Being involved in a car accident can be a jarring experience, both literally, financially, and emotionally. Following a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may feel anxious about your future, stressed about your finances, and unsure of what steps you need to take. Having an experienced Fullerton, CA car accident attorney from Russell & Lazarus can ease your mind about your injuries, your finances, and your future.
We will take the weight from your shoulders, allowing you time to heal from your injuries. We are different from many other law firms in that we make each and every client a priority. We truly care about your medical status, as well as your financial future.
When you hire Russell & Lazarus, you will have a law firm that:
At Russell & Lazarus, we will help you obtain the medical treatment you need, as well as help you figure out how to pay those expenses or other expenses associated with time away from work. We even help our clients with monetary advances, transportation needs, and rental car reimbursements when needed. Contact us right now for a 100% free consultation.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, traffic fatalities in the state decreased by 5.1 percent from 2018 to 2019. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities also decreased by 4.5 percent during the same time. More Californians are regularly buckling up, resulting in a decrease in unrestrained passenger vehicle fatalities. Motorcycle fatalities decreased by almost ten percent, and teen motor vehicle fatalities decreased by 25.2 percent.
All these statistics sound like good news for California drivers, but, unfortunately, there were still 17,722 auto collisions in 2019 in Orange County alone. About 1,764 of these involved alcohol, 848 involved motorcycles, and 731 involved bicycles. Excess speed was involved in 4,446 of these crashes, 1,527 of the collisions occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., and there were 967 hit and run accidents.
Distracted driving has quickly moved up the list as a primary cause of car accidents. According to Together for Safer Roads, while most drivers feel entirely comfortable taking their eyes off the road for 2-3 seconds, a car can travel the length of a football field in 5 seconds at 55 mph. “Officially,” more than 3,000 Americans die each year from distracted drivers, but unofficially, experts estimate the number is closer to 20,000, with thousands more non-fatal accidents caused by distracted driving.
Most of those involved in an auto accident do not want to admit they were engaging in a distracted driving behavior at the time of their accident, so the true numbers are elusive. Automotive Fleet Magazine stated that, “distracted drivers will, on average, only see and recognize 50 percent of the cars on the road with them.” Some of the most common types of distracted driving behaviors include eating entire meals while driving, talking on cell phones, texting, or reading texts, changing car controls, talking to passengers, turning around to see what the children are doing in the back seat, or simply “zoning out,” while driving.
Other common causes of auto accidents include:
Along with the more minor injuries, including scrapes and bruises, bone fractures, knee injuries, and soft tissue injuries like whiplash, car accidents can also cause much more serious injuries such as:
The damages you can expect following your Fullerton, CA car accident will depend on the specific type of car accident and the extent of your injuries. You will likely be entitled to the following:
When you file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company, you have the burden of proof in establishing that the other driver was at fault. You will first need to show that the driver had a duty of care. In the case of car accidents, this is easy to prove. All drivers have a duty of care to other drivers on the road, meaning they must drive safely and follow all traffic laws and rules of the road. Next, it must be shown the driver was driving in a negligent manner, therefore, breached his or her duty of care. That breach of duty must have directly caused the car accident, and there must be injuries with clear damages as a result.
How long your car accident claim will take depends entirely on the facts surrounding your claim. Your Fullerton, CA car accident attorney will first attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. These negotiations can go back and forth for weeks, possibly even months, but when your attorney determines the negotiations will not lead to a fair settlement for you, he or she will file a lawsuit against the defendant. In many cases, simply filing a lawsuit will make the insurance company offer an equitable settlement, but if not, the case will go to trial. This could end up taking a year, even two, or longer, in more complex cases.
If your attorney reaches a settlement with the insurance company and you agree to the settlement, it can take about sixty days for you to receive your check. In the same vein, if your case goes to trial, once the jury reaches a verdict, it will also take approximately sixty to ninety days for you to receive your settlement check. These are approximate dates, your check could come earlier or later than that, however, sixty days is the average time.
The single most important thing you can do following a car accident is to contact an experienced Russell & Lazarus attorney. We have a 95 percent success rate, allowing you to feel confident in our ability to obtain a successful outcome for your claim. We are laser-focused on pursuing compensation for those injured due to another’s negligence and because we want you—and every client—to receive highly individualized treatment, we are selective about accepting clients. At Russell & Lazarus, we will ensure your personal injury claim is a constant priority—because your financial future and your health truly are priorities at Russell & Lazarus. Contact the law firm of Russell & Lazarus today for your free case review!