The idea of California as a big, beautiful state with a diversity of people, places to go and things to do has been repeatedly celebrated in classic songs and movies. In Escondido, as is the case all across the state, Californians spend a large part of each day in their cars getting to and from work and out and about enjoying life. When you think California, you think cars and the freedom they afford on the open roads.
Unfortunately, when lots of people are traveling at the same time for different reasons and in different conditions, accidents can and do happens, some proving fatal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,176 traffic fatalities in California in 2015. The causes of these fatal crashes varied, with almost one third involving alcohol-impaired drivers. The NHTSA statistics show that while fatal accidents can happen on freeways, thoroughfares and rural roads, the greater percentage occur in more densely populated urban areas and involve passenger cars. When drivers and passengers survive these car crashes, many do so with life-changing injuries and disabilities.
If you are involved in a car accident, you will most likely want to focus all of your attention on getting the physical and medical help you need to return to normal life, as rightfully you should. Unfortunately, you may have sustained severe injuries in the crash that keeps you off work for a period of time, or that are so damaging and disabling, you are no longer able to work at the level you did before the accident or not able to return to work at all. To maintain a reasonable standard of living in such a case, steps will need to be taken to recover your accident-related losses.
As soon as possible after your accident, it would be beneficial to begin investigating the conditions that caused it. Steps that should be immediately taken include examining and photographing the accident scene to preserve evidence that you may need later, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and beginning to establish who or what was at fault for the accident. A personal injury attorney might be able to assist you by focusing on helping to recover your losses while you attend to getting your life and health back on track.
When you are injured and suffer losses in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are actual monetary losses which can include the costs of emergency, medical and rehabilitative care, required daily living assistance, lost wages while you are unable to work, or loss of earning capacity when you can no longer work at jobs that paid as well as before the accident. Non-economic damages include non-monetary losses such as the reasonable value of pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Your personal injury attorney may be able to identify other economic and non-economic damages to which you may be entitled.
Once the accident has been thoroughly investigated, all responsible parties identified, and your present and future losses tabulated, you should be ready to attempt settlement of your case. Your personal injury attorney, through negotiations with the responsible party or parties, or their insurance companies, may be able to recover your losses without the need to go to court. However, if efforts to settle your case without going to court are not successful, your lawyer may choose to file a claim for you in civil court to seek recovery of your damages.
As a client of the experienced attorneys at El Dabe Law Firm, you will be provided with responsive and individualized attention and assistance to protect your legal right to recover your losses. We also make sure you are able to return to enjoying your California life as soon as possible by helping to get your car repaired and your accident-related bills paid. At El Dabe Law Firm, we have recovered over $20 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we work on a contingency basis, so you pay nothing until we settle or win your case.