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Though car accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States, most people never consider that it could happen to them or someone they love. When one does occur, the shock alone can be devastating, and the potential injuries make the situation seem all the more devastating. This can be a hard event to process, but thankfully there is a system in place to help you move forward and get the compensation you need from those responsible.

At Sachs Law, APC, our knowledgeable car accident attorneys in Orange County can help you through the aftermath of an auto accident. Our firm focuses exclusively on personal injury; we know how to investigate these cases, deal with the insurance companies, and evaluate the total value of your case so you can get the full compensation you deserve.

Here are some of the many reasons to trust Sachs Law, APC with your car accident case:

  • We are available 24/7
  • We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for our injured clients
  • We have handled thousands of cases
  • You don't pay unless we win

Initial consultations at our firm are offered at no charge. Call (949) 575-8744 to schedule yours.

Who is Liable After a Car Accident?

California law states that after a car accident the negligent party who caused the accident is the one held liable for any resulting damages. States that follow this law are referred to as “fault states.” California does acknowledge cases where more than one person is responsible for an accident, including the injured party. In these cases, California follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that even if you are partially responsible for the accident that led to your injuries you are still eligible to pursue compensation.

In fact, the “pure” in pure comparative negligence means that no matter how much fault you bear in the accident you can still file a claim. In all cases, however, your compensation will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you are determined to be responsible for. For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for the accident that led to your injuries the total compensation amount awarded to you will be reduced by 20% as well.

Causes of Car Accidents in Orange County

When someone is involved in a car accident, it can be easy to point fingers at the party you feel is responsible. And while you may not be wrong, there may be more factors involved when determining who can be held liable for the injuries sustained.

Unfortunately, the potential causes of car accidents are not widely known, so legal matters may get complicated. It’s important to understand how accidents can happen so if you need to take legal action, you can do so in an educated manner.

Car accidents in Orange County are frequently attributed to:

  • Acts of negligence by a driver: There are certain things a driver can do to be considered negligent when driving. Typically, these are acts that are also illegal such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving distracted, or driving recklessly. Reckless driving could include acts such as speeding or cutting through traffic. Distracted driving may be the result of cell phone use, or passengers who are doing things to directly cause the driver to swerve or otherwise drive in a negligent manner.
  • Product defects: One thing that people may not be aware of is the presence of a product defect. This means something on the vehicle failed resulting in the collision. For instance, if a driver attempts to brake while approaching a red light but the brakes fail, they would be unable to stop, potentially causing a rear-end or T-bone collision.
  • Road dangers: It’s not always the driver’s fault and there are times when specific dangers on the road can cause a serious accident. A pothole can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle or a missing traffic signal can cause serious confusion at an intersection. These types of accidents are not uncommon and it’s the person or entity responsible for road safety who should ensure everything is safe.

How You Can Prepare For Your Case

If you’ve never been involved in a car accident before, you may be wondering what you should do next. First and foremost, have yourself examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. Even if you do not think you sustained any serious damage, it is worth it to have a doctor look you over to be sure. Some injuries are internal and may not start causing you problems for days or weeks after the accident.

It is also important to get the details of the case straight. Write down everything you can remember as soon as possible. Taking pictures of the accident can also be helpful if you are able to do so. Any detail can make a difference in your case, so don’t be afraid to write down things that may seem trivial. You will have to prove that someone else was responsible for the accident to validate your claim. We can help you craft an argument for this and perform our own investigation, but anything you can tell us will help.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. It can cause severe pain and result in accruing medical bills, required physical therapy, and an extended recovery period. Whiplash occurs when a person is thrust forwards and backward by rapid acceleration and deceleration forces. The movement jolts the victim’s head and neck and can lead to severe injuries. Rear-end car collisions are the most common cause of whiplash. Whiplash injuries require medical attention and may lead to permanent damage.

Serious whiplash may result in:

  • Extreme neck pain
  • Strong headaches
  • Tingling or numbness that moves into the arms or hands
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Instability in the neck
  • Concussions
  • Spinal issues
  • Mental health issues including depression, insomnia, increased irritability or behavioral changes

Orange County Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

The statute of limitations in California to file a car accident claim is two years from the date of injury. This means you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you may lose your right to compensation. If, however, you want to file a claim for vehicle damages only you have three years from the date of the accident to do so.

Who Is At Fault in a Rear-End Collision?

If you are hit from behind on the road, chances are that the other driver is responsible for the accident. This is generally the case regardless of the reason that you stopped because drivers are responsible to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of them.

If you need to slam on your breaks to avoid an animal in the road or an item on the street, drivers behind you should have enough of a buffer to react accordingly.

There are exceptions to this rule, which are governed by the laws of comparative negligence. For example, if both of your brake lights were out in your car, you may be considered partially liable for the accident.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have Car Insurance?

In a perfect world, you would be able to collect the maximum amount of compensation you are owed from your insurance company or the other driver's insurance after a crash. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Insurance companies ultimately do not have your best interests at heart and are more concerned with protecting their bottom lines than providing you with a maximum payout. An attorney can help to ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies and maximize your chances of securing compensation for the full value of your losses.

I Have Already Received a Settlement Offer – Should I Take It?

No. If you receive a settlement offer from an insurance company quickly after a car accident, chances are good they are attempting to cheaply and quickly resolve your case and move on. A first offer from an insurance company almost always is lower than what you are truly owed. If you accept the offer, you will be unable to seek further compensation – even if you later discover that your losses are far greater than you initially realized. For this reason, you should always have an attorney review any insurance offer before you make a decision.

I Can't Work Because of My Injuries. How Can I Afford a Lawyer?

How you will pay for the services of an attorney is the last thing you need to worry about after a car accident. Sachs Law, APC takes on all car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that unless we win or settle your case, you pay nothing for our legal services. Your legal fees will be based on a percentage of the amount of compensation we recover on your behalf. We will cover all upfront costs to alleviate the financial burden during your recovery.

Contact Us Today For A Free Consultation

You do not have to go through this difficult time alone. At Sachs Law, APC, our Orange County auto accident attorneys provide our clients with dedicated assistance as they recover from their injuries and figure out what to do next. The last thing you should worry about while healing is dealing with an insurance company. We can speak to them so you don’t have to.

We handle many niche areas of auto accident claims, including:

Call our Orange County car accident lawyers today at (949) 575-8744 to schedule your free consultation. We also represent people in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, and Anaheim.

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