Providing Top-Rated Representation for Victims of Accidents
Car accidents are among the leading causes of personal injuries. In fact, In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 2,746,000 injuries as a result of traffic collisions. These statistics are alarming, and yet people are still choosing to drive carelessly on our roads.
Injured in a car crash? In these times, it is imperative to choose the right San Jose car accident lawyer to help you get the compensation you need.
Attorney Nasseri has been assisting clients in the Bar Area for more than 25 years and is prepared to fight for your rights each step of the way. In addition, she has been recognized by the San Jose Magazine as one of the "Silicon Valley's best lawyers" in the area of personal injury. Our San Jose car accident lawyer has successfully helped a number of clients with a variety of personal injury matters including a $1 million settlement for a victim in an auto accident with policy limits, among many others.
What Does a Car Accident Lawyer Do?
When you have been injured in an accident, it is important to enlist the help of a car accident lawyer near you as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney can represent you in court and provide assistance with navigating the claims process. Your car accident lawyer will review your case and advise you on how best to proceed.
A good San Jose car accident lawyer has your best interests at heart and will work diligently to get you the most compensation for your injuries, damages, lost wages, medical costs, pain and suffering, etc. A car accident attorney will help you by:
- Investigating the accident to determine fault
- Gathering evidence from the scene such as police reports and witness statements
- Analyzing medical records to assess injuries, treatment needs, and estimated recovery time
- Determining responsibility for damages caused by the car accident
- Filing claims with insurance companies
- Negotiating settlements out of court
- Representing clients in court if necessary
- Providing emotional support throughout the process
What is the Statute of Limitations for a California Car Accident?
At The Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, we want to ensure that you avoid the common mistakes that some individuals make and can help you aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. The "California statute of limitations" is a law created by the state that sets between the time of an incident and the time you can go to court and file a lawsuit. In the state of California there is a 2 year time frame for the statute of limitations from a California car accident. To learn more about the statute of limitations for car accidents in California, contact our law firm.
Types of Car Accidents
- Head-On Collisions : Head-on collisions are one of the most catastrophic accidents that individuals can face while in a vehicle. These incidents typically occur from negligent behavior, distracted driving, and fatigue. Texting while driving can also cause someone to stray out of their lane and right into oncoming traffic. Consequences usually associated with head-on collisions may include any or all of the following:
- Rear-End Collisions: Another common type of car accident our firm handles is rear-end collisions. This type of accident results when one vehicle collides with another who is directly in front. Tailgating is most frequently associated with the causes of these sorts of collisions.
- T-Bone Accidents: A T-bone accident involves one car crashing head-first into the side of another. If the victim is not properly secured – or if the crash is particularly violent – severe injury, paralysis, or death may occur. It is believed that drivers engaging in cell phone use and consequently blow through red lights at intersections are the leading cause of T-bone collisions.
Most Common Types of Car Accidents
Car crashes can occur for a number of reasons, in the event there was one or more people responsible for the accident which led to your injury, there is a strong possibility that you will be able to obtain financial compensation with the help of a San Jose car accident lawyer at our firm. Attorney Nasseri's wide breadth of experience enables our firm to handle nearly all car accident cases.
Road Hazards: Roadways are built and maintained by state or local government agencies, and they are responsible as well for seeing they are safe. Many conditions can either contribute to car accidents, including potholes, shoulders with drop offs signals or warning signs that malfunction, too much oil or gravel, obstacles that were not removed, improper width of lanes, and blind corners.
Defective Auto Parts: Although a majority of car accidents are caused by driver error and negligence, there are also many accidents caused by defective auto parts, including defective tires, problems or malfunctions with brakes or gas pedals, defective airbags, seat belts, and safety equipment, and more.
Uber Accident Liability: Whenever a negligent driver is conducting some sort of business when they cause an accident, liability can become complicated. Three parties may be liable for your injuries and damages following a ride-sharing accident. These include the driver, the Uber or Lyft companies, or other passengers in the vehicle.
Driver: Random acts of recklessness, or one moment of poor judgment, that cause a traffic collision are the driver’s fault. They or their insurance company should be held accountable for any medical bills, repair costs, and other related damages.
Uber or Lyft: Ride-sharing companies have been trying to distance themselves from having any responsibility or control over their drivers in hopes to never get liability for accidents. If a driver has a long history of reckless or drunk driving, they should not have been permitted to use the ride-sharing app in the first place.
Other Passengers: To save time, a ride-sharing driver may pick up multiple passengers along one route. Much like a bus driver, Uber or Lyft drivers can become suddenly and unreasonably distracted by the behavior of an unruly passenger.
Can I File a Claim if I Was the Passenger in an Accident?
Drivers and policyholders are not the only ones able to file claims and seek compensation after an accident. Passengers in an accident also have the right to file a claim if they have sustained any injuries, regardless of whether those injuries were caused by the driver of the vehicle they were in or the driver of another vehicle, or a third party who holds liability, such as an auto manufacturer or auto parts manufacturer.
If you are related to the driver of the vehicle you were in, your injuries may be covered under his or her car insurance policy. In cases where there is no relation, you may be able to file a claim against your driver's car insurance policy or the insurance policy of the other driver, provided that he or she can be proven liable for your injuries. These types of claims are known as third party claims. There are also instances when an individual may find it necessary to file a claim against multiple policies, if the coverage from one policy is not sufficient to cover his or her injuries and accident-related expenses.
No Recovery, No Fee!
With more than 25 years of experience, our team is very confident in our ability to help our clients. For this reason, we offer contingency plans for our clients. What does this mean for you? A contingency fee means that we won’t charge you a fee if we are unable to recover compensation for your case.
We want our clients to feel safe with seeking our legal counsel knowing that we will work hard on their behalf in order to receive the desired outcome of the case. If we are unsuccessful, you are able to walk away without losing a penny.
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A Few Words from Our Clients
Caroline Nasseri kept me well-informed about my case & was very professional.Anthony H.
I would like to say thank you, Caroline, for your hard diligent service you & your team provided.David G.
Attorney Caroline Nasseri was informative, caring, respectful of my needs.Kyla J.