If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person, you need to call an attorney today. At Montgomery Steele Law, we are going to get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. These cases can become complex, but we will be with you throughout the entire process. Call us when you need an Upland car accident attorney.
Why Should Montgomery Steele Law Be Your Choice?
There are so many law firms out there promising results that it can be hard to find the right one. Both Mike Montgomery and J.T. Steele have worked for big firms, and they started Montgomery Steele Law to ensure that their clients come first.
We never shy away from a battle when it comes to securing the compensation our clients need.
We believe that every client deserves superior legal representation when they are injured.
We have a track record of getting real results, and our clients do not pay anything unless we successfully recover the compensation they need.
Let An Attorney Handle Your Case
When there are injuries in a car accident case, you can count on the insurance companies to use aggressive tactics to lower any settlement they have to payout. Because of this, you will need an attorney to thoroughly investigate all aspects of the crash. They will gather accident reports, speak to eyewitnesses, view video and photo surveillance, and more.
Using your medical records and proof of lost income, your attorney will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies to reach a fair settlement offer. If a fair offer is not made, your Upland car accident lawyer will prepare your case for trial to get the compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Statistics For Our Area
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), we can see that there were over 273,000 people injured and 3,602 people killed in car crashes during the latest reporting year in the state. Many of these crashes were caused by impaired, distracted, speeding, and reckless drivers. It is not uncommon for us to see the following after a serious car accident:
These injuries often lead to massive medical bills for victims. In many cases, a car accident victim cannot work while they recover, causing them to lose the income they need to pay medical bills, household expenses, and support their families.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Upland
Our Upland car accident attorneys work with clients who have been harmed in various different types of accidents, almost always caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of another driver. Some of the most common car accident causes in Upland include:
Speeding. Drivers who disregard the speed limit are incredibly dangerous to others on the roadway around them. The speed limit does not need to be broken in order to be driving too fast for conditions. Often, certain weather and roadway conditions do not allow for drivers to operate at the posted speed limit. The OTS says that approximately 90,000 people were injured in speed-related incidents during the latest reporting year.
Tailgating. When a driver fails to keep a safe distance between them and the vehicle in front of them, they are much more likely to get into a serious accident in the event the vehicle in front of them stops suddenly. Tailgating often leads to rear-end collisions.
Distracted drivers. Text messaging, talking on the phone, browsing the internet, eating, and drinking are just a few of the ways that drivers become distracted inside their vehicles. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and leads to serious accidents.
Not obeying traffic laws. If a driver does not follow traffic laws, accidents are much more likely. Drivers who fail to stop at stop signs or stoplights, fail to yield the right-of-way, and ignore other traffic laws are dangerous.
Impaired driving. Drunk drivers caused 31 % of all traffic fatalities during California’s latest reporting year. Impaired driving incidents were responsible for more than 26,000 injuries that year.
How is Liability Established in a Car Accident Case?
Determining liability in the aftermath of a car accident can be difficult, but it is vitally important in order to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your claim. Working with an attorney, the following information will prove to be invaluable when determining liability:
Accident or police reports. It is important that your attorney obtain all accident and police reports related to the crash. Police officers provide a preliminary investigation and often determine who they believed to be at fault for the incident.
Eyewitness accounts of the incident. Any drivers or bystanders who saw the crash could provide valuable statements to help with the settlement or in a lawsuit.
Video and photo surveillance. If you take any photos at the scene of a crash, they could be used to establish liability. Any video surveillance from nearby businesses or homes could also be used.
Depositions. In the event your case becomes a personal injury lawsuit, it may be necessary for your attorney to take depositions of all parties involved in order to prove liability.
You need to be aware that the at-fault driver or their insurance carrier will work to put some or all of the blame for the incident on you. If they can show that you contributed to the incident, they will be able to reduce the amount of money they pay in a settlement.
Common Types of Auto Accident Collisions
There are various types of vehicle collisions that our Upland car accident attorneys help clients with on a regular basis. The following are common in this area:
Rear-end collisions. These collisions often occur when one vehicle is following another too closely.
Side impact collisions. These are also called T-bone collisions, and they occur when one vehicle impacts the side of another. These incidents often occur at intersections.
Rollover crashes. If a vehicle flips onto its side or roof in a collision, it is considered a rollover event. Rollovers often lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
Head-on collisions. When the front ends of two vehicles slam into one another, it is considered a head-on collision. These incidents often occur at high speeds when one vehicle is traveling the wrong way down a road.
You Deserve Compensation For Your Suffering
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligent or careless behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. At Montgomery Steele Law, we are going to get to work on your behalf. Let us investigate the crash so we can secure the following:
Compensation for your medical bills related to the crash
Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work due to your injuries
General household expenses
Pain and suffering damages
Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver
If you need an Upland car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free case evaluation by clicking here or calling us at (909) 312-2111. To learn more about safe driving, check out the road safety guide on the website for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).