Folsom Car Accident Lawyer
Helping You Recover After Serious Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents of all types are far too common here in Northern California, where tightly-packed roads and speeding cars have made for a deadly combination. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), California alone witnessed more than 3,304 fatal car crashes in 2017, comprising about 10% of all car accident deaths nationwide.
Here at Carichoff Law Group, P.C., our Folsom car accident attorney is committed to helping the victims of serious crashes recover the full compensation they deserve. With more than 19 years of experience, Attorney Carichoff can act as your legal advocate throughout the personal injury claims process in California.
Ready to learn more? Call (916) 471-6098 to speak with one of our qualified auto accident attorneys today!
Most Common Car Accident Injuries
Regardless of whether you drive a small passenger car or a pickup truck, car accidents can be dangerous and even fatal, especially when they involve many vehicles colliding at once. From minor scratches to catastrophic brain damage, the resulting injuries may affect the course of your life, and require thousands of dollars in medical treatment.
Here are some of the most common injuries after a car accident:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Knee injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations and cuts
- Herniated discs
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injury
- Organ rupture
Understanding Car Accident Laws in California
Like many other states, California observes an “at fault” or tort-based legal system in automobile accidents. While most accident victims will file a claim with their insurance company after a crash, some may need additional compensation to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and other damages. In those instances, the victim can also choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Because there is only a 2-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, it’s important to act quickly on your car crash claim. The tort-based system also means that you will need to prove that the other driver was actually at fault in your accident, which can be difficult without the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
When Can I Recover Damages?
Although it may sound daunting to bring a personal injury suit and prove that the other driver was negligent, it can often be the best way to secure fair financial recovery for your mounting bills. In addition to your medical expenses and personal losses, you may also be able to pursue “non-economic” damages, to account for your pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
Additionally, the comparative fault laws in California allow plaintiffs to recover damages even if they are partially responsible for the accident. No matter if you are found to be negligent or not, you can still receive a portion of your requested compensation, which will be reduced by the percentage of your involvement. For example, if you were 30% at fault, you may still receive up to 70% of the amount claimed in your lawsuit.
When to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident
It's true, not every car accident demands that you hire a lawyer to represent you. For example, in a simple fender-bender with no injuries this may only require a very straightforward insurance claim which will cover any repairs to your vehicle and even provide you with a rental car while yours is repaired. However, not every car accident is this simple.
If you are involved in a car accident where you are injured, or where it's unclear who caused the accident in the first place, your insurance claim may become much more complicated, and it may become harder to obtain fair compensation for your damages. This is where an attorney can be helpful. Not only do insurance companies tend to take claims more seriously when the victim is represented by a lawyer, but they also tend to provide higher settlement amounts.
If your car accident resulted in any of the following, you should consider hiring a lawyer:
- Injuries to yourself or your passengers
- Disputes over who was at fault for the accident
- Missing significant amounts of work which resulted in a loss of income
- The insurance company refusing to fairly compensate you for your damages (i.e. "lowballing")
- You feel the insurance company is acting in bad faith
Powerful Legal Representation for Injury Victims
At Carichoff Law Group, P.C., we understand how painful and traumatic car accident injuries can be. Combining extensive legal experience and powerful resources, our Folsom auto accident lawyer Robert Carichoff can help you seek proper recovery for your injuries.
Taking the time to thoroughly investigate your claim, we’ll formulate a strong and aggressive case strategy that will maximize your chance of winning results. Equally capable of litigating in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, we’ll take your case through to its conclusion, and strive to secure a positive outcome.
To speak with our experienced team at Carichoff Law Group, P.C., just call (916) 471-6098 today.