Who Is at Fault for My Orange County Car Accident?
If you want to seek compensation, someone else needs to be to blame for your crash. Even if you were partially responsible, you can still sue if the other party is more at fault than you were.
However, the answer to “who is at fault for my Orange County car accident?” can be rather complicated and often requires the assistance of an attorney to fully solve.
Tell Us About Your Accident
When you visit our office, we will ask questions to learn more about your accident, who was involved, and what may have happened. We also need to review the accident report, any available photographs, witness statements, the police report, and the scene of the crash. This will give us a preliminary idea of who is to blame.
For additional answers, we may conduct depositions, allowing us to ask the other party questions under oath prior to a trial.
Some Car Crash Cases Are Complicated
If only one other vehicle was involved in the crash, determining fault could be straightforward. It sometimes becomes a matter of assigning percentages of fault to you and the other driver. This is not true in more complicated cases, however:
- Truck Accidents – We need to analyze the relationship between the truck driver and trucking company to determine who can be held liable after a crash. If they were an independent contractor (or an employee of one) there are multiple layers of responsibility we will need to sort through.
- Rideshare Accidents – Drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft are contractors and not actual employees. To know who to sue, we need to determine exactly what the driver was doing at the time of the crash and how that relates to internal company policies.
- Multi-Car Accidents – When more than one vehicle is involved in a crash, a percentage of the fault is assigned to each driver.
- Single-Vehicle Accidents – Even if you were the only one in a wreck, other factors could be at play such as a faulty part, another driver who ran you off the road, or dangerous road conditions.
Dangerous roads are a common factor that can cause an accident. If they were present in any of the above scenarios, the government entity tasked with maintenance could be partially liable.
Manufacturers can also be to blame in many types of accidents. This is especially true if they produced a faulty or dangerous product, or have a known safety issue with a part in the vehicle.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
After identifying the negligent parties, we can file a claim against them. At this point, we will work to build a strong argument for negligence, why you deserve compensation, and how much you should receive.
We can help you get money for all of your financial expenses and non-economic damages that result from the crash:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Transportation costs
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment of life
Once the suit is filed, the other party may agree to settle the case. If not, we will represent you in court and help you to receive as much money as possible for your injury claim.