California Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer
Every day, car accidents in California cause serious injuries and expensive property damage. CA is notorious for heavy traffic and reckless drivers. If you get involved in a vehicle collision in California or anywhere in Southern California, the attorneys at Milanfar Law Firm, PC can help you recover. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers have been representing clients for over 20 years. We are committed to achieving clients’ goals through negotiation, mediation, and trial. Find out how we can help you during a free consultation.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help?
You may not need to hire a lawyer after a minor car crash, such as a rear-end collision with no injuries. In this scenario, you can most likely handle the insurance claims process on your own. However, if you are involved in a motor vehicle wreck with serious to catastrophic injuries, or one with complications such as a liability dispute, hiring a lawyer can be important to the future of your case.
A car accident lawyer can take over complex legal matters while you concentrate on your recovery, such as investigating a crash and collecting evidence to prove that the other driver is at fault. A lawyer will have connections to qualified experts who can make your case stronger, as well as relationships with local judges. Working with a lawyer can improve your odds of collecting fair financial compensation for the full extent of your injuries.
What to Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you get injured in a car accident in California, try to remain calm and pull your vehicle over to a safe location. Check people for injuries, both in your vehicle and the other car. If anyone is injured, unconscious or there appears to be more than $750 worth of vehicle damage, call 911 to report the crash immediately. Calling the police even for a minor car accident can be beneficial for an insurance claim.
Exchange information with the other driver, but do not admit fault for the accident. While you wait for the police to arrive, take pictures of the crash scene and your vehicle damage. Give the police officer your side of the story and ask for your report number. Go to a hospital right away for professional medical care. Finally, call your own car insurance company to report the crash. The insurance company may contact the other driver’s insurer to process your claim.
Is California a No-Fault State?
No, California is not a no-fault state. In a no-fault state, drivers involved in car accidents file claims with their own car insurance companies, regardless of fault. In California and other fault states, however, an insurance claim is brought against the person or party who caused the crash. This means that you must prove the other driver is at fault for your wreck before collecting insurance benefits.
Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents in California
Driver error is the number one cause of motor vehicle collisions in California. A careless or reckless driver may cause a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision through many dangerous acts, including:
- Driving under the influence
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Texting and driving
- Violating traffic laws
- Running red lights
- Following too closely
Even if another driver did not cause your motor vehicle accident, you may still be able to hold the city or state responsible for a roadway defect – such as a pothole – or an automaker responsible for a vehicle defect. An attorney can help you determine fault in your car accident case.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation in California
Milanfar Law Firm, PC represents both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury law. This gives us a unique perspective that we can use to your advantage if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Our lawyers know how the other side operates. We will lean on this knowledge to help you build the strongest possible car accident claim. For more information about how we can help you after a car crash in California, request a free consultation.