If you were injured in a car accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation. A Monterey Park car accident lawyer can help you to understand and defend your rights and negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf.
To learn more, call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291.
You Could Qualify for Compensation
Monetary compensation—also referred to as monetary damages—can be of great use to you after a car accident. You may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages, depending on how your accident happened and how it affected you.
Economic damages, which include any and all monetary losses, may include things like:
- Repair bills: Your car was damaged, so you had to pay to repair it and use alternate forms of transportation until it was ready for use again.
- Medical bills: You received or continue to receive medical treatment for your crash injuries.
- Loss of wages: You had to take time off from work to recuperate.
Non-economic damages, which include any and all physical and mental injuries, may include things like:
- Disability: You have permanent injuries that affect your ability to freely use any part of your body.
- Pain and suffering: Your injuries affected your physical and/or emotional well-being.
- Diminished quality of life: You need help with basic everyday tasks, and/or you cannot participate in the activities you once did.
If you are filing your lawsuit after the collision-related death of a loved one, you may qualify for other types of damages than those listed above.
Assessing and quantifying damages is a difficult task, especially when you are still trying to recover from an accident. Let Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices worry about that and all other legal tasks so that you do not have to. Give us a call at (888) 522-6291 when you are ready to begin.
Many Car Accidents Are Preventable
Getting behind the wheel does not have to be dangerous. If everyone used common sense and followed the rules of the road, accidents would be far less frequent.
Sadly, all too many drivers elect not to be cautious and courteous to others, either because they do not care or because they are under the mistaken assumption that breaking a few rules here and there will not hurt anyone.
Three common car accident causes are:
Drivers can be distracted by many things, from other people (both inside and outside the vehicle) to adjusting dials (such as the radio volume or the air conditioning).
A more modern source of distraction that has been talked about a lot is cellphones. Using an electronic device while driving is illegal in California, and with good reason. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in one study, 13% of all fatal distraction-related crashes were caused by inappropriate cell phone use.
Alcohol and Drug Use
While drunk driving tends to receive most of the publicity, any type of drug in any amount can potentially affect a driver’s judgment. This includes illegal drugs (e.g., crystal meth), drugs whose legality is being revised in many states (e.g., marijuana), and legal drugs prescribed by a doctor (e.g., an allergy or pain medication).
Some drivers may think that following the posted speed limit is all it takes to avoid speeding. On a clear day on a relatively empty road, that may be true. However, if traffic is heavy, if the roadway is not well-maintained, or if visibility is poor due to bad weather, traveling at the posted speed limit may still be considered speeding. Drivers must pay attention and exercise caution to avoid a speed-related accident.
Fighting for the Compensation You Need
Per the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), anyone who owns and operates a motor vehicle in California must purchase a certain amount of insurance in case they cause an accident. For example, the minimum insurance requirements include $15,000 for the injury or death of another person.
What does this mean for your case? It means you most likely will be seeking compensation from an insurance company, not the liable party themselves.
However, you may run into complications. For example, the liable party may have broken the law by not carrying sufficient insurance, or your injuries may be so severe that you need more money than the liable party’s insurance policy covers.
No matter how challenging or straightforward your case is, a Monterey Park car accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices is here to help. We can deal with the liable party and their representatives from beginning to end.
Below is a quick outline of how we handle cases like yours.
- Sending a notification: We will alert the liable party and the court that you are filing a lawsuit.
- Maintaining the lines of communication: When the liable party responds to our notification, we will answer. You do not have to have any direct contact with the liable party or the people representing them.
- Meeting to negotiate: In many lawsuits, the insurance company is open to negotiations. Again, your lawyer will represent you at these meetings and fight hard for every dollar you are entitled to.
- Preparing for trial: If the insurance company refuses to negotiate, your lawyer can schedule court dates and submit any evidence they have uncovered for the judge’s consideration.
- Going to court: Your lawyer is not afraid of the courtroom. We are ready, willing, and able to present your case before a judge and jury.
Call for Your Free Consultation with Our Experienced Attorneys
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices proudly serves clients throughout California, including in Monterey Park. If you would like a Monterey Park car accident lawyer to help you hold the liable party accountable for their careless actions, call us at (888) 522-6291.