If you suffered injuries in a car accident in California, you might still suffer the effects weeks or months later. Broken bones can take several weeks to heal. Injuries such as whiplash often require months of chiropractic treatment. Head trauma can cause debilitating effects that could last a lifetime.
You may also face a mounting stack of medical bills, and you may have a long road to recovery ahead of you. Doctors may have informed you that you will need one or more surgeries or must undergo physical therapy for the foreseeable future.
Your injuries may have left you unable to work and care for your children. The financial strain, combined with feelings of helplessness, may have taken an emotional toll on your family and strained your relationships.
A California car accident lawyer can help you seek financial compensation for the harm you have suffered. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has represented clients across the United States in personal injury cases since 1985. Our team can investigate what led to the crash and who was responsible so we can seek a fair settlement for you. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff.
Leading Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions
Speeding is one of the most frequent causes of car accidents in California. Drivers may travel too fast because they are in a hurry to get to work, meet family or friends, or get home.
Whatever the reason, speeding violates the law. Speed limits intend to keep all drivers and pedestrians safe, and driving too fast puts other people’s welfare and lives at risk.
Vehicle Code § 23103 defines reckless driving as driving a vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Under California law, reckless driving is a misdemeanor for which you can receive a fine, jail time, or both.
A driver who acted with wanton disregard for safety understood that there was a significant risk of harm to others and intentionally ignored the danger. It does not matter whether the person intended to injure others or damage a vehicle or other property. Examples of reckless driving include:
- Driving well above the posted speed limit on a busy road.
- Endangering pedestrians or children playing.
- Repeatedly changing lanes suddenly without signaling first.
With nearly everyone using a cellphone to talk and text, distracted driving has become extremely common. Operating a vehicle without holding onto the wheel and watching the road can lead to a collision that causes serious injuries to others. Despite news reports explaining the dangers and laws against the practice, many people still use their cellphones while driving.
Sometimes, people drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or when exhaustion makes them unable to operate a car safely. They get in a rush and become distracted. They run a red light or veer into the wrong lane. Any of these factors could contribute to a car accident.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney
Victims of personal injuries who deal with the other driver’s insurance company without legal guidance may not receive a fair settlement. Insurance companies look out for their best interests and have an incentive to offer car accident victims lowball settlement amounts to resolve cases quickly.
Individuals who suffered severe injuries in motor vehicle crashes often have no idea how much compensation they deserve. They face staggering medical bills, and their injuries often require long-term care. Injuries from a car accident can also affect future earning potential.
If you suffered injuries in a collision, they may affect you for years—or even for the rest of your life. You may become unable to return to the job you had before the accident. You might have to accept a different position with lower pay, or your injuries might leave you unable to work again at any job.
Other losses, such as physical and emotional pain and suffering, often are more difficult to quantify. A car accident attorney can discuss what you have undergone and how the accident has affected every aspect of your life, then work with you to pursue a fair settlement. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today to get the process started.
How a California Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
The staff at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate what led to the collision that injured you. A member of our team can travel to meet with you in person to discuss your case. We can review the accident report and statements that you and your passengers provided, as well as eyewitness testimony and any video of the collision that may exist.
Our California car accident lawyers can review your medical records to understand the extent of your injuries, the treatments you have already received, your prognosis, and what forms of medical care you might require in the future. We can discuss how the accident has affected your ability to work and enjoy life with your family.
Once we have gathered that information, we can submit a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue a settlement that covers:
- Medical bills you have incurred to date
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Repair bills
- Pain and suffering
Contact a California Car Accident Lawyer
If you suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligent driving, you might qualify for financial compensation. A California car accident lawyer may be able to help.
Our firm does not shy away from tough and complex cases. We have a total of more than 50 years of experience representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. Although we often settle car accident cases out of court, we will go to trial if we believe that is what we must do to obtain a fair settlement on behalf of an injured client.
Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1 sets the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit at two years from the date of injury. Investigating a car accident and building a case can become a long process. Get in touch with the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444, so we can begin investigating and working on a legal strategy.