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.
You are injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault. After receiving medical care and being out of work while you recover, you expect the insurance company for the at-fault driver to compensate you for your injuries and losses. However, you receive a letter from the insurance provider claiming that the value of your claim is one-half of the amount you believe you are entitled to receive. They refer to California’s comparative fault law as their reason for reducing the amount of your claim. Can they do that? What is comparative fault?
California’s Pure Comparative Fault Standard
Each state has enacted laws or has case law that defines the state’s standard for comparative fault or contributory negligence. The laws vary by state. Therefore, you should always discuss your case with an attorney before accepting anything an insurance company might tell you about comparative fault or contributory negligence.
California case law has established a pure comparative fault standard for use in cases involving negligence and injury. The theory behind comparative fault is that an individual’s compensation for an injury claim is based on the individual’s proportionate share of fault for the cause of the accident or injury. In other words, the more at-fault you are for the cause of the motorcycle accident, the less money you can receive for your damages.
Let’s assume that your motorcycle accident claim is worth $300,000. The insurance company claims that you are 50 percent at fault for the cause of the crash. Therefore, the amount of your compensation for the injury claim is reduced by 50 percent. The most you could receive in this case would be $150,000 (total value of the claim multiplied by 50 percent).
California’s pure comparative fault standard allows accident victims to recover compensation even if they are 99 percent responsible for the cause of the crash. Some states have a 50 percent or 51 percent bar for comparative fault claims. In those states, if the victim of an accident is more than 50 or 51 percent at fault (depending on the state), the victim is barred from receiving any compensation for the injury claim.
Blaming Bikers for Motorcycle Accidents
Some people believe that bikers are inherently reckless and dangerous. They assume all motorcyclists take too many chances when riding, always exceed safe speeds, and are reckless. Insurance companies often take advantage of these untrue, unfounded, and unfair stereotypes of motorcyclists to allege that a rider is responsible for the cause of a crash. In cases in which fault is difficult to prove, the insurance company may be successful in using this tactic with a jury.
Why would the insurance company use this tactic? Because they can reduce the amount they must pay to settle the claim under comparative fault standards. The more blame they can place on the biker for the cause of the motorcycle accident, the less money they must pay.
Contact a Sacramento Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
Our California personal injury lawyers understand insurance tactics, including the use of comparative fault to reduce the value of a valid injury claim. We stand with motorcyclists and fight for full compensation for all damages. Let us help you hold a reckless and negligent driver responsible for the pain, suffering, and financial losses you incurred because of a motorcycle crash.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Sacramento motorcycle accident attorneys.
It is a privilege to drive in California. A California’s driver’s license can be revoked or suspended by the state for traffic infractions and other offenses. All drivers assume a duty of care when they receive their driver’s license. They have a duty of care to operate their motor vehicle safely. They owe all others on the road a duty of care to avoid actions that could result in injuries and accidents. When a driver fails in this duty of care, the driver can lose his or her driver’s license, depending on the severity of the offense. The driver can also face criminal charges (i.e. DUI accidents) and civil liability.
Distracted Driving and a Driver’s Duty of Care
Distracted driving is a common cause of traffic accidents in California. Drivers who operate a motor vehicle while distracted are failing in their duty of care to operate a motor vehicle safely. When a driver is distracted, the driver cannot focus his or her full attention on the road. Therefore, the driver is placing others on the road at risk of injuries because the driver is increasing his or her risk of causing a traffic accident.
For example, the CDC states that a driver who reads or sends a text looks away from the road for the length of a football field when traveling at 55 mph. Any vehicles or individuals in the path of that vehicle are in serious danger because the driver is not paying attention to the road.
A driver operating a motor vehicle should have complete control of the vehicle at all times. Just a few seconds of distraction can result in a catastrophic car crash.
Consequences of Distracted Driving
The consequences of distracted driving can be serious and life-changing. Thousands of families lose loved ones each year in distracted driving accidents. Distracted drivers seriously injure thousands of individuals each year in the United States.
