A Car Crash Can Change Your Life. Get Help Now.
While most Americans get into a car every day, many of us don’t fully understand the risks involved in doing so. In 2013 alone, car crashes resulted in over 2.4 million hospital visits. This included over 33,800 vehicle accident fatalities—the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
After a car accident, your life can change for the worse in a heartbeat. Even minor injuries can leave you facing expensive medical bills and unexpected insurance disputes. The repair bills for your car might very well be just as expensive as the medical bills. Worse, you might be injured so severely that you’re unable to work while you recover.
If this is your situation, you need an aggressive and committed law firm on your side to help you overcome the legal challenges ahead and face down insurance companies who will try to minimize your settlement. Turn to an experienced California car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Chrisp in your time of need.
Loberg v. County of Lake
Our case started when a Sheriff’s Deputy in Lake County slammed on the gas pedal to pass a semi on the first rain of the season on a wet windy mountain road. The crash resulted in a serious wrist fracture that required three surgeries, and an ankle fracture that lead to subtalar joint arthritis. A dash cam video showed the deputies bad driving but the video didn’t prove why the lose of traction happened. The county took the position that the deputy did nothing wrong, and that his driving was totally reasonable. The deputy had given an Internal affairs statement where he claimed he only accelerated slightly to get by the semi, claiming at the deposition he used only 5-10% of the pedal. The deputy claimed our client hit him.
What no one in the sheriff’s office knew was that the deputies car was equipped with a black box. We were able to obtain and sync the black box data to the actual MAV video to create a real time animation of the gas pedal that clearly showed 3 seconds of full acceleration followed by the lose of control. After this animation the jurors understood more and more that the defense was a lie.
One of the major challenges of this case was that during our third week of the six week trial, the massive Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake County fires broke out. Our clients mother lost her home, our doctors lost their homes, we lost two jurors that lost their homes, and we had to beg witnesses from San Francisco and Sonoma to make the trek up to lake County with active fires burning near all highways into Lake County. It was Armageddon. Our courtroom was the sole open courtroom and the courthouse was empty aside from us. To see the jurors perseverance through it all was truly inspiring. In the end our jury saw through the county of Lakes bogus defenses and awarded our client a record setting verdict in Lake County. Our verdict was $2,047,000.00 with $1,250,000.00 for past general damages, and $500,000.00 for the future generals. The verdict was 12-0.
The Risks of the Road
You can’t control what other drivers are doing. This means that even the safest of drivers is at risk of being in a car accident.
From speeding to texting while driving, negligent drivers put us all in danger. Your California car accident lawyer will investigate the details of your wreck and help you pinpoint precisely where the fault lies. Doing so will allow you to pursue compensation from all responsible parties.
Detailed below are just a few of the more common causes of car crashes:
Over 1 million drivers are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) every year. These reckless drivers cause more than 300,000 injuries and about 10,000 accident fatalities annually. By one estimate, almost one out of every three Americans will be in an accident caused by a drunk driver during the course of his or her life.
DUI is an act of gross negligence that leaves the drunk driver responsible for your injuries and damages. You may also be able to hold responsible the business who served the driver. A knowledgeable California car accident lawyer from our firm will advise you as to whether pursuing this is appropriate.
Handheld cell phone use while driving is banned in California, and all cell phone use behind the wheel is forbidden to drivers under the age of eighteen. Texting while driving is banned for all drivers. By some accounts, 80 percent of accidents are caused by distracted driving, and cell phone use is the number one cause of distracted driving today.
Finding evidence of the distraction that caused your crash can be challenging, but your California car accident lawyer will know where to look. Whether cell phone records or witness testimony, we’ll find it and present it in your case.
Speeding is another form of driver negligence and causes some of the most destructive crashes. Getting injured because someone was in a hurry or looking for an adrenaline rush can be an overwhelmingly frustrating experience—one that could leave you disabled and in debt.
By working with a California car accident lawyer from our office, we’ll make sure the speeding driver who hit you accounts for his or her actions.
Know Your Rights After a Car Crash
The goal of any insurance adjuster will be to minimize your financial settlement. Obviously, this goes against your best interests, and things can get even more difficult if opposing attorneys get involved.
After an accident, you should always immediately speak with a California car crash lawyer from our office. To protect your claim, always bear the following in mind:
- Never offer to settle immediately, for any amount. We will review any offer you receive and advise you on whether it is fair.
- Never accept medical advice from the insurance company. Always see your own doctor for a true evaluation of your injuries.
- Never give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Let us handle these communications on your behalf.
- Never give the auto insurer access to your private medical history.
Choose the Best
Why should you retain a California car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Chrisp to represent you? For several reasons:
Our office has successfully concluded hundreds of cases and obtained millions of dollars for our clients. We take pride in our ability to prepare cases for trial: insurers will settle most of our cases out of court because they know we’re able to obtain justice in front of a jury.
Personal injury makes up 100 percent of our firm’s cases. You can rest easy knowing that your California car accident lawyer will aggressively pursue the best financial settlement possible for your case.
We understand car crash injuries and insurance companies. We’ll make certain you have a full understanding of the true scope of your injuries before it comes time to settle. Whether your case can settle or needs to go to court, we’ll sit down with you to explain the entire process so you can decide what to do.
The aftermath of a car crash is a stressful time. You need the confidence that your California car accident lawyer will fight for you. We know insurance company tactics and understand how to present your case to a jury.
We’ll arm you with this knowledge, giving you power over the entire process. You’ll never doubt your choice of attorney. Your case is our case, and that’s how we’ll treat it until we reach a successful conclusion.
Our clients are more than clients. Each case is pursued with care and compassion. To us, each case exists only because of the individual behind it, and every individual motivates us to achieve justice.
Call a California Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in any type of car accident, call a California car accident lawyer you can depend on. At the Law Offices of J. Chrisp, our team is ready to fight for your rights.
Please call our office at 1-877-JCHRISP (524-7477) or complete our contact form below to receive your free case evaluation and consultation with a skilled California car crash lawyer. Our firm provides you with years of experience settling car accident claims in and out California courts.