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Since 1992, the car accident lawyers at the law firm of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian has sought justice for the victims of automobile accidents. If you’ve been injured in a traffic crash because of another person’s negligent driving, discuss your case promptly with an experienced lawyer. 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 make any statement or sign any admission of fault. 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 limbs or brain and spinal injuries – require a considerable amount of compensation. Let an experienced Fresno auto crash attorney handle your case and suggest your best legal options. You may be compensated for medical expenses, loss of income and earning capacity, pain, suffering, 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 SHOULD I HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
As soon as you can. 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 at-fault driver’s insurance company 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 the case is resolved before filing suit or 40% of the gross recovery if after suit is filed. If you are a minor, the fees are normally much less.
WHY DO I NEED A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
Peace of mind, having someone handle all the legal aspects and details while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries and getting better. Making sure that your case is treated fairly and completely by the insurance company of the person that caused your injuries. To protect your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you should for your injuries.
WHAT SHOULD I ASK A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER BEFORE HIRING?
There are many questions that you will probably wish you asked after you leave the meeting! But a good attorney will anticipate your questions and answer them before you even ask during your first meeting. Important questions will, of course, relate to your injuries, how the accident happened, witnesses and treatment. Less obvious questions include possible ‘cross-over’ cases, for example a workers’ compensation claim, possible medical malpractice, probate or issues related to family or estate type issues.
SET UP A CONSULTATION NOW
Our car accident lawyers keep flexible hours to meet your scheduling needs, and we promptly return every call. We fight to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian represents 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 the legal help you need. Call Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian today at 559-277-7300 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
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