Rancho Calaveras Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
Founded in the 1960s, Rancho Calaveras is a census-designated place with a population of a little over 5,000. When it first sprung into existence, Rancho Calaveras was the largest subdivision in California. Although it has lost that title, it is still a highly-desirable suburban community that attracts families and single people looking to get away from the city.
Unlike other communities, Rancho Calaveras remains affordable, with a median home value of $228,000—not bad for California, though above the national average. The vast majority of people own their own homes and can be seen driving their children around to school and soccer practice.Car Accidents in Rancho Calaveras
Because the community has few highways, many people wrongly believe that car accidents don’t happen in Rancho Calaveras. But residents here know otherwise. Rural areas like this can encourage some drivers to engage in risky behavior—speeding, illegally passing, or tailgating. This reckless behavior can cause accidents in Rancho Calaveras just as it can anywhere else in California.
The state’s accident statistics bear this out. For Calaveras County as a whole, we see over 300 car accident injuries and fatalities every year. These accidents leave victims in a lot of pain and often unable to work. Many of my Rancho Calaveras clients suffer brain injuries, back injuries, and nerve damage, which is very hard to recover from. If you’ve been in an accident, you need a Rancho Calaveras auto accident attorney.Types of Cases We Take
We handle major accident cases, the kinds that result in serious injuries. We’ve found over the past years that few Rancho Calaveras personal injury lawyers are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation when a client is severely injured. So there was a real need for someone to develop the experience standing up to California’s large insurance companies. I’ve filled that need for nearly 40 years.
Because we take major accident cases, we handle mostly those that involve broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and major burns. These cases require the closest attention because insurance adjusters know that so much money is in play. You can expect an insurer to aggressively defend their insured in these situations, so you need a lawyer who is prepared.
In terms of accidents, we have experience with the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Pedestrian accident
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability claims
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Dog bite claims
These cases make up the bulk of our practice, so we are well-informed about the law.What Should I Do After an Accident?
Accidents are scary. There are no two ways about that. One moment everything is fine, and the next you are on the floor writhing in pain or in an overturned vehicle badly shaken. We’ve found that some clients, unfortunately, make mistakes in the aftermath of an accident that can cause them to lose out on necessary compensation.
Here’s a list of critical steps to take:
- Protect your health. Make sure you are okay immediately after an accident. If something is broken or you feel terrible, ask for help calling emergency services. You’ll need an ambulance to pick you up.
- Check on others involved. Go to the cars involved in the crash and ask if anyone needs immediate medical attention. Call an ambulance if they do.
- Call the police. An officer needs to come out to the scene and write up a police report. The insurance companies want to see a report, and you need to report accidents that cause bodily injuries or $1,000 in damage anyway.
- Get pictures of the accident. Take photos of the cars involved, any debris, any skid marks, etc. Try to get a picture before you move the vehicles to the side of the road. Pictures can help establish fault for the accident. Use your smartphone.
- Swap insurance information. You’ll need information for all drivers involved in the crash. If you fell in a store, you can get this information later.
- Don’t admit fault. Don’t apologize or say anything that someone can construe as you admitting fault for the accident. Instead, wait patiently for the cop to arrive.
- Get a copy of the police report. If the officer doesn't give you one, ask for the police report number so you can get one later.
- Go to the hospital. You really don’t know how serious your injuries are and you need a doctor to check you out.
Also, remember to call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the accident. They can work with the insurers for other drivers to work out who is at fault. Avoid delay, but remember not to share too much information. Some insurers will try to minimize your damages so that they don’t have to pay out any compensation.Is a Lawyer Really Helpful?
Yes. And I don’t just say that because I’m a lawyer. For nearly four decades I’ve seen how the insurance system is stacked against injured victims. The worse your injuries, the harder time you will have to get full compensation. Did your car only suffer a scratch? Then an insurer will probably pay out a claim for property damage pretty quickly. But did you suffer broken bones and a concussion? Then expect a struggle getting full compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Based on my experience, I can advocate effectively for you, increasing the amount of money that my client receives. I’ll shoulder all the heavyweight, allowing you to focus on your recovery.Can I Afford You?
Yes. I’m proud to represent clients on contingency. Under my plan, you won’t pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case for you. After that point, we take a percentage of your settlement, which we will have agreed to beforehand. Then you keep the rest.
Contingency fee agreements make experience law firms (like mine) available to injured victims who do not have a lot of money available upfront. I also have an incentive not to take your case unless I think it has enough merit to win. It’s an arrangement that works for everyone—ask any of my thousands of happy clients.
The video below explains further how you can select the right lawyer for your case.What Information Do You Need?
To understand whether you have a case, I need to know:
- The full extent of your injuries.
- How much your injuries have currently cost you in medical care and lost wages.
- How the injuries are affecting your life—can you sleep? Spend time with family? Are you depressed?
- What you’ve said to any insurance company.
- Any documents your insurer or another insurer has sent you.
- A copy of the police report (ideally).
- Information about your insurance policies, such as whether you have underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage.
With this information in hand, I can analyze whether you have a legal claim. I can also better know whether you were involved in a major type of accident that I focus my practice on. If not, I’ll be happy to refer you to another Rancho Calaveras car accident lawyer who can help.Rancho Calaveras Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Rancho Calaveras personal injury attorney. Car accidents and other personal injury accidents are what I do. If you or a loved one has been injured, please pick up the phone and give me a call, 209.227.1931 or 800.404.5400. I offer free, friendly, and fair advice to anyone in distress who needs legal help. You can also reach me online by filling out a contact form.
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