Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyers
When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should get a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible. You may feel that you should adopt a "wait-and-see" approach with regard to your injuries, or perhaps you don't feel up to deciding whether you want to pursue a lawsuit right now. You should, however, bear in mind that there are deadlines to filing a claim; generally known as the "statute of limitations."
If you fail to file your claim within the applicable statute of limitations, you may be forever barred from bringing your claim, regardless of its merit. Therefore, even if you do not think you will be bringing a lawsuit, you should consult with an experienced Southern California personal injury attorney right away to determine if any action should be taken to preserve your potential claim.
NordstrandBlack PC has the knowledge and resources to properly investigate the accident. We visit the scene, hire investigators to dig deeper, identify and get statements from witnesses, and reconstruct the accident to determine the cause of the collision if necessary. Contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation to learn about your rights and how we can help after an accident.
"The insurance companies are looking out for their own best interest. Our job is to look out for your best interest. We're here to protect you."
- Sheldon Rosenfield
Car Accident Case Results
- $1,200,000 Settlement - Motorcycle/Auto Accident - Fractured Wrist
- $750,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Multiple Fractures
- $750,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Injuries Requiring Surgery
- $500,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Motorcycle Accident
- $300,000 Binding Arbitration - Auto Accident - Intersection Accident
- $300,000 Settlement - Auto Accident - Rear-End Accident
∗ Selected cases listed. Every case is different. Past case results are not a guarantee, and similar results may not be obtained in your case. View more case results here.
Certain causes of collisions are more frequent than others in Southern California, including:
- Impaired drivers: Whether drugs or alcohol are involved, driving with any kind of chemical impairment is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous. Impairments slow reaction time, reduce good judgment, and make a collision more likely.
- Drowsy drivers: Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Falling asleep for a moment is all it takes to start a crash, which can have tragic consequences.
- Distracted drivers: Distractions take a driver’s attention and eyes off the road. Although mobile phones and passengers can distract a driver, the most common cause of distraction resulting in fatal accidents is simple daydreaming.
- Speeding drivers: Excessive speeds make it harder to control a vehicle, and can result in single-vehicle collisions if the driver goes faster than is safe in a turn.
- Unsafe conditions: Bad weather and poorly maintained roads can lead to accidents as easily as anything else. Drivers need to slow down in severe rain, fog, or other conditions that reduce visibility, and to watch out for potholes or other damaged areas of the road.
Drivers who negligently operate their vehicles and hurt other people should be held accountable for the costs of their carelessness. After a crash, you should get immediate medical attention and call a lawyer at once.
Two large SUVs colliding at slow speeds might not cause injuries to the occupants, but a commercial truck going the same speed, hitting a motorcyclist, will likely be fatal. The most common injuries we see in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Goleta collisions include:
- Broken bones: The impact of two cars slamming into each other can cause broken bones for the people within, especially the drivers, who can strike the steering wheel if no airbags deploy. The hands and wrists are often used to absorb impact during a collision, so it is not uncommon for bones in this area to be fractured as well.
- Burns: Collisions can cause a vehicle fire or explosion.
- Facial injuries: Injuries to the face are often caused by flying debris or airbags, but anyone not wearing a seatbelt is at high risk of injury due to striking the seat, dashboard, or windshield in front of them. These injuries can require extensive surgery to reconstruct the face, and interfere with daily activites like eating or even breathing.
- Seatbelt-related injuries: Although seatbelts save lives, the violent forces in a collision can cause a seatbelt to dig into a person’s stomach and chest, causing damage to abdominal organs. Seatbelts can lacerate organs inside a person’s body. When these safety features are not designed or worn properly, a person can slip under a seatbelt or “submarine.” This often results in the belt pulling on the neck and shoulder, causing serious injuries.
- Soft tissue damage: Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are easily damaged in a serious car crash, especially to the neck and shoulder. Whiplash is one example. Damage to soft tissue can take weeks or months to heal, often requiring surgery and physical therapy to completely mend.
- Traumatic amputation: Collisions can create jagged shards of metal and glass, which can slice through exposed limbs in the impact. Loss of fingers, hands, and legs will cause major difficulties throughout the rest of a victim’s life.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in long-term pain and difficulty with movement, or even partial or complete paralysis.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Injuries to the brain can alter the rest of a victim’s life. TBIs can result in changes in personality, learning disabilities, memory loss, sensory loss, and other lifelong consequences.
While injuries to the spine or brain can be catastrophic, nothing is more tragic than a life cut short. Death can occur immediately at the scene of the vehicle accident or later due to complications from injuries. When a child is fatally injured in a car accident, it is heartbreaking for the parents, friends, and family of that young person.
When someone is killed in a vehicle collision in California, family members may file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. The parents of a deceased child, the spouse of a deceased loved one, or the child of a deceased parent may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While this is not the first thing a grieving family wants to think about, it is important to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions.
Before agreeing to a settlement with an insurance company or at-fault driver, it is important to understand your legal rights and to know the full extent of your injuries. Auto accident victims are entitled to recover damages for almost all costs associated with the crash.
"You had an accident and you're contacted by an insurance company adjuster. Should you talk to them? The simple answer is NO. You should not talk to the adjuster before consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about the circumstances of you case."
- Doug Black
Learn more about your legal rights and options as an accident victim by scheduling a free consultation with one of our Santa Barbara injury lawyers. To do that, simply call our law office directly at (805) 962-2022 or contact us online.
There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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