Skilled Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento
Dedicated to Compassionate & Aggressive Advocacy
Each year more than 10 million motor vehicle accidents occur throughout
the country, and it’s important that victims understand their rights
to seek justice for their injuries and losses. Victims of car accidents
can suffer from permanent injuries such as
burns and more. If you or a loved one were hurt in a car crash that was caused
by another motorist’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation under
personal injury law.
California Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Cases
According to the
California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, car accident victims have up to two years to file a personal injury claim
from the date of the accident. In all personal injury cases, contacting
an attorney as soon as you believe you have a case can help preserve evidence
that can be helpful in your case. Evidence such as pictures from the scene
of the accident and witness testimony should be secured as soon as possible.
Our attorneys can help you navigate the days following your accident.
Who Pays After a Car Accident in California?
In the event of a car accident, California follows a “fault”
rule to determine liability. This means that the driver responsible, or
at fault, for an accident is the one responsible for paying damages through
an insurance carrier. While this law is simple for accidents where only
one driver is solely responsible, it’s true that most accidents
can find both parties at fault in some way, no matter how small. An example
of “fault” that you may not have considered before would be
driving slightly about the speed limit or failing to put on a turn signal.
In these cases, an injured driver can still recover compensation through
California’s "pure comparative negligence" rule.
This rule states that an injured party can still file a claim but the percentage
of responsibility they are found to bear will also be deducted from their
overall compensation awarded to them. For example, if you are found to
be 20% at fault for the accident, the total compensation awarded to you
will also be reduced by 20%. Have questions? Contact our firm! We offer
free consultations and are here to help you navigation the often complex
car accident claim process.
Our Approach to Auto Accident Injuries
At The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen, our Sacramento car accident attorney
has enough experience to realize that no two cases are the same. No matter
what direction your case takes, you can be confident that we have the
knowledge, dedication, and ability necessary to protect you. We encourage
you to get in touch with a Sacramento auto accident lawyer from our firm
as soon as possible.
We take an aggressive stance when it comes to representing our clients.
If you or someone in your family was hurt or killed in an accident caused
in whole or in part by another driver, let us stand up for you. All drivers
in the state of California are required to have insurance, and we know
how to talk to the companies and to work toward a maximum payout because
our lawyer used to work for them. Now, he works for you.
What To Do If Injured In A Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident it can be difficult to know what your
next steps should be. Below we've outlined the steps to take after
suffering injuries in a car accident.
Stay clam and remain at the scene. Never leave the scene of an accident, even if you are not at fault. In
some states, it is a criminal offense to flee the scene of an accident,
which can leave you with an additional problem at your hands.
Check for injuries. If you or anyone involved is injured, call for an ambulance and wait
for them to arrive.
Call the police. The police officer'rs role is important, as they will write up a report
on the accident that can be included in your claim.
Document evidence. Take pictures of the damage, your injuries, and the surrounding scene.
The more evidence you document, the better.
Get information. Exchange insurance information with the other parties and obtain contact
information from witnesses.
See a doctor. Even if you do not feel hurt, you should always see a doctor first. Some
injuries may not appear until days or even weeks after the initial incident.
Talk to an attorney. Soon after the incident, you should discuss your case with an attorney
to understand your rights and whether you have a claim. An attorney can
handle all the legal details sand make sure that insurance companies do
not take advantage of you.
Get Started on Your Case Today
The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen is dedicated to helping accident victims in the Northern California area
obtain justice and fair compensation for their suffering and expenses.
Led by a dedicated and skilled Sacramento car accident lawyer, we represent
clients who have been injured in various types of automobile accidents,
including those that involve:
- Driving over the speed limit / too fast for conditions
- Texting or talking on a phone while driving
- Driving while tired / falling asleep behind the wheel
- Tailgating / reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs and / or alcohol
- Defective auto parts, such as defective airbags, brakes, fuel tank designs, etc.
No car accident claim is too challenging for our team. Having handled numerous
auto accident cases and securing multi-million dollar settlements and
verdicts throughout our careers, we devote our full attention and resources
to each case.
Don't wait any longer:
Contact The Law Office of Michael R. Loewen
schedule your free consultation
with our auto accident attorney in Sacramento.