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Orange County Car Accident Attorney

Paoli & Purdy, PC Has Recovered Millions of Dollars

Man Holding Head in Stress Looking at a Car Accident

Statistically, there are approximately 490,000 reported car crashes in California each year. These dangerous collisions frequently lead to countless injuries and thousands of fatalities. Sadly, a majority of these accidents are caused by reckless, inattentive, and negligent drivers who choose to ignore state and federal traffic laws. At Paoli & Purdy, P.C., we understand that obtaining a beneficial settlement or verdict can help you safeguard your quality of life.

Determining Negligence After a Car Collision

During your consultation with our team, we can discuss your case and evaluate which parties are ultimately liable for your injuries. The success of your case depends on your lawyer proving that the defendant’s negligent actions contributed to your injuries. By investigating your case, we can develop a comprehensive litigation strategy that secures a positive case result.

An at-fault driver can be held legally responsible for the following behaviors:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting
  • Tailgating
  • Running a red light
  • Talking with passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Failing to yield

Is CA a No Fault State for Car Accidents?

No, California is an at fault state for car accident liability. This means that the party responsible for causing an accident is the one responsible for paying damages, although this is almost always done through an insurance carrier. This at fault system is directly opposed to a no fault system which some states follow. In these states, all parties file a claim with their own insurance company regardless of who is at fault for causing an accident. Additionally, it is more difficult to file a personal injury claim against a responsible party in a no-fault state. Since California is an at fault state, injury victims typically have more options when it comes to pursuing compensation for their injuries.

An at-fault system works well when only party is responsible for causing an accident, however, many accidents are caused by more than one driver. When it comes to cases where more than one party is found to bear some responsible for causing an accident California follows a “pure comparative fault” rule. This means that injury victims who are found partially responsible for an accident are still eligible to recover compensation, but their percentage of responsibility will be reduced from their overall compensation awarded to them. For example, if you are found to be 15% at fault for the accident, the total compensation awarded to you will also be reduced by 15%. While many injury victims are surprised to hear their insurance companies argue that they bear responsibility in their accident, there are many aspects of responsibility that are so normal to everyday drivers, they are often overlooked. An example of these driving mistakes would be speeding or failing to put a turn signal. Car accident liability can be a complex area of the law, fortunately our experienced attorneys can answer all your quesitons.

How to Boost Compensation for Your Car Accident Claim

If your case is successful, you may recover damages that account for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other non-economic damages determined by the court. However, it’s important to retain the services of an attorney as soon as possible if you want to maximize your claim.

  • The goal of the defendant’s insurance company is to save money by undermining your case. Once your accident has been reported, insurance company adjusters are frantically trying to investigate the case to prove that you’re somehow at fault.
  • An adjuster may even contact you before you have a chance to discuss your case with a lawyer. The intent of this call is to trick you into submitting a recorded statement that jeopardizes the legitimacy of your claim.
  • Our Orange County car accident attorneys can negotiate with the defendant’s insurance provider and protect your claim from any questionable tactics. We can also review your injury-related financial losses and potential medical expenses to guarantee that your settlement actively provides for your financial needs.

Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?

Once you agree to a settlement amount with an insurance company it’s usually difficult to recover any more compensation since most settlements state specifically that the amount agreed upon will be the only compensated granted to the injured party. If you have already signed an agreement, it’s important to speak to am experienced attorney about what options you may have. Our team is experienced in car accident law and is ready to fight for you.

Contact our Orange County car accident lawyers at (949) 751-6371 to explore your legal options. We offer free initial consultations.

Steps to Take After a Car Accident

The survivors of auto collisions tend to sustain catastrophic physical and cognitive injuries that necessitate expensive and ongoing medical treatments and care-giving services.

  • Get to safety- It is vital that you seek the safety of you and your loved ones by getting to a safe place before leaving your vehicle after a car accident.
  • Be careful what you say- Don't ever admit to fault in an auto accident, even if you think that you were in the wrong. There may be aspects to the accident that you are unaware of, and admitting fault too early could affect the amount of your settlement.
  • Document the accident- Keep a detailed record of your accident by collecting all receipts, medical bills, repair documents, and police reports that you receive after a car accident. Additionally, after you visit your doctor, make certain to request a copy of your updated medical record. This important piece of evidence is an essential element in your case.
  • Get medical attention- It’s imperative that you seek medical attention for your injuries within 7 days. If you wait too long, the insurance company may be able to argue that your injuries don’t warrant the damages you deserve.
  • Get representation for a maximum payout- Contact a Newport Beach car accident lawyer for guidance in requesting the proper

When medical bills and other injury-related expenses start piling up, it’s important to take legal action with our car accident lawyer in Orange County and pursue compensation that can facilitate your physical and financial recovery.

You can rely on our trial-tested legal team to manage your case while you focus on your physical recovery. Our Orange County car accident attorneys have the skills and experience to negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, litigate in court on your behalf.

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At Paoli & Purdy, PC, our Orange County car accident lawyers can protect your interests and effectively guide you through this complicated legal process. Our attorneys have individually represented thousands of cases and recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We are willing to rigorously negotiate or litigate on your behalf if it means securing a positive case outcome.

Injured in a car accident? Contact us for a free consultation to seek compensation today!

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