Walnut Creek Car Accident Lawyers

car-accidentIf you were injured in a car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation if another driver caused the wreck. A personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and disfigurement or scarring. An experienced Walnut Creek car accident attorney can help you with the process, starting with a free consultation.

The Appel Law Firm LLP is dedicated to helping individuals in the San Francisco/East Bay area who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and other types of accidents. If you choose to work with our law firm, we will aggressively advocate for your rights, helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle

Our law firm represents Californians who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents, including:

Each of our personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits start with a free case evaluation, where we meet with prospective clients and explain their legal rights and options for pursuing a claim. If a car accident victim decides to hire us, then we begin the investigation process.

Our firm begins an investigation into the facts of an auto accident immediately. We take photographs of the vehicles and the scene, track down and get statements from witnesses, and obtain police reports. If necessary, we will hire an accident reconstruction expert to establish how the crash happened — and your right to compensation.

After determining what happened, our next step is to analyze the case against California’s personal injury law to build a strong claim. We use our experience and knowledge to develop a demand for compensation, working with experts to put a value on items such as reduced earning capacity or loss of enjoyment of life. Throughout the process, we communicate with our clients to ensure that they know what is happening and advise them of their options for resolving the case.

Determining Fault in a California Car Accident Case

Personal injury cases are based on a theory of negligence, which is the failure to exercise reasonable care. To obtain a favorable car accident verdict, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. If you can do that, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the losses that you suffered.

There are four basic elements of negligence:

  1. Duty: the at-fault driver (defendant) owed the victim (plaintiff) a duty of care;
  2. Breach: the defendant breached or violated that duty of care;
  3. Causation: The defendant’s breach was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s injuries; and
  4. Damages: the plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the accident.

All drivers in California owe others on the road a duty to use reasonable care when they operate a vehicle. This duty encompasses basic tasks, like looking out for other vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles, as well as following California’s Motor Vehicle Code. 

In some cases, fault is clear, such as if a driver slams into another vehicle while texting and driving — which is against the law in California. However, in other cases, it may be difficult to determine who was negligent. This may happen in multi-vehicle car crashes or where the other driver argues that the victim was responsible for the accident, too.

If more than one driver was to blame for an accident, both may be able to recover for their damages. Under California’s comparative fault rule, if both drivers share some of the fault, an injured driver can still get damages. In this situation, the amount of damages that they recover may be reduced by the percentage that they were at fault.

For example, one driver was speeding before rear-ending another vehicle, but the other driver had braked suddenly because they were distracted by their kids fighting in the back seat. The first driver is deemed to be 60% at fault for the accident, while the second driver is assigned 40% of the blame. If the second driver has $100,000 in losses, then their total recovery will be reduced by 40% ($40,000) to $60,000.

Comparative fault is just one way that California auto accident cases can be complicated. If you have been injured in any type of car crash, working with a Walnut Creek car accident attorney can help ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. We will take on the insurance company and their lawyers for you.

What To Do After a Car Accident

Car accident victims have much to consider, including the severity of their injuries, how the crash might impact them financially, how they’ll get their vehicle repaired, and more. Learning more about what you should do after an accident before you’re ever involved in a crash can help you protect your rights as a victim and limit the long-term personal inconvenience and expense.

If you’ve been in a car accident:

  • Seek medical treatment if you are obviously or even possibly injured. Let the care team know that you were injured in an automobile accident.
  • Notify the police of the accident and provide any documentation they request, including registration, proof of insurance, and your driver’s license. Share only the facts.
  • Ask the other driver for the insurance information and contact information. Even if the police have this information, ensure you have a copy as well.
  • Notify your insurance company.
  • Visit with a personal injury attorney as early as possible to make sure the at-fault driver’s insurance company compensates you appropriately for your losses, including vehicle damage, medical bills, personal suffering, time away from work, and more.

When researching law firms, you may have a difficult time choosing the best car accident lawyer for your case. At Appel Law Firm LLP, we offer:

Personalized Service: We only accept as many clients as our firm can personally represent. You will never become a forgotten file buried 200 deep on someone’s desk.

Reputation: Some law firms shy away from jury trials. We don’t. Although the majority of our car accident claims settle, our reputation for aggressive litigation provides our clients with an important bargaining chip to get full compensation through an insurance settlement.

Experience: We have decades of experience and the financial resources needed to ensure your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you’re entitled to for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, we encourage you to reach out to our firm today for top-notch service and a history of excellent results for our clients.

The Path To Compensation Starts Here

After a car accident, you may be stressed and overwhelmed by medical expenses, lost wages, and your own pain and trauma. Our law firm will help to ease some of these burdens so that you can focus on your recovery. We will provide a realistic road map for your case so that you know what to expect, and work hard to get you the best possible outcome.

At Appel Law Firm LLP, we are experienced personal injury attorneys and we have the legal knowledge, negotiation know-how, and trial skills to get our clients and their loved ones top dollar for their losses. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us at 925-938-2000 or email us at any time.