Car accidents are a common occurrence. In fact, every day, someone is injured or killed in a car accident in the United States. Thousands of Sacramento residents rely on motor vehicles to get to their desired destination on a daily basis. When they get behind the wheel of their vehicle, they run the risk of becoming injured in a car accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Sacramento, you may be entitled to compensation.

When you’re involved in a car accident, it’s possible for you to experience a mix of emotions. You may worry about the expenses you’ll have as a result of the accident. You may fear for your health and well-being. You may also wonder about the options that are available to you as the victim of a car accident.

One of the options immediately available to you following a car accident is the ability to access legal representation by a trusted car accident attorney. Call the Sacramento personal injury attorneys of OnderLaw to represent you in your claim. Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

Although it’s possible for you to file a personal injury claim on your own without a legal representative, the process can be difficult and time-consuming. Immediately following an accident, you may not feel up to the task of going through the lengthy and extensive process of filing a personal injury claim. If you’re disabled or severely injured from the accident, it’s likely that you’ll want to focus your time, energy, and effort on recovering from your wounds.

An attorney can take on the work of filing a personal injury claim on your behalf. A lawyer from OnderLaw can perform the necessary leg-work to file a successful personal injury claim, such as mounting an investigation into the accident, obtaining necessary evidence and documents, and we can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If an appropriate settlement agreement with the insurance company cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your case to trial.

With a skilled and experienced lawyer on your team, you can rest easy and focus on your recovery while you take comfort in the knowledge that your case is in capable hands.

Why Choose OnderLaw?

The partners at OnderLaw have nearly two decades of experience in personal injury cases of all types. Our mission is to help those injured in accidents in the Sacramento area and beyond recover the compensation they deserve after an accident that wasn’t their fault.

We have recovered over $31 million for those injured in car accidents, and we’re not stopping there. Should you choose to have the team at OnderLaw provide you with legal representation following a car accident, you can feel confident that your case is being handled by some of the most trusted attorneys in the nation.

Our firm and our partners are recognized by several prestigious law organizations across the country. We’re proud to boast that our firm and its partners are featured members of law organizations such as Super Lawyers, Litigator Awards, and National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

One of our core beliefs here at OnderLaw is that everyone deserves the best legal representation possible, no matter how much money they have. For that reason, we operate on a contingency-fee basis. That means you don’t pay us anything at the beginning of your case. If we take your case on, we will diligently work to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We don’t get paid until we get compensation for you. If we don’t get you any money, you won’t owe us anything.

With OnderLaw, you can rest and focus on your recovery while our partners focus on handling your claim and negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf to secure the money you deserve.

Types of Car Accidents

If you’ve been driving for any amount of time at all, you already know that there are several types of car accidents possible. The most common types of car accidents our clients are involved in include:

  • Single-vehicle crashes
  • Rear-end collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle collisions
  • Wrong-way accidents

Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents happen for a whole range of reasons, but if you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else, the reason for your accident might have been the other driver’s negligence or some defect in a vehicle. Some of the common factors that cause car accidents include:

  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Speeding
  • Failure to follow state traffic regulations and laws
  • Wrong-way driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Unsafe backing
  • Aggressive driving
  • Defective parts or mechanical failure

Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

Even though you’re protected by several thousand pounds of steel and other materials when riding in your car, if you’re in a crash, you’re still likely to be hurt. Some of the most common injuries our clients have suffered in car accidents include:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Bruises, lacerations, and abrasions
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Arm and leg injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Burns and road rash
  • Amputation
  • Disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Knee injuries

Who is Responsible?

Determining fault in a car accident might be straightforward but can vary in complexity depending on the type of accident and number of drivers involved.

If you’re involved in a car accident with another driver, and they’re at fault for causing the accident, you’ll seek to recover damages from their insurance company.

If you’re involved in a multi-vehicle collision, determining fault becomes more challenging because there are more drivers involved. If another driver caused the sequence of events that led to your collision, they could be held financially responsible for the accident. If the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance or has insufficient coverage, you can seek to recover damages from your own insurance company if you purchased uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) insurance coverage. UM/UIM coverage kicks in when the at-fault driver’s insurance doesn’t cover the full extent of damages or if they don’t have insurance at all.

In cases where the accident was caused by something else, such as improperly maintained highways, defective auto parts, or cargo falling from a commercial vehicle, research will be needed to determine whether who was at fault. Potentially liable parties could include municipal entities, vehicle manufacturers, whoever performed maintenance on the vehicle with defective parts, or the cargo loaders or trucking company in the case of the cargo.

You’ll want to engage an attorney to discover the responsible party for your accident. You can try to do it yourself, but the task could be enormous, and you already have enough on your plate.

Compensation for a Car Accident Claim

The amount of compensation you may be entitled to after an accident depends upon the severity of your injuries, how much time you were off work, and other factors. Your attorney from OnderLaw can help you arrive at an appropriate assessment of the value of your claim. We can evaluate both your economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages include losses that have an actual dollar amount attached, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage

Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate you for the intangible elements of your claim, such as:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium

In rare cases, the courts in California will also award punitive damages, called “exemplary damages” in this state. If your case goes to trial, you may request exemplary damages. In order to be eligible for such an award, you must show clear and convincing evidence that the at-fault party acted with the intent to oppress, commit fraud, or acted maliciously. The standard of proof for these damages is higher than that required to prove the other party was at fault.

Your OnderLaw attorney will be able to advise you on which elements of compensation may be available to you and can help you build a strong case to prove that you deserve those damages for your losses.

Sacramento and California Accident Statistics

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, 50% of all drivers killed in vehicular crashes, if they were tested, tested positive for legal and illegal substances in 2019.

In 2019, 620 people who died in traffic fatalities were unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that 3,316 car accidents in the state of California were fatal in 2019, with a death toll of 3,606.

Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that 9,288 people were killed in car accidents involving another driver under the influence of alcohol in the years 2009 through 2018.

Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Sacramento, contact OnderLaw. You can give us a call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get on the road to recovery and to the compensation you deserve.