Monterey Car Accident Lawyers

According to an annual report from the California Highway Patrol, there were 277,160 injuries and 3,904 deaths caused by car accidents in the state in 2017.

Unfortunately for the victims of these accidents, obtaining proper compensation is difficult. Insurance companies frequently make low-ball settlement offers that simply aren’t fair.

At Silva Injury Law, our Monterey car accident lawyers approach every case with compassion and professionalism, and we’ve consistently obtained favorable outcomes for our clients.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car wreck, we will fight to make sure that you receive the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses or pain and suffering.

Car Accident Cases Our Monterey Car Accident Lawyers Handle

Our Monterey accident lawyers have extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents. As a result, we can effectively handle a wide variety of car accident cases, including:

  • Rear-end accident claims,
  • Motorcycle accident claims,
  • Truck accident claims,
  • Bus accident claims,
  • Drunk driving claims,
  • Distracted driving claims,
  • Pedestrian accident claims, and
  • Bicycle accident claims.

Because there are so many factors at play, no two accidents are alike. As a result, accident claims quickly become complicated.

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What to Do After an Accident in Monterey

First and foremost, your primary concern immediately after an accident should be to make sure the injured person receives proper medical treatment. Even relatively minor car accidents can result in underlying or latent injuries, like concussions.

If possible, make sure you collect information about the scene. This includes insurance and vehicle information for the other driver and the contact information of any witnesses.

Finally, you should contact a Monterey car accident lawyer. Depending on the severity of the injury, medical bills can quickly add up. Speaking with an attorney is the best way to form a plan for recovery. An attorney can advise you of your options for a lawsuit or settlement and the kinds of compensation you may receive.

Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Monterey

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there are a number of risk factors that contribute to car accidents in the state: 

  • Alcohol-impaired driving was responsible for 1,069 crash fatalities;
  • Drug-impaired driving is responsible for more than 40% of all motor-vehicle crashes in the state;
  • Driving without a seatbelt was a contributing factor in nearly 600 deaths; and
  • Nearly 500 deaths involved riding a motorcycle.

No matter how safely you drive, it usually comes down to how responsible other drivers are.

“At-Fault” Liability in California

In some states, liability for accidents is “no fault.” In these states, drivers must carry insurance that will cover them if they cause an accident. California, like many other states, is an “at-fault” state. Thus, every driver is responsible for the injury or damage they cause, and victims can sue the responsible party for damages.

Car accidents are most commonly caused by someone’s negligence. Under negligence law, damages are based on the level of fault for each person involved. California follows the pure comparative negligence model, which allows drivers to recover damages even if they were partially to blame.

The trade-off is that when a jury awards damages, they will be reduced proportionally based on the level of fault. For example, an injured plaintiff awarded $250,000 but found to be 50% at fault could recover only $125,000.

Should You Hire a Monterey Car Accident Attorney?

Any attorney will answer this question with a resounding yes (and not just because they want your business). As with any legal proceeding, hiring an attorney greatly increases your chances of a favorable outcome.

Even if you don’t have to go to trial, it is nearly impossible for individual claimants to obtain a fair settlement without help from an attorney.

Insurance claims adjusters intentionally make extremely low offers to save the insurance company as much money as possible.

If you try to deal with an insurance adjuster yourself, it is almost guaranteed they will take advantage of your unfamiliarity with the process or pressure you into accepting an low settlement offer. This is one reason why hiring a Monterey accident attorney is a good decision.

Additionally, if your case does go to trial, your attorney will be able to handle it. Individuals may represent themselves pro se (without an attorney), but doing so is extremely inadvisable.

You will be up against an experienced attorney who won’t “go easy” just because you don’t have a lawyer of your own. Being in a car accident is stressful enough, and it isn’t worth it to take that risk. Instead, let our Monterey car accident lawyers do the hard work for you.

How Much Can I Get from a Settlement?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to give an exact dollar amount because every settlement depends on the facts of each case. As you’ve probably seen on the news, however, settlements can range from tens of thousands of dollars to a million or more.

There are two main categories of damages awarded in a settlement: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages include several types of damages intended to compensate the victim. These include:

  • Medical expenses incurred since the accident;
  • Future medical costs, including rehabilitation or therapy;
  • Lost wages as a result of your injuries;
  • Lost future earnings as a result of reduced earning capacity;
  • Damages related to your relationship with a spouse or domestic partner (called loss of consortium);
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are intended to punish the wrongdoer and are often much higher than compensatory damages. Keep in mind, however, that punitive damages are not awarded in every case.

During your initial consultation with Silva Injury Law, our Monterey accident lawyer will be able to advise you on potential strengths and weaknesses of your case based on any details you provide.

 

Our experienced legal team also handles other types of cases, including:

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Promoting Healing Through Compassionate Advocacy

We believe that our duty goes beyond achieving large monetary awards for our clients. We strive first to be decent human beings who seek not to stir up fights, but to solve problems.

As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be enough business.

- Abraham Lincoln

Contact our Monterey Car Accident Lawyers

At Silva Injury Law, we proudly represent Monterey residents in their car accident claims. Since transitioning to private practice, Silva Injury Law continues to provide compassionate and high-quality legal services to its clients while obtaining excellent results. Contact us today using our online form or by phone at 831-471-5060.