Car Accident Injury Lawyer

Car accidents are terrifying experiences. Often people walk away injured, without reliable transportation, unable to seek medical attention, and in financial peril if they do seek medical help.  Added to that, the confusion and headache of trying to deal with the insurance companies and their adjusters. That's were we come in. We understand what you’re going through and that you have questions. What is my claim worth ? How long it will take to get a fair settlement? Call us and we will give you straight, simple answers about medical payments, coverage, property damage, as well as assist you in completing any necessary paperwork. Whether you need help getting money for medical bills and car repairs, or you need someone to step in and deal with the insurance company that is stonewalling you, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 530-265-0186.

 
 

Car Accident Overview

Car accidents are responsible for the majority of personal injury claims in the U.S. This isn’t surprising, given that there were 5,615,000 police reported car crashes in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Generally, drivers of cars must exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances." A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence and person who negligently operates a motor vehicle is responsible for damages caused by his negligence.

 

What to Do After a Car Accident That's Not Your Fault

It happens in a flash: You're driving home from work, thinking about the day and what's for dinner. The light turns red. You stop. Suddenly, you hear the crunch of steel as your neck is jerked violently back and forth. The driver behind you has rear ended you. It's not your fault, but now you have yet another item on your busy agenda to handle. What should you do?

 

Car Accident Claims and Settlements

When an accident occurs, it is routine for the insurance adjuster to contact you an attempt to get a recorded statement. They will act as you best friend. They will never tell you they are working to save the insurance company money. Although perhaps some insurance companies don't do this, the vast majority attempt to obtain statements to minimize or deny the claim altogether. Oftentimes immediately after an accident, the person has not even had time to be treated or fully evaluated by their healthcare professional. Make sure you protect your rights.

 

Car Accidents and Insurance

Dealing with your car insurance company after a crash can be a time-consuming hassle. For many folks, it's the first time they really look at their policy and learn many surprises like rental cars might not be covered. Their insurance company that was so ready to accept the premiums all those years, now is "nickel and diming" you. Now imagine what it's like to deal with the insurance company of a person you don’t know who crashed into your car. However, there are ways to begin to level the proverbial playing field. To do so, you must familiarize yourself with important principles of insurance law which courts and legislators have fashioned over the years for consumer protection.

 

Car Accident FAQ's

Phillips Law Offices answers some of the most frequently asked questions about injury accidents and claims. We hope this information will give you an idea as to how to move forward with your matter. The legal issues surrounding personal injury cases may at times seem overly complicated, and even overwhelming at times. There is no need to feel that way, we’re here to help. Explore the answers to the questions you may have or just give us a call. Since every case has unique facts and circumstances, we’d be glad to discuss the specific details of your case and any questions you have. We invite you to give us a call at 530-265-0186 for a no charge consultation.

 

Car Accident Resources and Consumer Information

Hopefully, you find our site a good start to get your questions answered. But we are more than happy to answer any specific questions you may have, so feel free to give us a call at 530-265-0186. In the meantime, there are many internet resources available for information about car accidents and injury. We encourage you to visit some of these websites we have collected for easy reference.

 

What Kinds of Damages Can I Claim for Auto Accident Injuries?

You may be able to claim several different kinds of damages if you are injured in an auto accident. Aside from medical expenses, including future medical treatment, you may also claim lost wages, "pain and suffering", and vehicle damage.

 

Types of Car Accident Injuries

Common injuries from car accidents are injuries to the back and neck, traumatic brain injury, and burns. It is important to get a diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible, whether or not you are considering litigation. 

 

Car Accident Settlement Basics

We answer the most commonly-asked questions, such as, "Do I even need a lawyer?", "What is my claim worth?", and "Should I accept my insurance company settlement claim offer?"

 

Car Insurance Claims: Dos and Don'ts

 

 

I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: Who is Liable?

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that a drunk driver has either no liability insurance or only minimal coverage. Because insurance coverage may not be enough to cover medical bills, filing a civil suit against a drunk driver to cover medical costs is often considered. A drunk driving conviction against the person who caused the accident will make it more likely for the successful outcome of the civil suit.

 

Hit By a Drunk Driver: Settlement Basics

When a DUI car accident case should be settled depends upon the extent of the injuries, but generally should not be settled until treatment is completed. In a civil suit, the injured party may recover damages for past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, compensation for permanent injuries and/or impairment, and pain and suffering. Knowing the expected pace of a civil suit will help inform your decisions as the case progresses.

 

Underinsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage and Claims

 

 

Comparative Negligence: Defenses in Car Accident Cases