Central Valley Car Accident Lawyer Assists Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents
In the United States, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of most personal injuries. There are over six million car accidents each year, which range from minor fender-benders to disastrous multi-car pileups. Most involve some property damage, and many cause a variety of injuries to the drivers and passengers in those vehicles. Head, neck, and back injuries are common injuries from motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, these common injuries can be very serious and result in paralysis, traumatic brain injury, or death. Even seemingly minor back injuries can render you incapacitated for a period of days or even weeks.
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Automobile accident damages
When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are injured in car accidents, the damage to those areas does not always show up on medical imaging like X-rays. Many insurance company adjusters think that if they cannot see any injury that the injury does not exist. Usually, insurance companies are unwilling to make fair settlement offers in most car accident claims but those offers are dramatically lower if the accident victim claims a head, neck or back injury with little objective medical evidence to prove the victim is injured. Having an experienced Central Valley car accident lawyer can guarantee that the insurance company takes your personal injury claim seriously and that the insurance company will compensate you appropriately for your injury.
After a car accident injury, co-pays and prescription costs can cause financial hardships for many victims, even those victims who have health insurance. If you have missed work due to your injury, you will also have to deal with the income lost from those missed workdays. It is easy to see that financial pressures for motor accident victims can quickly add up.
Car accident victims may be eligible for the following categories of compensation:
• pain and suffering
• past and future medical expenses
• loss of earning capacity
• lost income and benefits
• loss of consortium (company and affection received from a spouse)
The extent of your injuries may not be obvious for days, or even weeks, after an accident. Additionally, a Central Valley car accident lawyer understands that a slow physical recovery may greatly increase the amount of your medical bills. If you have to have extensive physical therapy or are permanent disabled because of your injury, you may realize that your settlement money has disappeared but your bills are still piling up.
You may also have to deal with issues concerning liability. Insurance companies may try to reduce the amount of their payment to you under a legal theory called “comparative negligence,” which states that you were wholly or partially at fault for causing the motor vehicle accident so you should receive less money. Your Central Valley car accident lawyer can help you keep track of your medical costs and bring evidence to show the real cause of your motor vehicle accident.
Motorcycle accident damages
Motorcycles have the following advantages over cars:
• They are more fuel-efficient;
• They are less expensive to repair; and
• They are easier to park.
However, motorcycles provide little protection for motorcyclists involved in an accident. Suitable motorcycle riding gear can minimize injuries, but when there are collisions between cars and motorcycles, the motorcycles and their riders receive worse property and physical damage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 103,000 motorcycle-related injuries each year. Many of these accidents were caused by the other drivers, not the motorcyclists. Even experienced motorcyclists who take all reasonable safety precautions cannot avoid accidents caused by distracted, drunk, or overly aggressive drivers.
Motorcycle accident victims can face long hospital stays and grueling physical therapy for weeks, or even months. Many times, motorcycles are totaled in accidents and can be expensive to replace. If you can establish that someone else’s negligence caused your accident, you might be eligible for monetary compensation for your medical bills, your property damage, your pain and suffering, and your lost wages.
Two other possible causes of motorcycle accidents that are beyond motorcyclists’ control are motorcycle mechanical failures and poorly maintained roads. The garage that serviced your motorcycle could be held responsible for fault repairs. The manufacturer of your motorcycle could be responsible for product defects. Cities or counties can be liable for unsafe roads due to inadequate use of road signs or potholes.
Do not speak with an insurance adjuster without first speaking with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer. Your eagerness to settle could cause you to receive less settlement money than you are entitled to have. Also, the things you say to that insurance adjuster could be used against you later to undervalue your motorcycle injury claim.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an Central Valley car accident lawyer. Effective legal representation helps make sure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. The sooner you get effective legal representation, the better your prospects are for a successful outcome for your case.