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San Jose Car Accident Lawyers

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In most cases, car accidents occur due to negligent mistakes of drivers. Manufacturers, road construction crews, and other parties can also be held liable for any injuries depending on the source of the negligence.

Most any car accident has a high potential to result in injuries that can be costly and life-changing for both the injured and their families. In order to pursue monetary compensation for damages without taking on the stress of managing a personal injury claim, people hurt in car accidents should seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

We pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients to cover damages such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Vehicle repair
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Lessened enjoyment of life

Handling Car Accident Wrongful Death Claims with Compassion

Although no amount of money can begin to replace the loss you feel, our San Jose wrongful death attorneys can hold the responsible driver liable and help you and your family recover the resources needed to start rebuilding your life. Knowing that your bills will be paid and your financial future will be stabilized can lead to peace of mind.

In a wrongful death claim, you may be able to receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills of the decedent related to final care
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Wages the decedent would have earned in their lifetime

Understanding the exact cause of your loved one’s fatal accident is a key step to strengthening your claim and increasing your chances of a successful outcome.

Some of the most common causes for a wrongful death in a car accident include:

  • Speeding: Drivers who disobey speed limits are an extreme hazard to themselves and everyone else on the road.
  • Intoxication: Driving under the influence (DUI) is a significant cause of fatal car accidents. Evidence gathered by police responders, such as the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, can be used to empower your claim.
  • Fatigued truck drivers: Due to the deregulation of the trucking industry, many truckers work incredibly long hours under high stress. Some studies have shown that high levels of exhaustion cause motor skill reduction and reaction time increase equivalent to intoxication.
  • Defective tires or parts: Auto parts can break or become defective without warning, taking control away from the driver or putting them in peril. In recent years, numerous auto part defects have been in the news for causing severe injuries and death, including defective air bags, faulty brakes, overactive accelerators, and more.
  • Poor or confusing road signs: Lane markers, indicator signs, and even traffic signals can be poorly designed or placed, causing confusion and unpredictability for drivers.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Hazardous roadway situations that may cause serious vehicle accidents include:

  • Construction zones
  • Dirt, debris, and foliage in the road
  • Inadequate street lighting
  • Uneven pavement and shoulder drops
  • Poor road design
  • Unsafe or missing guardrails

Irresponsibly-Designed SUVs

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in particular have a high rollover rate in single-vehicle accidents due to their narrow wheelbase and high center of gravity. Emergency maneuvers conducted by the driver to swerve out of harm’s way can toss an SUV onto its side or roof, whereas most other passenger vehicles will just skid. To make matters worse, SUVs are often advertised as off-road vehicles but do not come with off-road vehicle protection features, such as roll cages.

Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP Can Fight for You

If you have been in a car accident and would like to discuss your rights and legal options with a trusted legal team, get in touch our car accident lawyers right away.

Remember: your case is time-sensitive and should be handled as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the ability to recover monetary compensation.

Contact our firm to begin your case. Be sure to ask about our contingency fee agreements – you do not pay us unless we win!

What to Do After a Car Accident

Knowing that the accident was not your fault is not enough to collect fair and maximized compensation. You will need to be able to prove it and take the following active steps to reduce your liability.

Step 1: Get medical help for you and anyone else who needs it.

Seeking medical attention as soon as possible will reduce your liability for any injuries you have suffered in the crash, as it shows you took action to try to reduce them. Even if you do not feel any injuries, schedule a checkup with your doctor or visit urgent care to make certain there are no underlying issues.

Step 2: Collect information, or get someone to collect information for you.

You need to record all important information and preserve it as evidence. You should know the name and contact info of each driver, passengers, and even witnesses. You will want photographs of the car accident, taken from multiple angles and showing all vehicles. Do not forget to get insurance and license information. Also, make note of any statements from the other parties that seem to mention guilt, such as an apology.

Step 3: Call the police.

Unless you got into a trivial fender-bender with no visible damage and obviously no injuries, contact law enforcement to fill out an accident report. The police can help redirect traffic away from your crash, protecting others from harm.

Step 5: Connect with a reputable San Jose Car accident lawyer.

If another driver's insurance company representative calls you about what happened, you might make a small misstatement that could jeopardize your ability to collect compensation. Play it safe by retaining our proven, capable legal counsel as quickly as you can. We would be happy to discuss the accident with your insurance company on your behalf.

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