Experienced Oakland Car Accident Lawyer
In the State of California, a majority of personal injury claims stem from automobile collision/accident cases. The following information will feature some of the most important things an injured driver should be aware of when he or she has experienced an car accident. For the most part, a majority of these types of cases will settle before the case even goes to trial. In some cases, the claim will often settle before a lawsuit is even filed. Before you take any action, or speak to an insurance claims adjuster talk to a highly experienced Oakland car accident lawyer at 510-603-4988. Callaway & Wolf is located at Clay & 14th and offers a free initial consultation.
Our Recent Successful Car Accident Verdicts & Settlements
With our many years of motor vehicle collision injury claims experience, our Oakland car accident lawyers have the ability and expertise to swiftly evaluate cases, which is imperative in securing a fair and just settlement offer. As experienced personal injury lawyers, Callaway & Wolf is proud to have successfully won significant settlements and jury verdicts for numerous car accident victims. This includes the following cases:
- A $2.1 million dollar settlement for a Bay Area man who was injured when the auto service vehicle he was in made a left turn into oncoming traffic in Las Vegas. As a team of professionals, we retained counsel from Las Vegas to assist in the claim, which was done at no additional cost to the victim.
- A case settlement of over half a million dollars for an car accident victim who sustained a hand injury while traveling in Vancouver, Canada. Again, our firm hired the support of localized attorneys in Canada to assist with a local victim.
- A case settlement of $3.75 million for an injured client who was struck by a street sweeper. A surpassed case challenge involved a policy of $500,000 that placed a limit settlement for the client struck by a motor vehicle. The client in this case was in dire need of knee surgery.
How To Obtain the Best Settlement Offer in an Car Accident Case
Many insurance companies will look into their records in order to determine what a person should receive for a similar claim. Insurers also have experts who will research the claim and determine what the trajectory has been for jury decisions on similar cases. For the most part, insurance companies will look into the history and reputation of the attorney representing the injured party. Many insurance companies will not take a claim seriously if the injured person has not hired an attorney. Simultaneously, insurers will also take into consideration if the hired attorney has a reputation to settle claims quickly. When a personal injury settlement has been made, the settlement is considered full and final. This means that there could be no changes to the settlement once the settlement has been reached and therefore, the process should never be rushed. It is important to not attempt to settle a case until you have received the full treatment of your injury. If for any reason this this is not possible, you should at the very least wait until the condition is stable and your medical caretaker has a reasonable expectation of the outcome of your injury. It is our great reputation with insurers as well as defense attorneys that allows us the ability to successfully reach just settlement offers. Insurance companies and defense attorneys alike know our reputation for vigorously defending our clients and take the claim to a court of law if a just settlement cannot be reached. In some cases, a maximum offer will not be reached unless there is a looming trial date approaching. Our firm has a reputation of taking cases to trial if a reasonable settlement is not offered.
Recent Motor vehicle Accidents in the Oakland Area – November, 2020
- 11/16/20: Motorcyclist dies in Bay Bridge crash
- 11/2/20: Tragic crash at Foothill Boulevard and Cole Street in Oakland, CA
- 10/31/20: Fatal crash: Train hits car on tracks in east Oakland
How To Determine If Going To Court Is Necessary in an Vehicle Collision Case
As a result of the complexity of many cases, which includes the dispute of what party was at fault or the sheer size of the claim, many claims will demand a lawsuit to be filed. With our experience, we can help you quickly determine when, and if the case will need to go to court. Despite the fact that a majority of lawsuits will be settled before a judge sees the complaint or the case even goes to trial, the entire process can take many months; therefore, it is important to establish when the lawsuit should commence. In the event that it is evident that your case will be headed to trial in front of a jury, we will develop an aggressive approach, and will ultimately seek your full approval to file the case early in the development.
What To Look For In A Car Crash Attorney
Immense experience, in-depth knowledge, as well as field competence – these skills are a great place to start when looking for an Oakland car accident lawyer. Another important suggestion would include seeking an attorney whom you can relate to and ultimately feel comfortable with. A reason for this is because it is likely that your will spend a lot of time working with your lawyer, over an extended period. Be sure to make your selection partly based on someone you feel good about and someone you feel comfortable expressing your opinions to.
What Injuries Are Generally Caused By Automotive Accidents?
