Upland Car Accident Lawyers
According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, crash injuries are the eighth leading cause of death in the world for all age groups. Tragically, crash injuries are the leading cause of death globally for young people age 5-29. The United States is a nation of drivers. California is car-obsessed and its major freeways and thoroughfares are almost always congested with motorists. It is therefore perhaps unsurprising that many of the world’s injurious and fatal crashes occur on U.S. roads generally and California’s roads specifically. Upland is located at the intersection of one of the most populous cities in the U.S. and the rural quiet of the mountains. This location has so many benefits for its residents. But unfortunately, as a result of this otherwise idyllic location, Upland residents are too often affected by the risks that accompany both rural and urban driving conditions.
Determined Advocates Securing Compensation for Accident Victims
If you have been injured in an auto accident, whether on busy Southern California freeways or in the isolated winding rose of the mountains, know that our skilled and experienced law firm can help. Our team has successfully represented clients who have been involved in all kinds of auto accidents. From the most straightforward and relatively minor to the most complex and catastrophic, our team knows how to successfully negotiate with insurance representatives and how to file legal action successfully in the wake of an accident. Too often, auto accident victims make assumptions about whether they are entitled to compensation before they have sought legal guidance. As California is a comparative negligence state, know that you may be entitled to compensation even if you were partially to blame for what happened to you. If you choose to work with our firm, we will do our utmost to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important for you to seek experienced legal guidance regardless of how seemingly “minor” or significantly catastrophic that collision was. California law embraces a theory of comparative negligence, which means that even if you were partially to blame for your accident, you may be able to hold others financially responsible for their direct contributions to the cause of your harm. The cause(s) of your accident and the distribution of fault for those causes may not be as they first appear. You could be owed a significant amount of compensation as a result of the harm you have suffered.
Working with our firm will better ensure that you receive any and all compensation to which you may be entitled from insurance providers, personal injury defendants, workers’ compensation claims, and/or other opportunities for legal and financial recourse uniquely applicable to your situation. Allow us the opportunity to clarify your rights and explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of pursuing each in turn during a free, no-risk consultation.
Motorcycle riders understand that they engage in a heightened level of risk when they operate their bikes, simply because their vehicles are less stable and provide less protection in the event of a crash as compared to passenger vehicles and trucks. However, simply because riding a motorcycle is risky doesn’t mean that riders are compelled to simply “deal with the consequences” in the event of a crash. On the contrary, California law goes to significant lengths to protect the rights of motorcycle enthusiasts to remain safe while riding and to hold others accountable in the aftermath of an injurious accident.
If you have suffered harm as a result of a motorcycle accident, even if you weren’t wearing a helmet, even if you were lane-splitting, and even if you were potentially in-part responsible for the cause of your crash, you likely have options for legal recourse available to you at this time. Connect with our experienced legal team to learn more.
Product Defect Injuries
Auto part defects often serve as an unseen contributor to the cause of motor vehicle accidents. You may or may not be aware at this point that your motor vehicle accident was in part caused by a defective auto part. However, our firm keeps very current on matters of auto part recalls and suspected defect concerns that have yet to result in recalls. We also understand what to look for in a car accident occurrence that might lead us to suspect that a defective auto part may have contributed to the causation of the crash in question.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 700 people died in 2017 alone due to crashes involving tire issues. Tire issues are among the most common auto part defects that impact the causation of car accidents but they are certainly not the only ones. For example, in recent years, issues with airbags have gotten a great deal of media attention. Know that even if a defective auto part has been recalled prior to your accident, you still may be able to hold a legal entity in that part’s chain of distribution accountable for the harm that you have suffered. Once our firm has more information about any defective auto part challenges that may have contributed to the cause of your crash, we’ll be able to advise you of your legal options accordingly.
Because accidents involving large commercial trucks tend to result in serious, catastrophic, and even fatal consequences, it is particularly important for those who have been injured in collisions involving large commercial trucks to seek legal guidance in the wake of their accidents. Recovery from serious injuries can require significant medical care, lost earning potential, and months or even years of rehabilitation. You do not want to be saddled with the financial burdens associated with your accident if you don’t have to be.
Trucking accident cases tend to be complex. It is rare that any single factor causes a large commercial truck to crash. As a result, you may be able to sue others involved in the accident, the trucking company that employs any truck driver involved, those responsible for safe maintenance of California’s roads, and even the manufacturers of defective auto parts. An astonishing number of large commercial trucks travel throughout California on a daily basis. If an accident involving one of those trucks has caused you harm, refrain from making any assumptions about your case until we have objectively assessed it and advised you of all of the legal options available to you at this time.
Work-Related Vehicle Accidents
If you were driving professionally or were otherwise engaged in work-related activity at the time of your crash, you may be entitled to pursue a workers’ compensation benefits claim instead of or in addition to a personal injury damages claim. If you are a full-time or part-time employee of a company that keeps more than a handful of people on its payroll, chances are good that you are entitled to receive these benefits as long as you were not intoxicated at the time of your crash and did not crash on purpose. If you are an independent contractor, you will likely only be eligible to file for personal injury damages as independent contractors are ineligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and you were (in some capacity) working at the time of your crash, you may be able to sue third parties other than your employer via the personal injury claims process in addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits for your work-related harm. However, if your employer contributed to the cause of the harm you have suffered, you cannot sue them directly due to the limited liability shield that the workers’ compensation system offers to employers when their workers are hurt on the job. If you are an independent contractor, you may sue any third party – including the company for which you provide work-related services – provided that the third party’s negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous conduct directly caused your harm.
Note that unlike the personal injury claims process, the workers’ compensation system offers benefits regardless of fault. This means that if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if the accident in question was totally your fault, you remain eligible to collect these benefits as a result of your work-related harm.
If a loved one recently lost their life as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim for damages related to the loss that you have suffered. If your loved one was conscious and felt pain before they passed away as a result of their injuries, you may also be eligible to file a survival action for damages related to that pain and suffering. In addition to payouts from personal injury defendants and insurance companies, you may also be entitled to receive workers’ compensation death benefits in the event that you are loved one was killed while engaging in work-related travel.
Surviving loved ones often hesitate to explore their legal options because they are grieving and/or they are unsure of whether they have grounds to file legal action. However, waiting too long to explore your legal options may do you and your family a disservice. The financial consequences of losing your loved one can quickly become unmanageable. Exploring your legal options can help to ensure that you and your family are not burdened by financial challenges resulting from the loss of your loved one. If another’s negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous conduct led to your loved one’s death, please schedule a free, risk-free consultation today to explore your options for legal recourse. Our compassionate, respectful, experienced, and knowledgeable legal team would be honored to help ensure that justice is done on your loved one’s behalf.
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California law broadly protects the rights of accident victims, provided that they were not solely at fault for the harm that they have suffered. We believe that every injury victim deserves to understand what their rights are under the law and how these rights apply to the aftermath of the accidents they have experienced. This is why our firm opts to offer case evaluations – for free – to any accident injury victim interested in learning more about how the law applies to their unique circumstances. Regardless of whether you were a driver or passenger, a professional truck operator or a motorcycle enthusiast, a pedestrian or a pedestrian at the time that you were injured, we can help to clarify your options and assist you in making informed decisions about how to proceed from here. If you haven’t already scheduled a free consultation with our firm, please do so today. We look forward to speaking with you.