Even a small car accident can end in serious injury. If a car accident in Modesto caused by another party’s negligence injured you or someone you love, you should consider speaking to an attorney about filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit for compensation. The Modesto personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw have almost two decades of experience helping accident victims get fair compensation for their injuries, and they can help you to do the same. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us review your case. Don’t let a car accident drive you to financial ruin. Call OnderLaw today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Car Accident?

If another party’s negligence caused your car accident, an attorney could help you obtain monetary compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

A personal injury claim works like other insurance claims. You advise the responsible party’s insurance company that their customer caused you some form of loss and demand compensation for it. It sounds simple enough, but the reality can be complex.

Insurance companies work hard to protect their bottom line by finding any reason to deny payment of a claim. As the claimant, it is your responsibility to prove that the accident happened as you say it did and to provide evidence supporting your claim. This is where an attorney can help.

Proving your claim is not an easy undertaking. It takes time, knowledge of the claims process, and experience dealing with insurance adjusters. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who was at fault. We will gather all the necessary documentation, such as medical records or accident reports, we will speak to eyewitnesses or retain expert witnesses to corroborate your story, and we will handle all communication with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. Hiring a lawyer not only leaves you and your family the time you need to fully recover from your injuries, but it signals to the insurance company that you’re taking your claim seriously, and they can’t take advantage of your inexperience.

Your attorney isn’t just your representation. We are your counsel. We will explain the entire claims process. The amount of compensation you may receive varies depending on the severity of your injury and the losses caused by the accident. These losses are called damages. Your attorney will help make sure that you demand an amount that covers all your losses, not just the ones you can see.

If the insurance company decides not to pay your claim, your attorney may recommend you move forward with a lawsuit against the responsible party directly. This course of action is only advisable if you have an attorney to assist, as handling court proceedings on your own would likely end in a judgment against you.

Why Hire OnderLaw to Represent Me?

Hiring OnderLaw as your legal counsel is a good idea for several reasons.

Our proven record of success. We’re not bashful about our results. The fact that we’ve successfully obtained over $3.5 billion in settlements and awards since 2002 is the main reason our clients choose us for sound legal help, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Our wealth of experience. Our team has experience handling claims of all types, from car accident claims to defective product claims worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It includes a former state senator. These varied viewpoints give us an advantage over our competitors.

Our level of service. We believe in providing exceptional service to each and every client we take on. You won’t find a settlement farm at OnderLaw. You’ll find a dedicated, hard-working team of legal professionals who understand that behind every car accident is a person or family in pain looking for help. We understand what you’re going through, and we want to make the process as easy for you as possible. You’ll receive more than top-tier legal counsel at OnderLaw, you’ll receive support and guidance during a difficult time.

Our commitment to community. We believe in supporting organizations and our communities as well as our clients. We provide donations and time and money to charitable causes like Toys for Tots, MADD, and the Lupus Foundation of America.

Our fee structure. We work on contingency. This means that we only accept payment if we’re successful in getting you some form of compensation. If we aren’t successful, we don’t get paid.

Types of Car Accidents

We handle any and all car accident claims, from the minor fender-bender to the multi-car crash. Some examples of car accident types include:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Broadside accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Excessive speeding accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Impaired driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • One way accidents

Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can occur under any conditions, at any time. Some of the common underlying causes of car accidents include:

  • Impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure-to-yield
  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Inclement weather
  • Bad road conditions
  • Construction zones

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

Injuries from car accidents largely depend on the size and speed of the vehicles involved. In general, the higher the speed, the more severe the injury, though there are exceptions. Car accidents cause a variety of injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sprains and strains
  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Amputation
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Coma
  • Death

Who Is Responsible?

Determining who is ultimately responsible for your accident requires proving that the other driver was negligence. You must show that the responsible party acted in a way that harmed others, caused an accident, and that accident caused your injuries. California law requires that everyone behave in a manner that doesn’t harm anyone else. If you can show that the party responsible for your accident did not behave as they should, you should be able to obtain compensation for your losses.

California follows a comparative negligence doctrine, which means that if you were partially at fault for the accident that caused your injury, any award you receive would be decreased by the percentage of responsibility you bear. For instance, if you’re injured in a car accident late at night in Modesto, but it’s later discovered you were driving with your headlights off, a judge may decide you are partially liable. If they place your liability at 15 percent, any settlement or award you receive would be reduced by 15 percent.

Compensation for a Car Accident Claim

To obtain compensation, we must show that the car accident caused you verifiable losses, financial or otherwise. This is a simple affair for losses relating to the financial burden of treating your injuries, but you may also be compensated for losses to your well-being and peace of mind.

Losses relating to the cost of the injury are called economic damages. They can include the following:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Lost opportunity
  • Household expenses

Losses related to the experience of the injury and the mental trauma associated with the accident itself are called non-economic damages. Estimating these losses is best done with the help of a qualified attorney. Some examples include:

  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Reputational damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

In some extreme cases, a judge may require the party responsible for your accident to pay exemplary damages. These damages are punitive in nature. They punish the responsible party for their actions and are an attempt to prevent them from acting in the same manner again rather than to compensate you for any loss. Exemplary damages require a higher burden of proof than economic or non-economic damages, are only awarded in cases of oppression, malice, or fraud, and are only awarded by a judge or jury. Talk to your attorney to see whether you are eligible for this type of award.

California and Modesto Car Accident Statistics

Here are some statistics and data regarding car accidents in Modesto and elsewhere:

  • There were 14 fatal vehicle accidents in Modesto in 2019, down almost 50 percent from the previous year.
  • There were ten pedestrian fatalities on Modesto roads in 2019.
  • In four of the last five years, Modesto’s pedestrian fatality rate was almost double the California average.
  • Three of the vehicle-related fatalities in 2019 involved drinking and driving.
  • 50 percent of drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in California in 2019 who were tested for drugs tested positive.
  • There were just over 1,000 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in California in 2019.

Call OnderLaw Today

If a car crash injury is causing you financial strain, call the attorneys at OnderLaw today. There is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in California, so you have limited time to pursue compensation for your injuries. Call today and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible. The consultation is absolutely free, and we will discuss your options with you even if you don’t choose us to represent you. Don’t delay any longer. Call OnderLaw today.