Some Free Advice from a Placentia Car Accident Lawyer
A knowledgeable Placentia accident attorney knows there are many things to consider if you are involved in a car collision. For example, when should you sue? What can you claim? Can you recover in small claims court? Before delving into details, a brief overview of car accident statistics in Placentia, California may be useful.
Car Accidents in Placentia Reveal a Variety of Tragedies
In 2006, the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) revealed that two people lost their lives and 164 people were injured in Placentia car crashes. Pedestrian car accidents killed one and injured 13. Bicycle accidents killed one and injured 11. Motorcycle accidents injured six. DUI crashes caused 13 injuries. In 2007, two car collisions ended in two deaths.
Compensation for Your Car Accident Losses
Experienced Placentia auto collision attorneys know how often car crashes occur in this city. "They're aware of the accident profile of Placentia," notes John Bisnar. "They know that in 2008, over 8.5 percent of car crashes involved DUI drivers. They're also familiar with the city's unique traffic laws and police." All the more reason to consult a Placentia car crash lawyer, should you ever get into a car crash in this city. They will advise you that if the accident was the other driver's fault, you could be entitled to compensation--for your car replacement or repair, your personal injuries, and many other expenses. These can include doctor and hospital bills, rehabilitation and therapy (both physical and psychological) as well as pain and suffering.
Remedies and Legal Procedures After the Accident
Skilled Placentia car collision lawyers say that if you're going to sue an insurance company, don't wait too long. "You only have a limited time for filing specific types of claims," warns Bisnar. "A Placentia car crash lawyer can advise you on the procedures and requirements unique to Placentia." If you file a claim as an individual, you can usually file for up to $7,500 in small claims court. You can't have a lawyer represent you in small claims court, but you can and should seek his or her counsel before you file and before you make your court appearance. If you plan on filing a lawsuit exceeding small claims court limits, you should consult and ideally hire an experienced car accident lawyer.
Seeking Advice From and Retaining a Car Accident Lawyer
The most qualified Placentia car crash lawyers provide a no charge, no pressure consultation to car collision victims. Better still, most work on a contingency fee basis once they are hired. This means that the lawyer gets a percentage of the money you receive when the case settles (in or out of court). If you agree to a contingency fee, the lawyer must put what you agreed on in writing and provide you with a signed copy. This agreement should indicate the lawyer's percentage if you win your case and also indicate who will pay for court and other costs.
For more free advice, please read "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Personal Injury Claim" by California personal injury attorney John Bisnar. The book is free to accident victims--just go to www.BestAttorneyBooks.com to get a copy sent to you, or you can buy one at www.Amazon.com. Please contact our Orange County car accident lawyers by calling 800-561-4887.
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