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Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyer

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The car accident lawyer of Andrade Law Offices knows the tactics that insurance companies use to deny claims or persuade accident victims to settle for lower compensation than you deserve. Upon hiring Andrade Law offices to represent you, Steven R. Andrade and his legal team will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and losses, and work to negotiate a fair auto accident settlement. If the insurance company will not do what is right for you, Steven R. Andrade will not hesitate to take a lawsuit to trial and stand up for you in court. We have settled hundreds of millions of dollars for car accident victims in Santa Barbara and throughout California. Remember, if you or a loved one is in a car accident:

Auto Accident Tips

  • Do not give any statements to insurance companies or police about the details of the accident.
  • Try to obtain the insurance information of the person who hit you.
  • Do not sign documents from the insurance company of the person who hit you.
  • Call a car accident attorney immediately.

We Can Help After an Car Accident in California

After a car accident, those who have suffered personal or property losses typically file an insurance claim and expect that they will be reimbursed for their loss by the responsible party’s auto or business liability insurance company. But many deserving individuals or their families find they have a hard time convincing the insurer they deserve a settlement that reflects their actual losses. Insurance companies may offer to pay for pain and suffering but their offers cannot begin to match what a personal injury lawyer can get for you. We get calls every day from potential clients who are being pressured by insurance companies to sign off on settlements. They are doing the right thing by contacting a personal injury attorney before they sign anything.

Many times, the insurance company will dispute a motorist’s claim simply to save money. This requires the injured motorist to present evidence to demonstrate the other driver’s negligence or recklessness, as well the cost of their injuries and other losses.

The original police report after an accident may indicate what happened and why, and medical records and receipts will reflect injuries and costs. In many cases, you will receive a larger auto accident settlement an insurance company if a law firm experienced with California car accidents is aggressively advocating your interests.

Car accident lawyer investigating the sceneAn experienced personal injury law firm has the knowledge and resources to conduct the investigative work required to document your accident and obtain evidence that supports a disputed insurance claim. In addition, attorneys like Steven R. Andrade, who has years of experience dealing with insurance companies and handling accident claims, know what to avoid when dealing with insurance companies.

For example, many times an insurance company will offer to settle a claim while the injured party is still undergoing medical treatment. What may look like a proper payment cannot take into account medical costs that have yet to be charged or the cost of future procedures or ongoing care. It almost certainly will not include indirect costs of the accident, which you deserve to recover, such as for a rental car or public transportation while your wrecked car is in the garage.

Never give any statements to insurance companies or accept an auto accident settlement offer without discussing it with an experienced car accident attorney. All of your past, current and future losses and costs must be calculated and taken into account before a proper settlement can be determined. In cases of permanent disability, projections for the costs of long-term medical treatment and personal care must be a part of an appropriate settlement.

Steven R. Andrade has personally handled more than 100 jury trials and thousands of court trials, mediations, and arbitrations for his clients. We know how to get results. Our clients have been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Steven R. Andrade is recognized as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has been awarded membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Those are memberships held by a very small percentage of attorneys.

At Andrade Law Offices, we help people who suffered serious personal injury in car accidents obtain the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve. In addition to a car accident, we help people who have been injured through the negligence of others in any type of motor vehicle accident including:

Car Accident Injuries We Handle

Motor vehicle operators have a duty to exercise the care needed to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, drivers are sometimes careless behind the wheel. Injuries can result from:

  • Distracted driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to obey traffic signals

Traumatic brain injuryWe help people who have been injured through the negligence of others in any type of motor vehicle accident, suffering any type of serious injury, including motorcycle and car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and car-truck collisions. We handle injury claims involving:

While a car accident can cause physical injuries, you can get psychological injuries in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder from an auto accident.

Car Accidents in California

Many auto accidents are fender benders, but thousands of accidents each year result in serious injury and death. Even fender benders can result in serious enough injury to warrant calling a personal injury lawyer.

Motor vehicle accidents are a fact of life in California. According to the California Highway Patrol, 2,995 people died and another 226,554 were injured in statewide traffic collisions in 2012. On average in 2012, someone was killed every 2 hours and 6 minutes and someone was injured every 2 minutes and 19 seconds as a result of traffic crashes in California.

