Car accidents are a daily occurrence, and while many involve property damage only, far too many cause serious injuries and deaths.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a crash in Richmond or Contra Costa County, CA, don’t hesitate to contact Wells Call at 707-273-1278 or through our online form.
Our Richmond car accident attorneys have decades of experience fighting for car accident victims and winning compensation.
To help you get legal representation, we offer free consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. There’s no retainer or hourly fees. Instead, you only pay our fee after we recover compensation.
Why You Should Hire a Richmond Car Accident Attorney
When someone else’s carelessness or recklessness causes a car accident, you shouldn’t be responsible for the repercussions.
By partnering with a Richmond car accident lawyer, you have someone to aggressively pursue a settlement or verdict for you and your family. A lawyer gives you the best chance of being compensated for your injuries.
You could pursue an insurance settlement on your own but be prepared to face resistance from an insurance company. The insurer wants to pay out as little as possible on your claim. They might deny it entirely.
By having a lawyer to communicate with the insurance company, you have someone to stand up for your best interests and hold the insurance company responsible for paying out fair compensation based on the policy.
How Wells Call Can Help
Our personal injury lawyers at Wells Call have decades of combined experience with car accident claims. We have worked on cases involving all types of injuries and fatalities.
We care about each client we work with and offer our personal attention. Since 1984, our dedication has resulted in recovering over $500 million in verdicts and settlements and recognition from several respected legal organizations.
Examining the Evidence
We begin helping our clients by investigating the accident and gathering evidence. We obtain photos, any video footage available, the police report, eyewitness statements, and a professional assessment of the vehicle’s damage.
Identifying the Liable Party
We determine who was at fault and who is liable for your injuries. The liable party might be different from the person at-fault for the crash.
For example, another driver might have negligently run a red light, but if they were working at the time, their employer might be responsible for compensating you.
Pursuing an Insurance Claim
We always look for any other insurance policies other than the required auto insurance. California requires $15,000 for bodily injuries or death of one person, $30,000 for bodily injuries or death of more than one person, and $5,000 for property damage (15/30/5). But motorists and businesses might have additional policies that cover your injuries or loss.
We handle all of the communication with the insurance company. If you need to prove a statement or answer the insurer’s questions, we prepare you for this scheduled conversation.
If an insurer calls you and starts asking questions, politely decline to answer at that time. Tell them you’ll have your attorney get in touch.
Filing a Lawsuit
You might need to file a lawsuit. If you were injured, you’d pursue a personal injury lawsuit, but if your claim is based on spouse, parent, or child’s death, you’d file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Our car accident attorneys in Richmond handle the litigation process for you. We draft and file the paperwork, appear in court, communicate with the other side, and aggressively pursue a settlement or court ruling in your favor.
Richmond, CA Car Accident Statistics
During 2019, Richmond experienced 584 crashes, according to California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS). From these crashes, 779 people were injured, and 10 were killed.
Overall, in 68% of crashes, people complained of pain and injury, there were visible injuries in 22% of crashes and severe injuries in 8% of crashes.
Fifty-four collisions involved pedestrians, 32 involved bikes, and 41 involved motorcycles. The most common type of collision was broadside accidents, followed by rear-end collisions and sideswipe accidents. The most common primary factor was an unsafe speed, followed by failure to obey the right of way and improper turning.
What to Do After You’ve Been Hurt in a Crash
Always receive medical care after a crash. A doctor should examine you to look for hidden injuries you might be unable to feel because of shock or adrenaline, like a concussion or broken bones.
Once you are home or in stable condition at the hospital, notify your auto insurance provider of the crash. If you need to pursue benefits under your policy, you must provide notice within a reasonable time.
When you have a moment, write down everything you can remember. A detailed description of the accident can be helpful for your attorney and can jog your memory later.
Then look for an experienced local attorney. At Wells Call, we’ve been helping car accident victims throughout Contra Costa County and the rest of California for years.
We can take on the burden of an insurance claim and litigation so you can focus on recovering and spending time with your family.
Examples of Vehicle Accidents We Handle
At Wells Call, we handle all types of crashes, including:
- Read-End Accidents
- Head-On Accidents
- Left Turn Accidents
- Sideswipe Accidents
- Side Impact “T-Bone” Accidents
- Blind Spot Accidents
- Uber and Lyft Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Impaired Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drowsy Driving Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
Whatever the type of crash you were involved in, we get to the bottom of what happened and why. We identify the underlying cause of the crash, whether it’s distraction, speeding, intoxication, fatigue, or something else.
We then use this to prove the other driver was negligent, which is a necessary part of recovering compensation. It’s called the burden of proof. You need evidence that the other driver was careless and you suffered injuries.
Injuries in Richmond, CA Car Accidents
We are here to help with cases involving all types of injuries, such as:
- Broken Bones
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Internal Organ Damage
No matter how carefully you drive, you can get hurt. When that happens, let our Richmond car accident attorneys help you connect with top medical specialists, tackle your medical bills, and recover compensation.
Car Accident Compensation
If you can prove the other driver was negligent and at fault for the crash, then you might be entitled to compensation for your:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Reduced Earning Potential
- Reduced Quality of Life
- Loss of Consortium
If your spouse, parent, or child died because of their car accident injuries, give us a call to discuss wrongful death damages. You can demand compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income, emotional distress, and more.
Visit Our Richmond Office Today
When you’re ready to talk about pursuing a car accident claim, give us a call or contact us online. We’ll schedule a free consultation. You can visit our Richmond office at 3150 Hilltop Mall Road, or we can come to you.