Common injuries caused by distracted drivers include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Head and brain injuries, including TBIs, concussions, and skull fractures
- Back injuries, including disc fractures and ruptured discs
- Shoulder and neck injuries, including whiplash
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lacerations, scarring, and disfigurement
- Amputations and loss of bodily functions
- Soft tissue injuries
- Seatbelt injuries and airbag injuries
- Emotional and mental anguish, including depression, PTSD, and anxiety
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
Distracted driving also results in financial losses, in addition to the physical and emotional pain caused by crashes. Victims of distracted drivers incur medical expenses, personal care costs, loss of income, and other financial damages. Even with disability insurance and health insurance, an accident victim can incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses because of a distracted driver.
How Can a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney Help?
It can be difficult to prove that a driver was distracted at the time of a crash. A car accident lawyer can investigate the cause of the crash to gather evidence to prove that the distracted driver was responsible for causing the collision. An attorney can subpoena cell phone records and other information that can help prove the driver was distracted. A Sacramento car accident lawyer can also gather other evidence that proves the car crash was not your fault.
In addition, our legal team works with you to carefully document your financial losses and other damages for your injury claim. Carefully documenting your damages increases the chance you recover a fair amount for your car accident claim.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our California distracted driving accident attorneys.
Large trucks are an important aspect of commerce in the United States. Semi-trucks are efficient ways to transport goods across the state and across the nation. However, sharing the road with these vehicles can be dangerous. Traffic accidents involving large trucks can result in catastrophic injuries for drivers and passengers of other vehicles.
You cannot control a truck driver’s actions, just like you cannot control all other factors that might be involved in causing a truck accident. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of being involved in a large truck accident.
Tips for Avoiding Sacramento Truck Accidents
Six tips to remember when sharing the road with large trucks are:
1. Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spots
An 18-wheeler has large blind spots. Driving in a truck’s blind spot increases your risk of an accident because the truck driver cannot see your vehicle. Learn more about a truck’s blind spots online from the FMCSA.
2. Always Use Turn Signals
It is a good driving habit to always use your turn signals to let other drivers know your intention. However, it is essential when sharing the road with large trucks. Large trucks need additional time to slow down and stop. By using your turn signals, you give a truck driver additional time to slow down and stop if necessary.
3. Lower Your Bright Lights
High beams affect truck drivers just like they do other drivers. Even though a commercial truck is higher and longer than a passenger vehicle, your bright lights can still distract and temporarily blind a truck driver when the high beams hit the truck’s side mirrors. Temporarily blinding a truck driver with your high beams can have catastrophic results.
4. Don’t Drive While Distracted
Distracted driving can increase your risk of a traffic accident in any situation. However, being distracted around large trucks can be deadly. Large truck crashes cause traumatic injuries that can result in life-altering conditions, including paralysis and traumatic brain injuries. Always remain alert when driving near large trucks to give yourself as much time as possible to adjust your driving if necessary to avoid a collision.
5. Use Caution When Merging
When passing a truck or merging into a lane in front of a truck, always allow more room between the truck and your vehicle than you would normally allow for passenger vehicles. A truck driver cannot see your vehicle if you are in the truck’s front blind spot. Also, the truck driver cannot stop or slow down quickly if you dart in front of the truck and slow down.
Whenever possible, approach the truck from the left side. It is much easier for a truck driver to see you if you approach the truck from the left.
6. Allow Room for Large Trucks to Turn
Large trucks need additional room to turn, especially when making right-hand turns. Never attempt to sneak past a commercial truck that is turning. Wait until the driver completes the turn, and the truck is in the new lane before proceeding around a large truck.
Contact a Sacramento Truck Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review
If you are injured in a large truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident attorney to help you with your injury claim. Our Sacramento truck accident lawyers understand the complex nature of personal injury claims involving commercial vehicles.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California truck accident attorneys.