Auto Accidents in San Jose and the Bay Area
Speak With Our San Jose Car Accident Lawyers About Your Legal Options
After an auto accident, you may have many concerns on your mind. Serious car accident injuries may keep you out of work. Medical expenses, car repairs and lost wages can add up and put even more stress on you and your family. Needham Kepner & Fish LLP has a record of success helping auto accident victims throughout San Jose and the Bay Area. Our San Jose car accident lawyers may be able to help you file a claim and recover the compensation you need and deserve after an accident. We have extensive experience with catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.
Speak with a San Jose car accident lawyer from our firm to discuss your situation in a free, confidential consultation. We can answer any car accident questions and concerns you may have, and help you understand your potential legal options.
Why Do I Need a San Jose Car Accident Attorney on My Side?
Serious car accident injuries may take months or even years to heal. Depending on the extent of your injuries, they may lead to permanent disability. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages can result in financial distress for you and your family.
In the stressful and complicated process of recovering from a car crash, it is important to remember that you have the right to recovery. This is true whether you were the driver or the passenger in the crash. However, asserting this right can be difficult to do alone. This is one of many reasons you may need a car accident lawyer.
Our San Jose car accident lawyers can help you explore your legal options. If you have a viable claim, we will build a strong case for you. Your ability to recover fair and full compensation is aided exponentially by having an experienced auto accident attorney by your side.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in the Bay Area
Every car accident is different. It is important for your claim to pinpoint exactly how your car accident happened. Our San Jose auto accident lawyers can perform a meticulous investigation of the crash to identify all causes of the accident. Then, we can help you determine who is at-fault for damages under California comparative negligence laws.
Motorist error and negligence cause many car accidents. Driver negligence may include:
- Distracted driving (i.e. texting)
- Drunk driving
- Blind spot accidents
- Speeding on roadways and HOV/carpool lanes
- Drowsy driving
Dangerous road conditions (like construction zone accidents) and defective parts can also cause car accidents. No matter your situation, our car accident lawyers in San Jose apply their extensive trial experience and negotiation skills to deal with insurance companies and fight for rightful compensation.
How Can I Recover Car Accident Compensation?
Immediately after a car accident, your primary concern is any harm to you or those around you. Financially recovering from a car accident is similar. Our San Jose car accident attorneys work to identify any financial help from all possible sources.
Usually, you may file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover compensation. You may be able to file a claim for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages
However, insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Insurance adjusters may try to downplay your injuries and minimize your settlement. As a result, insurance negotiations often make the stressful experience of an accident even worse. To ensure you get the full compensation you deserve, work with an experienced car accident attorney.
In some cases, you may be in an accident with an uninsured driver. Alternatively, he or she may have a minimum policy that does not cover the full extent of your damages. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover from that driver directly.
Otherwise, if you have health insurance, then it may cover at least some of your medical treatment. You may also be able to collect from your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage in your own car insurance policy.
The key to determining what recovery is possible is to call an attorney. When you need to know what to do after a car accident, our San Jose car accident lawyers can guide you. We have over 80 years of combined experience receiving timely and satisfactory settlements for our clients.
Should I Talk to My Insurance Company After an Accident?
Insurance companies are corporations with a simple goal: profits. Insurers collect as much as possible in premiums and pay out as little as possible on claims.
One way that insurance companies keep their rates low is by contacting involved parties before they have time to seek counsel. Adjusters then pressure accident victims into fast settlements. The problem is that these fast settlements are often far lower than the victim’s actual damages.
After an accident, expect to be immediately contacted by an insurance provider. This includes your insurance and the insurance provider of any other involved party. You should tell your insurance provider that you were involved in an accident to properly document it. You should not say any more than is necessary. Even though you pay your insurer, that company is still a business and may not act in your best interests.
Should I Call the Other Driver’s Insurance Company After an Accident?
It is very risky to talk to another party’s insurance company without an experienced lawyer with you. If the other party’s insurance company calls you, decline to make a statement until you call a lawyer.
In most cases, your attorney negotiates with the insurance company on your behalf. This is the case whether you make a claim with your insurer or that of the other driver.
Our San Jose auto accident lawyers can increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement. Often, the insurer is more likely to offer fair compensation if it is clear that your lawyers can win your case if it goes to trial.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Auto Accident Attorneys in San Jose
Car accidents are frightening, life-changing and unfortunately common. In a brief moment, an accident can cause permanent disability or even death. You do not have to face the insurance companies, legal system and uncertainty alone.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car crash, consult our San Jose car accident lawyers. Call us at (408) 956-6949 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.
More Auto Accident Cases We Handle
We handle a variety of vehicle accident cases throughout San Jose and the Bay Area. In addition to car accident cases, our attorneys handle cases involving: