Car Accident Lawyer in Bay Area
Southern California is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the state. If you combine careless driving behaviors with the weaving roads and busy highways around San Francisco and Oakland, car accidents are a likely result. Moreover, those resulting in serious injury and property damage can change a victim’s life forever. The consequences of an accident may cause instantaneous harm, or they may slowly start to appear in the weeks following an accident in the form of chronic pain and other latent injuries including brain injury or spinal injury.
While we can’t change the accident or the outcome, we can help you seek justice and fair compensation. Often both are needed to adequately address harmful physical and emotional after-affects common to serious or catastrophic car accidents. The Bay Area accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker, have the car accident case experience you need to achieve the best possible outcome in a personal injury claim.
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Unlike some accidents where the scene remains untouched for days, car accident scenes require efficient handling and cleanup to expedite the reopening of roadways. Regardless of your initial thoughts about an accident, take as many pictures as you can at the scene. They may support a potential case in the future.
Contact an attorney as quickly as possible. While medical attention should always remain your top priority, securing adequate legal representation will improve the likelihood of success in a negligence based claim. When you are able, contact our office for a free case evaluation. Together, we can sift through the facts of your claim so you can make an informed decision about moving forward with a case against the person responsible for your injuries.
In the state of California, you have 2 years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident. However, obtaining legal counsel soon after your accident will improve the odds of securing evidence to prove negligence was the direct cause of your injuries.
Car Accident Laws in California
Every state has its own laws regarding the issue of fault in personal injury. In California, we operate under a pure comparative fault rule. If the investigation after an accident assigns 20% of the fault to the plaintiff and 80% of the fault to the defendant, the court will decrease the plaintiff’s reward by 20%.
The official investigation may not provide the full picture of the accident. Getting in touch with an attorney quickly will improve the outcome of an independent investigation, and it may reduce the likelihood of compensation reduction during proceedings.
Negligent behavior in a car accident may or may not involve illegal activities, such as speeding or using a cellphone. Any reckless driving behavior or careless maintenance may influence a court’s designation of blame. In addition to other drivers, some claims may feature an element of product liability. If a vehicle component breaks down on the road because of a defect, a plaintiff may hold the manufacturer liable for the problem. These types of claims are determined on the basis of strict liability. In other words, a manufacturer is responsible for providing safe products. Any defect is a breach of that responsibility.
Finding the Right Attorney
After a car accident, you will likely have many complicated and overwhelming questions about your future and your ability to pursue legal action. The right attorney can put your mind at ease about the legal process, dealing with insurance companies, and obtaining enough compensation to address the consequences of the accident. For more information, reach out to the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker in Oakland for a free case evaluation.