Car Accident Lawyer Stockton – Auto Accidents – Stockton CA
Car accidents occur more frequently than murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, and most thefts combined. More than once a second, just about every time your heart beats, there is a violent motor vehicle accident in the United States.
All in all, over 5,000,000 Americans each year wish they had left home a little earlier, stayed at the office a few minutes later, or stopped for gas along the way – anything to have avoided being in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Auto accident and car accident victims face medical bills, lost wages, and potentially life long medical conditions as a result of their injuries. As a Stockton accident attorney, we have seen how head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures can impact a person’s quality of life and ability to do the things they enjoy. While there’s no way to restore what’s been taken away by the carelessness of another driver, recovering financial compensation that meets the needs of our clients is an important component of the healing process.
Although every car accident is unique – your particular circumstances and needs dictate the details of your recovery – there is a distinct framework to the recovery process. The extent of a person’s injuries is not always obvious shortly after an accident. Claims adjusters who try to get you to agree to a settlement before you talk with a lawyer or medical doctor shouldn’t be trusted. Remember, anything you sign may prevent you from recovering further damages at a later date.
As Stockton accident attorneys we won’t stop until we’ve uncovered the facts that caused your accident and consulted with medical experts who can explain to jurors the scope of your injuries. We represents clients all over Northern California and offers free consultations and is available for evening and weekends for appointments.
Call (209) 464-8000 to speak with an experienced Stockton accident attorney today. Initial accident case consultation is always free.
Auto Accidents – Quick Tips
All lawyers are not equal! There are some bad lawyers practicing law. There are some very average lawyers practicing law. There are lawyers who say they handle personal injury cases who really don’t. There are lawyers who claim to have decades of experience, but what they don’t tell you is that experience is in small cases, not in big cases.
Just because you are in an accident does not mean you are going to get a million dollar settlement. In fact, unless the case is very, very serious, it is unlikely that you will get a million dollar settlement.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who believe that if they are in an accident, they’ve won the lottery. That’s not true. Be careful relying on TV or yellow page advertisements when you hire an attorney.
There are some great lawyers who advertise on TV and in the Yellow Pages. But there are some lawyers who are not as good or as experienced. There is no bar association that regulates what practice areas an attorney can advertise for. Lawyers cannot lie about their experience or expertise. However, they can advertise for cases that they don’t handle themselves. So just because an attorney says “I am aggressive” or “40 years of combined experience” doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing or that they are the best attorney for your case.
You do not and should not give a statement to the insurance company. The insurance company will try to convince you to give a recorded statement after your accident. Don’t do it. It will hurt your case. The insurance adjuster is trying their best to convince you they are on your side. They are not. They want you to lose your case or pay less in settlement. Nothing requires you to give them a recorded statement and you should not give them a recorded statement.
Lance V. Friel has been helping injury victims for over 10 years. If you have been in an accident and have questions about your case, contact us for a free consultation today. We’re here to help.
Choosing Your Accident Lawyer
One of the most important decisions you can make to win your personal injury claim is choosing your attorney. The very best way to find a good personal injury lawyer is by asking close family or friends for recommendations. In big cities, you must avoid seeking advice from ambulance chasers that magically appear at accident scenes ready to give advice to the vulnerable victim.
Checking your local bar association might be another way to choose a lawyer with a good reputation but some bar associations are not permitted to recommend attorneys—they must remain neutral. If personal recommendations and the bar association do not help, you must find alternative ways to find a lawyer. For instance, you can consult a legal journal in your area that reviews the results of personal injury claims. These journals can be found in your local law library or the bar association and will include all the facts of cases, lawyers, and outcomes.
One of the easiest ways to find a lawyer is through the internet. Another way is through referrals from one lawyer (who cannot represent you) to one that can. Lawyers generally receive referral fees when they send clients to one another and may therefore want to work less on your case if part of the settlement goes to the first attorney for referring you. Therefore, you must use your discretion and know where your money goes and to whom.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident it is important to speak with an experienced accident lawyer today. Lance Friel will advise your of your rights and help you through this difficult process. Call today (209) 464-8000 to speak with a qualified Stockton accident attorney now.