Laguna Beach Car Accident Lawyer

Laguna Beach Car Accident Attorneys

Car accidents can cause devastating injuries and significant economic losses. California is a fault state, meaning that an at-fault driver is responsible for any damages they cause others. While the at-fault driver’s insurance may be the first step toward recovery for the victim, their coverage may not be enough to fully compensate for the victim’s losses. If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in a car accident someone else caused, you need legal counsel you can trust to maximize your recovery.

It’s natural to have lots of questions and doubts about your circumstances when you’re struggling in the aftermath of an accident someone else caused. While it may be technically possible to file an insurance claim against an at-fault driver’s policy on your own, you are more likely to secure a swift settlement that includes maximum compensation when you have an attorney help you with your demand letter. Likewise, if you suffered extreme injuries and insurance isn’t enough to fully cover your losses, you can count on your legal team to help you recover your remaining damages.

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Do I Really Need to Hire a Laguna Beach Car Accident Attorney?

Legal representation makes your recovery from a car accident much easier. First, your attorney can assist you with your insurance claim against the driver responsible for causing the accident. They can then help you build a personal injury case when insurance isn’t enough to fully cover your losses. While it may be technically possible to secure compensation for your damages on your own, doing so is incredibly challenging when you’re contending with painful injuries and the economic fallout of your accident.

Hiring the right Laguna Beach car accident attorney will mean a much easier recovery experience. Easton & Easton will handle your case proceedings for you so you can focus on your recovery. In addition, you can rely on your attorney to provide guidance and support as your case unfolds, and they will know all the available channels of recovery to help you maximize your compensation for your damages.

How Do Car Accidents Happen in Laguna Beach, CA?

California is a notoriously dangerous state for driving, and car accidents can happen virtually anywhere with little to no warning. Some of the most commonly reported causes of accidents that lead to civil claims include:

  • Drunk driving. It is illegal for any driver to operate their vehicle under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. When these accidents occur, the drivers responsible face civil liability for victims’ damages and criminal charges for DUI.
  • Distracted driving. A few seconds of distracted driving is enough to cause a severe accident. Using a cell phone behind the wheel and other distractions should be avoided while driving.
  • Speeding. Drivers must adhere to posted speed limits. Accidents at higher speeds are likely to cause severe injuries and fatalities.
  • Moving violations. Traffic laws and signals exist to help drivers anticipate the actions of other motorists. However, illegal turns, running red lights, and improper lane changes are just a few examples of moving violations that disrupt traffic flow and often lead to accidents.

If any other driver is responsible for your recent car accident in Laguna Beach, you can file a claim against their auto insurance policy to recover your damages. Unfortunately, their insurance may not be enough to fully compensate for your losses, and you will need to take further legal action in the form of a personal injury claim.

Insurance and Personal Injury Damages in Car Accident Claims

California requires all drivers to carry at least $15,000 in bodily injury liability insurance for a single person, at least $30,000 in total accident bodily injury liability coverage, and at least $5,000 in property damage liability coverage. It’s also strongly advised that drivers purchase underinsured/uninsured motorist protection. If you are injured in an accident that someone else caused, your first step toward recovering your losses is filing an insurance claim against their auto insurance policy. However, if they do not have insurance or do not have enough coverage to fully cover your losses, you may need to start building a personal injury claim against them to recover the rest.

A personal injury claim in California can enable a victim to recover medical costs, lost income, and property losses. They can also seek compensation for the costs of any ongoing medical care they require and lost earning potential if they can’t return to work due to their injuries. Plaintiffs in California car accident cases also have the right to seek compensation for their pain and suffering.

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Car Accident Law FAQs

Q: Is It Worth Getting a Laguna Beach Car Accident Lawyer?
The right attorney can significantly impact the outcome of your car accident claim. They can handle your insurance claim for you and guide you through your civil case proceedings, ultimately helping you secure the compensation you deserve for your damages. In addition, you are far more likely to succeed with your civil claim when you have legal counsel on your side.

Q: What Is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident in California?
Available data reports an average settlement amount of about $21,000 for car accident claims in the state. However, do not assume this is how much your claim is worth. The value of your case hinges on the extent of your damages. Therefore, you may secure much less or much more than the average, depending on the unique details of your case.

Q: Can I Sue After a Car Accident in California?
If an at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy cannot fully compensate for your losses, you can file a civil claim against them to secure damages that insurance can’t cover. Your attorney will help you prove the full extent of your damages and gather the evidence you need to establish the defendant’s liability for those damages.

Q: How Much Do Accident Lawyers Charge in California?
Most personal injury attorneys offer their clients contingency fee billing. This means the client pays nothing upfront and is not responsible for legal fees if the attorney loses the case. However, they pay the attorney a percentage of their case award if they win. This ensures their recovery and makes legal representation accessible to those who need it most.

If you are struggling with the damages caused by a negligent driver in the Laguna Beach, CA, area, a Laguna Beach car accident attorney can provide the legal support and guidance you need to hold the responsible party accountable for your losses. Easton & Easton has extensive experience handling car accident claims on behalf of our Southern California clients, and we’re ready to represent you in your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced and compassionate Laguna Beach car accident lawyer.

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Firm Awards
Accredited Business Bbb Rating A+

The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Best Law Firms Orange County 2020

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Reader's Choice 2019 Best Law Firm

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

The Best Lawyers in America

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California 2016

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by

Super Lawyers

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms in all of Southern California

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

People Love Us On Yelp

Easton & Easton received the “People Love Us On Yelp” award in 2016 due to the exceptional client satisfaction reviews given by our clients over the years.

Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for 2015

Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Top Rated Lawyers AV Preeminent

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

American Board of Trial Advocate

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

The National Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Avvo Rating Top Attorney Personal Injury

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Nation's Top One Percent

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer | Costa Mesa Auto Accident Attorney | Catastrophic Injuries

“We look for the human story behind every injury or wrongful death. We prepare our cases for trial; reaching out to the jury with the most compelling evidence possible for the best verdict possible. Insurance companies know this and come to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith. Call us to see how we can turn your story into fair compensation.”

Partner W. Douglas Easton

What Our Clients Say

Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

Sara McClelland
My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!! Read more…
Caila Dean

Ive used them twice and never been disappointed. Read more…

Lisa Bluemel

The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU… Read more…

Sofia Sanchez

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

Dan Campbell

Brian and everyone at Easton and Easton are simply the BEST at what they do. Brian is thorough, easy to talk to, and truly cares about his clients. If you want a family of attorneys with perseverance and determination to fight for you, give Easton and Easton a call. I am glad I did. Read more…

Kyle Keith

What an amazing law firm, talk about going above and beyond to make such a painful experience go so well. I have referred a co-worker and a family member to them as well and everyone had such a great experience as I had. Read more…

Logan Ross

I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


Ashlee A.

Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

They are the BEST!

Jennifer P.

I have nothing but good things to say about Easton and Easton. Brian handled my case professionally and communicated with me effectively throughout the process. He made sure that the process was effortless and as hands free as possible. This was super important for my busy schedule. I highly recommend Easton and Easton if you are ever found in a situation that you need an attorney.

Claudia C.

I would highly recommend Easton & Easton.
I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
Brian, Gab and Amera were so good about helping me thru the process and representing me.
I was able to concentrate on getting myself better knowing they had my back, taking care of the details and keeping me informed along the way

Linda M.

The best Law firm by far. I would highly recommend Easton & Easton, LLP and ask for Gabriel Mendoza and staff. He and his colleagues did and exceptional service. Thank you for everything. Job well done!

Ericka P.


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