Auto Accident Attorney
A serious motor vehicle accident can be a life-changing event with far-reaching and permanent repercussions that affect you physically, emotionally, and financially. As reputable trial lawyers, the auto accident attorneys at Bowles & Verna LLP are diligent about helping your family maximize your compensation so you can move forward more comfortably. You should reach out to us as soon as possible.
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The legal team at Bowles & Verna LLP includes top Bay-area attorneys with decades of courtroom experience. We offer a strong track record of results for personal injury and wrongful death clients. To schedule a free consultation about a catastrophic injury or the accidental passing of a loved one, please contact our office today.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a catastrophic accident, it is best to speak to an attorney before giving a formal statement to insurance representatives.
Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
More than 32,000 Americans were killed in fatal traffic accidents in 2014, and an additional 2.3 million were injured. California is second only to Texas with the highest number of traffic injuries and deaths in all 50 states. Drunk driving plays a significant part in these grim statistics, as does excessive speed, distracted driving (such as texting), and faulty automotive equipment.
Seat belts, air bags and motorcycle helmet laws protect many drivers and passengers from serious harm, but accidents continue to cause devastating injuries. In high-speed crashes, side-impact collisions, and rollovers, vehicle occupants remain vulnerable to catastrophic injury and fatalities. Accident victims and their families are often faced with a long, difficult road as they navigate life-altering injuries and losses. When a devastating event is caused by the careless act of another, it can be difficult to accept. Insurance adjusters may only add to the stress, as they attempt to deflect blame from their insured or offer low-ball settlements.
Put A Strong Legal Advocate In Your Corner
You can benefit greatly from the help of a seasoned personal injury attorney who is experienced with insurance defense tactics and can protect your rights under the law. California is a “pure comparative fault rule” state, which means injured victims can collect damages even if they bear the majority of fault for an accident. Still, it is very important to determine clear liability to ensure you receive your full, entitled compensation. Our lawyers represent victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents including:
Bowles & Verna is staffed with trial lawyers who have taken hundreds of cases to court, demonstrating a strong record of favorable jury awards. For severely injured victims, we negotiate a substantial settlement or argue your case in court to secure damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Wrongful death cases can include the family’s immediate and future losses, both economic and emotional. In some cases, there may be punitive damages added as well.
Wrongful Death: Additional Considerations
If careless or drunk driving has claimed the life of your dear one, the senselessness of this loss is devastating. The team at Bowles & Verna understands, and we know the shock and grief are often followed by a great deal of anger. You are not alone in dealing with the effects of a wrongful death. Our firm has experienced this type of tragedy through the eyes of many devastated families.
How can we help? We hold negligence and wrongdoing accountable through the civil court system. At Bowles & Verna, our wrongful death case experience is extensive, and we provide legal representation that can, and often does, bring substantial monetary compensation. Money cannot right any wrongs, but it can help your family to heal and rebuild.
Auto Accident Fatalities
Today’s safety advancements have cut down on traffic fatalities, but no one is entirely safe from the risks of motor vehicle travel. High-speed crashes and rollover accidents continue to cause a great number of catastrophic injuries and deaths in this country. In 2014 in California alone, 3,074 vehicle drivers and passengers were killed on the road.
The role of alcohol in traffic deaths is clear, with about one-third of road fatalities attributable to DUI driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving, including texting while driving, caused 10 percent of 2014 traffic deaths, and 28 percent were speed-related.
A catastrophic accident will almost always result in medical costs, wage and productivity loss, and significant pain and suffering. When injuries result in death, the family is left to cope with unpaid bills as well as countless long-term losses that are both emotional and financial.
Wrongful Death Cases
In California, any heir of the deceased can file a wrongful death action, and awarded damages encompass losses that are both economic and noneconomic. In addition to compensation for medical care costs, damages can include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of anticipated future income
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of domestic services (such as child care, cooking, and household maintenance)
- Loss of companionship/consortium
- Psychological treatment costs
To prove a wrongful death case, your attorney must substantiate evidence that the other party in an accident behaved in a negligent or reckless manner that caused a fatal injury. The California courts’ adherence to a “pure comparative negligence rule” means victims are entitled to compensation without regard to individual driver liability but awards are affected by degrees of fault.
Can I Sue More Than One Party After An Auto Accident?
In many cases, the answer is yes. Sometimes accidents are caused by the negligence of several drivers (often the case in pileup accidents). Additionally, you might be able to sue an auto manufacturer if a vehicle defect (like faulty air bags) contributed to the accident or your injuries in the accident. Finally, if your accident was caused by a truck driver or other commercial driver, the at-fault driver’s employer would also be considered liable in many instances.
What Are The Differences Between Personal Injury And Wrongful Death?
The biggest difference is the degree of harm. In the latter scenario, the victim suffers injuries that prove fatal. Nearly any act of negligence that would warrant a personal injury lawsuit would also warrant a wrongful death lawsuit if the victim died.
The other major difference is who acts as the plaintiff. In a personal injury suit, the injured person is the plaintiff. Since that is not possible in a wrongful death lawsuit, a representative for the victim must serve as the plaintiff. Often, but not always, the plaintiff is a surviving family member.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in a catastrophic accident, it is best to speak to us before giving a formal statement to insurance representatives. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer.