The other driver often feels just as shaken up by what happened as you do, so you may need to keep things on track. Collect as much information as you can, including contact information and insurance information. Take photos of the damage and get a picture of the license plates. Taking shots of the surroundings can also prove helpful. You may get pictures of future witnesses as well as current road conditions.
Seek Legal Counsel
When you speak with the police officer, insurance companies or even the driver of the other vehicle, anything you say can and may be used against you when you seek a settlement. Because of this, try to say as little as possible until you speak to your Costa Mesa car accident attorney at Easton & Easton. Avoid giving any official or written statements until then.
The Investigative Process
When clients present us with a case, we do our own research. Leaving it all up to police officers and insurance companies alone to conduct the investigation means stones go unturned. We visit the location, request reports, interview witnesses and even recreate the scene with imagery to get an idea of what happened and why.
We do this because winning a case depends heavily on providing proof of the following:
How the accident happened
Who was responsible for the incident that led to the accident
Why the person performed that action
The Costa Mesa Motor Vehicle Accident Cases We Handle
Motor vehicle accidents can occur from simple acts of negligence such as following too closely and causing a rear end accident or from complex automotive design defects that cause a vehicle to roll over when it should not or a roof to crush when it should not. Whatever the cause, at Easton & Easton, LLP we understand the dynamics of automobile accidents and know the experts to use to prove the claim. Even when the initial police report finds our clients to be at fault, we have frequently been able to prove that the other party was in fact at fault and been able to recover substantial compensation for our clients.
No motor vehicle case is too small or too complex for our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers. If you are entitled to compensation and we believe you have a claim, we are willing to fight for you to get every dollar. Here are some of the many types of cases we have tackled and which we’re willing to fight on your behalf:
Passenger Vehicle Accidents: These involve a wide range of possibilities but generally include cars, trucks and other enclosed vehicles that can seat two or more people. Highway pileups, head-on collisions and hit-and-runs are among the most dangerous in this category.
Motorcycle Accidents: Most motorcycle riders are responsible, but there are some who weave in and out of traffic, make turns without warning and fail to follow road rules. While they are the greatest risk to themselves, they can cause harm to passenger vehicle drivers as well.
Truck Accidents: Unfortunately, many car accidents involve commercial trucks. These are among the most dangerous and survivors tend to suffer severe injuries. Truck accidents tragically often result in deaths, which can lead to wrongful death claims as well.
The Compensation Value Our Clients Receive
Every case is different. Even if your injury or case closely resembles someone else’s, there is no guarantee that you will receive the same compensation. Even so, similar cases provide a starting point for you to get an idea of what lies ahead. The settlement value for our car accident cases can range from thousands to millions depending on the facts of the case.
One recent case involved a 55-year-old man with no children and no wife. His surviving heirs were his two elderly parents, who were not dependent on him for economic support. Consequently, the insurance company initially believed the claim to only be worth $250,000 at most. Nonetheless, we were able to show that these two elderly parents had a particularly special and unique bond with their son, causing the insurance company to seek an early mediation where the case settled for $2,750,000.
In another recent case, we represented a woman who suffered severe neck and back injuries in a t-bone automobile collision. She hired our firm more than 3 years after the accident after firing her first Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer, who tried to settle the case for just $25,000. Fortunately, the insurance company had not accepted the prior attorney’s paltry settlement offer. Less than six months later, we obtained $1.25 million for our client— 50 times what the first lawyer had offered to accept. Proving once again that quality legal representation can make all the difference in an auto accident recovery.
The Best Law Firm for You
If you want to work with a legal team that genuinely cares, you have come to the right place. Our Costa Mesa auto accident attorneys are so committed to serving you that we accept no legal fees unless we win your case. Because we take on those risks on your behalf, you get to focus more on your recovery instead of finances.
At Easton & Easton, LLP, our lawyers have the experience, legal knowledge, financial resources, dedication, and commitment to make certain our clients recover all that the law allows. While we will not represent fraudulent claimants, we want to help those with legitimate injuries and claims to maximize their recoveries.
También hablamos español. So, if you feel more comfortable expressing yourself in Spanish, we are willing and able to cater to your needs. In fact, we go above and beyond for all our clients. We travel to hospital beds, visit clients at their homes and do much of the legwork on your behalf.
Does this sound like the kind of service you want for your Costa Mesa car accident case? Reach out to us at Easton & Easton to schedule a free consultation.