Rear-end car accidents are often referred to as “fender benders” or “minor bump ups” by insurance claims adjusters. However, there is nothing “minor” about a rear-end crash. Rear-end car accidents can cause severe injuries for vehicle occupants and significant property damage to vehicles. A California car accident attorney with the Tiemann Law Firm can help you file and settle an insurance claim for property damage and personal injury after a rear-end accident.
California requires all drivers to provide proof of financial responsibility for vehicles operated within the state. Most individuals purchase car insurance coverage to meet the requirements for financial responsibility. The state has set minimum coverage amounts for liability insurance that each driver must purchase.
California wildfires cause billions of dollars in damages and losses. The full extent of the damage caused by the Camp Fire that has consumed thousands of acres of land, homes, businesses, and personal property will not be known for a long time. Victims will have long-term losses as they struggle to secure housing, replace personal items, find jobs, and pay bills. For the victims who suffered physical injuries, the pain, suffering, and medical expenses may continue for many years or the rest of their lives.
It is important for survivors of the Butte County Camp Fire to take steps to protect their rights to recover compensation for their losses. Our Northern California Wildfire attorneys are providing support, guidance, and practical advice about how to file insurance claims and liability claims to recover compensation for losses.
Compensation for Damages and Losses After a Northern California Wildfire
You may receive substantial compensation for your losses and damages as a survivor of the Camp Fire. Examples of damages and losses that you may receive compensation for by filing an insurance claim or a liability claim include:
- Loss or damage to your personal home, rental property, or other structures on your land
- Loss or damage to personal property, including vehicles, furniture, clothing, jewelry, photographs, etc.
- Physical injuries and loss of life
- Loss of business assets and loss of business income because of an interruption to business
- Damage to and loss of agricultural products and property
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Expenses related to relocation
- Loss of surrounding trees and vegetation
The above list is not an exhaustive list of all losses and damages incurred by survivors of the Butte County Camp Fire. Our Northern California wildfire attorneys assist you in documenting your losses and damages. We guide you through the process of identifying all damages to maximize the value of your insurance claim or liability claim.
What Should You Do if You are a Butte Camp Fire Survivor?
If the Camp Fire has impacted you, there are some things you should prioritize as you continue to recover from the devastating consequences of the wildfires. Secure housing for yourself and your family so that you can take care of your immediate needs. You should see a physician as soon as possible if you are physically injured or need help with emotional issues.
Practical steps to remember:
- Register with FEMA and other agencies to receive relief information and assistance.
- Secure a post office box and have all mail forwarded to the PO Box.
- Contact your insurance providers to file a claim and receive emergency benefits.
- Save all receipts and documentation related to expenses and losses.
- If you are allowed to return home, make videos and take photographs before making any repairs or removing any property.
- Contact a Northern California Wildfire attorney to discuss steps to protect legal rights.
Call Now For Your Free Case Review
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to speak with an attorney. You do not need to navigate a wildfire insurance claim or liability claim against a third party alone. We are here for you and your family.
As of November 18, 2018, The Butte County Camp Fire is only 60 percent contained. The wildfire has burned roughly 149,500 acres and destroyed 12,794 structures, including homes and businesses. Seventy-seven (77) people are confirmed dead, and 1,276 people are missing. Unfortunately, these statistics change each day until the fire is fully contained. It could be weeks or months before we know the true devastation caused by the Camp Fire. Who is responsible for these damages and losses?
PG&E’s Alleged Responsibility
for the Camp Fire
Last year, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) was responsible for causing 17 wildfires, according to investigations by Cal Fire. At this time, Cal Fire has not released any information about the cause of the Camp Fire. The department continues to investigate the cause of the fire. However, numerous reports allege PG&E may be responsible for causing the Camp Fire currently raging in Butte County.
PG&E has submitted an incident report stating that it experienced a problem with its high voltage line near Pulga. Within a few minutes of the report, Cal Fire received reports of a fire in the same area. That fire is now the Camp Fire that has devastated Paradise, Concow, Magalia, and other surrounding areas. A second incident report has also been filed stating that PG&E also had a problem with a high voltage line near Concow the same morning.
Even though Cal Fire has confirmed they are conducting investigations in the areas involved in both reports, it has not released any further information about the investigation. PG&E confirmed that the company is cooperating with Cal Fire including the department’s collection of equipment related to the investigation.
In addition to the incident reports, the owner of Pulga reportedly received an email from PG&E the day before the fire. The email allegedly said that PG&E would be on her property to check lines because “they were having problems with sparks.” The owner is not aware of what the utility company may have done while on her property working on the lines or checking the equipment.
Monitoring the Developments
in the Camp Fire Investigation
Our Northern California wildfire attorneys are carefully monitoring the developments in the fire investigation. As more information is available, we will update our information. Lawsuits are already being filed against PG&E by some of the victims of the Camp Fire.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or incurred damages because of the fires in Butte County, we encourage you to contact our office for a free case review. Individuals and families who have been impacted by the Camp Fire may be entitled to compensation for their losses. However, you must file a claim and take steps to protect your legal rights.
Call Now for Your Free Appointment
with a Fire Camp Claims Attorney
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Butte Camp Fire attorneys. We want to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your losses and damages, so that you can continue to rebuild and recover after a devastating wildfire.
With over a million people calling Sacramento County home and hundreds of thousands of people visiting Sacramento County each year, the rental car industry is very busy. It is likely that you share the road each day with several rental cars, especially if you travel near airports, train stations, hotels, resorts, and tourist attractions. Unfortunately, a recent study claims that rental car drivers can be more aggressive, more inattentive, and display poor driving skills.
Because you could be in an accident involving a rental car, it is a good idea to understand what to do after a rental car accident.
Report the accident to the police and request assistance. Do not let the driver talk you out of reporting the accident. Accident claims involving rental cars can be complex. You need to have documentation that the accident occurred. In addition, the police report might also implicate the other driver in the cause of the accident, which could help you with your claim.
Are you injured?
You need to determine whether you need emergency medical services. If you believe you may be injured, it is best to seek medical services immediately. Documenting your injuries after a car accident is crucial. A delay in treatment may create problems with your insurance claim.
Ask for information.
In addition to the typical information you ask for after any traffic accident (name, driver’s license number, tag number, insurance information, etc.) you need to ask the driver to provide you with the rental car information. Make sure that you get the name of the rental car company, the name of the person who rented the vehicle, and the contact number for the rental car agency.
Document the damage.
Make sure to take photographs and make pictures of the accident scene and each vehicle involved. Pay special attention to the damage to each vehicle, skid marks, and any traffic signs or signals.
Report the claim to the insurance company.
In most cases, the driver’s car insurance covers accidents when the person is driving a rental vehicle. However, this is not always the case. In a rental car accident claim, you may have multiple insurance companies involved in the accident claim.
For instance, the driver’s car insurance provider may be the primary source of compensation. However, you could also have a claim against an insurance provider for the rental car company if the driver opted to purchase insurance coverage when he rented the vehicle. You may also have a claim against your insurance provider for an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim.
Therefore, you need to place all insurance companies on notice of a potential claim. However, you must be incredibly careful when dealing with an insurance company, even your own insurance provider. Insurance companies take measures to reduce their liability for a claim. You do not want to make a mistake that could reduce the money you receive for your claim. Working with an experienced Sacramento rental car accident attorney is strongly recommended.