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In a recent year, California reported over 34,875 incidents of auto accidents. Of these accidents, more than 4,300 of them resulted in a fatality or a serious injury. Unfortunately, Fresno is no exception to these statistics: Let us not lose sight of the fact the number 4,300 represents a person—they are more than numbers—they are a friend, spouse, sibling, child, or neighbor somewhere in the Fresno community.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury, or you lost a loved one in a car accident in Fresno, contact our Fresno car accident lawyers at The May Firm today and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
Few things are more devastating than dealing with an accident where one had been acting with the proper amount of care the accident would have been prevented. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and reckless drivers jeopardize each one of us and our families.
At The May Firm, we have a history of getting victims of motor vehicle accidents the compensation they deserve. Some of our recent successes include:
We know our past successes do not always mean we will have success with future cases, and past results can’t guarantee a future outcome. However, what our past successes do show is our commitment to every client we represent. We know when you have suffered a serious injury your physical health is only one of the issues you are dealing with. We help make sure you are not impacted financially because of another person’s negligence.
Careless drivers—unfortunately, they are everywhere on Fresno roadways. Victims of car accidents often suffer debilitating injuries some of which take weeks, or months to recover from.
While many factors determine the severity of injuries, victims often have to face some of the following injuries after a Fresno car accident:
These are only some injuries that can occur during a car accident. Because victims are often dealing with a sudden rush of adrenaline (common following an accident) many will not be aware of their injuries for a few days following a Fresno car accident. This is why it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately following a car accident. Hidden injuries can cause long-term problems.
A cornerstone of civil litigation when someone is injured is the establishment of liability. While it may seem initially only a driver can be held liable, this is not always the case. Several factors may determine liability.
Here are some potential parties who may also be liable.
As you can see, parties in addition to a driver may cause injuries. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who will gather all the available information and make sure the responsible parties are held accountable for your injuries.
At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we organized bicycle and Christmas tree giveaways for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.
We have listed a few of the local organizations we support and look forward to growing our outreach in the future. If you have any suggestions for ways we can be of service or support, please reach out to us.
We take pride in working hard for each of our valued clients and will help you recover from your injuries and losses, including lost wages, mental anguish, future earning potential, disability or continued health care needs and lost or damaged property.
Our Fresno injury lawyers stay well-informed and up-to-date on all applicable legal changes, so you can be confident that you will always receive relevant, current legal advice.
If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.
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Robert May, Attorney | Founder
The first thing you may think about following a car accident is the damage to your vehicle. However, soon after an accident, a new financial reality will begin to sink in. You will likely be facing mounting medical bills, losing time from work, and you may also have to hire someone to help you perform normal household chores you would normally perform had you not suffered an injury.
Your Fresno personal injury lawyer can help you file a strong claim which may include the following damages:
Families who have lost a loved one in a Fresno car accident may also have additional avenues for their claim including the unexpected costs associated with a funeral and burial. You may feel like you are taking financial advantage of the loss of a loved one, and we all understand money cannot make up for that loss—but you should not have to bear the financial burden associated with another person’s negligent behavior.
Make no mistake about it, people may blame an accident victim for their own injuries. Whether the liable driver claims you failed to signal, traveled too fast or slow, or failed to yield, there will be finger-pointing going on. Do not be surprised if the insurance company attempts to prove your injuries existed before the accident.
Drivers who cause accidents do not want to see their insurance rates increase, nor do they want to face the potential consequences of having points assessed to their driving record. Insurance companies want to pay as little in claims as possible since payouts reduce their profits. This is why you will see a variety of tactics used to minimize your claim or to attempt to shift some responsibility for the accident to the victim.
These are just a few of the reasons why you must use caution in the aftermath of an accident. When providing law enforcement with a statement, speaking to other people at the scene of the accident, or reporting the accident to an insurance company you have to make sure you do not accept any responsibility for the accident. Even a simple “I’m sorry” could indicate you were partially at fault.
Victims of a car accident should contact an attorney soon after seeking medical care, so they know what their legal rights are following a Fresno car wreck. Chances are high you will be contacted by an insurance adjuster within a few days and they may attempt to get information from you which could potentially damage your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies are not there to be your friend. While they have a contract with the driver for whom they hold a policy, they are always going to be concerned about a claim being filed and will do everything legally possible to minimize that claim.
Insurers may ask you to accept a quick settlement—which would be a mistake. Additionally, they may ask you to give a recorded statement, or they may ask you to sign a medical release form. Do not take any of these steps without first discussing your case with an experienced Fresno car accident lawyer, because any one of these may not be in your best interest.
Victims of a car accident are rightfully concerned with their finances. Being out of work and having concerns about your future can be paralyzing. However, there is good news for those who decide to pursue a legal case in Fresno courts. You can speak with an experienced attorney at The May Firm at no cost. During this consultation, we will explain your rights and help you decide the best options for you and your family.
Should you decide to move forward, you will not have to worry about paying attorney fees immediately. Since we take car accident claim cases on a contingency fee basis, you will pay no attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or judgment on your behalf. If we do not succeed, you will not pay any attorney fees.
The longer you wait to file a car accident claim the more likely you are to run into stumbling blocks. California courts allow victims two years from the date of an accident to file a Fresno car accident claim. While this may seem like a long time, you must take several procedural steps to file a claim.
