Most Personal Injury Accident Claims Involve Auto vs. Auto:
At Allegiance Law, our attorneys specialize in all types of personal injury accidents involving vehicles. Our personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of obtaining successful settlements and verdicts for our clients.
A personal injury accident is an accident where a person has been injured by the negligence of another. Common personal injury accidents include automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, and accidents caused by an underinsured or uninsured party. The most common vehicle accident is an auto vs. auto accident. Typically this is a rear-end collision, wherein a car crashes into the back of the vehicle in front of it.
Injuries resulting from a personal injury accident can range from “whiplash” type injuries to catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases. Allegiance Law attorneys are experienced in cases that involve a variety of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, back injuries, broken bones, dental injuries, jaw injuries, degloving injuries, knee injuries, neck injuries, hand injuries, finger injuries, rotator cuff injuries, eye injuries, torn ligament injuries, road rash, lacerations and hematomas.
What Should You Do and Not Do If You Are Involved In a Motor Vehicle Accident?
Suddenly being involved in an accident can be frightening. The first thing to do is to stay calm and follow these tips:
- Check yourself for injuries and inquire if any of your passengers or anyone else involved has been injured.
- Call 9-1-1, even if the accident is minor.
- If the accident is minor, move the vehicles to safety at the side of the road. Turn on your hazard lights.
- Do not make any statements to anyone at the scene, other than the police.
- Obtain the names, insurance information, and vehicle information from all parties involved.
- Take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved and of the accident site.
- Get contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Make notes about the facts of the accident while it is fresh in your mind.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Do NOT make any statements about the accident, unless it is to your insurance company or to the police. And, do NOT sign any documents before speaking with an attorney, unless it is for the police.
- Call our office.
What Is My Case Worth?
The goal of personal injury actions is to make the injured person “whole” through the award of money to compensate for injuries caused by the accident. The value of one’s claim is derived from both the economic and non-economic damages. These damages are known as special and general damages.
Allegiance Law attorneys will seek both special and general damages on your behalf. Special damages compensate the injured party for monetary expenses incurred due to the injury. This includes compensation for medical bills, cost of future medical care, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, property damage, and out-of-pocket expenses. General damages compensate the injured person for non-monetary damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and loss of consortium or companionship. Unlike special damages, the money value of general damages is less easy to quantify.
Be wary of a personal injury lawyer that overinflates the value of your claim or promises you enormous sums of money upon your first meeting. Determining the value of your case will involve such things as careful review of your medical records, review of your employment records if claiming a loss of income, thoughtful in-depth interviews with you and your family members, and likely consultation with medical and other experts.
Settlement vs. Lawsuit:
Not all personal injury attorneys are willing to file a lawsuit and to litigate your claim. Instead, some attorneys may insist on you accepting a quick settlement that may not reflect the true value of your claim. At Allegiance Law, our dedicated attorneys care about our clients and about the outcome of their claims. In many cases, our skillful attorneys can reach a fair settlement for you quickly and efficiently without the need for filing an action with the court. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys are experienced litigators that are not afraid to vehemently represent you in a personal injury lawsuit.
When Should You Contact A Lawyer?
Personal injury cases can be complex. While the most important aspect is the physical and emotional well-being of the injured person and their family, it is important to keep in mind that there are strict time limitations within which one must act in order to protect their legal rights in such matters. These time limits, called the statute of limitations, vary depending on the type of legal action and also vary by state.
With that in mind, it is never too early to consult with a seasoned personal injury attorney to understand your rights in pursing the matter against the negligent party. A reputable personal injury attorney will not pressure you to make important legal decisions right away. Instead she or he will advise you on important time limitations with regards to preserving your rights, will walk you through the entire legal process, and will help determine the value of your claim.
You may contact Allegiance Law, experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys, at (415) 404-6395. Or you may contact us by filling out the client inquiry form on this page.