Valley Springs Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
Unless you were born and raised in Valley Springs, you had to have come from away. And it’s not hard to see why! Valley Springs is certainly the type of quaint town that people flock to when they need a break from the city—whether temporary or permanent.
Although it’s easy to blow through Valley Springs on your way up or down the state, those who pull off the main roads are thrilled to find a small community full of families, thriving local businesses, and beautiful scenery. It isn’t unusual to see parents and children out walking in the evening or throwing a ball in the front yard. This type of small-town appeal has contributed to a population explosion---up 40% from the year 2000 to the 2010 census.
Other people make it a point to visit Valley Springs, which is a registered California Historical Landmark. There’s always something to do, even if all you need is to walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.Car Accidents in Valley Springs
As you can gather, a small community like Valley Spring doesn’t see the kind of traffic as other bigger cities or even a place like Sacramento. However, accidents occur just like everywhere else. In fact, Calaveras County as a whole has seen more than 300 injuries and fatalities as a result of car accidents in 2015 and 2016.
These accidents have many causes, but certainly, driver negligence is often to blame. Isolated roads sometimes bring out the worst in motorists, who drive too fast for conditions or take illegal actions like passing on the shoulder. It isn’t surprising that injuries often result.A Valley Springs Personal Injury Attorney
We handle more than car accidents. We can also help you receive compensation if you have suffered severe injuries in any of the following:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product cases
- Defective medical device lawsuits
- Premises liability cases
- Dog bite injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Our experience is unmatched in the area, and we have probably handled a case just like yours. Reach out to me for more information about how I can help.What is the Average Settlement for a Personal Injury Case?
In almost 40 years as a Valley Springs car accident lawyer, I’ve learned one thing: there’s no reason to speak of “averages.” Every case is unique, and what happened in someone else’s case bears little on what will happen with yours.
Still, my firm receives plenty of phone calls requesting the “average” amount of a settlement. Instead, let’s look at some factors:
- How much did your injuries cost you in medical care and lost wages? If you suffered a cervical fracture, you could be out of work for six months. Other injuries are permanent and require a lifetime of medical care. Lost wages and medical care are two economic losses you can receive compensation for. So if you lost $50,000, then you can receive that much.
- How much has your life changed? I work on only serious injury cases, and I’ve seen families torn apart because of a bad accident. If your injuries make you depressed or anxious, you can be compensated for that. You can also receive money to make up for never being able to enjoy your hobbies or for suffering from chronic, debilitating pain. The more the accident has disrupted your life, the more you can receive.
- Did you suffer property damage? This is another expense that the person at fault for your accident will have to compensate you for.
Once you add up these amounts, you need to look at whether you also contributed to your accident? If so, then the amount you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Someone who jaywalks across Route 26, for example, might be 60% responsible and will only receive 40% of what he or she otherwise would.Will You Have to Testify in Court?
Many people are afraid to bring a court case for compensation because they want to do anything possible to avoid testifying at trial. Now, we aren’t going to mislead you and claim that you have nothing to worry about. But the fact is that Hollywood movies and TV shows paint an inaccurate picture of what being a witness is really like.
For one thing, if you’ve suffered horrible injuries then the attorneys will probably take it easy on you; otherwise, they will alienate the jury. For another, we work closely with our clients to make sure that they are well prepared for the types of questions they will be asked. A good witness is someone who remains calm, thinks before he or she speaks, and looks jurors in the eyes.
Even better, few cases ever need to go to trial because they settle out of court. Settlement can often be to your advantage. You get money faster, without having to take the risk of going before a jury.Red Flags to Watch for When Meeting with an Attorney
Your choice of attorney matters. A good Valley Springs auto accident attorney can get you the maximum compensation available to cover your losses, whereas an inexperienced or overworked attorney might leave money on the table. Helpfully, lawyers give free consultations and case evaluations, but what should you watch out for?
Here are some red flags telling you to run, not walk, to a different lawyer’s office:
- The lawyer doesn’t explain things clearly to you. You can’t participate in your case if you have no idea what is happening.
- The lawyer is rude, condescending, or snobbish. This type of attorney probably won’t care about how you feel about a case.
- The lawyer has rude staff. This is another red flag. It shows the lawyer, no matter how well-meaning, doesn’t have control of his office.
- The lawyer’s office is messy. A lawyer should be serious about keeping client information confidential, which is hard to do when papers are spilling out of drawers and are all over the floor. In addition, disorganization may be a sign that an attorney is seriously overworked.
Instead of taking your chances with a name picked out in a phone book, call me. I offer frank, friendly advice to anyone who picks up a phone.
Watch the video below for more insights on how to really select the right personal injury lawyer.Can You Afford an Attorney?
Savvy consumers are rightly worried about the costs of bringing a lawsuit. Fortunately, my firm represents personal injury clients on contingency, meaning you aren’t responsible for any attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. If not, then you never have to pay us a fee.
I’ve found that contingency fees work well, allowing badly-injured victims to access world-class legal help for no money upfront. Contingency fees also give lawyers an incentive only to take a case when it has real merit. We put all our fee agreements in writing, which you can read carefully before signing up with us.Valley Springs Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Valley Springs car accident lawyer. Were you injured in a car or other accident? And do you have bills that you can’t pay? If so, we can help. I have been doing what I love for the past 40 years, and I hope that I get to represent you, too. Give me a call at 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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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 9.11.20]