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CALIFORNIA TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LAWYERS

Here’s a piece of advice you should always remember. If you are in a car accident, get the best California traffic accident lawyer available. Do not talk to your insurance company first or allow a representative of the other driver’s insurance company to interview you before you do so.

Instead of talking with the insurance companies yourself, get a good car accident attorney and let that attorney speak to the insurance companies on your behalf. This is the only way you will be treated fairly.

Insurance companies are unscrupulous in how they handle car accident cases. Their number one goal is to keep from paying out a big settlement, even when their customers have been paying their insurance premiums for years and they know that they, or the person(s) they hit, has the right to receive a settlement that fully compensates them for all their damages and injuries.

If you have been in a car accident and have already talked with your insurance company, don’t fret but don’t talk with them anymore. Instead, take immediate action and call The May Firm at (888) 510-2933 to set up an appointment. They’ll get you into the office quickly.

If your insurance company calls you again before the appointment, tell them you are hiring an attorney to represent you and they will be in touch. Don’t let them bully you or trick you into talking with them anymore as they will probably try to do. Stand your ground!

Hazards on California Roadways That Can Result in a Traffic Accident

Roadways within California have unique challenges that can present a problem for drivers and increase the risk of a traffic accident when a driver fails to proceed with caution.

Weather

Wet roads on rainy days or early morning fog can create hazardous road conditions that require drivers to slow down and stay alert. During wildfire season, smoke and haze can fill the sky reducing visibility for miles throughout the state. When a negligent driver fails to adapt to the change in weather conditions, the likelihood of a traffic accident increases.

Heavy Traffic

Major cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, and their surrounding areas experience widespread heavy traffic congestion each day. Reckless, distracted, and aggressive drivers can make traffic jams a dangerous nightmare which puts nearby drivers and passengers at risk of injuries.

Busy Intersections

On interstates, travelers worry about the high speeds and congestion, but along city streets and neighborhood roads drivers must worry about busy intersections. Intersections require drivers to follow traffic signals and traffic laws to ensure that vehicles can pass through safely and without incident. Drivers who speed and fail to follow traffic regulations create dangerous situations in intersections that can cause traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Winding Interstates and Roads

Whether on the coast or in the mountains, California’s mountainous terrain and winding roads provide scenic views and interesting drives. They can also endanger motorists when reckless drivers share the road.

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Areas at High Risk of Accident in California

California’s roadways host the daily commutes of its residents and an influx of travelers from other states and countries that visit the state. Summers are typically the busiest, with tourists flocking to one of the state’s many vacation destinations. At any time of year, you will encounter busy roads and traffic throughout the state.

Metropolitan areas are hazardous for road travelers mainly due to the heavy congestion and the sheer number of passenger and commercial vehicles on the major roadways at any given time. Rural and suburban roads may seem less dangerous due to slower traffic and less congestion but can still result in serious traffic-related accidents due to busy intersections, mountainous terrains, and negligent drivers.

Popular roads throughout California with high incidences of traffic accidents include:

  • Interstate 5
  • Interstate 10
  • Interstate 15
  • Interstate 40
  • Interstate 805
  • State Route 99
  • U.S. Route 101

Most Common Types of Traffic Accidents on California Roads

Many situations can cause a traffic accident. Negligent drivers increase the risk of accidents with other vehicles.

Examples of negligent behaviors that can lead to an accident include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless and Aggressive Driving
  • Failure to obey traffic laws and signals
  • Speeding
  • Driving while fatigued
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How Long Do You Have to Seek Recovery After a Traffic Accident in California?

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In most circumstances, traffic accident-related claims are processed initially through an insurer. In most cases, the parties settle at this stage. You may, however, need to file a lawsuit in some situations. When the parties dispute a determination of fault, disagree about fair compensation, or one party lacks insurance coverage or inadequate insurance coverage, you may need to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties.

The statute of limitations for your jurisdiction limits the time to file a lawsuit. If you do not file a lawsuit in time, you can’t recover compensation for the losses in an accident. In California, a car accident victim has only two years from when an accident happens to file a lawsuit against an insurer or the at-fault party.

While two years may seem like a long time it is actually on the shorter end of the spectrum for statutes of limitations. Preparing a personal injury claim can take time. Even once a claim is filed with an insurer; negotiations, investigations, and other processes can take time. In cases with severe injuries, the extent of your damages may not even be known for quite some time, which can prevent a quick settlement for quite some time. Two years can creep up quickly and if you are not careful you cannot recover compensation.

Contact a traffic accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs. An attorney understands the applicable laws and the steps necessary to prepare and protect your rights. The earlier an attorney represents you in your case the higher the likelihood that you will achieve a positive outcome in a reasonable time.

Do You Need a California Traffic Accident Lawyer After An Accident?

Successful Recovery for Clients with The May Firm

  • $1.9 million judgment against a negligent driver that caused the death of a pedestrian in a traffic accident
  • $1.5 million for a traffic accident that involved injuries to a victim due to a rear-end collision
  • $1.8 million for the family of a victim that suffered a traffic-related fatality

You may wonder whether you actually need a lawyer to represent you for a traffic accident injury or damages. The reality is that a lawyer can help you navigate the difficult insurance claims process by calculating your damages, managing communications with interested parties, and negotiating a settlement on your behalf. If it becomes necessary to file a legal action in court, an attorney will also represent you and prepare your case.

Do not jeopardize the monetary compensation you may be entitled to by dealing with insurance companies and at-fault parties alone. Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your rights and represent your interests.

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We do not charge any fees for consultations and you will never pay our attorneys until we will your auto accident case. You can contact the May Firm at (888) 510-2933. The receptionist will direct you to the nearest office and schedule your appointment promptly.