The dazzling rides of Disneyland notwithstanding, not all the rides in Anaheim are pleasurable and entertaining. Like any populated city, an Anaheim car accident is a common occurrence. Some are unavoidable, resulting from bad weather or unpredictable medical events. Too many, however, are caused by reckless, distracted, or impaired driving, or by negligent road maintenance or repair. While it is troubling to deal with the inconvenience and expense of car repairs and insurance matters, it is overwhelming to deal with the consequences of serious personal injuries or wrongful death in car accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident for which another party was responsible, it is imperative that you engage the services of a reputable, highly skilled car accident attorney. If you reside in or are visiting, Anaheim when such an accident occurs, there is no better legal counsel to call than J&Y Law Firm. With locations in over 21 cities, J&Y has car accident attorneys who have earned their outstanding reputation for both negotiation and litigation. We also have a remarkable track record of success, having obtained tens of millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Our astute, cutting-edge attorneys are ready to protect your rights and win you the compensation you deserve. While there is a 2-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in California, the sooner you get in touch with our office, the more likely we will be to find relevant physical evidence, cooperating witnesses, and pertinent medical evidence.
Factors that Contribute to an Anaheim Car Accident
There are often external conditions that contribute to car accidents, such as fog, slippery roads, darkness, poor street lighting, improper traffic signals, and potholes. Drivers should adjust their speed and driving tactics to accommodate these factors. While there may be mitigating factors in a personal injury lawsuit, drivers who are accused of causing personal injuries while driving have usually committed one of the following offenses:
- Speeding and/or tailgating
- Ignoring traffic signals or signs
- Straddling, or recklessly changing, lanes
- Driving while intoxicated or drug-impaired
- Driving while distracted — texting, talking on the phone, eating, reaching for something
- Driving while sleepy or physically exhausted
- Driving aggressively
- Driving with a known, uncontrolled medical condition
- Drag racing
In a great many cases, not only do external causes, such as weather, combine with driving errors, but the driver responsible for another’s personal injuries is engaging in more than one of the listed offenses at the same time. Age can also be a factor in car accidents. Young drivers typically make more mistakes, due to inexperience, uncertainty, or impulsivity than do more mature drivers. Older drivers, on the other hand, may present risks due to slower reflexes, less acute vision or hearing, or other infirmities.
Compensation You Can Obtain for Car Accident Injuries in Anaheim
If another person is responsible for injuries you suffered in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical and rehabilitative expenses, present and future
- Physical and/or psychiatric therapy
- Lost wages, present and future
- Property damage
- Mental anguish
- Long-term physical pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of function
- Care for permanent disability
- Alterations to your home to accommodate your needs
At J&Y we are prepared to fight vigorously to make sure you receive every dollar you deserve.
Assigning Fault for Car Accidents in Anaheim
California is one of many states that do not use no-fault insurance. Instead, as a tort state, California uses a state Financial Responsibility Law. If you have a car accident in Anaheim, the person found to be at fault for the accident is liable for damages. California, like nearly one-third of the states, is also a Pure Comparative Fault state. This means that the amount of damages paid to an injured party is limited by that party’s degree of fault for the accident. In a great many car accidents, both people bear some responsibility for the accident. Comparative fault means that a driver who is found to be 20 percent at fault will forfeit 20 percent of the damages awarded. Thus, if this driver is awarded $100,000, he or she will only receive $80,000. What “pure” comparative fault means is that even if one driver is found to be 99 percent at fault for the accident, he or she can file a personal injury claim.
Types of Injuries Due to Car Accidents
Victims of auto accidents may suffer all kinds of injuries, some requiring prolonged medical care, surgery, intensive rehabilitation, or resulting in permanent disability. If you have been in a serious car accident, you may, in addition to minor scrapes, lacerations, bruises, and swelling, have suffered:
- Bone Fracture
- Neuromuscular damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Loss of control or bodily function
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of fetus
- Wrongful death
Because the long-term effect of injuries cannot always be determined, it is necessary to consider the potential for loss of wages in the future as well as immediate loss of income. You may have to have surgery at some point down the line or need future nursing care. Because these needs are impossible to predict, our savvy attorneys are well-schooled in possible medical complications that may occur in the future and work using well-crafted formulas to assess, as realistically as possible, what your future needs will cost.
If a family member has suffered a wrongful death, J&Y attorneys will help you confront the tragedy. Although nothing can bring back the person lost in the accident, we can ensure that you get the substantial compensation you deserve. If the driver who caused the accident has behaved in a particularly appalling manner, our attorneys may also be able to obtain punitive damages for you. Punitive damages are designed to punish the offender and to prevent others from engaging in similarly egregious behavior.
Our Anaheim Car Accident Lawyer Will Help You in Your Time of Need
Whether you have suffered a severe personal injury in a car accident, or your family has undergone the awful emotional trauma of losing a loved one, you are probably stressed to the point of breaking. Once you hire our accomplished car accident attorneys, your burden will be lessened. We cannot go back in time and undo the horror of the accident, but we can handle all the insurance and legal issues involved. We are dedicated to fighting vigorously for your right to obtain just compensation for your expenses and pain and suffering. Call J&Y Law Firm at 657.233.3913 or fill out a contact form on our website and we will evaluate your case. We will only take your case if we believe we can win and obtain substantial damages for you and your family, and remember — you will not have to pay any attorneys’ fees until we win.