Being involved in a car accident can result in not just physical and mental pain, but also extensive medical bills.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, or a loved one passed away, you might be able to recover compensation for the expenses related to your injuries. While this is not going to make up for what happened, it could give you some peace of mind knowing that you are financially ready to handle your bills.
A San Francisco car accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC might be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. When you are ready to hold the at-fault party accountable, call a member of our team at 800-598-7557.
Car Accidents in California
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), California’s fatal crashes totaled 3,259 in 2018. In those crashes, nearly 3,600 people died.
Many of those crash deaths were due to driving while intoxicated, the IIHS reported. If the driver that injured you or your loved one was intoxicated while driving, you might be able to recover compensation from them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while many crashes can be caused by outside variables like weather and road conditions, a large percentage of crashes are caused by human error. Some of these reasons include:
- Distractions inside or outside of the car
- Not paying attention to the road
- Moving illegally
- Road rage
- Losing control of the vehicle
- Falling asleep at the wheel
This is not an exhaustive list of all the ways another driver could be negligent. If the other driver in the accident made any of the above errors, they could be considered negligent, and we might be able to hold them responsible for the injuries you suffered as a result of their actions.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving San Francisco, call 800-598-7557
California Negligence Laws
California follows a comparative fault system of negligence. This means that you can recover compensation for the percentage of fault the defendant—or defendants—are responsible for.
For example, if the other driver that caused your injuries was 80% at fault for the crash, but you were 20% at fault, you would theoretically only be able to recover up to 80% of the value of your losses. Therefore, if you had $100,000 in damages, you could recover $80,000 in a settlement outside of court or in a judgment at trial.
However, comparative fault also allows the plaintiff to pursue multiple defendants for financial recovery. So, if there was another party involved that caused your accident, such as a maintenance company, or the manufacturer of a defective part, you could pursue them as well.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for your free consultation with a member of our team.
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How a San Francisco Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
When you are suffering from injuries related to a car accident, it can be difficult to pursue compensation on your own.
A lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC might be able to handle your case for you so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. There are also a few benefits to hiring a lawyer.
Your legal representation can investigate your case, use the evidence to build your case, negotiate with insurance companies, and if needed, take your case to trial to win you compensation. One of the first steps in your case will be to evaluate your damages to estimate what your settlement amount should be. Some losses you could recover include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses (in wrongful death cases)
You might be entitled to other expenses and can reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC for an estimate of what you can expect to recover.
We will also build a case that proves the following:
- The other party owed you a duty of care
- They breached that duty of care
- The breach caused the accident
- The accident caused your injuries and financial losses
A lawyer from our firm can also negotiate with insurance companies for you. Most of the time, the insurance adjuster will attempt to offer you a settlement that is lower than you deserve. If you accept that offer, and it does not cover all of your expenses, you typically give up the right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit.
Also, California’s statute of limitations places a limit of two years to file a lawsuit following a personal injury, according to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1. A lawyer can help you meet this deadline.
While you do not need a lawyer to complete a case, it might help you by taking some of the stress off of your shoulders. You can get better while we take care of the rest.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC
When you are ready to hold the driver responsible for your accident, we are ready to help you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-598-7557 to reach a member of our team. We offer a complimentary, no-risk case evaluation to determine whether we can help and what you might be able to recover.
We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family, not just emotionally, but also financially. That is why we work on a contingency basis and never ask for payment upfront or out of pocket. We only take a percentage of the settlement or judgment we win you in your case. In other words, there is no risk to you by contacting our firm today.
You should not have to go through this alone, and a San Francisco car accident lawyer is here to help you hold the at-fault party accountable and get the financial award you deserve.
While most car accident cases settle successfully outside of court, if the negligent driver’s insurance company is not cooperating, we are ready to argue for your case in a trial. You should not have to suffer further damage from this situation. Let us do all the heavy lifting while you only focus on healing. We do not shy away from tough cases.