Ventura Car Accident Lawyer
Considering cars are the cornerstone of transportation in heavily populated Southern California, it’s expected that car accidents will occur daily. However, catastrophic injury, death, and other after-effects are certainly not expected by drivers and passengers when they get in their vehicle. The experienced Ventura car accident lawyers at Walch Law understand the traumatic situation you’ve been through, which is why Robert and Gary will work hard to get you paid quickly so you can focus on healing. We have a success rate of over 98%+ and over 40 years of practice, so call today to see how we can help. Take the first step towards the compensation you deserve for your injuries.Car Accident Risks in Ventura
Ventura is a city of over 110,000 residents just northwest of Los Angeles off the busy 101 freeway. Driving is a way of life in the city, as long commutes and lack of efficient, effective public transportation put massive numbers of people behind the wheel daily. Though drivers usually try to act safely, nearly 80% of drivers admitted to occasionally using their phone while driving and other behaviors that cause accidents. In 2017, 690 people were injured or killed in Ventura alone in traffic accidents. Of those:
- 74 were related to alcohol
- 11 were involved in collisions with motorcycles
- 146 were related to excessive speed
Earlier this year, a rear-end collision involving 3 vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway at Deer Creek Road left one person dead and two people injured.Negligence and Damages
In Ventura, most car accident victims pursue compensation for their injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit arguing someone’s negligence caused the accident and their harm. Though suits are usually filed against an at-fault motorist, anyone responsible for the accident may be sued, including the government responsible for maintaining safe roads, negligent mechanics, or manufacturers producing defective vehicles.
To prove negligence, you must show:
- Defendant owed you a legal duty of care
- They breached their duty by acting or failing to act when needed
- The breach caused you harm
You may also create the presumption of negligence if you show the defendant was breaking a law designed to promote safety when they harmed you. This includes traffic laws like the speed limit and the prohibition against texting while driving.
Courts may award victims of negligence damages for their injuries to compensate for their losses. You may be entitled to recover for injuries like pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and medical expenses.What to Do When You’re Involved in a Car Accident
It may seem overwhelming to take action quickly after you’ve been involved in a traumatic car accident – and that’s understandable. You’re likely hurt and confused. However, that’s precisely what needs to happen. Just a few simple moves you make after an accident can help your physical recovery and greatly strengthen your claim for compensation in the future. It’s important you remember to:
- Call 911 if anyone is injured or property is damaged.
- Notify law enforcement and cooperate the responding officers.
- Exchange information with every motorist involved.
- Photograph the vehicles involved and the scene of the accident – don’t forget to include important items like stop lights or evidence of fault like skid marks.
- Seek medical care immediately even if you think you weren’t hurt; some injuries like brain injuries can take days to show symptoms but can be fatal if not treated.
- Keep medical bills, paystubs, receipts indicating injury-related expenses like medicine, and any documents showing financial harm related to your injuries or the accident.
It’s also important you remember not to say or do anything that can be used against you to derail your case or imply that your claim for compensation is untrue. Never:
- Apologize or admit fault
- Talk about whether you were hurt or the nature of your injuries
- Say you are “fine” or “okay” when asked how you are doing
- Post about the accident, the other drivers, or your injuries on social media
- Give a recorded statement to anyone without first consulting a Ventura car accident attorney
When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, it’s easy to think you may not be able to afford an attorney to fight for compensation – expensive medical bills and the loss of income from inability to work can be staggering and anxiety-provoking. However, our team of Ventura car accident lawyers takes all their cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we don’t get paid until after we win, and you get paid. We want to work hard so you get the most money possible for your injuries quickly and to help you get your life back. Contact us today to get Robert, Gary, and over 40 years of experience in your corner fighting for you and your recovery.