Fontana Car Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. The last thing you want to do while getting treatment for your injuries is to worry about filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit. At the same time, though, the medical bills are piling up and causing extra stress just when you don’t need it.
The Fontana personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC are standing by to guide you through this challenging time as you navigate the claims process. Our experienced car accident attorneys can fight for you to make sure that you obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us at (314) 963-9000 now for a free consultation, and let us get to work for you.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Although it’s entirely possible to file a claim for compensation with the at-fault party’s insurance company on your own, it may cost you dearly if you do so. First, the insurance company will call you to take a statement about your accident. The adjuster will sound friendly and concerned about your state of affairs, but what they’re really doing is trying to get you to say something they can use to reduce the value of your claim. They know exactly how to make the claims process work in their favor to reduce their liability and to ultimately minimize the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
Next, they will see that you’re unrepresented, and they will be all too happy to rush in with a speedy settlement offer before you can hire a lawyer to stand up for your rights. You might be tempted to accept it, what with all the bills coming steadily in the door, thinking it’s an appropriate settlement amount.
If you had engaged an attorney, the attorney would handle all communications with the insurance company for you, so you could avoid any accidental self-incrimination. They would advise you that the first offer is never sufficient and that the insurance company is looking after their bottom line and hoping they can get away with a skimpy settlement because you don’t know any better.
When you have an attorney on your side, the insurance company knows you mean business. They realize they can’t use any of their tactics to reduce your settlement, and that if they don’t negotiate in good faith, they could end up in court. Yes, they have loads of attorneys on their side and experts they can call as witnesses, but all that costs money. If you have a lawyer and take them to court, their costs could end up being more than what the settlement was worth.
OnderLaw, LLC will lift the burden of handling your claim from your shoulders so you can focus on healing. We know the claims process for obtaining compensation for car accident victims intimately from our many prior successful cases. We will gather all the details and pieces of evidence that are critical. Our goal is to negotiate the settlement that you are entitled to, as we have for many prior clients. If negotiations break down and the case goes to court, OnderLaw, LLC will build a compelling case to get you the compensation you deserve.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents happen all the time. The types of accidents we see most frequently are:
- Head-on accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Multiple-vehicle accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Backing accidents
- Left-turn accidents
Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are caused by many different events and circumstances. Typical causes include:
- Drunk or Drugged Driver – When a person gets behind the wheel with alcohol or drugs in their system, this is a recipe for disaster. They become a danger to themselves and others because of their lack of awareness and perception, as well as their reduced reaction speed.
- Distracted Driving Accidents – Texting while driving is a leading distraction, along with reaching for an item in the car, talking to a passenger, or using one or both hands for anything other than driving.
- Speeding Accidents – Speed limits and advisory speeds are set to protect everyone on the road. When speed limits are exceeded or when a driver travels at speeds that are too high for road conditions such as rain, their ability to slow or stop their car is greatly impaired.
- Vehicle/Car Defect Accidents – These may be due to defective car parts, including tires, brakes, and elements of the steering mechanism.
- Tailgating – When a driver doesn’t allow enough space between their car and the car in front of them, this creates a dangerous situation. If the front vehicle stops or slows down, there is seldom enough time to react to avoid an accident.
- Roadway Construction – The orange signs and cones in a construction zone are a signal to slow down and drive cautiously. When safety measures such as these are ignored, a crash may result.
- Failure to Comply with Traffic Laws – Yielding the right-of-way to other drivers is a fundamental necessity at stop signs, red lights, and yield signs. When these are ignored, and a car travels through an intersection without stopping or yielding, this can cause a collision.
- Driving While Tired or Drowsy – Driving late at night or driving for long stretches can cause a situation where the driver is too tired to drive safely. They may show signs similar to those of drunk drivers, including lack of attention and impaired reaction speed.
Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
Car accidents can cause many types of injuries, ranging from minor to traumatic. These may require lengthy medical care and rehabilitation, including surgery and physical therapy. They may also cause permanent disability and the need for continual care by a doctor or assisted living. Common injuries suffered in car accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
- Concussion and internal bleeding
- Injuries from ejection or crushing
- Wounds and soft tissue injuries
Besides the initial injury itself, the accident may also cause permanent disability or chronic pain. These can affect a person for the rest of their life, including impacting their ability to keep a job. OnderLaw, LLC will be there to help you navigate these challenges as you recover from the accident and work to obtain the money you need to get back to living your life.
Who Is Responsible?
The responsible party is the person who acts negligently and causes the car accident. Negligence means failing to act safely or to cause harm to another person. In California, everyone is responsible not to harm others by their actions. To obtain compensation from the at-fault driver in court, you’ll need to be able to prove, with evidence, that the driver did something that caused the accident. You’ll have to prove that you were injured in that accident and that you actually suffered losses as a result of the crash.
Proving negligence is often complex and involves obtaining critical evidence such as police reports, photographs, medical records, eyewitness reports, any available video, and evidence from the scene of the crash. Your attorney will use these to clearly lay out who is at fault and responsible for your losses.
Compensation for a Car Accident Claim
Your car accident attorney will be your advocate to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. This may include economic and noneconomic compensation, also called damages. You may be eligible for damages to cover expenses incurred, financial losses, and pain and suffering. Damages that may be available in your case may include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Reduced ability to earn wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
An additional type of compensation is exemplary damages. An award of this type can only be made by a judge or jury and is intended as punishment for the at-fault driver, one that will prevent them from engaging in the same behavior again. Ask your lawyer whether exemplary damages may be available in your case.
Fontana and California Accident Statistics
In July 2021, there were 196 traffic accidents in Fontana, of which 34 involved injury. This total count is down three percent from July 2020, when there were 202 traffic accidents in Fontana. Of those 202 accidents, 44 involved injuries.
In the State of California, from the beginning of the pandemic until the first week of September 2021, there were about 80,000 total crashes on state highways. Of these, just over 10,000 caused fatality or severe injury. This was a decrease from the time prior to the pandemic, which may be accounted for by considering the decrease in vehicle miles traveled after California’s ”stay home” order began in March 2020.
Call OnderLaw, LLC Now
If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, now is the time to call. We will answer your questions and put your mind at ease as we walk you through the process and let you know what to expect. You don’t have to worry or suffer through this time alone. OnderLaw, LLC will guide you through this difficult process and make sure you are taken care of each step of the way. Don’t wait. Call (314) 963-9000 today.