If you've been involved in a serious accident, you may already know how stressful and frightening it can be to suffer debilitating injuries. The pain and emotional trauma are often compounded by financial uncertainty due to medical bills and lost income. The Castroville personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers have the experience and resources to help you seek the compensation you need to move on with life. We can gather all available evidence, help you avoid critical mistakes, and make sure your claim accounts for all healthcare expenses and other damages you've incurred. Contact us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a free and confidential consultation.
Accident Cases We Handle in Castroville, California
- Car Crashes
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Accidents Involving Rideshare Vehicles
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Airplane, Helicopter, & Other Aircraft Accidents
- Boating Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Spinal Injuries
- Severe Burns
- Brain Injuries
- Scooter Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
What If I Was Partially at Fault for My Injuries?
This is a common question we get from personal injury claimants. Before we delve into the answer, there are two important points to consider: First, even if you were partially responsible for your injuries, you may still be entitled to compensation. Second, just because the opposing party or insurance company says you were partially liable doesn’t necessarily mean that’s true. In the state of California, the financial recovery in a personal injury lawsuit is reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. Unlike other states, injury victims may be entitled to a recovery even if they were more than 51 percent liable for their injuries. This system is called “pure comparative negligence.” For example, let’s say you were hit by a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle. At the time of the accident, you were breaking the law by riding in the far-left lane even though a bicycle lane was available. However, the motorist who hit you was driving well over the speed limit. In this scenario, you may be held partially liable since the very reason why bicyclists are typically required to use bike lanes or ride as close to the right curb as possible is to avoid encounters with high-speed vehicles. But the driver might also be partially liable since he or she may have avoided the crash by obeying the speed limit. If shared liability applies to your case, there are many factors that could influence the percentage of fault assigned to you. The Castroville personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers are well-versed in the case law and statutes pertaining to such cases, and they know what it takes to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to an injury victim. Our lawyers can gather evidence, talk to eyewitnesses, and review all available evidence to ensure your claim is as strong as possible before entering settlement negotiations.
We Are Respected by Insurance Companies Throughout California
Besides the obvious benefits of hiring an accident lawyer—such as getting answers to your questions, gathering evidence, calculating your damages, and handling the relevant paperwork—there’s a lesser-known advantage that often has a profound impact on personal injury proceedings: the attorney’s reputation. When you hire a respected and well-credentialed trial lawyer, it tells the insurance company that you have the means to take your claim all the way to court if necessary. The insurer may therefore be more inclined to pay a fair settlement to avoid the cost of litigation. But if you represent yourself or turn to a lawyer who has a reputation for accepting the first settlement offered, the insurer might feel more confident about challenging your claim. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we make it clear from day one that we aren’t afraid to go to court if it’s in our client’s best interests to do so. Insurance companies throughout California know that we are tough litigators, and we use all the resources at our disposal to achieve the best possible outcome in every claim we handle. Our goal will be to get you fairly compensated without having to go to trial, but if your case ends up in court, you’ll have the confidence that comes with being represented by one of the most accomplished litigation firms in the state.
Speak to Our Castroville Personal Injury Lawyers Today: Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS
There can be a world of difference in the quality of representation offered by two different law firms. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we invest the time, effort, and resources needed to give each claim we handle the best chance of success. We will perform a thorough investigation into your case and make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-GO-HARRIS or Click Here to send us a message online.