Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a Sacramento car accident, it's important to understand your legal options. You may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries and any damage that your vehicle sustained in the crash.
At the Arnold Law Firm, our car accident lawyers charge no upfront costs and your initial case review is also free of charge. We have recovered more than $250,000,000 in compensation and our award winning founder - Clay Arnold - has received numerous industry accolades and is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
For more information call us today at (916) 777-7777 for your free consultation.
Am I Eligible For Compensation?
While there can be many different circumstances that cause an accident, when filing for a compensation claim you will need to meet two primary criteria to help validate your claim:
- The accident was caused (completely or in part) by the negligence of the other party
- The accident was the cause of your injuries
The attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm have many years of experience and can help to review the specifics of your accident in great detail. Our goal is to build a strong argument for your damages claim and to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you.
Insurance Companies and Your Injury
In most serious injury cases, the insurance company of the at-fault motorist will send out an appraiser to assess the damages and determine a value for those damages.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that these investigators are NOT your friends. As highly skilled workers in their field, they are trained to obtain information from crash victims when they are most vulnerable.
Thankfully, the attorneys at our firm are already aware of the tricks and tactics that these people will employ and can warn you in advance along with providing ways for you to handle their questions. Quite often, we will simply ask that all questions be deferred to our team, so that we can deal with them directly.
California Statute of Limitations - Why It's Important To Contact A Lawyer
Based on the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, in the state of California there is a two year statute of limitations for auto accident claims.
This means that injury victims have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a damages lawsuit.
In California, there is a two year statute of limitations for auto accident claims.
Shortly after your accident you may like to consider hiring a lawyer to help explain your legal options and to begin the process for filing a claim. There are a number of reason for this:
- It establishes a record for the incident.
- In the event that the insurance company does not offer a fair and just settlement amount, your attorney can use the filing as leverage in the negotiations - knowing that they can take the case to court in an effort to obtain more compensation for your injuries &/or property damages.
- Some insurance companies also have specific time frames that an insurance claim must be submitted. As time can pass quickly, having everything in order helps to prevent any last minute issues should you need to pursue a compensation claim.
Common Causes of Vehicle Collisions
Despite many newer vehicles being equipped with the latest accident-avoidance and braking technology, simply due to the large volume of vehicles on our roads today, there can be many factors that contribute to a serious automotive crash.
In fact, the collision records that have been kept by our government and automotive research agencies for many years reveal that there are some common causes that seem to be recurrent year after year - despite the best attempts of automakers to limit the chances of a collision occurring.
Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- DUI / DWI
- Texting and driving
- Reckless drivers
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Construction zones
- Roadways in bad condition
It must be noted that driver error is not ALWAYS a contributing factor to a crash, and in those situations, an injury victim has other options and alternative ways to seek compensation for their injuries.
Types of Car Accidents
In many instances, factors like speeding, bad weather, vehicle malfunction and simple driver error can be the cause of a serious crash.
Keeping this in mind, the point of impact of the crash can greatly determine the nature and extend of any injuries that may be sustained by the occupants in the vehicles involved.
An example of this would be a rear-end accident, where the driver and/or passengers of the vehicle that has been hit are often pushed forward very rapidly, thus creating a whiplash-effect on their neck and spine.
Some common types of crashes include (but are not limited to):
- Head-on collision
- Rear-end crash
- Side impact / swipe
- Hit and run
- Rollover accidents
- Truck jackknife
While aggressive driving and impatient driver error has also been known to contribute to many of these collisions, it's always best to be as alert as possible when driving on our roads, and to drive defensively at all times.
Injuries That Can Be Sustained In an Accident
While the type of auto accident can often determine the severity of the injuries that a driver might receive, in most non-fatal collisions, there is a familiar list of damages that can be inflicted upon a motorist.
In many instances, these injuries may not necessarily be life-threatening however, they can often cause lingering pain that requires treatment long after the accident has taken place.
Unfortunately for some victims, the recovery of these injuries can last from months to years and the related medical expenses and treatment costs can simply be too much for them to bear.
Some of these injuries include:
- Spinal injuries / paralysis
- Facial damage
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
- Permanent disability
At Arnold Law, we understand that such injuries can be devastating to victims and their families medical costs, outpatient care, mental scarring and other types of trauma usually require expensive medical treatment that many families simply cannot afford.
If you cannot make it to our office to discuss your case, we can also arrange for one of our staff to come to you.
Contact Our Sacramento Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been injured by the carelessness or negligence of another driver, contact an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer at our firm today.
The founding partner of the Arnold Law Firm - Clay Arnold - is an award winning attorney that was admitted to practice law in California in 1975. Clay is also a member of the Sacramento County Bar Assocation and a Past President of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA).
Our office is centrally located in Sacramento - less than 10 miles from the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento - and our team have recovered more than $250,000,000 in compensation for our clients.
We do not charge an upfront free, we offer FREE case reviews and only get paid when we obtain a recovery or settlement for your case.