Orange County, CA Car Accident Attorneys
Car Accidents in Orange County
Orange County, CA is one of the most congested and car-dependent areas of the country. It is one of the busiest and most bustling cities in America. With nearly 3 million vehicles registered in the county and millions of tourists jamming the freeways, it is no wonder Orange County accounts for more than its fair share of California’s 270,000 annual traffic accidents every year.
Unfortunately, chances are good that you will be involved in at least one car accident in your lifetime. And because about 80 percent of all car crashes are caused by driver negligence, chances are also good that you will need a car accident attorney. When that time comes, don’t trust just any law firm. The lawyers at Pro Attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can start recovering from the damage caused by a distracted or negligent driver. We have recovered millions of dollars from these drivers’ insurance companies for victims just like you.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident call an Orange County, CA car accident attorney from Pro Attorneys for a free consultation: (833) 776-3777.
California Car Accident Laws
You have up to two years after an accident to file a lawsuit seeking damages from the at-fault driver. The other important state law deals with “pure comparative negligence.” This means that even if you share responsibility for causing the accident, you can still collect damage from the other driver on a prorated basis. For instance, if you incur $100,000 in medical bills following an accident and the court decides that you were 30 percent at fault, you would be eligible to recover $70,000 from the other driver’s insurance company. Even if you were 90 percent at fault, you could still get $10,000 from the other party.
But medical costs are not the only recoverable damages from negligent drivers. Other economic damages to which you might be entitled include lost wages and car repair bills. You might also collect non-economic hardships resulting from the accident. These include pain and suffering, loss of mobility, loss of quality of life. In some cases, you could be awarded punitive damages designed to punish the at-fault driver. These are awarded in the rare instances that your attorney can prove the driver acted maliciously or with disregard of the harm that could reasonably be expected. This might include intentionally forcing another car into a ditch in a road rage incident, street racing that results in a pedestrian injury, or driving under the influence.
Is an Attorney Necessary?
Insurance companies employ a stable of lawyers whose sole purpose is to minimize the amount of money they pay to car accident victims. And with accidents so common, they have had plenty of opportunity to perfect their craft. You need a dedicated attorney just as determined to make them pay the full measure of the harm their customer caused. That can only be determined through careful analysis and expertise garnered through representing hundreds of similar victims.
Pro Attorneys also will make sure you get the medical treatment you need. Even if you have no insurance, we can refer you to a healthcare provider who will treat you on a lien basis. The doctor will defer his or her fees until you can pay with the money you receive from your settlement or court awarded damages. This includes access to specialists such as neurologist, psychologists, plastic surgeons, and chiropractors. You shouldn’t have to wait for payment from the at-fault driver’s insurance to recover your health after an accident.