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California Car Accident Lawyers

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Have your case reviewed for free. The California Car Accident Lawyers at Bisnar Chase have 40 years of experience and have won over $500 Million for our clients. Working with a trial attorney is vital when it comes to winning your auto accident case and getting you the best compensation possible. Not all personal injury attorneys go to trial, but we do – with outstanding winning results.

If you've been involved or injured in a motor vehicle accident please call our Southern California personal injury lawyers at 800-561-4887 to discuss your rights and compensation.

Time is of the essence when it comes to preserving your rights and making a car accident claim. Our law firm will provide you with a free consultation that will allow us to assess the accident and determine the best option for you.

Bisnar Chase has been representing auto accident victims since 1978 and has always put the client first. Our clients are treated to a first class experience with a personal touch. Better yet, we will also shield you from financial responsibility and out-of-pocket expenses by advancing all costs. You won't pay anything unless your case is won. Year after year we have been rated among the best car accident lawyers in California.

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Choosing the Right Car Accident Lawyer for Your Case


Having the right California Car Accident Lawyer on your side is paramount in achieving a fair outcome in your case. Inexperience and lack of resources could cost you. Our legal team has the resources, experience and passion to win even the most difficult cases.

We provide a superior client experience, giving you the highest quality of care. We will fight to get you the largest recovery possible from your automobile accident.

From protecting your lost wages to shielding you from financial responsibility, we provide a framework of experience crafted by nine trial lawyers who have been winning difficult car accident cases throughout California for decades.

Brian Chase, California car accident lawyer

Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“I always knew I wanted to practice injury law. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

Negligent Parties Must Pay Fair Compensation


If you are injured in any type of auto accident, including a hit-and-run car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation from any negligent parties. If you have sustained an injury, you should hold the negligent parties responsible for any loss of income, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Through no fault of your own, an injury has occurred. You are entitled to fair compensation.

By contacting one of our qualified California auto accident attorneys that specialize in serious motor vehicle injuries, you are making the smartest choice in legal representation. We will investigate the car accident scene and the vehicles, along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your auto accident.

We will stand up for you against any insurance company, wrongdoer, trucking company, or anyone else who has caused you harm through no fault of your own. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended.

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The Dangers of Driverless Vehicles


Self driving cars – also referred to as robot cars – are becoming a reality. With Tesla and Google taking the helm in leading the autonomous car revolution, more people are being injured as these companies continue to use our highways to test the self driving cars.

So far there have already been several deaths linked to driverless cars, as well as reports of test vehicles that have caught fire while parked and not running. Some of these fires have been linked to the ion batteries in the vehicles. There are pros and cons to driverless cars but we are sure of one thing – our national highways should not be used as a test track for potentially unsafe innovations.

Until the safety features of these driverless cars are further tested, someone should remain behind the wheel. If you've been injured by a self driving car, contact an injury attorney well versed in these types of accidents.

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Auto Defects Can Kill


Millions of cars are recalled every month for a variety of auto defects. While vehicle recall laws do help, many times the recall doesn't take place until someone is injured or killed. From cases involving everything from faulty safety belts to exploding airbags, we have built a reputation for being one of the best auto defect law firms in the country. Our managing partner Brian Chase is a national auto defect lawyer with decades of experience and regularly teaches other lawyers how to try these difficult and complicated cases.

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Top 5 Most Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents


vehicle accident lawyerDriving is a daily task most of us need to do as a standard part of our professional, personal and recreational lives.

Getting from one place to another isn't always easy without a vehicle. That being said, with the huge number of other people using similar forms of transportation and traveling along the same streets and highways at the same time, driving can also become hazardous.

Here is a list of the Top 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents:

  1. Speeding: Speeding is unsafe. Traveling at excessive speeds, especially around other drivers and pedestrians, can prove fatal in a matter of milliseconds. When speeding, it is more difficult to observe and react to road hazards, judge a turn, or stop in the situation of a sudden and unavoidable obstacle. The speed limit is set for a reason.
  2. Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of substances such as drugs or alcohol can very often result in catastrophic accidents. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S. It is responsible for nearly 30% of all fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths per year. Drunk drivers put everyone at risk, including the drivers around them, pedestrians, cyclists, and themselves.

    Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are working across the United States to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy, whether that impairment is caused by alcohol or any other drug.

  3. Distracted Driving: Most people think they are able to perfectly drive while using a cell phone to talk, text, use social media, play music or set the GPS. It is not just cell phones; anything which diverts the driver's attention away from the road can potentially cause a serious vehicular danger. Attempting to multi-task while driving can be a serious form of negligence.

  4. Auto Defects: Any type of vehicle, including cars, trucks, vans, buses and motorcycles can carry faults, from design flaws to manufacturing mistakes. There are frequent recalls on certain products due to auto defects can vreate major dangers for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Brake failure, seatbelt malfunctions, roof crush and other defects can make your drive unsafe and potentially fatal.

  5. Driver Error: Sometimes drivers simply make mistakes, from errors in judgement caused by inexperience, to over-aggressive dangerous driving. This is another form of negligence which can easily cause a traffic accident. Inexperienced drivers, teenagers or adults getting their license for the first time or first time in a long time can be dangerous to themselves, passengers and other drivers and or pedestrians, as can arrogant drivers with no respect for others on the road. Stay alert, stay safe, stay alive.


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Most Common Types of Car Accidents


Any vehicle collision can cause serious property damage and injuries. The most common forms of car accidents include:

  • Head-on Collisions: Head on crashes will often cause severe injuries. Many head on collisions occur when a vehicle is attempting an overtaking maneuver and will typically cause catastrophic front end damage to the vehicles involved, as well as the drivers and passengers.
  • T-Bone Accidents: A T-Bone collision is when the middle of the vehicle is hit by another vehicle's front or back end.
  • Rollover Crashes: A rollover accident can be very deadly especially if there is a roof crush involved.
  • Sideswiping: This usually happens when one vehicle drifts into another lane or when a driver attempts to pass.
  • Hit and Run: Fleeing the scene of a car accident is not only illegal but it can put the injured person in grave danger.

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Common Injuries from a Car Accident


Among the most common injuries sustained by car crash victims are:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones and severe fractures
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Massive bruising
  • PTSD, anxiety and emotional issues

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Time to File a Claim for Car Accidents - How Long Do You Have?


Auto accident victims have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a serious vehicle accident, you need to act within the statute of limitations according to California law. Victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a car crash claim, and three years to file a property damage claim. Obtaining injury damages to cover your your medical bills and compensate you for your pain and suffering is practically impossible if you have passed the time limit to file a claim.

Hiring a California car accident lawyer has many benefits. A top-rated attorney will help you build a strong case after your accident and ensure that it is filed properly within the timeframe. Do not delay; contact the car accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase now.

Call us at 800-561-4887 to receive a free case evaluation and consultation, with expert legal guidance on how to proceed with your case.



Protecting Your Interests


Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. A car accident lawyer is essential to help protect your interests. As more and more vehicles enter our roadways, more risks and threats are present to drivers.

If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to seek the help of qualified car accident attorneys who have practiced in California. Bisnar Chase has been representing injured plaintiffs in California for more than 40 years. Our attorneys have a 96% success rate and have won over $500 Million for our clients.



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Auto Accident Checklist


Refer to this car accident checklist for advice on what to do after you have been involved in a car collision in California. Following these steps will helps ensure your own health and safety, as well as boosting your case if you decide to take legal action.

  • Seek immediate medical attention and tell your physician everything you can about the accident including any pain you are having.
  • File a police report as soon as possible.
  • Get the insurance information from the other driver(s), including their driver's license number.
  • Get all witness names, addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Take a good number of pictures of the accident scene. Include all cars involved and photograph all visible injuries of all victims in the auto.
  • Do not talk to anyone about the accident or injuries especially an insurance adjuster. Only discuss with your doctor or attorney regarding treatment.
  • Before you sign anything consult a qualified California car accident lawyer to avoid mistakes.
  • If you are disoriented, confused or having trouble remembering things, please report it. These are all symptoms of brain trauma.
  • Educate yourself with pertinent car accident resources.

