Have you or someone you know been involved in an automobile accident? The most important thing in situations like these, aside from a speedy recovery, is making sure you have the best legal representation possible- the sort of quality and experienced representation you will get from the personal injury attorneys at Custodio & Dubey. Automobile accidents are one of the most common causes of injury and property damage in the United States. With our vast network of highways, our car dependent culture, and the plethora of distractions recent developments in technology afford drivers today statistics estimate that one in four people will be involved in a vehicular collision in their lifetime. While not all car accidents are serious, those that are can have tremendously devastating results and be particularly disruptive to a person’s life.
Typically an auto accident is the result of a driver has been negligent, which means that he or she has operated a vehicle in a careless and unsafe manner. Any and all individuals conducting an automobile in this state have a duty to those they share the road with to exercise “reasonable care” while they are behind the wheel. There are various factors that indicate a driver has fallen below that threshold and can be found negligent and liable for the resulting damages and injuries which include; disregarding traffic signals, violating speed limits, driving while impaired from controlled substances or alcohol, and not paying proper attention on the road because of distracting activities like eating or talking and texting on their cell phone while behind the wheel- just to name a few. Nonetheless, the burden of proving negligence is on the injured party. In civil court it is on the victim to prove that the driver who caused the car accident was negligent and that the accident caused injuries requiring compensation.
More complex cases exist where there are no other drivers or other factors are similarly to blame for the auto accident. The resourceful and aggressive lawyers at Custodio & Dubey will pursue all possible sources of compensation and pinpoint all avenues and legal bases of recovery for injured claimants to maximize their clients’ compensation. You and the passengers in your car could have a case against other parties who are responsible for the car accident. For example government agencies and municipalities have a duty to construct and maintain safe roads as well as have proper and functioning traffic controls. The owner of a vehicle may be found liable even if he or she was not the driver involved in the accident for example; the parent of a driver under the age of 18 or a company whose employee was involved in an accident during the course of employment or company business. Also an auto manufacturer could be found liable for an accident due to a defect in the automobile’s design, construction, or component failure. If an auto accident arises out of these circumstances your attorney must have the knowledge and acumen to identify and pursue these bases of liability- rest assured that the legal team at Custodio & Dubey have a successful track record in all these sorts of cases and always work to make sure all those liable for your injuries are held accountable.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation besides just property damage to your car. You can receive compensation for the injuries that result and the costs associated with them such as medical bills for ambulance fees, emergency room care, hospitalization, surgery, diagnostic tests, medication, and physical therapy- just to name a few. Compensation is not just for past expenses but all foreseeable medical bills found to be a result of the car accident. You can recover for pain and suffering depending on the severity and duration of your injuries, as well as the disruption caused on your life because of the accident. You can also recover for loss of wages due to missed work and reduced earning capacity due to an ongoing disability if the accident causes injuries that forces you to miss work or prevents you from being able to perform the functions required of your occupation. Punitive damages are rarely awarded in auto accident cases but they can be available in extreme cases such as when the accident was a result of a drunk driver.
Auto accident victims in California have a limited window of time to file a claim for their damages. If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a serious car accident, obtaining compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages is virtually impossible if the time limit to file a claim has lapsed. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact us here at Custodio & Dubey as soon as possible. Our skilled and experienced attorneys are here to help you by:
- Getting you the medical care you need;
- Conducting a thorough investigation to locate witnesses and preserve evidence relevant to the car accident before it is lost or destroyed;
- Handling communications and dealings with insurance companies or any other opposing party;
- Seeking all potential sources of compensation for your losses; and
- Protecting your legal rights and claims against filing deadlines.
The attorneys at Custodio & Dubey have been helping those seriously injured in auto accidents for over ten years. Their skill and experience with car accidents is extensive and their intimate knowledge and relationships with insurance carriers enables them to pursue the maximum compensation for their clients efficiently and effectively. Call them toll free at (213) 785-2909 for a free consultation of your case, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. You can also fill out our online consultation form and an attorney will contact you as soon as possible.