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Since 1992, the car accident attorneys at the law firm of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian have sought justice for the victims of automobile accidents. If you have been involved in an injury due to a traffic crash because of another person’s negligent driving, discuss your case promptly with an experienced attorney. At Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian, we are ready to help you fight for the maximum possible compensation. Drivers may be negligent when they are:
Texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting a GPS device
Exhibiting road rage
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Driving while over-fatigued
In too much of a big hurry
Insurance companies invariably try to pay accident victims as little as possible and sometimes nothing at all. We make insurers play by the rules and pay you the full compensation you deserve. If defective auto parts or poor road conditions were a factor in your accident, those responsible may also be pursued for damages.
WHEN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT HAPPENS
If you are injured in a traffic crash in California, seek medical treatment immediately. Try to take pictures of your injury, the accident scene, and the license plates of all vehicles involved. Get the name, address, and insurance information of the other driver(s), and the names and contact information of any witnesses. Keep and copy any documents – such as police reports and medical bills – pertaining to the crash and injury. Don’t sign any admission of fault or even make a statement. Don’t accept any settlement from an insurance company before speaking to an experienced Fresno car accident lawyer with Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian.
The most devastating personal injuries in car crashes – such as lost brain and spinal injuries and lost limbs – require a considerable amount of compensation. Let an experienced Fresno auto crash attorney handle your case and suggest the most ideal legal actions for your specific situation. You may be compensated for the loss of income, medical expenses and earning capacity, suffering, pain, and more.
WHY DO AUTO ACCIDENTS OCCUR?
Almost always accidents occur because of human error; someone ran a stop sign or red light, someone failed to yield at a left turn, someone failed to see a car stopped or slowing in front of them and rear ends that car. It is fairly rare to have a car component fail and cause an accident; it happens, but it is quite uncommon.
CAN YOU SETTLE CAR ACCIDENTS WITHOUT INSURANCE?
Yes, but your recovery is limited to your property damage, wage loss, and reasonable and necessary medical bills. If this is your situation, it is advised to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
HOW ARE INSURANCE CLAIMS ARE PROCESSED?
First, the at-fault insurance company is notified that their insured has been in an accident. After that, it really is a question of the types and amount of coverage the at-fault driver bought. Normally, the insurance company assigns an adjuster to handle the property damage portion of the claim which is, typically, very quickly resolved. A second adjuster is responsible for resolving the personal or bodily injury aspects of the claim. The attorney will negotiate with the bodily injury adjuster to resolve the case. If no agreement can be reached, then a lawsuit must be filled.
WHEN TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY FOR A CAR ACCIDENT CASE
Hiring an accident lawyer should be at the top of your list. Don’t give the at-fault insurance company adjusters any recorded statements or sign any paperwork they send. You can rest assured that anything you say to the insurance company will be used against you when it comes time to resolve your case. Recorded statements and signing papers can always be done later–after you consult with a lawyer. Remember, it is free to speak with an attorney about your accident and there is never such an urgency that you must give a recorded statement to the driver’s insurance company who is at fault before speaking with an attorney.
WHAT ARE THE FEES?
Fees depend on your type of case and your age. Normally, the attorney fees for a traffic accident are one third if a case happens to be resolved prior to filing suit, or if 40% of the gross recovery if after suit is filed. If you are a minor, the fees are normally much less.
WHY IS HAVING A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER RECOMMENDED?
Having a car accident attorney by yourself will give you peace of mind. Not to mention, having an expert handle the legal areas and details will allow you to focus on recovering physically and mentally. To protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you should for your injuries.
I greatly appreciate the outstanding service and commitment by Paul Pimentel and his staff at Tomassian, Pimentel, & Shapazian Law Firm. The insurance company did not make things easy with my case but I always felt represented and confident that I had chosen the right attorney to assist me. – Robert Kim
WHAT SHOULD I ASK A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER PRIOR TO HIRING?
There are various questions that you should keep in mind during your first meeting. A good attorney will usually cover most of the questions, but it’s still ideal to go prepared. Some important questions to keep in mind are related to how the accident happened, treatment and witnesses, and your injuries. Some less obvious questions could include some possible ‘cross-over’ cases, for example possible medical malpractice, family or estate type issues, probate, or workers’ compensation claim.
SET UP A CONSULTATION NOW
Our car accident lawyers keep their hours flexible to accommodate your scheduling needs, and we strive to return every call promptly. We fight to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian represents our clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from seeking the legal help you deserve and need to get you the best possible outcome. Contact Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today by calling us at 559-277-7300 . You can also contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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