If you or someone you love has been injured by someone else’s negligence, contact Carlsbad personal injury attorney Richard Morse today. At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, we have more than 35 years of experience helping accident victims. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Call our law firm today at (619) 525-7007 to learn about how we may be able to help you. We offer a free consultation and you pay nothing unless we win.
How Can Our Carlsbad Personal Injury Attorneys Help?
Why should you hire a Carlsbad personal injury attorney? The process of recovering compensation after an accident may seem straightforward. In reality, the process is complex. Here are a few of the steps our attorneys will take in pursuing a claim for damages on your behalf:
Investigating the Accident
This may involve:
- Reviewing police reports,
- Finding and interviewing eyewitnesses,
- Taking and analyzing photographs of the crime scene,
- Taking and analyzing photographs of injuries,
- Consulting with experts including crime scene recreationists, and
- Speaking with medical doctors who assessed your injuries.
A thorough investigation is crucial to a successful claim.
After an accident, you may be able to hold several parties liable for your injuries. By holding multiple parties liable, you improve your chances of getting the money you deserve. California follows the comparative negligence rule. This basically means that a person may be held liable for the percent of which an accident is deemed to be their fault.
Parties other than the party who was physically at-fault may also be held liable. These may include:
- Employers of commercial drivers,
- Manufacturers of faulty equipment, or
- Government entities who are responsible for providing reasonably safe thoroughfares.
Our attorneys will investigate the potential liability of all possible parties. This helps us maximize the potential payout you receive.
Communicating With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies don’t make money by paying out on claims. Instead, they will try to get injured accident victims to agree to unfair settlements. We know how to prevent the insurance companies from reducing or refusing payout.
Ensuring You File Your Claim In Time
In California, most personal injury claims must be:
- filed within two years of the date of the accident, or
- within one year of discovering a related injury.
This statute of limitations is the general rule of thumb but can vary.
For instance, if you want to sue the City of Carlsbad, the process for filing is slightly different. For governmental defendants, administrative claims must be filed with the government agency within 60 days of the incident.
Failure to file a timely claim can result in you losing your right to compensation. Our attorneys will focus on the deadlines so you can focus on your recovery.
What Damages Can A Personal Injury Attorney Help Me Recover?
If you are injured in a Carlsbad accident you may be wondering what damages you may be able to recover. Victims of personal injury accidents can recover for both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages: Common economic damages include compensation for:
- medical expenses,
- lost wages (both past and projected), and
- personal property damage.
Non-economic damages: Common non-economic damages include compensation for:
- pain and suffering,
- mental anguish, and
- loss of companionship or consortium.
Our legal team is here to help you get all the money you deserve.
Our attorneys have experience handling many different types of personal injury claims, including:
Boat Accidents – Carlsbad, CA runs up and down seven beautiful miles of Pacific Coast. Unlimited access to San Diego waterways and year-round summer-like weather can be wonderful. Unfortunately, it can also result in a significant number of boating accidents. Our personal injury lawyers have helped boating accident victims recover compensation.
Brain Injuries – Brain injuries can result from a variety of accidents and have life-altering effects. Our attorneys understand the difficulties that accompany a traumatic brain injury. We work tirelessly to help victims recover the compensation they truly need to tend to this debilitating injury.
Car Accidents – With more than 1.7 million miles driven on Carlsbad thoroughfares each day, car accidents are inevitable. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping injured car accident victims. We’ll fight for the compensation you require to fully recover from their injuries.
Construction Site Accidents – A thriving town never stops growing or improving, and Carlsbad is no different. If you are injured on the job you may be entitled to recover compensation from your employer, a third party, or a claim for worker’s compensation. Contact our attorneys to learn more.
Dog Bites – Carlsbad is a thriving outdoor community – and one that welcomes our four-legged friends. Unfortunately, some encounters can result in a dog bite. Dog owners in California are held strictly liable for injuries inflicted by their pets.
Motorcycle Accidents – California has more registered motorcyclists than any other state in the country. Motorcycle accidents are far too common. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of a car driver’s negligence you may be able to recover compensation to help tend to your injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents – These accidents can result in serious injury or even death. Often times these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of a store. Find out how our legal team can assist you.
Wrongful Death – Unfortunately, some accidents can turn out to be deadly. If you have lost a loved one to a third party’s wrongful conduct or negligent behavior in Carlsbad you may be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death claim for damages can help to cover medical expenses, lost wages, funeral and burial costs, and pain and suffering.
Carlsbad Car Accident Statistics
Nightlife, tourist attractions, and busy roadways contribute to a relatively high likelihood of being involved in some sort of accident. In 2014, over 1.7 million miles were driven on Carlsbad roadways each day. That same year, Carlsbad recorded 617 automobile accidents that resulted in some sort of personal injury and/or death. Of those 617 accidents, 62 involved motorcycles, 37 involved pedestrians, and 34 involved bicyclists. Alcohol was a factor in at least 66 of the accidents, and speed was a factor in at least 204 of the incidents.
What Causes Carlsbad Auto Accidents
An investigation of San Diego County traffic data revealed that there were four main causes of automobile accidents in 2009.
- Speeding – Failure to adhere to the posted speed limit was the number one cause of accidents, causing an estimated 6,000 accidents.
- Improper Turning – Changing lanes without signaling, ignoring striped lines, and other improper turning conduct caused an estimated 3,000 accidents.
- Failure to Yield – This aggressive behavior, which may include failing to properly look for oncoming traffic when entering or exiting a freeway, caused an estimated 2,500 accidents.
- Failure to Yield to Pedestrians – In San Diego County, pedestrians have the right of way. Drivers who were unfamiliar with or indifferent to this rule caused a significant number of accidents.
Experienced Carlsbad Personal Injury Attorneys
If you were injured in a Carlsbad accident you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party or parties. Time is of the essence after an accident. A statute of limitations begins to run, evidence can disappear, and eyewitness memories may fade. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Carlsbad personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury-causing accident.
At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, we understand the stress that an unexpected accident can impose on a victim. Unexpected financial burdens can be especially difficult. To ensure that our clients are able to focus on recovery we offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect a fee unless and until we recover compensation from the at-fault party or parties on your behalf.
We have a proven track record of helping people collect for damages. Contact us today to learn about how we may be able to help you during your recovery.