During 2017, over 3,200 teen drivers were involved in fatal car accidents. Teen drivers are less experienced and may not be ready to handle the responsibility of driving a vehicle in all situations. They are less mature and may not have a fully developed ability to judge risks and consequences. For that reason, parents need to discuss dangerous driving behaviors with their teen drivers. Discussing the risks associated with poor driving decisions can help teen drivers avoid dangerous driving behaviors.
A recent report indicated that pedestrian deaths would hit a 28-year high in 2018. California is one of the states that have the highest number of pedestrian fatalities year after year. Many of the pedestrian deaths caused by motor vehicles are attributed to driver error. However, pedestrians must exercise caution too. Pedestrians do not always have the right of way. Even when a pedestrian does have the right of way, he or she can reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident by taking certain precautions.
Commercial truck drivers have a huge responsibility. Operating large trucks is not as simple as driving a car. Furthermore, large truck accidents generally result in horrific injuries and permanent disabilities for the victims. Truck driver errors are often the cause of commercial truck accidents in California.
Do you have questions about a car crash? It is natural to have many questions about a car crash, especially if this is the first experience with a traffic accident. A majority of the questions about car accidents concern filing an injury claim and receiving compensation for damages. Our Sacramento accident lawyers answer all your questions about car accident claims during a free consultation, including the three most company questions shown below.
Three Most Common Questions Asked About Car Accident Claims
Question One: How much is my car crash claim worth?
This question is typically one of the top three questions asked during every consultation. Traffic accidents result in a variety of damages, including financial losses, pain, and suffering. It is normal to want to know how much your claim is worth so that you know how much money you may receive to catch up bills, pay debts, and get back on your feet.
Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys are honest with clients. Giving you a figure during your first visit is not ethical. We need to investigate your case and carefully analyze all the factors to calculate the maximum value of your claim.
Furthermore, if you are still under the care of a doctor, we do not want to value your cause because your damages could be much more severe when you complete treatment. We want to know all the facts before calculating the value of your claim so that we can give you the best chance of recovering maximum compensation for all damages.
What we will do now is work with you closely to document each type of damage and loss to ensure we include all damages when calculating your claim.
Question Two: How long does it take to get my money after a car crash?
You do not receive compensation for a car crash until the claim is settled. A settlement might occur at any time after the car crash through the end of a trial. Once an injury claim is settled, you typically receive your portion of the settlement proceeds within 30 to 60 days. Of course, if the amount is set by a trial, a defendant can appeal the verdict, which would delay the receipt of the settlement until the appeal is resolved.
The important thing to remember is that you do not want to settle your car crash claim too early. Settling your injury claim before you complete medical treatment, have all the facts/information, or have a full understanding of the extent of your financial and physical damages could result in receiving a much lower settlement amount. Work with your attorney to determine the best timeline to use that gives you the best chance of an optimum result.
Question Three: What does it cost to hire an attorney for a car crash claim?
In most cases, our Sacramento personal injury lawyers accept car crash claims on a contingency fee basis. With a contingency fee, you do not pay upfront attorneys’ fees when you hire our law firm. Our attorneys’ fees are paid as a percentage of the money we recover for your injury claim. Therefore, if you are not paid, our attorneys’ fees are not paid.
A contingency fee agreement allows you to have the legal counsel, support, and aggressive advocacy of trained trial attorneys to help with your car crash case, regardless of whether you have the funds right now to hire a law firm. We believe all injury victims deserve to have legal help as they seek fair and just compensation for a car accident claim.
Contact a Sacramento Car Crash Attorney for More Information
You likely have many more questions about your car accident and injury claim. Instead of trusting an insurance adjuster who works for the insurance company, get advice from a trusted legal advocate who only works for injury victims like you.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California car crash attorneys.
Whiplash is a common soft tissue injury that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents. However, whiplash is also a common injury in premises liability cases (slip and fall accidents), sporting injuries, recreational activity accidents, workplace accidents, and physical assaults. Many cases of whiplash heal within a few weeks, but some whiplash victims experience long-term or chronic whiplash symptoms and complications.
Seeking medical treatment from an experienced physician and legal advice from a trusted Sacramento whiplash attorney can help protect your health and legal rights after sustaining a whiplash injury.
Common Whiplash Injury Signs and Symptoms
Whiplash injuries occur when your head is thrown suddenly in a backward-forward motion. The sudden motion extends the neck, causing the soft tissues to extend and potentially tear. The result can vary from minor pain to severe headaches and limited range of motions.
Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash injury include:
1. Neck Pain and/or Stiffness
2. Loss of Range of Motion
5. Shoulder, arm, and/or upper back pain and tenderness
If you experienced any of the above symptoms, it is a wise choice to see a doctor so that the doctor can confirm whiplash and evaluate the extent of the injury. Minor whiplash injuries may be treated at home with rest and time. Most severe whiplash injuries might require substantial medical treatment. Chronic or traumatic cases of whiplash might require braces, physical therapy, injections, or surgery. A medical provider is trained to evaluable, diagnose, and propose the correct treatment plan for whiplash.
Brain Injuries Associated with Whiplash
When the head is thrown backward and forward, neck injuries are common. However, brain injuries may also occur. A closed head injury occurs when the brain moves around within the skull because of a sudden motion. The soft brain tissue strikes the bony portions of the skull causing brain damage. The severity of the brain damage depends on the location of the damage and the level of damage.
Some symptoms after whiplash that could indicate a closed brain injury or traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ear
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of concentration
- Memory problems
- Mood swings and irritability
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
If a person experiences any symptoms that could also be associated with a brain injury or other injuries after a whiplash injury should see immediate medical attention. Also, victims whose symptoms persist or continue to worsen after a whiplash injury should see a doctor as soon as possible. Prompt medical attention can help prevent the development of serious complications and worsening conditions.
Whiplash Can Result in Long-Term Conditions
A whiplash injury can result in long-term impairments and disabilities. Some victims are unable to return to normal daily activities of living or return to a normal work schedule. The damages in a whiplash can be substantial. For that reason, you need an experienced Sacramento whiplash attorney to investigate your case, identify the cause of the whiplash, name the responsible parties, and seek full compensation of all damages.
Contact our Sacramento Whiplash Attorneys for Help
If you suffer from whiplash, let us help. Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to request your free consultation to discuss your accident and injury claim with a Sacramento whiplash attorney.