Carlsbad Auto Accident Lawyer
Equipping You With The Knowledge You Need After An Auto Accident
An automobile accident can take an overwhelming toll on you and your family. Injury, medical costs and a damaged car can leave you physically, mentally and financially drained. When that happens, you need to know where to find the right resources to make sure you and your family are taken care of.
I am experienced Carlsbad auto accident lawyer Jared Pursley and dedicate my practice to helping individuals recover for all types of personal injuries, including those from serious car accidents.
Regardless of the situation, hiring an attorney to help with a legal issue can be overwhelming. At my firm, my ultimate mission is to empower my clients. I make sure my clients understand the law and their legal options so they can make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
The Importance Of Getting An Advocate On Your Side
Insurance companies are involved with most car accident claims. Sadly, many will do everything in their power to minimize the compensation they pay to victims. Seeking the advice of an attorney who can advocate for your rights and make sure you are not being undervalued by the insurance companies is extremely important.
Possible Compensation Options
In the state of California, personal injury victims can recover a wide range of expenses related to their car crash, including, but not limited to:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, hospital stays, physical therapy and medical devices
- Lost wages or earnings
- Loss of the use of property (such as rental car costs)
- Costs of replacement services (such as child care or housekeeping)
- Pain and suffering
California Car Accidents FAQ
Who has to pay when an auto accident occurs in California?
California is an at-fault state. The driver who caused the accident is legally responsible for injuries and property damage suffered by the victim(s). Compensation is paid by the at-fault driver’s car insurance. However, without a lawyer, it is tough to get a full and fair settlement from the other driver’s insurance company.
What if the at-fault driver has no insurance or low coverage? Your own auto insurance kicks in to cover some or all of your losses if you have uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage on your policy.
What types of compensation can I recover for my auto accident injuries?
It depends on the actual harm you have suffered. Economic damages refers to medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of projected earnings and property damage. Noneconomic damages might include pain and suffering, loss of consortium (marital relations), diminished quality of life and compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement.
Can I still recover compensation if I caused or contributed to my accident?
This is a common scenario. California is a pure comparative negligence state. Yes, you can still be compensated if you were partly at fault, but your compensation is reduced accordingly. For example, if your damages are calculated at $200,000 but you are deemed 25% at fault, you could only recover $150,000. Theoretically, you could be compensated even at 99% fault, though 1% compensation would not add up to much.
If I wasn’t seriously hurt, should I still see a doctor?
Yes. Many injuries are not apparent at first or may develop days or weeks after the crash. For example, concussion symptoms may be delayed, or a “sore neck” might actually be a fractured vertebra. A doctor can rule out serious injuries for peace of mind or prevent significant injuries from getting worse. It also helps your personal injury case when your medical records show prompt treatment and a clear connection to the accident.
An Attorney Who Knows The Law
These are just a general list of what you can possibly recover from your auto accident in California. As an experienced attorney with extensive knowledge in this area of law, I can help you identify all possible compensation options to pursue in order to ensure you receive what you are entitled to under the law.
Call My Office Today To Learn More
Whether it is negotiating on your behalf or fighting in court, I am here to represent your best interests. Call my office in Carlsbad at 760-678-1884 today. You can also email me.