Drunk, reckless, or distracted drivers wreak havoc on our roadways. If you have lost someone you love on a Fresno roadway or you have suffered a serious injury, the time to take action is now. Contact The May Firm today for a free consultation. We can help you understand what legal options are available to you and help you navigate the complicated legal system for filing a civil suit against the parties responsible for your injuries. We are committed to making sure victims of Fresno car accidents have an advocate who will help protect their rights.
There were 3,208 traffic accidents across Fresno in a recent year according to a Fresno Police Department report. While it is heartening these numbers are lower than in prior years, more than 1,000 of the accidents resulted in an accident victim. Remember, these are more than numbers—each number is a person—often a person with a family.
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Fresno, you need legal representation to ensure you are treated fairly and you get the maximum compensation you may recover. At The May Firm, we are committed to making sure you get the representation you are entitled to, and we want you to focus on restoring your physical health without the burden of dealing with insurance companies.
Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (559) 385-2090, or fill out our easy online contact form and see what a difference working with an experienced Fresno car accident attorney courtesy of The May Firm can make for your future.
The things you avoid doing following a car accident could be as important as the things you do following a car accident.
Here are some things to avoid:
Common sense will play a part—do not do anything which will jeopardize your legal case or your insurance claim following a Fresno car accident.
The first thing you should understand is the insurance adjuster will likely call you very soon after the accident is reported. Their goal is simple: To attempt to save the insurance company money. Insurance adjusters know if you have serious injuries you are likely to be concerned about how to pay medical bills, how you are going to pay your normal bills, and you are concerned about your health. They know if they can get you to agree on a quick settlement they can get you to accept a lower amount than you may recover.
In all cases you should avoid the following when talking to an insurance adjuster:
It largely depends on the insurance company. If your Fresno car accident attorney can reach an agreement on a settlement amount in line with your expectations, the process will proceed much faster. However, in some cases, we may have to take the matter to court for you to obtain the compensation you deserve following an accident.
Yes, because even when a driver is charged with a DUI, the insurance company may still attempt to minimize your claim. Keep in mind, while a driver may be facing a DUI charge, this has nothing to do with your Fresno car accident claim. In fact, victims often ask us if they must wait until the driver is found guilty of a DWI charge to proceed. The fact is you do not have to wait for criminal charges to resolve.
Lawsuits filed to compensate someone who is injured due to another person’s negligence are different from criminal DUI charges. A DUI is a criminal matter while a car accident compensation lawsuit is considered a civil matter. In the case of a DUI, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the driver was under the influence. In the case of a civil lawsuit, the case must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, which is a lower standard. Additionally, while a conviction for DUI might help support a civil claim, a lack of a criminal conviction does not bar a plaintiff from pursuing damages in a Fresno civil court.
There is little reason not to retain an attorney. While you are free to pursue a claim on your own, there are numerous challenges associated with doing so. Insurance companies hope that many victims will not hire an attorney because they know most people do not understand what rights they might have under California statutes. They also know that they might get you to settle for a lower amount that you might accept if you have an attorney involved.
Keep in mind, insurance companies have attorneys who are working on their behalf. These attorneys are there to protect the insurer. To level the playing field, you need someone who will serve as your advocate during negotiations. Remember, an insurer will use numerous tactics to lower your potential settlement.
For example, if you suffer a back injury during a Fresno car accident, they will scour your medical records looking for prior history of back problems and claim your injury was the result of a pre-existing condition and not a result of the car accident. This is just one example of some methods that may reduce the amount of compensation you collect for your injuries.
Hiring an attorney quickly after a car accident helps protect your legal rights. In addition, if the insurance company refuses to negotiate a reasonable settlement, your attorney will be prepared to go to court to fight on your behalf.
This question comes up in almost every car accident case. Understandably, you care about finances during this difficult time. While you are focused on recovering from your injuries, you are getting bills in the mail and the last thing you want to do is face a mounting legal bill. Here’s the good news: In addition to offering a free consultation where an attorney can explain the legal process and help you understand what compensation you may recover, you will likely not have to pay any attorney fees upfront.
Fresno car accident lawyers at The May Firm, for example, will often take cases on a contingency basis. This means that unless your attorney can secure a settlement on your behalf, you will not pay attorney fees. Once your case has settled, your lawyer’s fees will come only out of the final settlement amount (or court judgment).
Contact us to get started. It is important to have the proper legal representation on your side if you’re involved in a motorcycle crash. Often wrongful blame is placed on the rider in a multi-vehicle collision due to the increased risk that comes with riding a motorcycle. Insurance companies are reluctant to side with the motorcyclist and oftentimes will attempt to place the full or partial blame on them. Don’t accept that blame and the legal repercussions that come with it.
Call (866) 619-6679 to schedule a free consultation with our award-winning motorcycle accident lawyers. We’ll help determine the viability of your case based on your testimony and help you determine the best way to proceed. Working on a contingency fee means our lawyers are only compensated when your case or settlement is won, and our extensive experience and case history allow us to settle most claims out of court, giving you a faster resolution to your case and allowing you to focus on your recovery process. We factor in every possible expense when building your settlement: Medical bills, wage loss, property damage, and emotional suffering are all considered. Our goal is to help you put your life back in order to the best of our ability.