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Common Mistakes After a Motor Vehicle Accident


The period after a car accident can be a stressful time. However, it is important that you remember to avoid these common mistakes in order to maximize the chances of car accident injury lawsuit success:

  • Posting information on social media including pictures or making written statements that can be used against you.
  • Not recognizing the seriousness of your injuries right away. This can lead to additional injuries down the road.
  • Speaking with insurance companies from either side. The first phone call should be to your lawyer.
  • Not being 100% truthful with your attorneys. This can affect your case if information comes out later to the defense.
  • Not collecting evidence. Take pictures, obtain witness statements & file a police report.
  • Admitting liability. Only your lawyer should be discussing the case with you.

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The Car Accident Settlement Process


Your injury attorney will discuss the details of your case with you in a straightforward manner, including the odds of having to go to trial. A good car accident legal team will have the ability to go to trial if needed. Of course, if this can be avoided while still securing a favorable settlement for you, then this can be a good outcome.

Don't let an attorney talk you down in terms of settlement if you feel its not a fair representation of your injuries and suffering. To reach an experienced California car accident lawyer please call us toll free at 800-561-4887.

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California Car Accident FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions


Refer to our most frequently asked car accident questions. If you have a query that is not answered below, contact Bisnar Chase now.

It is always best to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible after your collision. There is a two-year statute of limitations in California, meaning that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. But it is best to get started as soon as you can. A lawyer will be able to provide legal expertise and guidance on how to proceed.

It is always best to contact your insurance company if you have been involved in a car accident. However, the information you provide an adjuster with should be limited. Insurance firms do not have your best interests at heart and will not pay out if they don’t have to. Contact a car accident lawyer at Bisnar Chase first, and let our experienced negotiators handle the insurance agents.

The best car accident lawyers will work on contingency. Bisnar Chase advances all costs needed to win your case as part of the firm’s ‘No Win, No Fee’ promise. This prevents clients from having to pay out of pocket, and ensures everyone can afford to fight for justice.

Yes, you can. California uses a system called comparative negligence. This allows victims to make claims based on the negligence of another person or party, even if they share some portion of responsibility.

It depends on the details of the case. Some car accident lawsuits are decided by a settlement out of court. In other cases, a fair settlement cannot be agreed. The Bisnar Chase team is made up of experienced trial attorneys, and will take your case to court if necessary. Your lawyer will discuss all of the options with you before a decision is made.

The compensation award or settlement will depend on the circumstances of your case. It can be impacted by a variety of factors, including the severity of the victim’s injuries, their medical expenses and any lost wages, as well as the level of pain and suffering endured. An expert attorney at Bisnar Chase will be able to tell you more once they have assessed the specifics of your case.

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Awards & Honors


  • 2019 Million Dollar Advocate
  • 2019 Lawyer of the Year
  • 2019 Nation's Premiere Top Ten Attorneys by NAOPIA
  • 2019 America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017 Top 1% by the Natl. Assoc. of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2017 Top 100 High Stakes Litigator
  • 2016 Top 10% Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016 SuperLawyer
  • 2016 Best Lawyers
  • 2015 CAOC President
  • 2015 NADC Top One Percent Lawyers
  • 2014, 2004 OCTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year for Products Liability OCTLA

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Some of Our Car Accident Case Results


  • $16,444,904 - Dangerous road condition, driver negligence
  • $9,800,000 - Motor vehicle accident
  • $8,500,000 - Motor vehicle accident - wrongful death
  • $2,432,250 - Motor vehicle accident
  • $2,360,000 - Wrongful death, commercial vehicle - motor vehicle accident

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Superior Client Representation


Too often, victims of serious injuries due to car accidents receive incorrect information and make decisions that negatively affect the outcome of their car accident lawsuit.

Car crash victims do not have the luxury of receiving second chances; insurance companies will utilize any means to give them grounds for denying your car accident claim and are counting on you to dig your own hole. Unfortunately, this strategy is extremely effective and many auto collision victims are left with a lifetime of regret.

Bisnar Chase car accident attorneys have been setting the bar for superior client representation and courtroom accomplishments for over 40 years. Having represented over 12,000 clients over that time, our accident lawyers know exactly how to get maximum compensation for one's injuries in as little time as possible.

Our accident attorneys utilize aggressive litigation combined with extensive experience and professionalism to reach case outcomes that could not be obtained anywhere else. Our reputation precedes us and we are able to utilize our national presence to come to quick and favorable resolutions to our clients' cases.


Contact the California car accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase now. Call (800) 561-4887 or click to contact us by email .


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