In 2017 there were more than 3,500 fatalities on California roads and a significantly higher number of injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Fontana car accident attorneys know that car accident injuries can be disruptive and life changing and if someone else caused the accident, innocent injury victims deserve to be compensated. It is important for injured car accident victims to have experienced car accident attorneys advocating on their behalf in order to protect their rights and secure a full and fair financial recovery.
Depending on the injuries and damages sustained, car accident plaintiffs may be entitled to compensation under a personal injury claim or if the accident injuries were fatal, under a wrongful death claim. Personal injury compensation may include pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and property damage. Wrongful death recovery may include, but is not limited to damages such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of gifts or benefits, the value of household services that the deceased would have provided, loss of love and companionship, loss of care, and loss of guidance.
Under California law, punitive damages may sometimes be awarded in car accident cases. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant and discourage that type of conduct from happening again. Punitive damages are only awarded when the defendant acted with malice, oppression, or fraud. In car accident cases, it will generally be necessary to show that the defendant’s conduct was despicable and that he or she acted with a knowing disregard of the rights or safety of others.
Especially when liability is clear, defendant insurance companies are known to contact injured parties right after car accidents with what seems like an urgent settlement agreement. There is no real reason for that urgency other than they want to get plaintiffs locked into a settlement agreement and waiver of liability before they have a chance to speak with an attorney or discover the full extent of their injuries and damages. Insurance companies make offers that seem very generous and fair, covering medical bills, property damage, and incidentals, but they are not plaintiffs’ advocates and they have no duty to tell plaintiffs what their claims are actually worth. Experienced car accident attorneys who are actual plaintiffs’ advocates, help determine the true value of plaintiffs’ cases and will negotiate with insurance companies to see that only a full and fair settlement is entered into.
Attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm, APC handle many types of automobile accident cases including the following:
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, contact a Fontana car accident attorney at The Hayes Law Firm, APC to discuss your claim and recovery options. Call us today at 323-477-1415.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.