It’s an unfortunate fact that even the safest drivers can be involved in devastating collisions when they encounter drunk, distracted, or reckless motorists. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crash that another person caused, you may be entitled to damages. Our Temecula car accident attorneys are here to help you fight for the highest settlement possible.
We’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars for accident victims and their families. Our attorneys know the most effective legal strategies to employ during the initial investigation, settlement negotiations with the insurance company, and any litigation that may follow. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
Types of Claims Our Temecula Car Accident Attorneys Handle:
- Drunk Driving Car Accidents
- Rear-End Car Accidents
- Head-on Car Accidents
- Distracted Driving Car Accidents
- Car Accidents Caused by Speeding
- Fatigue-Related Car Accidents
- Car Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Parts
- Hit-and-Run Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Rideshare Vehicle Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Car Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
- Car Accidents Caused by Poor Road Conditions
- Tire Blowout Car Accidents
What Must I Prove to Win My Claim?
The insurance company won’t pay a settlement unless they’re presented with strong evidence of liability, causation, and damages. Proving these elements can be challenging even if you’re certain that another party caused the crash. The police report and other evidence might help your Temecula car accident lawyer prove liability, but if you don’t have sufficient evidence to prove the types of damages you’ve incurred and their value, the insurance company will almost certainly dispute your claim.
Read on to learn how your attorney might prove liability, causation, and damages:
- Proving Liability: Sometimes proving liability after an auto accident is fairly straightforward. If another driver took responsibility for the crash and his or her liability is corroborated by the police report and other evidence, it’s unlikely that the insurance company would dispute fault. There are, however, many circumstances when evidence of liability is lacking or when more than one party (perhaps even the victim) is blamed for a single collision. The insurance company will take advantage of any opportunity to assign a percentage of the blame to someone else since this could reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay out. If evidence suggests that you were partially liable, you might not be able to recover 100 percent of your damages. And if you bring a claim against more than one defendant, it’s possible that they’ll dispute the percentage of fault they’re assigned. At the end of the day, there are countless reasons why liability disputes arise, and they can delay the proceedings considerably. In the meantime, your medical costs and lost income may be adding up and putting you further behind on essential bills. Fortunately, our Temecula car accident lawyers know the most effective strategies for proving liability in these claims. We will do everything in our power to prevent such disputes from arising. This may involve speaking to eyewitnesses, visiting the crash scene, reviewing relevant photographs and video footage, assessing the police report, applying legal pressure to obtain evidence that’s being withheld, and bringing in an accident reconstruction expert.
- Proving Causation: If you were hurt in a car accident, you might think that proving the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of your damages would be simple; however, there are all sorts of reasons why the insurance adjuster might dispute causation. For example, if you didn’t visit a doctor right away, the adjuster might argue that your injuries didn’t occur in the crash. If you had an injury or other medical condition before the collision, the adjuster might say that you would have incurred your damages (or at least a portion of them) even if the crash didn’t happen. Our Temecula car accident lawyers can take steps to prevent or overcome these disputes by collecting evidence from the scene, gathering medical records, and perhaps bringing in expert witnesses to provide testimony.
- Proving Damages: What costs have you incurred since the crash? What is your prognosis? Are your injuries permanent? Have you been sidelined from work? How have the injuries affected your social life and relationships? These are just a few questions our Temecula car accident attorneys might ask to determine the kinds of damages you’ve incurred and the evidence that will be needed to prove them. Valuable evidence may include medical and financial documentation, pictures of injuries, your personal injury journal, and testimony from expert witnesses.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS Today to Discuss Your Claim with a Car Accident Lawyer in Temecula
Our attorneys have many years of experience taking on some of the largest car insurance companies in California. We understand the tactics used by insurers to take advantage of claimants, and we can make sure you are treated fairly through every stage of the proceedings. To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our Contact Page to send us a message.
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