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Riverside Car Accident Lawyer

Injuries from a car accident that wasn’t your fault shouldn’t leave you in dire financial straits. Seek the help of a Riverside car crash lawyer so you can obtain full compensation from the negligent party.

Are you ready to hold the person who caused your injuries accountable? At Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP, we are dedicated to helping car accident victims like you recover their losses and thrive in the face of disaster. Attempting to file a personal injury claim on your own is nearly impossible. You need to focus on your recovery.

A Riverside car accident lawyer from our firm will examine your case to establish the cause and fault of the crash and calculate what a fair compensation award would be for your personal injury claim. We can negotiate your claim with the involved insurers, and we will fight for you in the courtroom if that time comes.

Understanding Negligence in Riverside Auto Injury Claims

You’ve surely heard the term “negligence,” but you may not fully understand what it means. California negligence law states that, if someone hurts you through carelessness, he or she can be held legally responsible for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered. This is true of most all types of accidents—not just car wrecks.

With vehicle crashes, the law goes a little further because fault doesn’t always lie with only one party. You can actually sue any party found partly liable for your crash and any damages you’ve sustained. How do you hold at-fault parties accountable for a collision that injured you? You file a personal injury claim against them.

When you file your claim, you are likely filing it with the involved insurance companies; after all, that’s what insurance is there for. It’s meant to protect drivers from liability if they hurt someone in a vehicle collision.

Most of the time, a settlement agreement can be reached by negotiating with the involved insurance companies, but if the insurers refuse to give you full and fair compensation, the case may need to go to trial.

Common Causes of Riverside Car Accidents

Three of the most commonly seen causes of car crashes in Riverside point to the fault of the driver: distracted driving, drunk driving, and aggressive driving. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure he or she is engaging in safe driving practices to avoid putting the lives of others in danger.

When negligence is found to have played a role in the accident, you name the responsible party in your personal injury claim. The following is a look at types of driver-caused crashes:

Distracted Driving

One of the most frequent causes of accidents that involve driver negligence is distracted driving. The phenomenon of distracted driving has risen to infamy over the last decade or so as the prevalence of smartphones has grown.

Texting while driving is the most well-known distracted driving practice. California even implemented a law that bans cell phone use while driving unless you are using a hands-free device.

That’s not to say that using a cell phone while driving is the only form of distracted driving. Anything that takes your attention away from the road is considered a distraction. If the other driver was reaching for a beverage or snack, fiddling with a navigation system, or even having a lively conversation with passengers before your crash, he or she could be found liable due to distracted driving.

Drunk Driving

One of the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes in Riverside is drunk driving. Drunk driving or driving while under the influence of drugs is not only irresponsible and selfish, it’s illegal.

Drunk drivers seriously hurt or kill people every day by choosing to get behind the wheel when they are impaired. They will likely face criminal charges, including driving under the influence or manslaughter if there was a death, in addition to a hefty personal injury claim brought forward by one of our experienced Riverside car wreck attorneys.

Aggressive Driving

Another frequent cause of collisions is aggressive driving. Speeding, making illegal turns, running stop signs or red lights, following too closely, and road rage all contribute heavily to the countless car accidents that occur on a daily basis.

Others Who Could Be Liable for Your Vehicle Collision in Riverside

This doesn’t mean the driver is always to blame. Plenty of drivers understand their responsibility to drive safely and still end up in an accident. The following are some additional potentially liable parties in auto accidents:

  • Road Authorities – If your accident was caused by dangerous road conditions, such as potholes, faded lane markings, or faded signs, you could file a claim against the government agency responsible for that stretch of road.
  • Vehicle Parts Manufacturers – Sometimes, auto collisions aren’t the fault of the involved drivers at all. If your vehicle was poorly designed and one or more of its parts malfunctions, this could lead to a crash. You can sue the vehicle manufacturer to collect damages caused by the accident.
  • Vehicle Technicians – A mechanic or auto shop that worked on your car could have played a role in causing your Riverside car accident. If they made negligent mistakes, you can hold them financially accountable by filing an injury claim.

It will be up to your lawyer to investigate the evidence thoroughly so the correct person is named as liable in your claim for compensation.

Investigating Your Riverside Auto Crash

Now you understand what could cause an accident and who would be responsible, but how do you prove it? It’s difficult for an individual to prove a car crash claim without the help of an experienced vehicle wreck attorney.

Your attorney must investigate your crash and gather evidence to convince the insurance company and defendant that they owe you money or prove your case in court. Attorneys have the resources to hire accident scene experts, and we have the legal knowledge necessary to analyze all the evidence and put a strong case together.

