Visalia Personal Injury Lawyers | Accident Attorneys
Visalia Car Accident Attorneys
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and death every year. If you or a loved one have been harmed in a car accident, you might be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help you navigate the claims process and will work hard to pursue the most favorable settlement possible. Whether through skilled negotiation or litigation, we are ready to help you build your case. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free case assessment today.
Types of Cases our Visalia Auto Accident Attorneys Handle
Our attorneys are skilled at handling a variety of auto accident cases, including the following (among others):
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Collisions with commercial trucks
- Scooter accidents
- Accidents involving pedestrians
- Bus accidents
- Rideshare vehicle accidents
- Accidents resulting in brain or spinal cord injury
- Accidents resulting in wrongful death
What If It Was My Fault?
Sometimes, accident victims are partially responsible for their injuries. For instance, you may be legally considered partially liable if you violated a traffic law at the time of your accident, admitted fault, or were driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
However, before you decide it’s not worth pursuing damages, reach out to a personal injury lawyer. Legally, you can still pursue damages even if you were partially responsible for your accident. California law will simply apply a percentage to your fault and deduct that percentage from the damages you can recover.
For instance, if you were involved in a collision with another driver but a toxicology report reveals that you were impaired at the time of the accident, the law will assign a percentage to which you were at fault, compared to the other driver. If you are deemed 50 percent at fault, then if you normally would stand to recover $10,000 in damages, you will only recover $5,000. This is known as the law of pure comparative negligence.
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are familiar with the law of comparative negligence and as such, we aren’t daunted by it. We will take all necessary steps to minimize your fault percentage so that you can still walk away with some funds to help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially from your wreck.
What If the Other Driver Was Uninsured?
Even if the at-fault party was uninsured, you can still pursue damages. First of all, your own uninsured motorist bodily injury (UMBI) policy will likely pay. However, even if you don’t have this type of coverage, your lawyer will likely help you weigh the pros and cons of suing the other driver directly (rather than going through his or her insurer). Unfortunately, though, many uninsured drivers lack the funds to pay for a damages settlement. As such, your lawyer will take any steps needed to assess the driver’s financial condition to determine whether pursuing a direct lawsuit is worthwhile.
Discuss Your Claim with a Car Accident Attorney Today.
If you’re navigating the physical, emotional, and financial challenges following a serious car accident, you can confidently turn to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. While insurance companies will go to great lengths to protect themselves, we will fight to ensure you receive a fair settlement and if you don’t, we can take your case to trial. To meet with one of our personal injury attorneys, give us a call at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or schedule a free case review online. If you are unable to travel, we will come to you.