Recover the Damages You Deserve with the Help of Car Accident Lawyer

More than 200,000 people are hurt in Southern California crashes every year. Sadly – yes, Car accidents can happen — even to the safest, most careful drivers on the road. If you’ve been seriously injured in a major car accident in California at the fault of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

When another driver’s negligence caused the wreck, that driver’s insurance company will compensate you for any losses such as medical expenses, car repairs, and lost wages, even pain and suffering. The hassle of car accident insurance claims comes in if you are offered the lowest acceptable amount for a settlement.

Legal representation is needed when it comes to major and minor car accidents, including (but not limited to) the following common cases:

  • Rear-end
  • Side-impact
  • Head-on collision
  • Multi-vehicle collision

It’s quite challenging to put a fair price on pain and suffering. The insurance company might offer  much lower than you expect. So getting a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to advocate for you and protect your interests during extremely difficult time is deemed necessary to know what legal rights you have to ensure receiving a reasonable compensation.

It is recommended to contact an attorney as soon as possible following the accident. And it is advised NOT to give any statement to at-fault party’s insurance provider without consulting a lawyer to avoid statements that can be misconstrued and can later use against you.

In some cases, one doesn’t always end up filing a lawsuit to get a settlement payout. The lawyer and the insurance company may reach a suitable agreement to receive justly compensation. If not, you will need to sue and take the matter to Court.

When do you need an Attorney?

  • If it involves minor to major fatalities or any serious type of injury that required a trip to a doctor.
  • If it puts you at-fault and you believe otherwise.
  • If you are injured due to another person’s negligence to determine if you have the right for Personal Injury claim.
  • If you are struggling to come to an agreement with the insurance company.
If no agreement is reached through negotiation, then the case should go to trial.

Once I have made the decision to sue, what should I expect?

  1. File a complaint. The complaint will lay out the allegations against the defendant.
  2. The defendant will file an answer.
  3. The discovery process will occur.
  4. The trial will begin.
  5. The last phase is when the jury determines whether to award you any damages.
“Remember that your suit could settle at any point and the process described above is only a general overview. Also keep in mind that the process could take up to two years. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to describe the process in more detail.”
As always, your lawyer is your ally to fight for justice. They will work to get the compensation you deserve. With the right legal representation, you could receive a large settlement as compensation for your pain and suffering. The sooner your act, the stronger your case will be.

Defending Against Criminal Charge

criminal charge is a formal accusation made by a governmental authority (usually a public prosecutor or the police) asserting that somebody has committed a crime. A charging document, which contains one or more criminal charges or counts, can take several forms, including:
  • complaint
       – the first formal action taken to officially start a lawsuit.
  • information
      – the formal criminal charge that begins the criminal proceedings at the court.
  • indictment
      – this is the criminal accusation that a person has committed a crime.
  • citation/ claim
      – this includes summons, traffic violation ticket, or notice to appear.
  • traffic ticket
     – a notice issued by a law enforcement official to a motorist or other road user, indicating that the user has violated traffic laws.

The charging document is what generally starts a criminal case in court. But the procedure by which somebody is charged with a crime and what happens when somebody has been charged varies from country to country and even, within a country, from state to state.

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Before a person is proven guilty, the charge \”must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt\”. This means that there must be a proof that the person did something against the law or had guilty state of mind when the law was broke.

Atleast some Judges of the Supreme Court has favoured the following instruction which is based on suggestions from the United States Judicial Center:
  • The government has the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Some of you may have served as jurors in civil cases, where you were told that it is only necessary to prove that a fact is more likely true than not true. In criminal cases, the government\’s proof must be more powerful than that. It must be beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you firmly convinced of the defendant\’s guilt. There are very few things in this world that we know with absolute certainty, and in criminal cases the law does not require proof that overcomes every possible doubt. If, based on your consideration of the evidence, you are firmly convinced that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged, you must find him guilty. If on the other hand, you think there is a real possibility that he is not guilty, you must give him the benefit of the doubt and find him not guilty.“
While other federal courts have required the following shorter instruction:
‘It is not required that the government prove guilt beyond all possible doubt. The test is one of reasonable doubt. A reasonable doubt is a doubt based upon reason and common sense—the kind of doubt that would make a reasonable person hesitate to act. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt must, therefore, be proof of such a convincing character that a reasonable person would not hesitate to rely and act upon it in the most important of his own affairs. The jury will remember that a defendant is never to be convicted on mere suspicion or conjecture.’
Legal terms alone can be confusing and intimidating, right? 
Whatever the case, if faced with legal issues like this, it should be handled with a high quality of representation. More importantly, when charged with a crime, one should seek counsel from highly reputable, experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney that have the highest level of expertise to build a case and protect your rights.

Getting the best defense attorney that is proactive and can anticipate how opposing counsel may approach negotiations and trial can bring a promise to take away stress, anxiety and sleepless nights that you are having.