Nearly 3,000 people die each year in car accident in California and many more suffer serious injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). What’s more, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) says car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens age 16 to 19 years old.

Andrade Law Office works with individuals and families who have suffered injury or the death of a loved one in a car accident caused by another motorist. After a car accident, those who have been injured through no fault of their own can obtain compensation for their losses, including medical bills, property damage, lost income and more. Our attorneys work to ensure that auto accident victims receive the full compensation that they are due.

Motor vehicle accidents are a fact of life in California. According to the California Highway Patrol, 2,995 people died and another 226,554 were injured in statewide traffic collisions in 2012. On average in 2012, someone was killed every 2 hours and 6 minutes and someone was injured every 2 minutes and 19 seconds as a result of traffic crashes in California.

Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Certain types of driver behavior contribute to many car accidents:

  • Driving too fastSpeeding. Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is believed to be a factor in about 30 percent of car accidents, according to the NHTSA. Higher speeds decrease the time available to react and avoid a collision, and increase the force of impact when a collision occurs. California reported 965 fatal auto accidents related to speeding in 2013.
  • Drunk DrivingDrunk driving. Alcohol impairs judgement and reaction time, as well as the drinker’s physical ability to control a motor vehicle. The NHTSA says there were 867 driving fatalities involving alcohol-impairment in our state in 2013. Every drunk driving accident is a preventable accident.
  • Drugged DrivingDrugged driving. Drivers can become unfit to drive by using illicit drugs, as well as by taking certain prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause drowsiness or other impairment. Data from the NHTSA say 38 percent of all drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in California in 2012 tested positive for legal and/or illegal drugs, and that the percentage has been increasing every year since 2006.
  • Distracted DrivingDistracted driving. The use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices has magnified the age-old problem of drivers taking their eyes off of the road to engage in tasks not related to operating their vehicles. In 2013, there were 50 people killed and nearly 4,000 people injured as a result of driver distractions, according to the California Highway Patrol. Distracted driving is especially a problem among younger drivers, according to the CHP.
  • Fatigued DrivingFatigued driving. Fatigued or drowsy drivers can be just as dangerous as an alcohol- or drug-impaired driver. Lack of sleep decreases a driver’s awareness, slows reaction time and impairs judgment. The CHP says more than 4,000 collisions blamed on one or more drowsy driver in 2012 resulted in 36 deaths and injuries to more than 2,400 people.

In some cases, a car accident is not a driver’s fault or there is more than one party that should be held responsible. Sometimes third parties may be part of an auto accident caused by:

  • Defective autos or auto parts. The manufacturer and/or distributor of a defective vehicle or automotive part or system may be held liable for a driver’s losses if the defective part or system caused a crash.
  • Road conditions. Lack of maintenance or improper design or construction may cause factors in a roadway that contribute to a car crash. In such cases, it may be that the responsible governmental agency and/or a contractor hired by that agency should be held accountable for an injured driver’s losses.

Contact Our Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers

Contact Andrade Law Offices for a free initial consultation about your auto accident claim, including any settlement offer you have already received. In personal injury and wrongful death matters, you pay us nothing until we win your case. Call today to see how we can help you.

Results Obtained for Our Auto Accident Personal Injury Clients

With more than three decades of trial experience, Mr. Andrade is well qualified to handle high stake personal injury cases. He has a reputation as a tenacious car accident lawyer who is not afraid to take any case to trial. Insurance companies consider a lawyer’s trial track record before making auto accident settlement offers and they take notice when your attorney has won multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for his clients, as Steven R. Andrade has done.

The strong results we have obtained for clients in motor vehicle accident cases include:

  • $1.25 million settlement for pedestrian struck in a crosswalk
  • $1.15 million mediation award for victim of collision involving motorcycle and auto
  • $1.1 million settlement for victim of neck injury and wrist injury sustained in a car accident
  • $540,000 award for pedestrian struck by car, causing significant back and leg injuries
  • $250,000 settlement for auto accident causing severe knee injury
  • $190,000 settlement for injured passenger in car accident