Tracy Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s easy to fall in love with the city of Tracy, which is situated inside of the triangle created by the major interstates 5, 205, and 580. Tracy offers a more affordable and slower lifestyle than the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great place to settle down and raise a family. Not to mention, it’s only an hour trip to Sacramento, San Francisco, or San Jose.Serving Tracy Residents Seriously Injured in an Accident
Our law firm does not take on every case that walks in the door. If your injuries are soft-tissue-related or minor, perhaps we can refer you to a personal injury lawyer in Tracy who has experience handling less serious cases. We exclusively handle serious cases that involve catastrophic injuries and or wrongful death.Why Should I Hire a Sacramento Lawyer?
You may be wondering why we handle personal injury cases for residents of Tracy in our Sacramento office. Certainly, excellent lawyers in the Tracy area have experience handling personal injury cases of a smaller caliber. Most of them do not have the same resources that our firm has, nor do they have the experience to pursue a serious personal injury case.
Clients from the Tracy area have traveled to our Sacramento or Stockton office because they wanted highly experienced legal representation for their serious personal injury or wrongful death claim. They did not want to regret their decision after their personal injury claims were said and done.You Only Get One Chance
You only get one shot at your case, so, of course, you want to find the best lawyer to handle your serious injury or wrongful death claim. As you are searching for the right legal representation, keep in mind that there are several things you should look for.
For example, we personally checked out the personal injury lawyers in the Tracy area, and we found that several had two or three-star reviews and client complaints on Yelp. Others had complaints and a low amount of stars on Avvo.com. Because you only get one shot, you want to do your research online and ensure that your choice is the right one the first time around.Tips for Finding an Experienced Tracy Personal Injury Lawyer
Here are a few more tips to guide you while you are searching for the right lawyer:
- Look for a lawyer who takes on personal injury cases exclusively. There is something to be said about the experience. While there is nothing wrong with practicing multiple areas of law, attorneys who focus on personal injury law tend to know the nuances involved with personal injury cases and negotiate with insurance companies and when to take a case to trial, if necessary.
- When you chat with potential lawyers, you will get a “gut feeling” about each one. Trust your instinct. It is vital to find a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable and truly cares about you, your family, your needs, desires, and the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
- If your case needs to go to trial, it is crucial to choose a personal injury attorney familiar with courtroom procedures. It feels comfortable and confident fighting a personal injury lawsuit in a trial against large insurance agencies. Personal injury trials can be costly, as well. Therefore, you will want to choose a law firm that also has the resources to take the case all the way to trial if the insurance company does not offer you a fair settlement.
- Be sure to ask about prior settlements and verdicts that potential lawyers have won in the past. You want an attorney who has fought for and scored high amounts in settlements and verdicts for their clients, not someone who is apt to settle for whatever the insurance agency tosses at them.
Watch the following video to learn how you make a good choice in selecting a Tracy personal injury attorney.Common Types of Accidents in Tracy, CA
Some of the cases we handle include:
- Auto accidents
- Truck collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bus crashes
- Slip and fall incidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
If we choose to take on your case, you do not have to worry about the cost of a personal injury attorney because we take severe injury cases on a contingency basis. This is usually the case with most personal injury lawyers. However, there is a big difference between our law firm and many other personal injury law firms.
Many smaller to medium-sized law firms prefer to haggle it out with the insurance companies and advise their clients that a settlement offer is the best they can do. On the other hand, our law firm has the financial resources to take a serious and often lengthy personal injury case all the way to trial, if that is what we have to do to get you the compensation that you are entitled to. Plus, we are not afraid to face the often large and intimidating insurance companies because we have a knack for success in these cases.Obtaining the Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
We understand the challenges that come with being seriously injured in an unexpected accident. You are in pain and most likely worried about how you will pay those bills that are piling up to the ceiling. You are worried about your house, car, and family, and your body seems to be fighting you every step of the way.
Our legal team will fervently work on your case while you, your family, and your medical providers focus on your recovery. Sure, you want to settle your case as quickly as possible so that you can pay your bills and move forward with your life. However, unlike many other personal injury lawyers who will settle cases quickly just to get paid, our attorneys will advise you if it is in your best interest to hold out for a much higher settlement or take the case to trial in San Joaquin County.
Our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation that we can for each client we work with. Call our Tracy Auto Accident Attorneys today if you have suffered serious, life-altering injuries and the insurance agency is not offering you a fair settlement offer.Dangerous Intersections in Tracy, CA
Although there is a general assumption that most accidents that result in serious injuries occur on busy highways and interstates, only 13.3 percent of Tracy auto accidents occur on state highways.
Catastrophic accidents have more often happened at some of the busier intersections of Tracy. The following is a list of intersections in Tracy where dangerous accidents occurred between 2012 and 2013:
- 11th St. at 9th St.
- Central Ave. at 8Tth St.
- 9th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- 11th St. at Roosevelt St.
- Tracy Blvd. at Tennis Lane
- 10th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- W. 12th St. at Tracy Blvd.
- Beechnut Ave. at Palm Circle
- 11th St. at Taft Ave.
- Central Ave. at 6th St.
- 9th St. at A St.
What steps should I take if I have been involved in a serious car accident in Tracy?
Whenever a serious car accident occurs, the first thing anyone should do is call 9-1-1 immediately. The Tracy Police Department will respond to that call and arrive at the scene as soon as possible. If you are too injured to do anything else at the accident scene, stay put and wait until an ambulance comes to transport you to the hospital.
However, if you can still function at the scene, you should try to snap pictures of the damage to your car and the damage to the other driver’s car if, and only if, it is safe to do so. Also, try to take pictures that will show the positioning of the accident. For example, if the accident happened at an intersection, try to get pictures that show how the accident occurred.
Even if you do not think that you have sustained injuries, you should seek medical attention. Shock can kick in quite quickly when an individual has been in a car accident, protecting them from feeling the pain of injuries. However, if you have been seriously injured, you should go to the hospital immediately to ensure that you start your treatment as soon as possible.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Personal injury lawsuits can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue.
Before running to court and filing a personal injury claim, you must file the proper claims with insurance companies. Because California is considered a “fault” insurance state, you can file an insurance claim with your or the other driver’s insurance company. Some people prefer to file a claim with their own insurance company, then turn around and seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company.
Unfortunately, most people do not carry more than the California limits for insurance. This means that the insurance policy will cover up to $5000 if your vehicle has been damaged and $15,000 if you have been injured. However, those hospital bills can add up fast, and $15,000 will not even cover a fraction of medical bills for most serious injuries that require long-term medical care.
In that case, you typically only have two years from the date your injury occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit in California. Another thing to consider is that insurance companies do not always offer settlements to cover all of your incurred medical bills, let alone bills for the future medical care you will need. To ensure you get the compensation you will need to fully recover, you should talk to Tracy's experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident.Consult with a Tracy Personal Injury Attorney Today
Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Tracy provide legal counsel to those hurt in a car accident. To learn more about how we can help, contact our law firm to speak with one of our injury attorneys and receive free, friendly case advice by calling (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 today.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 7.9.21]
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