San Diego Car Accident Lawyers
Fighting For Your Best Interests in Claims & Lawsuits
Vehicle collisions are a daily occurrence in large cities such as San Diego. With more and more people driving while distracted, the number of vehicle collision continues to increase each year. A serious car accident can cause significant property damage, severe injury, and, in some cases, death. In most cases, to receive the compensation you need in the aftermath, you will have to deal with an insurance company. Claims can be complicated and insurers with their own teams of accident personnel and legal staff generally do everything possible to limit your payout.
YD Injury Law understands how a car accident can be one of the most traumatic experiences in life followed by a complicated legal matter. Our experienced team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff are dedicated to vigorously protecting your rights and interests when you have been harmed by the negligent actions of others. Because our firm concentrates exclusively on personal injury matters, we have gained enormous experience and skill in handling claims and lawsuits. We know what to do to gather and document evidence, determine the party or parties at fault, and to handle all further aspects of an accident claim. Our skills and abilities are reflected in the more than $45 million we have recovered for our clients in settlements and verdicts since our inception.
Car Accidents in San Diego
It is a statistical fact that almost everyone will be involved in a car accident at some point in life. These accidents occur daily across the U.S., most notably and commonly in high-density urban areas where the odds are greater. Unfortunately, few of us plan for such an event and even fewer understand the process or how to fully protect themselves in the aftermath. These are the reasons why it is important to enlist the services of an attorney who is well-versed in personal injury law and experienced in how to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to under those laws.
According to California Office of Traffic Safety, 3,563 traffic deaths occurred in the state in 2018. Deaths from alcohol-related accidents numbered over 1,000 while 42 percent of drivers killed in car crashes in 2018 were found to have illegal or legal drugs in their systems. In San Diego County, 2017 saw 20,648 individuals injured or killed in car accidents. 2,408 of these crashes involved alcohol. Speeding was involved in more than 5,000 of these collisions. These statistics demonstrate how often negligence is involved in car crashes that result in the wrongful injuries and deaths of others.
Injuries that can occur in a car accident can have a wide range of severity. These can include:
- Bruises, lacerations, and sprains
- Broken bones
- Neck, back, hip, and shoulder injuries
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Brain injuries including traumatic brain injuries leading to permanent disabilities
- Spinal cord injuries that can result in forms of paralysis
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of eyesight, hearing, and other sensory capacity
Injuries such as these are not just physical but can result in emotional or psychological damage and can last long after the crash took place. These emotional types of injury can be just as severe requiring therapies for recovery. They are often difficult to put a value on which is why you need an experienced attorney who knows how to quantify them. No matter what type of injury you have suffered from a negligent driver, you deserve to be compensated for it.
Causes of Car Accidents
The above types of injuries can be the result of various forms of negligent or reckless driving, including driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, texting while driving or engaging in other distracted behavior while behind the wheel, speeding, running red lights and stop signs, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, simply not paying attention, and violating other traffic laws.
Determining fault is the basis of any car accident claim. This is sometimes difficult to do, especially in light of the fact that mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death. However, this does not mean that it cannot be done; a personal injury lawyer who deals with such matters on a daily basis will have the knowledge and resources needed to resolve the issue.
Comparative Negligence in Car Accident Claims
When both drivers are at fault in a car crash, it generally falls under California’s comparative fault policy. Under this policy, you can still recover damages reduced by the amount of fault you had for causing the incident. For example, if it is determined that you had 45 percent fault, your damages would be reduced by that amount.
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Vehicle accidents cause serious physical and emotional harm. Unfortunately, it’s the time right after an accident that a victim must deal with the complexities of the accident. This involves filing claims and dealing with medical treatment and insurance companies to obtain coverage for the costs associated with the car accident. For a person without expertise dealing with insurance companies, this all can be a daunting task at best.
Car accident personal injury cases can be complicated. In these situations, it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
At YD Injury Law, it is our mission to help you get through this stressful time while vigorously advocating for your interests in disputes with opposing parties and insurance companies. From retention until settlement of the case, we can assist you with medical concerns and other financial issues. We also make sure to be available during the complicated post-accident process and answer any questions that may arise. We strive to shoulder the unfair burden you may under while we fight for maximum compensation.
Our experienced San Diego personal injury attorneys will be able to study the details of your case and quickly determine whether you may be entitled to compensation. If we take on your case, we will put our shoulder to the wheel in advocating for your interests and best possible outcome.
California is an at-fault state. What does that mean?
It means that the whoever is at fault for the car accident is liable for covering the damages and losses to the other party or parties. When the at-fault driver has insurance, which is required in California, his or her insurer must provide a settlement to those who were injured. Obtaining a settlement that is fair and that fully takes into consideration the magnitude of your injuries and losses can be difficult. Insurance companies like to settle quickly and cheaply. They will use tactics designed to get you to agree to a settlement that works for them, not for you. That is why you need an attorney.
What if the other driver didn’t have insurance?
All drivers are required to carry auto liability insurance. However, we know that all drivers do not comply with this law. When you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, all is not lost. You may be able to file a claim under your own insurance if you have an uninsured motorist clause for this purpose. This clause will then provide compensation once it is proven that the other driver was uninsured. Insurance companies are required to offer this option. Underinsured coverage is another option that covers you in cases where the at-fault driver had liability insurance but it was not enough to fully compensate you for the damages and losses you sustained. In both cases, you will be filing a claim with your insurer who will investigate the situation, determine liability, assess the damages, and resolve the matter. This is like any other claim wherein you must provide all necessary and supporting evidence. Having an attorney negotiate your case can make a difference in what you finally receive.
What types of compensation is available in a car accident claim?
Each case is different with its own set of circumstances. In general, what you can obtain will depend on the extent of your injuries, damage to your vehicle, and other factors. In general, the types of compensation that may be available include monies for all expenses related to your medical care from hospital stays to outpatient care, prescription medicines, medical equipment needed, physical and other required therapies, and long-term care where permanent injuries have been sustained. You may also be compensated for your pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages or income due to the inability to work, lost earning capacity if permanently disabled, and emotional trauma. YD Injury Law can identify the types and amounts of compensation that will apply to your claim so that you can seek recovery for their full extent.
Why not go at it alone and accept what the insurance company offers me?
This is not advised because insurance companies commonly offer lowball settlements designed to uphold their high profit margins. Additionally, your injuries may be more extensive and require more treatment that you can safely predict. With a low settlement, you may not be able to pay for long-term medical and other out-of-pocket expenses arising from your injuries long into the future.
What should I do right after an accident?
Remain as calm as possible. Call the police and 911 if you or anyone else has been hurt. You are also required to exchange identity and insurance information with the other driver. You should also get the identity of any witnesses to the accident. Merely state the facts. Take photos with your phone if you are able so that you have documentation of the scene. Write down any details of it that you can to further remind you of what happened. All of this can be useful in your claim.
Will it be necessary for me to go to court?
Most car accident claims are settled outside of court through negotiation with the insurance company. This is often a lengthy and detailed process. Only when the insurer refuses to offer a settlement amount that reflects the full value of your injuries and losses will litigation in court be necessary. At YD Injury Law, we are known for our persistence in pursuing a full and fair settlement. We are always prepared to go to court when it is in your best interests.
Why is it important to get medical treatment after an accident even if you feel okay?
The reason for this is because often injuries do not show up for days or weeks later. You may initially feel okay until these injuries begin to surface when you didn’t expect them, causing pain, discomfort, and putting you out of work. Medical professionals are trained to recognize this fact and can advise and treat accordingly. If you do not have these injuries addressed within a reasonable time period, you may lose the right to be compensated for your current and future medical expenses.
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