A car accident can result in serious and potentially life-changing harm. If you were hurt in a crash, you might have been rushed to a hospital in an ambulance and treated for a concussion, whiplash, broken bones, internal bleeding, organ damage, and other injuries. You might have spent days or weeks in the hospital, possibly in intensive care. You may now be recovering at home or receiving treatment at a rehabilitation center.
Doctors may have told you that even if you receive top-notch care and do everything they recommend, you will probably never fully recover from your injuries and return to the life you used to have. The accident may have caused a permanent disability that prevents you from performing the same job you used to do or working the same number of hours. You may be able to work part-time, resulting in a significant pay cut, or you may be unable to work for the same company or in the same field. You may have to figure out how to earn a living in a new career.
Being in chronic physical pain, not being able to work, facing an ever-growing pile of bills you cannot pay, and worrying about the future could be taking an emotional toll on you. A Long Beach car accident lawyer might be able to help you recover from your accident.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented people injured in motor vehicle crashes and other types of accidents and helped them seek justice. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. If so, we could file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the collision on your behalf. Call our office today at (800) 596-7887 for a free consultation.
Who May Be Liable for a Car Accident
Motor vehicle collisions can happen for all sorts of reasons. A driver can:
- Travel above the speed limit and run a red light or a stop sign
- Operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication
- Become distracted by a cellphone or a conversation with a passenger
- Change lanes without signaling or fall asleep behind the wheel
Whatever the reason for an accident, an attorney will have to demonstrate negligence on the individual’s part to prove they are liable for your accident. A lawyer will also have to show that a defendant owed a duty of care to another individual. All motorists have a responsibility to follow the law and operate a vehicle safely to attempt to avoid an accident.
To show that a defendant was negligent, a lawyer also must provide evidence that:
- The defendant breached the duty of care.
- The defendant’s breach led to the plaintiff’s injuries; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a direct result.
If you want to take legal action and hold the driver who caused your accident liable for your damages, we can help you explore your legal options during a free consultation. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Long Beach, call 800-598-7557
How a Long Beach Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can investigate to gather evidence and figure out what led to the collision. We can start with the police report, which could include statements from the parties involved in the accident and eyewitnesses. It will also note whether a police officer gave either driver a ticket for violating a traffic law. Our staff can find out if a camera at an intersection or nearby business or residence captured video of the crash. All that information can help us figure out if the other driver was liable and, if so, might help us build a case.
If we determine the other motorist was responsible for the crash, we may file a personal injury lawsuit against that individual. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to a financial award to cover costs for the medical care you have already received, estimated costs for the care you are likely to need in the future, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Taking a case to trial can be a long process and expensive for both sides. We generally try to settle cases without going to court. If attempts to negotiate with the driver’s attorney do not lead to a fair settlement, we might go to trial to seek compensation that meets your needs.
An attorney representing the other driver could state that your actions contributed to the accident and that you, therefore, share liability. If that is true, you could still recover a financial award since California is a pure comparative negligence state, per the California Civil Code (CIV) § 1714. This means you may be entitled to compensation even if you were 99 percent liable for the accident. In that case, your financial award would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
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Get in Touch with a Long Beach Car Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash, you generally have two years to take legal action, according to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 335.1, the state’s statute of limitations.
That may seem like plenty of time, but the weeks and months may pass quickly after a car accident if your life is filled with medical appointments, and you are just thinking about getting through each day. Our team might need months to thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to the accident, and after we have figured out what happened, we will need time to build your case and file a lawsuit, which can also take time.
The sooner you contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, the sooner our team will be able to begin working on your case. Call our office today at (800) 598-7557 to schedule a free consultation.