Car accident injuries can greatly vary from person to person because of the person’s age, susceptibility to injury, force of impact, and much more. In many automobile accident cases, a majority of victims will suffer spinal cord injuries in the lower and upper back, broken bones, traumatic head injuries, and even and muscle lacerations. As an experienced law firm, we have knowledge in working with these types of injuries and also have sizeable understanding of the human anatomy and the treatment involved. We have experience in helping our clients obtain the best medical treatment available along with providing our clients with feedback on the doctors seen, what the recommendations being given, and the tests and treatment administered. We also know the best experts to obtain when proving your case, as well as how to have your medical bills prolonged until compensation is recovered. This includes medical charges, radiology, orthopedics, collision reconstruction, and much more. Our Oakland car accident attorneys are equipped with the utmost experience in car accidents and can help you obtain the maximum monetary restitution available for your grievances.
How To Handle A Case Where the Party At-Fault Does Not Have Sufficient Insurance Coverage
For over fifty years, the State of California has maintained the same required minimum liability coverage for bodily injury in auto insurance policies. With the increasing costs of medicine as well as the increase in other expenses, many auto accident victims will find that the at-fault party does not have sufficient coverage in their auto policy. For this issue, there are two prominent solutions. The first is for the victim to obtain underinsured motorist coverage. This is regularly offered when the driver signs up for auto insurance and will typically cost a few dollars more for the added coverage. In the event of an incident, the accident victim will submit an insurance claim for the coverage. The second solution to this dilemma is attempting to obtain an out-of-pocket monetary contribution from the driver at-fault.
Unbeknownst to many accident victims, car collisions can often involve an affluent at-fault motorist, who did not have the right auto insurance coverage. Seeking an out-of-pocket coverage can be a lengthy process but the majority of these cases do result in a successful payout. As an auto accident victim, you should not have to struggle to cover your recovery expenses: allow us to champion on your behalf and assist you in recuperating what is rightfully yours.
Understanding Traffic Collision Reports in California – The TCR
When the California Highway Patrol or other local law enforcement agency responds to the scene of an accident, the officer will make a written report generally referred to as a Traffic Collision Report or TCR. The majority of police agencies will use a similar form that is laid out in the same way and will cover similar details. Reports are important in a car accident claim, as they will detail various circumstances that transpired in the collision. In past years, the majority of responding officers would generate a TCR even for small/minor auto accidents. Today, however, reports are not regularly made. Unless there is significant bodily injury, responding agents will only help the parties involved exchange necessary information. In some cases, police officers in the greater Oakland area will not respond to a scene unless there is a report of an injury person or if an auto needs towing because there is severe obstruction.
In the State of California, What Damages Are Available for An Auto Accident Claim?
A personal injury claim in the State of California will allow an injured person to recover the costs of medical care that was rendered for any physical, emotional, and mental suffering. It can also cover the costs of damage to a vehicle, or other property in the vehicle. Additionally, it can also cover the victim’s loss of earning capacity and related expenses like transportation costs or at-home care. When a personal injury case involves the untimely death of a person, there are different damages that could be recuperated utilizing a wrongful death claim. These can be based on the surviving family member’s losses in both monetary as well as physical form. If you need assistance in obtaining compensation for any damage caused to your vehicle, this is always done at no cost for our clients who were injured in Oakland or Alameda County.
The State of California’s Statute of Limitations for An Auto Accident Claim
The State of California has a two-year time limit for all vehicle accident claims. This statute of limitations begins from the exact date of the incident and the claim should be filed in court or reached a settlement before the time limit ends. When the case involved a public agency, such as a county vehicle or a city bus, there is an exact six-month time allowance for filing a claim. Cases not properly filed in the allowable time will not be heard, even if they are valid. Although it may seem that there is plenty of time to file a claim, the entire process can be very time consuming. As a professional team, we can help you through the entire process and help to ensure that you have a sturdy foundation for your claim.
How To Determine When To Contact A Lawyer For an Auto Accident Claim
For the majority of personal injury cases in California, attorney fees are contingent. This means that the attorney will charge his or her fee based on a set percentage of the recovery and is therefore only payable if there is a recovery. An attorney’s fee will not be determined based on when the attorney is hired, therefore, it is important to seek the support of an experienced Oakland car accident attorney at Callaway & Wolf today.
Does It Always Make Sense to Hire An Attorney After An Accident?
Hiring an attorney does not always add value to a case. If there are substantial damages and there is little to no money available in an insurance coverage, an auto accident attorney may not be able to do much for a case. We are well aware of this and will do all we can to elude taking a case unless there is a need to be represented for sufficient compensation. The Oakland car accident attorneys at Callaway & Wolf will immediately tell you if it is evident that your case does not need legal representation.
Hire Experienced Car Accident Lawyers In Oakland, CA
In the event that you or someone you know has suffered an injury because of an auto accident, you can request a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers in Oakland by calling 510-603-4988. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss the details of your matter with our legal team, and to pursue the the compensation you deserve.