement.
If the injuries of a car accident came out to $5000 and the lost wages were calculated at $2000, then this means the final settlement will be roughly $21,000. But after negotiations and all other aspects are fully examined, it would be more accurate to place the estimate between $15,000 and $28,000.
Naturally, the greater the damages, the greater the compensation that can be collected. If the accident results in a serious injury, or one that leaves the victim with lifelong disabilities or suffering, the compensation will be considerably higher. In addition to the economic and non-economic damages of the accident, the actions of the at-fault party, and your involvement in the accident can affect the final settlement.
How Much Can I Expect to Receive in Damages?
No two accidents are exactly the same and the details will have to be carefully examined by an expert to reach a suitable figure on how much you can expect to make in damages. As mentioned, it is the severity of the injuries and damages sustained that will determine how much compensation can be expected.
In a light accident, where minor injuries were sustained that will heal completely with a small amount of treatment and minimal time away from work, the compensation could be fairly modest. On the other hand, car accidents can cause devastating injuries and lifelong consequences from which the victim never fully recovers.
Compensation must be provided for ongoing treatment until the conditions and injuries have been completely reversed. If this can’t happen, payments will continue indefinitely. For car accidents that result in organ damage, long recovery periods, scarring and disfigurement as well as the loss of a limb, compensations are notably higher.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
The specific circumstances of the case will determine which types of damages you will be able to recover. In the state of California, compensatory damages are provided to “make the plaintiff whole.” This means they are provided to restore the plaintiff to their conditions before the accident.
Compensatory damages can be divided into two categories: special damages and general damages. Punitive damages may be awarded in certain circumstances.
These damages are the easiest to calculate. They are the total of all economic damages including financial loss due to time spent away from work, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, etc. Special damages are there to cover past, present or future losses.
Also called “non-economic” or “pain & suffering” damages, general damages are those that can be harder to place into a financial figure. There is truly no amount of money that can console a bereaved family or a musician who has lost an arm. Nevertheless, expert testimony will be sought to provide an accurate financial figure for loss of capacity to live a normal life, loss of consortium, anguish, mental trauma, etc.
These damages are assigned to the defendant for behavior that is especially egregious. These damages are applied to punish the at-fault party for actions that are considered intolerable.
How Is Fault Determined in California?
California applies the concept of “comparative negligence” when determining who is at fault in a personal injury case. Comparative negligence basically means that a person who is found partially responsible for the events which led up to an accident that resulted in injuries can still have the right to compensation.
Of course, the amount of compensation the injured party has a right to claim will be reduced by the amount of responsibility they played in the accident and subsequent injuries. The jury will decide what percentage of responsibility to assign to either side of the case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in California?
There is a strict time limit for submitting your personal injury claim. This is called the “statute of limitations.” In California, the time limit is 2 years after the date of the accident. Failure to submit your claim before the time limit expires can result in you forfeiting your right to compensation for your injuries.
Strict deadlines are only part of the reason that you will need an experienced lawyer on your side. There are details like limits and procedures that make a difference in how well your case is received by the opposition and how well it holds up in court. At Crockett Law Group we have extensive experience and can make sure that all details and time limits are properly observed.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me File My Insurance Claim?
When your claim is taken to the insurance providers it will be met by a team of highly skilled attorneys and adjusters with nothing to do but look for ways to deny your claim. At Crockett Law Group we have dealt with this situation countless times and have the skills to bring these uncooperative insurance adjusters to terms.
What Can I Do If Insurance Denies My Claim?
Having your claim denied is a fairly routine part of making claims with today’s insurance providers. After all, they wouldn’t be making such considerable profits if they were writing a bunch of checks. The important thing to know is that having your claim denied is not a reflection of the validity of your case but on the unwillingness of the insurance providers to make a payout.
If you have had your claim denied and are unsatisfied with the result, call us up. We can give you an unbiased opinion on your case, call (800) 900-9393, and come by the Crockett Law Group. We will look over the details of your case and provide you with expert directions from there.
Do I Have a Case?
It is almost impossible to provide this insight without a better understanding of the circumstances and conditions surrounding the case in question. Many of the details that reveal liability in a car accident can only be deciphered after a closer examination of the details. But after your case has been examined by our experts, one of our legal advisors will be able to provide you with a clearer understanding of your case from a legal perspective.
Call a Car Accident Lawyer Now To File a Claim
A car accident can happen at any moment and there is no telling just how far-reaching its effect on your life can be. You have the right for compensation for the injuries you have sustained in an accident. But you will need to act prudently if you are to preserve the integrity of your case.
Calling a reputable car accident lawyer from Crockett Law Group is the best way to begin the process of winning compensation. We will take a look over the details of your case and provide you with the best solution for your situation. Call (800) 900-9393 today to arrange a FREE consultation with an experienced Victorville car accident lawyer today.