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Seeking Justice & Fighting for Your Right to CompensationIf you are a car crash victim in Petaluma and in search of uncompromising, expert legal representation, there’s no better firm to work with than Delfino, Green & Green. We are intimately familiar with the challenges facing most injury victims, including financial, physical and psychological obstacles. Call us at (415) 442-4646 to schedule your free consultation today.
Car accidents happen everyday. They’re so commonplace that most people barely bat an eye when they see a collision’s aftermath on the side of the road. However, it’s important to remember that not all car accidents are the same or carry the same consequences. A light fender bender is an accident, but it’s not really a wreck. In most of these cases, all the parties involved walk away unscathed, although whiplash and similar injuries do at times occur. While it’s still smart to hire an experienced car accident attorney to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, the stakes are relatively low. Serious collisions, on the other hand, are anything but low-stakes. Passengers and drivers may suffer tremendous physical injuries, financial setbacks and lifelong consequences—even when the accident wasn’t their fault. How is that fair? At Delfino, Green & Green, we don’t believe it is. Although we can’t stop car accidents from affecting innocent people, we can help ensure they don’t suffer financially for someone else’s mistakes. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about car accident lawsuits, who is eligible to file them and how we can help you get your life back on track. When you’re feeling compromised by a serious injury, knowing you have a compassionate, knowledgeable lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Contact us today to start working with a top Petaluma car accident attorney without paying a dime upfront.
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Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer? Here’s How to TellSome people like to tough-out a bad situation, even when it’s not in their best interest. However, most folks draw the line when a situation starts to negatively impact their family members and loved ones. Although starting a lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind after a car accident, there are many practical, compelling reasons to do so.
Your Family Could Suffer FinanciallyIn serious car accidents, it’s not just your vehicle that’s at risk of being totaled—it’s your physical body, well-being and finances, too. And when you’re part of a family, what affects you also affects them. Here are some of the ways a car accident can devastate you financially:
- Lost wages. Many people live paycheck-to-paycheck. If you’re hospitalized for weeks, you could lose essential income, or, in worst-case scenarios, you could lose your job altogether.
- Medical expenses. It goes without saying that healthcare in the U.S. is expensive. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be leaving the hospital with tremendous debt that you have no way to pay off.
- Permanent disability. Some injuries are so catastrophic that they leave you unable to work at all. Although disabled individuals can receive government benefits, it’s rarely more than enough to just scrape by.
- Property damage. If a negligent driver totaled your only car, you’ve lost your transportation. Without a car, you may be spending money you don’t have to spare just to get around.
You May Need Long-Term CareThe extent of every injury is not always immediately apparent. Even if you’re confident you can hold your finances together now without seeking compensation, you may not feel the same way in the future. Your injuries may never fully heal, require physical therapy and specialized care, or you might develop debilitating depression and anxiety as a result of your trauma. The point is, you just don’t know. Although we’re not in the business of predicting the future, we’ve handled many, many car accident cases and seen their latent effects. Even when car accident victims make a seemingly full recovery from severe injuries, there are almost always unforeseen ripple-effects that appear in the future. Securing compensation now can protect you from that scenario.
The Negligent Driver Should Be Held AccountableSome negligent drivers are like children who keep touching the stove until they get burned: They repeat the same dangerous behaviors until they suffer the consequences. If your accident was caused by a driver’s reckless actions, letting them off the hook isn’t doing anyone any favors. In fact, it could enable them to harm others in the future. By filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party, you not only have a chance to receive the compensation you deserve, but also to teach them a valuable lesson. Drivers who are sued for their negligent behavior may be a little more careful when they hit the road in the future.
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California’s Car Accident LawsCalifornia is a “fault” state when it comes to car accidents, meaning that the at-fault driver (or more accurately, their insurance company) will shoulder the financial cost of the crash and any resulting injuries. Injured parties may recover compensation for injuries and property damages up to the limits of the at-fault driver’s policy. However, if the injured party’s losses exceed those limits, or if the driver was uninsured or underinsured, they may sue the at-fault driver for additional damages. It’s important to understand that establishing fault is not always easy and multiple parties may be to blame for a collision. In these situations, each party will be partially financially responsible for their share of blame in causing the collision. Under California’s comparative fault laws, car accident victims may still recover compensation when they are found partially responsible for the crash. However, their eligible recovery will be reduced by a percentage equal to their level of fault. For example, say you were injured in a crash and suffered $100,000 worth of damages. At trial, a jury finds you to be 20% at fault for the crash. In this case, you would only be able to recover $80,000 total (or $100,000 less 20%). Insurance companies are well-versed in the rules of comparative negligence and will likely use this knowledge to pressure you into accepting a far lower settlement than you deserve. However, they also don’t want to risk litigation that results in them paying you even more. That’s why they are more likely to compensate you fairly when you’re working with an attorney.
Car Accident FAQAt the end of the day, every car accident is different. A thousand tiny factors contribute to its exact circumstances, and dissecting it can be challenging. If you’re confused about the car accident lawsuit process, you can contact Delfino, Green & Green for answers. In the meantime, check our FAQ section for more information.
How Long Do I Have to File?We know that when you’re recovering from serious injuries, the last thing you want to do is think about a complicated lawsuit. However, you should know that in California, you have two years from the date of the incident to file your claim. After that period has elapsed, you are no longer eligible to sue for compensation.
Can I File a Claim after Insurance Pays?Most settlement agreements state that no additional compensation will be paid out after the settlement amount, so once you agree to a settlement it can be very difficult to recover any further compensation. If you have already agreed to a settlement, contact our firm today to discuss potential options.
Do I Need to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?Technically, you don’t need to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit, but that’s kind of like saying you don’t need a dentist to pull a wisdom tooth. With more than three decades of car accident experience, our firm has seen it all; we’ve overcome every possible roadblock. So although you can file on your own, working with an expert will likely make it much easier.
How Do I Determine the At-Fault Party?If it isn’t immediately apparent who the at-fault party is in a car accident, there may be something going on behind the scenes. One of the benefits of working with a Petaluma car accident attorney is that they can conduct a thorough investigation to determine fault.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?In some car accident cases, injury victims can include both economic and non-economic damages in their settlement figures. That means in addition to concrete amounts, such as medical expenses, the injured party may also be eligible to receive compensation for intangible damages, such as pain and suffering.
Our Promise to YouAt Delfino, Green & Green, we realize that car accident victims in the Bay Area have numerous options when it comes to legal representation. What sets us apart from other firms is three-fold: our vast legal experience, relentless dedication to our clients and the compassionate approach we take to each and every case.
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