With its amusement parks, resorts, and sporting arenas, the city of Anaheim is an exciting place. It offers culture and opportunity to more than 350,000 residents, making it a great option for families and entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, the city’s growing population and expanding commercial presence lead to busier roads and more opportunities for roadside distraction. These conditions cause many car accidents that can be devastating for those affected.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Anaheim that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The Anaheim personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw are ready to help. Our team of personal injury lawyers has been successfully handling car accident cases since our firm was founded in 2002. We’re dedicated to bringing honor and integrity to each case that we take on—including yours.

Have you decided to take legal action in your car accident case? Are you ready to pursue the compensation you deserve? Call OnderLaw today. We’ll schedule a free, confidential consultation and help you determine the best next steps on your journey towards justice.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

As with any incident, a car accident can be stressful to deal with on your own. Gathering evidence, communicating with insurance companies, and building your car accident case can be a long and difficult process for those who are unfamiliar with the local and federal legislation surrounding such accidents.

At OnderLaw, we are committed to bringing excellence and attention to detail to every case we take on. Having worked this type of case for many years, our attorneys are well-acquainted with the laws surrounding vehicle accidents in the area and are prepared to use our knowledge to your advantage. Because we have so much experience, when you hire us, you’re getting the benefit of our proven legal strategies for pressing your claim, negotiating an adequate settlement, and taking your case to trial, if that becomes necessary. With OnderLaw in the driver’s seat, you can focus all your energies on healing from your injuries.

As your lawyers, we are dedicated to putting your best interests first. Part of that commitment is to handle all communication on your behalf. This means that rather than leave you to deal with the insurance companies and risk accidental self-incrimination, our attorneys will manage all discussions with third parties, insurance, and law enforcement. That way, we can protect your interests and streamline the claims process.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

At OnderLaw, we have a long history of safeguarding the rights of clients like you who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents. Putting our clients first has allowed our firm to garner local and national acclaim. Our attorneys have been recognized by organizations like Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Our founding attorney, James G. Onder, has been successfully representing clients in personal injury cases since graduating from the St. Louis University School of Law in 1988. Onder has worked on a wide range of cases, serving as both co-chair and co-lead counsel of the Law Briefing Committee for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. Onder has also served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and has consistently represented both consumers in class action suits and clients in personal injury claims. His dedication and hard work have created the legacy of excellence that OnderLaw carries on today.

When you choose OnderLaw, you’re choosing more than just a lawyer. You’re saying yes to a vast network of legal connections, many successful case-winning strategies, and over nineteen years of experience.

Types of Car Accidents

Because of the many possible causes of motor vehicle accidents, there are many ways a passenger or driver may be injured in such an accident. If you’ve been involved in any of the following types of car accidents, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • Rear-end accidents
  • T-bone accidents
  • Rollover accident
  • Head-on collisions
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Single-vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Stationary object collisions
  • Left-turn accidents

Causes of Car Accidents

As you’d expect, the causes of motor vehicle accidents in the Anaheim area can include roadside construction, weather conditions, and other drivers’ behavior. A few examples of causes of car accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence: if a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol when operating a motor vehicle, they are exhibiting negligent behavior and are putting others on the road at risk.
  • Distracted driving: this includes many potential situations, including phone use while driving, becoming distracted by outside factors (nearby accidents, constructions, weather conditions, etc.), or a loss of focus/ “zoning out” while driving.
  • Reckless driving: this includes any negligent or careless behavior that a driver may exhibit while operating a motor vehicle. Examples include speeding, running red lights, failing to obey traffic signs, and following too other vehicles too closely.

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

Because of the many potential types of car accidents, there are many ways you may be injured in a car accident. If you have sustained one or more of the following injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation:

  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Brain trauma, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Contusions
  • Neck trauma
  • Internal bleeding

Who Is Responsible?

In most car accident cases, responsibility falls to the party considered to be liable. Liability is determined on the basis of negligence, which occurs when one party acts, or fails to act, in a way that harms another. Examples of this include running a red light, failing to yield at a yield sign, or speeding.

California is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning each party is considered liable to the same degree to which they’re found to be at fault for the accident. This means that even if a judge or jury found that you were 20 percent responsible for the crash, you are still entitled to 80 percent of the losses the court assigns to you. For example, if the judge decides you are owed $200,000 for your losses and finds that you are 20 percent liable, the defendant will be ordered to pay the remaining $160,000 of your compensation due. To get a better idea of your level of liability and what kind of compensation you might expect, contact an OnderLaw attorney today.

Compensation for a Claim

For most motor vehicle accident claims, you may be eligible for compensation for one or both of the following types of damages. Depending on what kinds of losses you sustained, you may be entitled to different kinds of compensation. The two main types of compensation are:

  • Economic damages: These damages are the financial costs associated with a car accident. They may include the cost of repairs to damaged property, lost wages/income as a result of recovery time for injuries, or medical expenses. The best way to take note of economic damages is to keep track of all repairs receipts, time cards, pay stubs, and medical records.
  • Noneconomic damages: These damages are the intangible costs of any pain and suffering you experience as the result of a car accident. Examples of these losses you could be compensated for include emotional/psychological trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of mobility, or loss of companionship. The best way to record any noneconomic damages is to keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings and how the injuries you received in the accident affect your daily life and activities.

California and Anaheim Accident Statistics

According to a report from the Anaheim Police Department, the city averages 5,004 collisions each year, with 43 percent of these accidents involving injury to one or more of the involved parties.

An article from the Orange County Register reports that over 500 pedestrians in the county were injured in automobile accidents in the year 2020.

In the state of California, there were 3,606 traffic-related fatalities in the year 2019, according to figures from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that there were 3,316 fatal crashes in the state of California during the year 2019.

Need Help? Call OnderLaw Today

Dealing with the effects of a car accident can be stressful, particularly when you are the one faced with serious injuries, damages to personal property, and other devastating circumstances that motor vehicle accidents so often cause. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Anaheim that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Contact the top-rated attorneys at OnderLaw today to begin claiming the restitution you deserve. We’ll schedule an initial case evaluation at no cost to you to help you determine the best course of action in your motor vehicle accident case. Don’t allow a lack of legal knowledge or your financial situation keep you from pursuing compensation. Call today to speak with an OnderLaw attorney and take the first step on your journey towards justice.