Much goes into a vehicle wreck case, and your attorney will work hard to win yours. That way, you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Here are just some of the types of evidence your attorney will need to collect in order to prove you deserve compensation:

  • Video and photographic evidence
  • Reports from police and crash scene experts
  • Witness statements
  • Medical documentation and evidence
  • Mechanic reports
  • Your driving record and medical history
  • Documentation regarding how this crash has affected your life

The Insurance Company’s Shady Goals

We’re willing to bet that you were in shock when you got your initial denial letter from your insurance company. How could you be denied when someone else hit you? Insurance companies are notorious for denying policyholders’ claims seemingly without even reviewing the facts surrounding the case.

It’s important for you to know that the insurance adjuster isn’t your friend. Insurers do not have your best interests in mind and will even engage in questionable business practices to secure their companies’ profit margins.

We often hear of insurers asking for a statement after an accident. When you make this statement, it almost always comes back to bite you because the insurer twists your words to make you seem more at fault than you were.

Because California is a fault state that practices comparative negligence, the more blame that is placed on you, the less compensation you stand to receive. So, for example, if the insurance adjuster establishes that you were 30 percent at fault for the accident, you will only be paid 70 percent of your compensation winnings after your percentage of fault is subtracted.

Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you when you’re already down. A Riverside car collision lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP will not allow this to happen. We will display the truth about the insurers—that their only concern is money, not the circumstances of your case, what actually happened in your accident, and everything you’ve already been put through.

If you let your attorney speak with insurers on your behalf, we can protect you from accidentally saying the wrong thing and being held liable for an accident you didn’t cause. Insurance companies may also take claims more seriously when an attorney is in the picture.

Recovering Damages in Your Riverside Car Accident Claim

Injuries you suffered due to the negligence of another person are already having an impact on your life. Now, you’re expected to cover climbing medical expenses, household bills, groceries, and other “luxuries” like toiletries when you haven’t been cleared by your doctor to go back to work? Why should this burden be on you?

It shouldn’t. Your Riverside car accident claim will name the person responsible for your crash so he or she will have to cover your damages. Some of the things we will consider when determining your claim’s value will be the severity of your injuries and how they will impact your life. We will calculate a reasonable compensation request by examining your losses, which could include monetary and non-monetary damages.

Monetary damages are all the financial losses you’ve suffered because of your car crash. Non-monetary damages are the intangible hardships you’ve experienced due to your wreck, such as your physical pain and mental anguish.

Some of the losses you can request in a car crash injury claim include the following:

  • Lost wages and reduced earning potential
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Cost of prescription painkillers
  • Repair or replacement of your vehicle

In addition, Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP will even make sure to delay or cover those pesky medical costs until your claim is resolved. The aid of a car accident lawyer in Riverside could be the only way to ensure that you are awarded compensation that matches the severity of your injuries.

Riverside Car Accident FAQ

An auto injury lawyer from our firm would be happy to discuss your case with you during a free initial consultation. In the meantime, for the answers to common questions about car accident claims, see below.

Do I still have a case if I was in a single-car crash?

You might think there’s no one to blame for your single-car crash but you, but that’s not necessarily true. For instance, parts on your vehicle could have been faulty or recalled, which would fall on the vehicle manufacturer. In that case, you could have a case against the manufacturer.

What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?

Many auto insurance policies in California have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage in the event that the other driver is lacking the coverage needed to pay for your damages. When insurance isn’t a viable option for recovering damages, you can file directly against the at-fault driver.

How long do I have to file a claim?

When filing a personal injury claim, you will have two years from the date of the accident to seek compensation. Claims against the government only allow six months from the time of the accident. These deadlines are referred to as the statute of limitations.

Can I file a claim on behalf of my child?

You can absolutely file a claim on behalf of your child. Minors do not have the legal right to pursue damages, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t entitled to them.

How much does it cost to work with a lawyer?

Our firm utilizes what’s called a contingency fee. That means you won’t pay a cent unless we win your case. Then, the previously agreed-upon fee will come out of your winnings so you don’t have to worry about a bill surprising you later.

Reach Out to a Riverside Car Accident Attorney

When you’re ready to file a personal injury claim against the person or people responsible for your car crash injuries, contact the qualified and experienced team at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP. Trying to file a claim on your own is more than a hassle—it could actually prevent you from receiving compensation at all.

Our team of dedicated attorneys will do everything in our power to obtain the compensation you need to successfully recover your losses. From filing the initial claim paperwork, investigating your accident, and negotiating with insurance companies to taking your case to trial, we will work hard to see that you get the settlement you deserve.

You should be focused on healing from your injuries and moving on from this car crash. To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a Riverside car accident lawyer today, fill out our contact form below or give our office a call at 1-844-404-2400.