Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injuries and death in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017 alone, 2.7 million people were hurt and 37,133 people died in car crashes. In that same year, 277,160 people were injured and 3,904 people were killed in traffic accidents in California.
If you have been hurt in an auto accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses that you suffered. While money won’t make you whole again, it can help you to move forward with your life and get you on the road to recovery. With the help of a Sacramento car accident attorney, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver and get the money that you deserve for your losses.
At the Kuvara Law Firm, we represent people throughout Northern California who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle collisions. From our law office on 9th Street in downtown Sacramento, we offer free consultations to all prospective clients. Our team handles all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means that you never pay a fee unless we recover money for you.
Common Types of Car Accidents in Sacramento
Accidents can happen almost anywhere, and at any time. Yet in high traffic areas of Sacramento – like Stockton Boulevard, J Street, or Florin Road – you may be more likely to be hit by another vehicle based on the sheer number of cars on the road with you.
Our law firm represents people who have been injured in all types of accidents. Most often, we help people who were hurt in:
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Texting and driving/distracted driving crashes
- Accidents caused by driver error, such as running a red light or a stop sign
Our attorneys know that each accident case is unique. That is why we take the time to thoroughly analyze the facts of each claim, putting together evidence, and working with experts to develop a strong case for damages. In this way, we are able to take on the big insurance companies – and win.
A motor vehicle accident can cause a range of injuries, ranging from relatively minor scrapes and bruises to serious or catastrophic injuries. In a crash, you may suffer from injuries such as:
- Soft tissue damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury or paralysis
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
If a person suffers a fatal injury in a motor vehicle accident, their loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the losses that they have experienced. A Sacramento personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights as a survivor if a family member dies in a car crash.
When Should You Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident?
Generally, you should contact a personal injury law firm as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident to ensure that your legal rights are protected. There are two reasons why this is important.
First, California has a 2-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims; if you don’t file a claim within this time period, then it may be barred. Second, it is best to gather evidence while it is still available, and witness memories are fresh. While you may be overwhelmed after a car accident, it is often a good idea to schedule a consultation with a lawyer shortly after a crash.
How Much Do Lawyers Charge for Car Accident Cases?
Most personal injury law firms handle cases on a contingency fee basis, as opposed to charging an hourly rate. This means that you won’t pay anything upfront, and will only pay an attorney’s fee if your lawyer recovers money for you through a settlement or at trial.
Instead, your attorney will be paid a percentage of your total recovery. This percentage may range from 25% to 40%. If you have questions about how contingency fees work, be sure to ask your lawyer before signing any paperwork.
Can You Sue for Negligence in a Car Accident?
Yes. Most car accident claims are based on a theory of negligence, as opposed to an intentional act. A driver can be negligent in any number of ways, from using a cell phone while driving to running a stop sign.
If you have questions about whether you have a viable personal injury claim, schedule a free consultation with a personal injury law firm. During this appointment, the lawyer will listen to your story and advise you of your legal rights and options for filing a claim.
Help for Sacramento Accident Victims
Motor vehicle collisions can be incredibly traumatic for all involved. If you have been hurt in a crash, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries with the help of an experienced auto accident attorney. The Kuvara Law Firm can help.
Our legal team is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims throughout Sacramento County. We offer free case evaluations, and never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a Sacramento car accident lawyer, contact us today at 916-446-1242 or fill out our online contact form.