If you were involved in a car accident in Pasadena, you might be entitled to monetary compensation. This compensation may cover your medical treatment, household bills, and other accident-related losses.
Call the client intake team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291 for a free case review. We can discuss your legal options and how a Pasadena car accident lawyer from our firm can help you.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices does not charge our clients any fees until we win compensation for them.
Keeping the Roads Safe Is Everyone’s Responsibility
There are many laws on the books concerning safe driving behavior. For instance:
- California Vehicle Code (VEH) §23123.5 prohibits drivers from using certain types of electronic devices behind the wheel.
- The maximum speed limit for cars on California highways is typically 65 mph for urban interstates or 70 mph for rural interstates, per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
These laws may seem onerous at times, especially when you are in a hurry to get somewhere. However, following the rules is a simple thing that all drivers can do to protect themselves and everyone else on the road. Conversely, disobeying the rules can very quickly lead to car accidents, serious injuries, and even fatalities.
After a car accident, a Pasadena car accident lawyer who understands California’s traffic laws can protect your rights. For more information, contact Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291. A member of our client intake team is standing by to offer you a free consultation on your case.
Figuring Out What Types of Compensation You May Qualify For
For a chance of receiving compensation, you first have to list and quantify all of the ways in which the accident affected your health, your career, and your life. Everyone’s list will look different. Your list may or may not include the following types of damages:
Economic damages may compensate you for the expenses you incurred because of the accident and/or your accident injuries. Common examples include:
- Costs of medical treatment, such as having to pay for a hospital stay, follow-up appointments, long-term care, or other treatments
- Costs of repair, such as having to pay for car repairs, car replacement, a rental car, or other expenses related to the damage that the crash caused
- Loss of employment, such as having to retire early because your injuries prevent you from doing your job
- Loss of financial support, such as being suddenly deprived of your deceased loved one’s income
Non-economic damages may compensate you for the injuries themselves and the physical, mental, and emotional toll they have taken. Common examples include:
- Diminished quality of life, such as being unable to take care of yourself (e.g., needing help bathing or cleaning)
- Disability, such as being unable to use any part of your body due to amputation, nerve damage, chronic pain, etc
- Disfigurement, such as having to deal with permanent scars and the changes in appearance and/or physical capacity they have caused
- Loss of companionship, such as having to cope without the affection and care you are accustomed to receiving from a loved one who passed away because of the accident
Quantifying Economic and Non-Economic Damages
How much money should you sue for? Again, that depends on your case. If you have medical or repair bills, you can check the totals on these invoices to get an idea of how much to ask for regarding those particular economic damages.
Assigning a value to non-economic damages can be trickier and may require different types of evidence. Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can assist you with this process when we represent you.
Letting a Lawyer Take the Reins
If you do not feel up to dealing with a lawsuit right now, that is perfectly understandable—and it does not have to prevent you from receiving the compensation you may deserve. Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can make the entire legal process more accessible by taking the following steps on your behalf:
Investigating the Accident
To build the strongest case possible, your lawyer will consult various sources for evidence that corroborates your account of the crash. These sources often include:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Surveillance video
- Witness statements, photos, or video
Not only will the investigation show that the liable party caused your injuries and therefore owes you damages, but it can also help prove that you deserve the compensation you are asking for.
Notifying All Relevant Parties
Your lawsuit officially begins once you have notified the liable party (i.e., the party you are suing) and the court. Your lawyer knows how and when to do this, and they would be happy to take care of it for you.
In many cases, the liable party’s insurance company will agree to negotiate. You do not have to attend these negotiations yourself. Instead, your lawyer will represent you, fight for the money you need, and, if an agreement is reached, draw up the paperwork for you to sign.
Scheduling a Trial
As already stated, many cases end in successful negotiations. For those that do not, your lawyer can represent you at trial by submitting the evidence in your case and presenting oral arguments before a judge and jury.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Today
With a Pasadena car accident lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices on your side, you do not have to handle any aspect of your case alone. Not only can this take a big weight off your shoulders, but it can also allow you more time to focus on recovering from your accident.
To receive a free case review from the car accident team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, call (888) 522-6291 today.