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Getting the compensation you deserve after getting injured in a car accident is essential to your full recovery, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy process. Let a San Diego car crash lawyer with practical experience represent you and make the process of getting compensated for your damage and injuries easier.

Seconds after a vehicle accident, your mind is on immediate concerns like how serious the resulting injuries are and how much damage your automobile has suffered. But the concerns related to your accident and injuries are likely to persist for long after the collision.

Doctors and mechanics don’t care who was at fault for your collision; they just want to know you can pay for their services. But you shouldn’t have to pay if your car accident was someone else’s fault.

At The Kindley Firm, APC, we know how difficult it can be to get the compensation you deserve from the people responsible after a car accident. That’s why we recommend partnering with a San Diego car accident lawyer with our firm for the best legal representation to help you get what you’re owed for the costly damage you’ve suffered to both your person and your vehicle.

Dealing with Insurance After an Accident

Insurance companies can be extremely deceptive, which is why it pays to have sound legal representation from accident lawyers with practical experience and knowledge from the outset.

One trick insurers have long deployed in this type of situation is delaying payment for an accident claim until the last minute, essentially holding you financially hostage from getting your property damage fixed and your accident injuries treated. Many accident victims give in and accept a low settlement offer because they have bills they have to pay.

And because insurers have their own legal counsel and representation, you can be sure that anything you say to them about the cause of the accident can be used to justify giving you less compensation. That’s why it’s best to let your San Diego car crash attorney negotiate and deal with the insurance company on your behalf.

Profit is the primary motivator for insurance companies, not the wellbeing and recovery of their clients. To that end, they’ll do whatever they can to lower your accident settlement or not compensate you at all. But you don’t have to let your personal lack of legal knowledge be used against you; you can enlist the help of a car accident lawyer instead. Soon after you come in for your fee consultation, our lawyers will begin to investigate and assemble evidence to support your claims.

Identifying the Responsible Parties in an Accident

While you may have the contact and insurance information of the driver (or even drivers in especially serious motor vehicle accidents) responsible for the cause of the accident, an investigation into the parties at fault for the accident isn’t as simple as just making a couple of phone calls.

Many auto and motorcycle accidents can actually be attributed to multiple drivers or parties, which can help you in numerous ways, the most important of which being your ability to recover additional compensation for your injuries and property damage. However, proving the liability of multiple parties in a car accident can be a complicated legal matter best left to the accident lawyers who represent you.

The following are some common causes of car collisions that a vehicle accident lawyer in San Diego can help you identify, as well as who would likely hold liability:

  • Distracted Driving – Whether the driver was texting or eating behind the wheel, distracted driving is a negligent driving behavior. It’s also a major contributor to road deaths, as well as other serious consequences.
  • Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal act and safety hazard that can prove negligence in a car accident case, especially if the police arrested the other driver at the accident scene.
  • Speeding – Driving your vehicle over the speed limit is inviting trouble, and it can be used to prove a driver’s recklessness and negligence.
  • Tailgating – Tailgating is extremely common, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous. If a driver has to stop on a dime, the tailgater is almost certain to rear-end the vehicle in front of him or her, which can cause serious injuries and vehicle damage.
  • Dangerous Road Conditions – If a state or local government agency is found to have left its roads in disrepair, the entity can be named in your accident claim if the hazardous roads resulted in your crash and caused your injuries.
  • Road Construction – Contractors servicing a roadside project can be held accountable if their negligence resulted in your accident.

Understanding Comparative Fault  in Auto Accidents

California is a comparative fault state, which means responsibility for a crash can be divided among any and all parties at fault in the collision. If you’re found partially responsible for your San Diego car accident injuries, your compensation award will be reduced by the proportion of responsibility you’re found responsible for.

For example, if three parties are involved in an accident, the courts may determine that one party shoulders 40 percent of the responsibility, another 50 percent, and the last party the remaining 10 percent. If you were that last party, 10 percent of the damages awarded to you would be withheld.

Damages You Can Recover in an Accident Claim

Perhaps the most critical component of your legal case is the damage and injuries you claimed. These will determine how much you will receive in compensation should your lawsuit be successful.

It bears repeating that insurance companies will try to get you to settle early and for little because that will put a smaller dent in their bank accounts. Regardless of the severity of your injuries and the size of your costly medical bills, don’t expect any sympathy from anyone on the other side of the table.

With the representation of car accident lawyers with experience in personal injury claims, you will be able to avoid selling your personal injury claim short. The following are some common financial and non-economic damages you may be able to seek after your San Diego car accident:

  • Current and future medical care, including any procedures or surgeries
  • Medication, medical devices, and related medical bills
  • Lost wages and income potential
  • Vehicle repair or replacement
  • Emotional distress
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

It’s important that you don’t undersell the extent to which you’ve been injured in the vehicle accident—in a financial, physical, or psychological sense. Even if your damages aren’t permanent and you expect a speedy recovery, your rights mean you are entitled to whatever compensation the law permits.

A car accident lawyer with the right experience in injury claims can help you determine all of your damages and increase your chances of getting compensated for them, as we will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer

After your vehicle accident, it pays to work with an experienced and dedicated team of professional legal consultants that will be with you through every step of your car accident claim.

A San Diego car accident lawyer with The Kindley Firm, APC, can help you get back on your feet without having to worry about the complicated legal details of personal injury claims. Schedule a free consultation with an attorney by calling 619-550-1313 or filling out the online contact form below. Our accident lawyers provide legal representation that helps their clients get their lives back on track when a car accident has left them in shambles.

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San Diego Car Accident FAQ

After your car accident, you’re going to have questions that need answers. The car accident lawyers from our law office will be able to answer any questions you have and provide the information you need, but we’ve answered a few common questions accident victims have when they come into our office for their free consultation.

How long do I have to file a car accident claim?

Under California law, you have two years from the date of your car accident injury to file a personal injury claim for compensation. If you didn’t immediately discover the injury after the accident, it's still possible to get compensated as you then have one year from the date you discovered it.

Can I file a claim if my family member died in the car accident?

Spouses, children, and parents of people who die in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior have rights and can file a wrongful death claim. These cases can include compensation for financial support the deceased would have provided and medical expenses related to the accident, as well as compensation for intangible damages like guidance and care.

What kinds of evidence will strengthen my car accident case and personal injury claim?

Generally, the more evidence you have to prove what happened in your car accident, the more possible it becomes to get compensated for your damages. Police reports, your medical records, photos and videos from the accident, and witness statements are all evidence you can use to confirm your story. And when you ask for the other driver's insurance card, be sure to pay attention and record what they say if they admit any sort of fault or negligence. Keep in mind that evidence tends to disappear over time, so it’s important to start the accident claim process as soon as possible so that our lawyers can begin to investigate.

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