A serious car accident can leave victims with staggering medical bills, lost income, and months or years of pain and suffering. The physical, financial, and emotional effects of such a traumatic event can make every day seem like a struggle.
The Monterey car accident attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help you fight for the compensation you need to regain your financial footing and move on with life. Our legal team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call, and the initial consultation is free.
We have helped more than 5,000 clients and recovered over $300 million in settlements and verdicts, yet we remain dedicated to providing the personal touch of a small, local law firm. To discuss your case with a seasoned injury lawyer, call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Car Accident Cases Our Monterey Accident Attorneys Handle
Not all law firms offer high-quality representation. Some attorneys are overworked and don’t have enough time to devote to each case. Others lack the litigation experience to feel confident taking a case to trial.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we limit our caseload so our team can give each claim the personalized attention it deserves. We also take the time to investigate each case thoroughly and prepare as if we are going to trial—even if we expect the insurance company to settle out of court. Our meticulous approach allows us to provide exceptional representation in a wide array of car accident claims including:
- Drunk driving accident claims;
- Rear-end accident claims;
- Head-on collision claims;
- Distracted driving accident claims;
- Speeding-related accident claims;
- Drowsy driving accident claims;
- Accident claims involving auto part defects;
- Hit-and-run accident claims;
- Commercial truck accident claims;
- Pedestrian accident claims;
- Rideshare accident claims;
- Turo accident claims;
- Wrongful death claims;
- Accident claims involving poor road conditions; and
- Tire blowout accident claims.
Elements to Prove in a Monterey Car Accident Claim
California is a “fault” state, which means car accident victims have the right to bring claims against the parties who are responsible for their injuries. In most cases, these claims are filed against the insurance company of the at-fault driver. For such a claim to be successful, you must be able to prove that another driver’s negligence was a proximate cause of your injury or loss.
Common examples of negligence that lead to motor-vehicle collisions include:
- Driving while impaired;
- Distracted driving;
- Making illegal turns;
- Falling asleep behind the wheel;
- Speeding; and
- Failing to perform vehicle maintenance
Unfortunately, even if you are certain that your collision was caused by another person’s negligence, the insurance company might still dispute your claim. It is not uncommon for insurers to argue that a claimant was partially liable for his or her own injuries, or that a claimant is exaggerating the extent of his or her damages. The insurer may also try to offer a low settlement early in the proceedings—before you’ve had a chance to discuss your case with a Monterey auto accident attorney.
One of the smartest steps you can take after a serious crash is to contact a personal injury lawyer before you speak to the insurance company. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we know that collisions can happen at any time, which is why our office is available 24/7 to take your call. We will handle correspondence with the insurance company on your behalf so you don’t wind up saying something that would jeopardize your claim.
Hiring our law firm to represent you also sends a message to the insurer that you won’t accept a low settlement, and if they refuse to cooperate, you have a seasoned litigator by your side with the courtroom experience and resources to take your case to trial.
What Is the Value of My Claim?
Because each car accident case is unique, there’s no way to estimate the potential value of your claim without performing a thorough investigation. Also, no reputable attorney would ever guarantee a specific outcome, even if your case seems easy to win.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are honest with our clients from day one. During your free consultation, one of our attorneys will listen to your story, assess any evidence you have compiled, and explain the potential strengths and weaknesses of your case.
If your claim has merit, we will perform an immediate investigation to gather all available evidence of liability and damages while it is still available. Our attorneys can interview eyewitnesses, file subpoenas to obtain evidence that is being withheld, and consult expert witnesses if necessary. Our goal will be to help you recover the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible, but we will prepare as if we are going to trial so your case is as strong as possible before settlement negotiations begin.
Discuss Your Case with a Monterey Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a member of your family was seriously hurt in a collision, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation with a Monterey car accident lawyer. You can reach us at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or by filling out our contact form.