Orange County Auto Accident Attorney
You Won’t Pay Unless We Win
Were you involved in a car crash? Have you been left injured and struggling with debt? Our Orange County auto accident attorneys want to help.
If another person was at fault for the accident, they are on the hook for your injuries. More specifically, they must compensate you for any losses (or damages) they brought to you. Medical expenses and pain and suffering are two of the most common.
At Harris Grombchevsky, we know how to protect the rights of those injured. We have spent years doing so. When you need the help of a real person who actually cares about you, reach out to our team. We are proud to be known for our high ethical standards and skilled advocacy.
Types of Car Accidents We Take On
Based in Orange County, our legal team accepts accident cases on a “No Win, No Fee” basis:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Speeding accidents
- Vehicle rollovers
- Tire separation
- Tire blowout
- T-bone accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Hit-and-run crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
Harris Grombchevsky advocates for clients throughout Orange County, such as in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside. We are particularly well known for our services in Irvine, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange, Garden Grove, Long Beach, and Huntington Beach.
For a free and confidential consultation, call (888) 427-8064 or contact us online.
Compensation Awarded in Car Accident Cases
If you can prove the other driver was at fault, you may be compensated for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
These are just a few of the main categories of damages. For instance, compensation for medical expenses may cover past and future hospital treatment, physical therapy, medication, and more.
Car Accident Fault Laws in California
Every state has its own car accident laws, detailing who can recover compensation and when. California has a rule of “pure comparative negligence” Under this law, accident victims may be compensated even if they were partially or mostly at fault for the accident.
Keep in mind that you will only be compensated for the damages that weren’t your fault.
An example is if you were hit by a driver who ran a red light, but you were going over the speed limit. The courts may consider you to be 10% at fault, while the other party was 90% at fault. Under the state’s car accident laws, you would be compensated for 90% of your damages.
Finding Fault and Negligence in Car Accidents
So how do you find fault for an accident? And once you know who was at fault, how do you prove it?
Sadly, even if you saw the other person texting and driving, this can be hard to prove if there were no witnesses. Such cases can boil down to your word against theirs, which doesn’t hold up well in court.
At Harris Grombchevsky, we take care to not only find fault but to prove it with solid evidence. We call on all our resources when investigating an accident. It’s our mission to get rid of any guesswork.
Our Orange County auto accident lawyers typically look for fault through:
- Accident reconstruction
- Interviewing witnesses
- Checking dashcam and security footage
- Speaking with police and referring to accident reports
- And much more
It is crucial to have someone with your best interests at heart on your side. An insurance agent will be carrying out their own investigation to poke holes in your claim. Their goal is to reduce your compensation; ours is to maximize that compensation.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), some of the most common causes of car crashes are:
- Making unsafe turns
- Blocking traffic
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Backing up without looking
- Parking in dangerous or unsafe places
- Auto defects
All of these common causes are a form of negligence. If the other driver committed them, they must be held accountable for their actions.
Steps to Filing an Auto Accident Claim in California
After a car accident, most people try to find compensation through insurance. Unfortunately, many people have a hard time actually getting the money owed to them. The at-fault driver typically blames the victim, regardless of the truth. And their insurance provider will agree as long as it saves them money.
This is when most people start thinking about hiring an attorney. When insurance tries to avoid paying, an attorney can use the real possibility of a lawsuit to get fair compensation. If negotiation doesn’t work, the next step would be suing the at-fault driver.
Who Pays for My Car Accident Settlement?
The average person does not have the money to pay for an accident settlement. (A moderate injury, for instance, could warrant thousands of dollars in compensation.) That’s the role of insurance.
An insurance provider of some sort will likely be responsible for paying your settlement, be it the at-fault driver’s insurance, your own insurance, a rideshare company’s insurance, etc.
Should I Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
Many people put off getting a lawyer. They will often try their hand at negotiating with the insurance company, only to end up hiring a lawyer later.
The truth is, getting legal help sooner rather than later may actually save you money in the long run. You will have a better chance of avoiding mistakes that could wreck your case. It’s also the best way to show the insurance company you won’t be taken advantage of.
A lawyer can take care of insurance negotiations for you. They will also investigate early on and help you build a strong claim. No time will be wasted in taking the insurance company to court if they refuse to respect your right to compensation. We’ve found that the idea of having to go to court is enough to get an insurance company to settle fairly.
Most auto accident lawyers don’t charge any upfront fees, either. Harris Grombchevsky won’t charge a cent unless we recover compensation. We are proud to represent clients without placing another financial burden on them.
If you aren’t sure whether you want legal representation, just start with a free, no-obligation consultation.
When Should You Talk to an Auto Accident Lawyer?
The filing deadline (also known as the “statute of limitations”) for a civil lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. If you don’t file a lawsuit by then, you will lose your right to compensation.
For insurance claims, the filing deadline is even earlier. And if the accident resulted in injury or vehicle damage worth over $1,000, you will also need to report the accident to the CA DMV within 10 days.
The earlier you reach out to an auto accident attorney, the more help they can provide. Don’t wait until it’s too late. One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is waiting too long to take action.
Get a Free Consultation Today
Harris Grombchevsky has a team of knowledgeable legal staff and attorneys ready to help you. We truly care about helping accident victims recover compensation—our 6- and 7-figure case results are proof of that.
If you’ve been injured, put a law firm known for its experience, excellence, and ethics on your side. We will fight tirelessly to protect you!
To talk to a Orange County auto accident attorney, call (888) 427-8064.
The law office of Harris Grombchevsky LLP has been serving the legal needs of Southern Californians for many years. Over these years, our firm has built a solid reputation among local attorneys and judges. Not only do we have the experience and reputation necessary for aggressive legal representation that yields results, but we pride ourselves on representing every client with the highest of ethical standards.
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