Orange County Car Accident Lawyer
Orange County citizens need to know what action to take in the event of a car accident. On average, car accidents happen to over 6 million people a year. This can result in extensive recoveries, heartache from death or the headache of a lawsuit. Another motorist has caused your injury due to carelessness, reckless driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. In this case, you should not be left with the bill. When another driver injures you, you need the help of an experienced Orange County Car Accident Lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit to compensate you for your injuries and other damages.
Elements of Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury law relies on the concept of negligence – for you to secure compensation in a personal injury case, you’ll need to prove that the defendant (the other driver you are suing) was negligent in some way. An attorney will be an invaluable asset when you pursue a personal injury case. Even if you think your case is very straightforward and you should be able to adequately represent yourself, unless you have the proper legal training, you will likely miss several crucial factors that can influence the outcome of your case.
If your injuries were particularly painful or resulted in a painful recovery process, your attorney will consult with an expert medical witness who can attest to the level of pain you experienced. It may sound difficult to quantify something abstract like pain or suffering with a dollar value, but a judge will strongly consider expert witness testimony when determining an appropriate amount.
Loss Of Income
Sometimes injuries can prevent you from going to work for a period of time. You can sue for the wages you would have earned had you not been injured. Additionally, if your accident left you permanently disabled and unable to return to work, you can sue for the income you would have reasonably expected to earn had you not been injured.
Negligence And What You Can Do
With negligence law, if a judge deems you 10% at fault for an accident in a $100,000 lawsuit, your damages will be reduced by 10%, resulting in a $90,000 award instead. Proving negligence involves showing a court three things:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care. This means acting in a reasonable manner. In terms of car accidents, this means drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely in accordance with all the traffic laws in the area, avoid distractions, and refrain from operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- The defendant breached this duty by some action or inaction. With car accident cases, the breach of duty is usually distracted driving, speeding, failing to signal, driving under the influence, aggressive driving, or something along those lines.
- Your injuries and damages were the direct results of the defendant’s breach. You can only sue for the injuries and damages directly caused by the defendant’s actions.
California operates under comparative negligence law, meaning that if a plaintiff is found to have been partially at fault for an accident, his or her compensation will be reduced by a proportionate amount.
Any car accident case has the potential to turn into a time-consuming and stressful ordeal. Regardless of how simple or complex your case is, Banner Attorneys have the experience and expertise necessary to fully represent your case. We operate under a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case. Reach out to our team for a free consultation. We’ll meet with you to discuss the details of your case and let you know if your situation merits a lawsuit.
A Compassion For Others & A Desire To Help People
A few years ago, Brian was involved in a major head-on auto collision himself and worked with two insurance companies to retrieve the maximum amount possible in settling his claims. He also underwent numerous medical procedures and treatment, giving him first-hand understanding as to what his clients experience while injured from an accident. He can truly empathize with his clients. He has walked in their shoes, and fights for their rights as if it were his own claim to tackle. His accident instilled in him a genuine empathy for clients who are enduring their own trials from an accident.
Necessary Medical Attention
It’s important to note that you should seek medical attention immediately after a car accident, even if you don’t think you were injured. Some car accident injuries may not manifest symptoms for some time after the initial crash, so it’s better to be safe and get checked out by a doctor as soon as you can. After your medical needs have been addressed, you should obtain a copy of the police report for your accident. In California, you must notify the police if a car accident resulted in any injuries or any property damage.
Five Things to do After an Auto Accident
- Address your Medical and Emotional Needs First: Talk with either emergency personnel at the scene or have someone take you to the emergency room, so you can be looked at by a medical professional. You may not feel pain immediately because of your shock, but seek medical treatment anyway.
- Call our Office to Ensure you Have an Advocate Every Step of the Way: We’re available to answer your call 24/7 and can walk you through each step of dealing with an accident.
- Focus on your Vehicle and Removing it from the Scene: If your car is totaled, it will need to be towed to either a tow yard or repair shop. Wait until you’ve spoken with our office before having any communication with the insurance company.
- Find out your Coverage under your own Policy: With the oversight of your attorney, work with your insurance to address your damaged vehicle. If you don’t have insurance or your coverage is limited, speak to your attorney about working with the other party’s insurance company.
- Maintain Consistent Treatment with a Doctor: Life will get busy, especially in dealing with the fallout of an auto accident, but maintaining your health is paramount. Do not let lengthy amounts of time go by without seeing a doctor.
Winning Your Case
Your attorney will gather the necessary documentation and evidence to build a strong case. Should you win your lawsuit, your compensation can include repayment for things such as medical expenses, including emergency transportation from the accident site, prescriptions, specialist care, and the costs of any necessary ongoing rehabilitation. These also include property damage, including damage to your vehicle as well as any of your possessions that were destroyed in the crash, such as your smartphone or personal items.
Top 5 Reasons You Need Brian Banner as your Auto Accident Attorney:
- He was involved in a serious accident himself and was injured due to another’s negligence. He knows firsthand how difficult and life-changing an accident is.
- He’s had almost two decades of experience fighting the insurance companies and knows how to dispute their tactics in avoiding and diminishing your claim.
- He doesn’t earn a penny until he wins your case and gets you the money you deserve.
- He has a 98% success rate. He’ll take his innate competitive nature and drive to win, when he’s representing you against the insurance company.
- His overall turn around time in handling your case from start to finish is 93 days. He’ll work aggressively to get it done.
Experienced Orange County Auto Accident Lawyer On Your Side
It’s important to hire a skilled attorney who can prove a defendant at fault. If you sustain an injury in a car accident, contact Banner Attorneys. Attorney Brian Banner has over a decade of experience in Orange County and knows California law. With a 98% success rate, we have what it takes to settle a car accident case in your favor.