An accident can profoundly impact your life. The pain, damage, and suffering that is caused by an accident are difficult to handle. Here at the Grossman Law Offices, we want to assist you as you pick up the pieces from your accident. Our Fresno car accident attorneys can explain which steps you need to take to get a good outcome. Working with the insurance company on your own can be extremely frustrating,
There are many reasons to work with a personal injury law firm after Fresno car accidents. In addition to advising you on the next steps, a car accident lawyer in Fresno can help you receive compensation for your injuries. When you contact our accident lawyers in Fresno CA, you’re a step closer to getting the money you deserve.
If you have been involved in a car accident in Fresno CA, it is very important that you take some initial steps to make sure that you have adequately protected yourself legally, and ensure that you are able to seek financial compensation from the responsible driver. We will go through these steps below, as well as provide a general overview of how we will work to determine the amount of money that you deserve after an accident that someone else caused.
Take a look below to learn a bit more about the steps to take after you are involved in a car accident. Fresno is home to our law firm, and partnering with Fresno car accident lawyers is one of the best ways to deal with an insurance provider during the claims process, how your car accident attorney will work to calculate the amount of money that you truly deserve, and more. Contact our Fresno car accident injury lawyers now for your free consultation, where you will be able to discuss the circumstances of your accident, the injuries that you have suffered, and more so that our law firm can begin working on your case as soon as possible.
CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY FRESNO
With roughly 172,000 people getting to work by car in our city, Fresno CA has a strong commuter presence. There are a lot of people on the roads, and this increases your chances of an accident. If you’re one of the many accident victims, you should contact our injury lawyers for help.
CAUSES OF FRESNO CAR ACCIDENTS
Fresno CA car accident lawyers deal with all types of causes of accidents, including the following. Whether or not your Fresno car accident was caused by any of these examples, contact our injury lawyers today.
An alarming number of car accidents in Fresno are caused due to distracted driving, such as texting while driving, eating while operating a vehicle, and more. The accident attorneys at our law firm are familiar with a range of distracted driving accidents and will help you navigate your case so that you get the money you truly deserve.
For personal injury lawyers, Fresno drunk driving accidents are often the cause of the case that they are taking on at the time. This is because an alarming number of people make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after consuming alcohol or other mind-altering substances, often leading to a car accident and a personal injury case as a result. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, we will be happy to take your case and fight for the money you deserve.
Speed limits, while treated like suggestions by an unfortunate number of drivers, are posted in order to keep people safe and in control of their vehicles while driving down the road. Speed limits account for things like unseen hazards, road shape, blind drives, upcoming intersections or yields, and more. By ignoring speed limits, a driver is putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk of an accident.
COMMON TYPES OF INJURIES
After a Fresno car accident, there are many different possible outcomes. In some cases, someone may walk away from an accident without any injuries at all, while in other instances a seemingly-minor injury can turn into a serious, life-altering issue that the insurance company refuses to acknowledge the severity of. There are thousands of fatalities in the country every year. Even when fatalities don’t occur, serious injuries can take place. Here are a few of the possible injuries you can experience in an accident:
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is a common type of car injury that can result from a sudden impact or severe jolt to the head or body. The effects can be both physical and psychological and can be temporary or permanent.
This is a type of soft-tissue injury that commonly results from the momentum of the body suddenly changing. In a rear-end collision, for instance, the head is often rocked backward and then suddenly forward, which is why there are so many whiplash injuries in this type of collision.
Broken bones range from minor hairline fractures that may go undetected without an x-ray to more severe, compound, complex, and spiral fractures that could require surgeries to correct. Because of the high speeds involved in car accidents, broken bones are relatively common in car accidents.
Knee injuries are particularly prevalent with drivers, as there is a tendency to brace against the brake pedal in an accident, but passengers can also sustain knee damage as they impact the dashboard or the rear of the front seats.
Head injuries can range from TBIs to lacerations to the face to burns and more. Even cosmetic damage to the face can be life-changing, but some head injuries can affect your ability to think, speak, and conduct other normal functions.
Also referred to as a bulging or slipped disc, herniated discs occur in any number of types of car accidents. Herniated discs can be extremely painful, limit mobility, and take months to heal.
CUTS AND ABRASIONS
Flying glass, metal, or impact can cause abrasions to any part of the face or body. In motorcycle accidents, abrasions due to road rash usually occur. In many cases, even once they’re healed, there’s evidence of the cuts in the form of a scar.
Although some of these might sound like minor injuries, they all have the potential to be life-altering. Your accident could require hospitalization, which costs thousands of dollars in medical bills. In some cases, you might need surgery. The bills keep adding up.
CAR ACCIDENT FAQ
Take a look below at some of the commonly asked questions about car accidents and car accident attornies in Fresno. Contact us now to get specific answers to your own questions during a free initial case evaluation, where you can learn more about how we can help you in your unique situation.
CAN I SETTLE MY CASE BEFORE GOING TO TRIAL?
Depending on the specifics of your accident and your legal case, it may be our top priority to try to reach a settlement agreement before we need to file a lawsuit with the California court system. Once the insurance company completes its claims investigation of the accident and all of the associated details, we will begin a series of negotiations in order to reach an agreement without the courts.
While the insurance company is making their investigation, we will do our own research in order to understand the true amount that you deserve as a result of your injuries. This information will be central to our negotiations as we attempt to avoid a lawsuit.
WHAT IF I WAS RIDING IN AN UBER DURING MY ACCIDENT?
Uber is a very popular ride-sharing service that residents and tourists alike use to get around. Car accidents in Fresno that involve an Uber driver can be very complex because the laws are unclear. It is taking the laws some time to catch up with the trend of ridesharing, which has made these types of accidents far more complex. Typically, the insurance company will put up a strong fight, but our experienced attorneys will work with you to help you get the compensation you seek. It is extremely important to work with an attorney who has successfully represented clients in ridesharing cases.
WHAT IS A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?
In every state for every crime, there is a statute of limitations, which is the time period that a plaintiff has to bring a suit forward from the date of the alleged offense. Serious crimes may not have a statute of limitations. An example is when someone commits a murder. But with car accidents or another personal injury in the state of California, you have two years to initiate legal proceedings. But you don’t want to wait. The sooner you begin proceedings, the stronger your case is, so call now to schedule your free consultation with a Fresno car accident attorney.
WHAT IF MY ACCIDENT WAS DUE TO A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT IN MY CAR OR ON A TRUCK?
Defective tires, automotive parts, seatbelts, and airbags can be dangerous to drivers and passengers. Consumers are right to believe in their entitlement to safe products that work as intended when used as intended. The manufacturers of these products become liable when they injure someone, such as brakes not working correctly. Typically there are three types of product liability cases:
Failure to warn
In order to be successful in these types of cases, you will need to be represented by a personal injury attorney with many years of experience in representing injured plaintiffs. At Grossman Law Offices we have been representing clients since 1972 who have been injured by harmful or defective products, and have won more than $100 million for clients.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A DRIVER FLEES THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT?
In most states, including California, drivers are required to stop whenever there is an accident, even if:
There was no damage
There was no injury
The driver leaving the scene was not at fault
Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as a hit-and-run, can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony in California. Generally, when a hit-and-run results in property damage, it is charged as a misdemeanor. When a hit-and-run involves injury or death, it is charged as a felony.
Drivers need to also be aware that if you have been involved in an accident and the other driver or other party asks you for your driver’s license and vehicle registration information, you must provide those items to them. If the damaged property is a parked car or another type of property, but no one is around to exchange information with, then the driver must leave a note explaining how the vehicle or property became damaged.