Alameda Car Accident Lawyer

Driving is a necessity for many people. They need to drive to get to work, school, or otherwise. While public transportation can work for some people, it’s more effective and convenient to drive for others. When people get behind the wheel, they’re focused on their destination, not on whether they will get into a life-altering accident. Unfortunately, car accidents are far too common and can have dire consequences for everyone involved.

Some accidents are unavoidable, but most car accidents are preventable. Car accidents are often the result of one or more drivers being reckless or careless and all too often car accidents cause severe injuries. Unfortunately, not all drivers are aware of how their behavior affects others on the road until after they’ve caused an accident. Fortunately, California allows victims of reckless and careless drivers to hold them accountable. If a reckless driver caused your car accident, you might be able to recover monetary compensation by filing a personal injury claim.

What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

Personal injury is a section of civil law that holds individuals and entities responsible for the harm they cause to others. In terms of a car accident, a personal injury claim is a way for victims to pursue compensation against the liable party and hold them accountable. Liability refers to the legal responsibility of an at fault party paying for the victim’s damages. Negligence is the term used to refer to an at fault driver’s reckless or careless behavior. Negligent behavior in a car accident may be:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding 
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Road rage
  • Fatigued driving
  • Running intersections
  • Running red lights
  • Not stopping at stop signs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Wrong-way driving
  • Improper turns

A successful injury claim proves that the driver was negligent; thereby making them liable for any harm you suffered. Tackling a personal injury claim on your own while recovering from injuries can be a lot to handle, physically and emotionally. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it on your own. An Alameda car accident lawyer can tackle the legal battle while you focus on recovering. They can guide you through the process and ensure your best interests are at the forefront. 

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Proving Negligence in an Alameda Car Accident

Most personal injury claims hinge on the plaintiff’s (the person filing the claim) ability to prove the other party negligent. The plaintiff can prove the defendant (the person the claim is being filed against) is at fault by proving these four elements. 

Duty of Care

Duty of care is a legal term used to describe the legal responsibility of every individual to act with reasonable care not to cause harm to others. For instance, drivers, pedestrians, bikers, truck drivers, and others who may be on the road owe one another a legal duty to act with reasonable care. This legal standard exists to hold people accountable for their actions in the event they harm someone else. 

Breach of Duty

A person or entity breaches their duty of care when they fail to act with reasonable care to prevent harm. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant was breaching their duty of care at the time of the accident.

Causation 

The plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s breach is the direct or approximate cause for their injuries and other damages.

Damages

Damages refer to the monetary compensation that a plaintiff may recover from a personal injury claim. Damages typically include, medical expenses, property damage and other harm incurred as a result of the negligent act. For the plaintiff to receive the compensation, they must first prove the damages they suffered. This can include bringing in medical records to prove their injuries, evidence of the affect their injury has caused on plaintiff’s life and bringing in receipts for property damage. 

How California’s Comparative Negligence Can Affect Your Claim

The comparative negligence rule means that both the defendant and plaintiff can share liability in an accident. While it’s not always the case that both parties share liability, California recognizes that sometimes a car accident is the fault of two or more drivers. A partially liable plaintiff can still file an injury claim. However, their damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to them. 

For instance, if a drunk driver collides with a driver on their phone, California law recognizes that the drunk driver may be more responsible for the accident. However, because the other driver was on their phone, they are also partially responsible, because if they hadn’t been on their phone, they might have avoided the drunk driver. Determining the level of liability each driver has is challenging and often requires legal knowledge. 

Whether or not you are partially liable, the defendant and their insurance will likely attempt to place partial blame on you. By placing some blame on you, they can reduce their liability and ensure they don’t need to pay you the maximum value of your claim. An Alameda car accident lawyer will know how to build a strong claim and prevent false liability from being placed on you. They understand comparative negligence law and can work to prove you are not liable for the accident.

How an Alameda Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

Working with an experienced and trusted Alameda car accident lawyer can greatly benefit the success of your personal injury claim. An attorney can help with:

  • Finding medical care and putting medical bills on hold until after your claim is resolved
  • Gathering evidence 
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Preparing your claim for trial 

Most personal injury cases get settled, but when insurance companies and plaintiffs aren’t able to come to an agreement, the case moves to trial. During the trial, an experienced Alameda car accident lawyer will need to prove the necessary evidence to support the fault and monetary value they are asking for on behalf of the plaintiff.

Contact Karns & Karns Car Accident Lawyers in Alameda

If you or a loved one have been harmed due to a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our car accident lawyers at Karns & Karns have years of experience helping Alameda residents recover fair compensation and pursue the justice they deserve. We have the skills and resources to help you tackle your personal injury claim and make sure your rights are protected throughout the whole process. 

Schedule a consultation at (888) 381-8044 or fill out our contact form.

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