Legal Assistance for Injuries Received In a Motor Vehicle Accident
No two car accidents are alike. At best, they are a major inconvenience. At worst, they are horrible, traumatic, and even deadly. In both situations car accident attorney David Olan can do everything legally possible to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.
A non-fatal car crash can leave you with serious personal injuries for years. Even a car crash without serious personal injuries can leave you anxious and fearful for a long time. But an accident that results in a wrongful death is the worse, in respect to the shock and heartbreak to the survivors.
You can be involved in a car accident without even being in a car. Sometimes cars hit pedestrians or people riding bicycles or motorcycles, and sometimes pets are at risk. Cars can even go off the road and damage your private property – you’ve all seen the occasional news story of the car running into somebody’s house.
Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney
All accidents are costly, but for each the cost may vary depending on the:
- Serious Personal Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Property Damage
You may be facing medical bills, need therapy, adaptive equipment, a new or repaired vehicle. You may not be able to go back to work for a while. Or ever. If your injuries were terribly severe, you might need retraining or education for a new career.
Auto Accidents and the Law
In California, a negligent driver is responsible for whatever serious personal injuries and damages you suffer. California has something called comparative negligence. This means that the degree of responsibility is determined proportionally. The court decides what percentage each driver is at fault for the accident.
For example, you could be found 0 percent responsible for your car accident, and the other driver be found 100 percent responsible for your accident. Or, you could be considered 10 percent responsible for your accident and the other driver be held 90 percent responsible for the accident.
Even if a negligent driver is only 1 percent at fault for your injuries, he will be required by the court to pay 1 percent of your damages.
A driver may be found negligent in a motor vehicle accident for:
- Not paying attention
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Driving too fast
- Driving too slowly
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Being under the influence of alcohol
- Being under the influence of drugs (including prescription or over-the-counter medication)
- Reckless behavior
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
Seven Others Who May Have Influenced Your Auto Accident
Sometimes, the driver isn’t the only party responsible for your injuries in a car accident.
Depending upon the facts of your case, responsibility for that accident may have been caused by:
- The local, state, or federal government (for maintaining unsafe road conditions, for instance)
- The car manufacturer
- The car dealership or seller
- The car’s owner (if someone other than the driver)
- A passenger in the other driver’s car
- A passenger in your car
- A driver or pedestrian not hit in the accident
Liability is the Key
Figuring out exactly who is liable and to what degree they are liable, can mean a larger verdict or settlement for you.
David Olan has extensive experience in representing victims of auto accidents. He knows the insurance companies, and he knows the law. David Olan does not permit insurance companies to bully you.
Damages You Can Recover If you suffered the following, you may be eligible for compensation.
- Physical Injuries
- Emotional Distress
- A Wrongful Death
- Injury to or Loss of a Pet
- Medical Costs
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Loss of Financial Support
- Car Repair Costs
- Rental Car Expenses
- Other Property Damage
The Cost of a Car Accident Lawyer
In most situations, Olan Law takes car accident cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay no fees until the case is resolved.
In fact, it will cost you more in the long run if you don’t consult with a traffic accident attorney. Insurance companies – even yours – are not there to help you. They have an army of company attorneys ready to protect their interests against your claim.
Time Limits to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
If you or a family member are considering a car accident lawsuit, you need to contact David Olan at Olan Law as soon as possible. That’s best for you, best for the case, and best for your family.
If you don’t file your lawsuit by the deadline required, then you give up your Constitutional right to ever bring a car accident lawsuit. Contacting Olan Law as early as possible allows them to investigate the case and to assess who the liable parties are. Witnesses’ memories fade. Records get lost.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your or a family member’s car accident.
Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Outstanding Results*
$1.5 Million SETTLEMENT for serious personal injuries from a motorcycle accident. A motorcyclist and passenger were riding down a street in Ventura when the car in front of them made a U-turn. Both suffered serious personal injuries, including numerous fractures.
$1.4 Million MEDIATION in the wrongful death of a Palm Desert woman whose injuries in a motor vehicle accident were so severe that she died from them.
$1 Million VERDICT for a pedestrian who suffered serious personal injuries when hit by a car in a motor vehicle accident.
$640,000 ARBITRATION against Farmers Insurance in an uninsured motorist and insurance bad faith insurance case for serious personal injuries and subsequent surgery
$350,000 SETTLEMENT for a passenger in a car who suffered serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident.