Auto Accidents

If you have suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident as a result of another driver’s carelessness or recklessness, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against them.

East Bay Auto Accident Lawyer

Following a severe motor vehicle accident, you may be facing expensive hospital bills and wondering how you are going to make up lost wages. Fortunately, with the assistance of an experienced California car accident attorney, you can receive financial compensation from a successful civil suit or settlement that can cover these costs. Additionally, a jury may award you additional damages to address the pain and suffering associated with a serious accident. Schedule a consultation as soon as possible with an experienced automobile accident attorney to discuss your personal injury case.

Defining Negligence

Auto Accident Attorney | Walnut Creek | Law Offices of William SchottThe key to a successful personal injury claim is the legal doctrine of negligence. Negligence is a synonym for carelessness. A driver who is careless behind the wheel is negligent with regard to executing their expected care of duty as a driver, and they can be held legally liable for doing so in civil court in the event of an accident. In practice, a personal injury suit begins with the victim and their car crash attorney bringing a claim against the other driver’s insurance company.

Sometimes the injured party may need to file a claim with their own insurance company under the uninsured / underinsured motorist clause if the defendant does not have liability insurance or if the amount their company is willing to pay out does not meet the financial obligations of the plaintiff after an accident.

Third Party Liability & Defective Product Claims

Besides the negligent driver, there may be third parties such as automobile manufacturers who can be held liable for an accident in the event of a malfunctioning or defective vehicle component such as an airbag. Sometimes county or municipal authorities can be held accountable if a dangerous road condition such as a pothole or lack of signage contributed to an accident. We excel at pursuing litigation against all persons or entities who may be held legally liable for a serious automobile crash and at getting a jury to award you the maximum compensation recoverable under California law.  

To speak with an experienced auto accident attorney, call (925) 934-5014 or fill out the contact form provided.

Even if you were partly to blame for your accident, you can still seek compensation through the courts. Under the doctrine of comparative negligence, a jury will mitigate your compensation proportionally to your culpability for a car crash. An aggressive vehicle accident lawyer can prevent a defendant from exaggerating the extent of your responsibility for anaccident and make sure you are held accountable only to the degree that you should be, protecting the size of your compensation from being unjustly reduced. Insurance companies make money by denying claims and acting in bad faith whenever necessary. They are experts at marginalizing the responsibility of their clients in court. Your seasoned personal injury lawyer will fight to protect your rights and secure your compensation in court. Contact us to get started on your civil case.

Law Offices of William Schott