Oxnard Car Accident Lawyer
In Oxnard and the surrounding parts of Southern California, it’s no secret car accidents happen every day. However, people involved in these accidents may face a number of consequences they never expected like massive medical expenses, serious injuries, or an inability to return to work. The skilled Oxnard car accident lawyers at Walch Law have seen this happen to unsuspecting victims time and time again; that’s why Robert and Gary will begin fighting for you the moment we are hired so you can get the compensation you deserve and start rebuilding your life. With successful results for our clients more than 95 percent of the time over four decades of practice, call today to see how why we are the best team for the job when it comes to getting you what you deserve.Risk of Car Accidents in Oxnard
With 197,899 residents and growing, Oxnard is a growing city in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles sandwiched between the busy 101 freeway and the famous Pacific Coast Highway. Residents here depend on their cars every day for commuting, completing errands, and for other daily travel needs on the city’s packed streets and massive nearby highways. Even though most drivers believe that are safe behind the wheel, almost 80% did admit they use their phone sometimes when driving – a violation of state law and a very unsafe, accident causing behavior. This means at least 80 percent of drivers confess to just one of a multitude of dangerous actions that often cause accidents, catastrophic injury, or death.
In 2017 alone, 1,598 people were hurt or died in traffic accidents within Oxnard’s city limits.
- 170 were alcohol-related
- 120 involved pedestrians
- 41 involved motorcycles
- 88 involved bicycles
- 266 were speed-related
Just this year, a three-car accident left one driver dead and her passenger with severe injuries at Rose Avenue and Central Avenue when a drunk driver crossed over the median, began traveling on the wrong side of Rose Avenue, and hit another car head-on.Negligence and Your Case
Victims commonly seek compensation through civil lawsuits claiming someone’s negligent behavior caused the accident and their injuries. Though such suits are usually filed against another motorist, negligent parties may also include:
- Government agencies who have a duty to build and maintain roads in safe conditions
- Mechanics and repair shops performing substandard work on vehicles
- Manufacturers of defective vehicles
If you prove a defendant breached a legal duty of care they owed to you and caused your injuries, they will usually be liable for your damages. Negligence can also be proven by demonstrating you were harmed when the defendant was breaking a law, rule, or regulation designed to promote safely like speed limits or the prohibition against driving while intoxicated. After proving this, courts may award you damages for injuries including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Funeral or burial costs
After a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of acting quickly or making big decisions. However, just a few simple actions can protect your health and strengthen your future legal claim.
- If anyone was hurt or any property damaged, call 911. Notify law enforcement as well.
- Contact your insurer and notify them an accident occurred but decline to talk in detail about the accident or give recorded statements.
- Exchange information with every motorist involved.
- Take pictures of the vehicles involved in the accident as well as the scene where it occurred.
- Get medical attention immediately - this is critical even believe no injuries occurred. Brain injuries and some other conditions may not present symptoms for several days but can be deadly if they are not diagnosed and treated.
- Keep important documents like hospital bills, car repair bills, receipts for medication or other expenses related to the accident, and paystubs showing lost income.
Just as it’s important to know what to do after an accident, it’s also important you understand what you should avoid doing. Some actions can hurt your case and affect your recovery, such as:
- Admitting fault
- Saying you’re “okay” or “fine” if anyone asks how you are
- Talk about the accident or your injuries in any way on social media
- Give recorded statements
After a car accident, you might think you an attorney is too expensive thanks to high medical bills, a potential disability keeping you from work, or even pricey car repairs. The Oxnard car accident lawyers at Walch Law understand; that’s why we take all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay until after you get paid. Let us work hard put our knowledge, experience, and resources to use so you get the maximum possible recovery for your injuries. Contact us today to see why over 45 years of experience with a 95+% success rate will put you in the best possible position to get the money and closure you deserve.