Rancho Cordova Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
Incorporated in 2003 and named after Cordova Vineyard, Rancho Cordova is home to many healthcare and other employers. Over 50,000 people commute to the area just for work.
Unfortunately, drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents often discover that the responsible party has their own best interests in mind. If you suffered serious injuries in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our law firm at (916) 921-6400 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Rancho Cordova personal injury lawyers today.Most Dangerous Roads in the Rancho Cordova Area
Motor vehicle collisions of all types occur in the City of Rancho Cordova. Highway 50 passes through this area, a heavily trafficked route for trucks and big rigs. Sometimes auto accidents occur on the on-ramps and off-ramps to U.S. Route 50. These include:
- Aerojet Road
- Bradshaw Road
- Mather Field Road
- Sunrise Blvd
- Zinfandel Drive
Other major roads in Rancho Cordova include:
- Coloma Road
- Folsom Blvd
- International Drive
- Mather Field Road
- White Rock Road
Our personal injury attorneys at AutoAccident.com serve clients in Rancho Cordova, California, and work hard to secure maximum compensation on behalf of those we represent. We also work with injured people on construction sites, bit by dogs, or who need assistance obtaining workers' compensation.How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer
Selecting the best attorney to handle your case is difficult. There are thousands of personal injury attorneys and auto accident lawyers in California, many of whom offer to accept cases in Rancho Cordova. Here are a few things for you to consider:
- Select an injury attorney that cares about you, your family, and your needs.
- Choose a lawyer that practices personal injury law exclusively
- Ensure the lawyer has a history of taking cases to trial in Sacramento County.
- Pick an accident attorney with a proven history of high verdicts and settlements.
Watch the following video for more tips on selecting the highest rated personal injury lawyer to represent you.Rancho Cordova Accident FAQ:
What is considered a personal injury?
A personal injury is a physical or emotional injury caused by someone else's negligence or intentional act. It can be caused by motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls, dog bites, medical malpractice, and other types of accidents. Most insurance companies refer to a personal injury as bodily injury.
What is considered "negligence" in an injury case?
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to avoid harm to others. Someone is considered negligent if they act in a way that a reasonably careful person in the same circumstances would not. Negligence is critical in a personal injury case. Most of the work in an accident case will establish that the at-fault party's actions were negligent. Your case will fail if you and your attorney can't prove negligence.
I live in Rancho Cordova, and an abandoned vehicle has been in front of my house for months. How do I get it removed?
The easiest way to remove an abandoned vehicle in Rancho Cordova is to go through the Rancho Cordova Police site. You will find the form to report an abandoned vehicle at the Rancho Cordova Police Department traffic website.
If I'm in a serious accident in Rancho Cordova, do the police always come and make an accident report?
No, they will not. Rancho Cordova PD will only make an accident report or police report if:
- You are the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
- Alcohol or drugs are involved (But how do they know unless they show up?).
- City or County property is damaged.
- There is an accident-related injury or complaint of pain.
Nonetheless, the Rancho Cordova police will not come to the scene unless you complain of injury or pain. This can seriously imperil your ability to provide for your family if your ability to work is impaired and the accident documentation is missing.
Note: This has nothing to do with Rancho Cordova officers. They are just following the dictates of the politico who make the rules. This policy needs to be changed, and only citizens complaining to the Rancho Cordova representatives can change it.
I was struck by a truck in Rancho Cordova and filed a lawsuit. The defendant's attorney has issued a subpoena for all my past medical records. Can they do that?
When someone files a lawsuit for personal injury, to a certain extent, they may waive the ability to keep private past medical records which would generally be protected from discovery by HIPPA. Usually, the defense is allowed to ask for previous medical records for a reasonable period (typically five years) for any medical condition for which you are claiming injury in the accident.
So, if you suffered a knee injury in an accident, they would usually be entitled to subpoena medical records for five years or so before the accident dealing with any knee conditions. This is fair because the defense does not feel it needs to compensate you if the medical records show you claimed knee problems for many years before the recent accident. (Notwithstanding this, you may have a claim for aggravation of a prior knee injury.
The defense is NOT allowed (over objection) to subpoena "any and all past medical records." Actually, though, notice I said: "over objection." The defense attorney will always subpoena any past medical records and will not even specify whether the documents about the injury you are claiming. Insurance companies like to go on fishing expeditions to see if they can find anything detrimental or embarrassing in your past medical records and then try to use that against you.
An experienced attorney will immediately object to the production and seek to limit the subpoena to the areas you are claiming injury and going back only five years or so. If the defense does not agree to limit its subpoena, the attorney will seek a protective order from the court to limit the subpoena.
The California case of Britt v Superior Court holds that consumers have a reasonable expectation of privacy of their past medical records even if they file suit for injuries. If you have any questions about the privacy of your California medical records, contact our skilled Rancho Cordova personal injury attorneys anytime.
After a personal injury lawsuit, what type of accounting is my attorney supposed to give?
At the end of the lawsuit and before the attorney has you sign the settlement check from the other party's insurance, the attorney should give you a Settlement Statement that thoroughly explains the settlement amount and any deductions from such amount. Amongst the deductions are the following:
- As specified in the contract with your lawyer, attorney fees are typically deducted from the settlement first.
- Court Costs or, in other words, a listing of all expenses prepaid by your lawyer to move your case forward. Such costs include filing fees, depositions, expert fees, and exhibit preparation fees.
- Reimbursement amounts are deducted next. The attorney will frequently be reimbursed for the interest incurred on his advanced expenses.
- Medical, government, or reimbursement liens are to be itemized. Government agencies such as Medicare and Medi-Cal pay bills upfront for clients in an accident but must be repaid out of the settlement by statute. Most of the time, your attorney should be able to reduce these liens somewhat. If there is a medical lien from a doctor or chiropractor, that also must be paid.
After all of the above expenses, the client pays the remainder. If your Rancho Cordova personal injury lawyer does not itemize the fees above, you do not need to sign the check from the insurance company until they do.Contact Our Rancho Cordova Law Firm for a Free Consultation
You might be entitled to financial compensation if you suffered traumatic injuries in a car accident that was not your fault. Call our law firm today to receive free, friendly advice from one of our experienced Rancho Cordova personal injury lawyers at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400.
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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 8.30.22]
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