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Despite their prevalence, car accidents are unexpected events that can be traumatizing those who are involved. In an instant, car accidents can dramatically change a person’s life, leaving them with severe injuries, significant financial difficulties, and emotional or psychological distress. 

Unfortunately, in these situations, insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of personal injury victims.  In fact, their entire business model is built on paying as little as possible in claims. Having a knowledgeable personal injury and car accident attorney on your side can help to preserve your rights and ensure that you recover the compensation that you need to move forward. A car accident lawyer can help to evaluate your case, determine the evidence you need to win your case, and present you with different options to achieve your goals. Whether you’re seeking justice or simply financial security, a car accident attorney can help determine whether a settlement or a court case is in your best interest. Contact the Haffner & Morgan law firm today for your free consultation with our San Diego car accident attorneys.

Why Choose San Diego Car Accident Lawyers?

Haffner & Morgan is your go-to legal team when it comes to major and minor car accidents. Our legal team has experience in all of the following common cases:

Haffner & Morgan’s San Diego car accident attorneys work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.

How We Can Help

Haffner & Morgan’s San Diego car accident lawyers stand ready to help, counsel and advise the injured through the process of an auto accident case. Haffner & Morgan will immediately launch a legal investigation into your case and the circumstances surrounding the crash. This investigation will be the foundation of a strong case for you by gathering evidence such as driving records, eye-witness statements, media reports, photos or video, and a complete analysis of the road conditions and potential infrastructure problems, which may have contributed to the car accident. These first steps for an auto accident attorney lay the basis for establishing the defendant’s fault.

Coinciding with this process, the San Diego car accident attorneys at Haffner & Morgan will begin the process of communication with the first and third party insurance companies. This establishes the amount of insurance money will be available to the accident victim from an insurance company after proving liability. If the care you are receiving from your health insurance is inadequate in treating your injuries, the San Diego car accident lawyers can refer you to physicians who would be able to treat you on a lien basis. That is, they would be treating you for payment to be received after your car accident settlement or jury-verdict.

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Different Kinds of Car Accidents

There are a variety of situations that can lead to a motor vehicle collision.  The Haffner & Morgan car accident attorneys have helped clients who have been injured in:

  • Collisions involving commercial vehicles such as big rig trucks, delivery vehicles or busses.
  • High Speed Crashes. Recent studies have found that speeding was cited as a factor in 30 percent of all deadly auto accidents in the U.S., and that number is likely a conservative estimate.
  • Texting And Driving. The Majority of states have implemented bans on texting and driving. Ignoring these laws could cost drivers a hefty fine, but it still pales in comparison to the costs associated with major car accidents.
  • Drunk Driving Accidents. Public awareness campaigns over the past several decades have started to decrease the number of alcohol-fueled crashes, but they still remain a serious problem across the country.
  • Rollover Accidents. These are often extremely serious crashes, and a vehicle defect or poor road conditions can sometimes be factors. An experienced attorney can help prove a design or manufacturing defect in your vehicle or the road, street, or highway contributed to a rollover crash.

Dangerous Intersections in San Diego

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 50% of car accidents occur in intersections. San Diego is a beautiful city, but it has at least five dangerous intersections. By knowing where the danger lies, drivers can avoid these intersections or exercise caution when using them. Poor traffic flow designs, limited visibility, and high amounts of pedestrian traffic all contribute to high accident rates in the following San Diego intersections:

  • University Avenue and Marlborough Avenue
  • El Cajon Boulevard and 36th Street
  • University and 1st Avenue
  • Market Street and 6th Avenue
  • Broadway Road and 5th Avenue
  • University Avenue and 4th Street
  • Coronado Avenue and Thermal Avenue
  • Euclid Avenue and Naranja Avenue
  • 4th Avenue and Market Street
  • University Avenue and 52nd Street

While the city of San Diego has made improvements to many of these intersections, they remain problematic for a variety of reasons with many accidents taking place in these locations annually.

What to Do After an Accident in San Diego

While the aftermath of an accident is traumatic and chaotic, keeping a cool head can protect your physical and financial health. If you are seriously injured you may be helpless to protect yourself and must rely on others. However, if you’re able to safely move around while you wait for help it’s important to remember to take the following steps:

  • Move to the shoulder of the road or a safe location
  • Call 911 to report the accident and wait for help
  • Render reasonable aid and comfort to any other accident victims
  • Use your phone to take photos of the accident scene, other involved vehicles, and any other relevant factors such as traffic signals and intersection signs
  • Take the contact information of other drivers and any witnesses to the accident
  • Allow paramedics to examine you and transport you to a hospital or seek medical treatment as soon as possible
  • Tell the doctor about all of your symptoms and ask him/her to thoroughly document your injuries, treatment recommendation, and prognosis
  • Follow all of the recommended medical care plans
  • Ask for a copy of the police report
  • Contact a San Diego car accident attorney

If another party was at fault in your accident, you deserve financial compensation for your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What Types of Compensation Can Be Received in Car Accidents?

Compensation in car accident cases comes in the form of damages.  Damages refer to the losses or expenses that a victim incurs as a result of the collision. Compensable damages are typically divided into three categories, economic, non-economic, and – though rarely awarded – punitive damages. Common examples include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical Expenses both past and future
  • Lost Wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Property Damages
  • Emotional Distress

Each type of compensation may require different types of evidence to help support the claim. For example, physical injuries can be supported by an evaluation with physicians or actual pictures. In comparison, emotional distress may require backing support from psychological experts who can show a causal linkage between the injury and emotional impact that disrupts an individual’s life. 

Some types of compensation will be capped by California law law (known as statutory limits) or can have the opposite effect and be multiplied. For example, treatment costs can be claimed for multiple damages. 

Statute of Limitations in California

California courts limit the amount of time an accident victim has to make a claim. Often, it isn’t until after physical recovery that an injured person fully understands the financial, physical, and emotional damages the accident caused. However, California’s statute of limitations for accident claims is two years from the date of the accident. If you miss that deadline, your case is likely to be dismissed by the court.

Only under certain circumstances do exceptions to the 2-year limit come into play. These include the following cases:

  • For victims under the age of 18, the 2-year statute of limitations begins on the day they turn 18
  • If the accident leaves a victim incapacitated, the statute of limitations begins when they regain their mental faculties. 
  • In cases where a government entity is liable for the accident the statute of limitation is reduced to 6 months

California’s statute of limitations for accident claims serves to protect the quality of evidence and testimony in a case and also protects plaintiffs against the ongoing threat of legal action.

Choosing the Right Attorney for Your Case

The leading cause of injuries in the United States is auto accidents. It’s not surprising when you think about it: four thousand pound hunks of metal hurtling down the highway can obviously do great damage to the human body in ways both visible and invisible. Serious injuries to the brain, spinal cord, bones, tendons, muscles and connective tissue are unfortunately all too common. It is particularly difficult for those injured to heal from their injuries while simultaneously deal with the vehicle repair facilities, rental car agencies, insurance adjusters, medical providers and billing and collection outfits.

Those injured in an auto accident by the negligence of another driver often run into the difficulties and roadblocks put up by insurance companies when trying to be made whole for the losses they’ve suffered. In fact, many do great damage to their rights and the value of their cases when they try to “handle it themselves.” Individuals with legal representation receive over three times the recovery than those without. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a car accident, Haffner & Morgan stand ready to help, counsel, and advise the injured victim through the process. Contact us today at (619) 541-8787.