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Orange County’s population has been exploding throughout the past few decades. If it seems that there are now more cars and people than ever behind the orange curtain, it’s not just your imagination getting the better of you. The greater Orange County area is currently home to over 3 million people. Even the idyllic suburb of Irvine has witnessed the effects of this rapid growth in population. As the population in Irvine continues to grow–278,000 and counting, according to the most recent available data–so have the number of cars and car accidents. As recently as 2017, ten people in the city of Irvine lost their lives in traffic collisions.
The harsh reality is that millions of Americans are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents. Thousands are killed, and those who do survive are often left to deal with permanent disabilities, including brain damage and spinal cord injuries. Because these injuries can sometimes be catastrophic and life changing, victims and their families need to be represented by a skilled car accident lawyer who will fight to get them all the compensation they deserve.
Whether your collision occurred in the heart of Irvine at the corners of MacArthur Blvd. and Main–an intersection which sees a high number of collisions–or on the way to downtown Los Angeles for a night out, the way you handle the aftermath of a car crash is crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. To help protect you and make sure you are prepared in the event of an accident, the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers has outlined seven important steps:
While it may seem like common sense to believe the insurance company is on your side, nothing could be farther from the truth. Insurance companies are businesses, and their primary goal is to pay you as little as possible. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the insurance company may respond by offering you a quick settlement. Never accept an insurance company’s offer before consulting with a lawyer. Your insurance company will try to resolve your case for minimal compensation, and in many cases, due to desperation, ignorance, or financial need, they’ll succeed. These companies know you’re in a vulnerable position and they will use this bargaining chip to their advantage.
A car accident lawyer has your best interests in mind and will handle every part of your claim, including:
1) Guiding You Through Complex Legal Processes
Your lawyer will answer all your questions and carefully guide you through every stage of the process. He or she will outline all your options and will provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions for you and the people you care most about. A dedicated lawyer will always be available to reassure you and make sure you understand the legal process.
2) Protecting Your Rights
An experienced car accident lawyer is familiar with how insurance companies operate and will take care of all the details and paperwork for you, while building your case and advocating your position. He or she will make certain you don’t do or say anything to the insurance companies or other parties involved in the case that may be detrimental to your claim.
3) Pursuing All Compensation Available to You
Your lawyer will carefully assess your case and will aggressively pursue all potential damages available to you. In addition to compensation for your damaged property and past and future medical bills, you may also be entitled to financial compensation for past and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other costs associated with your injuries.
4) Negotiating an Optimal Settlement
Being represented by an experienced, well respected lawyer sends a clear message to the insurance companies that you are serious about negotiating a fair and just recovery amount.
5) Filing A Lawsuit In Court If Necessary
There are times when litigation may be in your best interest. In these cases, your lawyer will present a strong and persuasive case to the judge or jury to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
There are many factors to consider when determining how much compensation you may recover as a result your car accident injuries, including:
Compensation for your injuries may include:
For more information, visit our Uninsured/Underinsured page.
If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s carelessness, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. A car accident lawyer at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at 213 927 3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.