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Orange County Car Accident Attorney

If you want results, call us. If you want peace of mind, call us. If you want representation who understands the hardship that has been thrust upon you, call us.

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Car accidents pose a serious threat to the health of the public in our great state of California. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are among the leading causes of death and injury for people aged 1 to 44. Especially in Orange County where there are few options for public transportation, travel by car is one of the main methods that residents of Orange County use to get around. And as a popular vacation destination with beautiful beaches and sunny weather, there are many drivers in Orange County who are unfamiliar with the area. Unfortunately this combination of factors can lead to an increased number of car accidents and fatalities.

Car Accident Fatalities in Orange County (2007-2015)

  • 2007 – 193
  • 2008 – 162
  • 2009 – 155
  • 2010 – 105
  • 2011 – 140
  • 2012 – 153
  • 2013 – 186
  • 2014 – 173
  • 2015 – 162

And this is just in Orange County. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety 2016 Annual Report, car accident deaths increased by 2.4% in 2015 to claim the lives of 3,176 people. This number increased again in 2016:

Car Accidents in California

Common Causes of Car Accidents

  • Speeding and reckless driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Treacherous weather
  • Car mechanical failure or vehicle defects
  • Tire blowouts
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Poor visibility
  • Road hazards

If you have been in an accident:

  1. STOP IMMEDIATELY.
  2. If possible and safe to do so, move vehicles and persons involved to side of road, out of traffic’s way.
  3. Help injured persons.
  4. Notify police and medical personnel.
  5. Obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of other drivers, passengers and witnesses involved.
  6. Write down makes, models and license numbers of all vehicles involved.
  7. Draw diagram of accident scene, indicating direction of involved vehicles and/or persons, and any important information.
  8. Take pictures of the accident scene, damages to vehicles and injuries.
  9. Use our helpful accident report guide to document all of the necessary information.
  10. Do not accept fault or settlement at scene.
  11. Keep calm and remain courteous.
  12. Notify your insurance company.

Now What?

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you are probably feeling overwhelmed by insurance claims, medical bills, and unanswered questions. An experienced law firm can help you deal with all of those headaches and more. Being involved in an auto accident leads you to experience many emotions at once: anger at the responsible parties, anxiety about recovery, and pain from the injuries you’ve sustained. These are powerful feelings, and you shouldn’t have to bear them alone. An attorney can help you through every step of the process, including:

Speaking with the Other Driver’s Insurer

Arguing with an insurance company can be an exercise in futility if you lack the experience. Fortunately, our law firm has 35 years of experience dealing with insurance companies. The claims adjuster is the one who carries the purse strings, and we know how to communicate with them to get the settlement that you deserve.

Gathering Evidence of Liability

Personal injury claims rely on the establishment of negligence. To prove that the other party committed negligence, we need to find them responsible for the accident. We open our own investigation of the case, talking to witnesses, taking pictures, and poring over police reports. We gather all the necessary evidence to build a strong case for your car accident claim.

Putting Together a Picture of Damages

Using the evidence we gather from the scene, we put together a scenario that outlines the amount of damages you sustained in the accident. Another important aspect of this is accessing your medical records and putting a tag on your pain and suffering.

Doctor’s offices often don’t attribute your injuries to a specific cause; they just outline it and treat it as necessary. A lawyer can request a special note from your doctor establishing that your injuries were a direct result of the accident. This is an essential step in winning your personal injury case.

Entering Negotiations

Negotiation is a finely honed art, one our law firm has been practicing for decades. Leave it to us to speak with the insurance companies, doctors, guilty parties, and lien holders. We’ll only settle for a claim that’s fair and one that accounts for all of your physical and emotional symptoms.

Choosing a Law Firm

When you’ve been injured in a car accident in Orange County, you need the help and expertise of an experienced law firm. At the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | and Montevideo, we know all the tricks that insurance companies and opposing counsel will try to use in order to give you less than what you deserve. From negotiations and communication to securing you the best offer, we know what it takes to get the job done.

Most of our cases are settled out of court, but we’re not afraid to take a case to trial if it results in a better outcome for you. If you want to pursue a personal injury claim from a car accident, get in touch with our law office today. We offer a risk-free case evaluation, so we can review the specifics of your situation and advise you how to best proceed. To get started on your free initial consultation today, please contact our legal team.

“I came to DIMARCO | ARAUJO | MONTEVIDEO firm during the worst time in my life. The law firm was very professional but also kind and caring to my family. They made us feel like family and like they care about us and they knew and felt the pain the we were going through. They listened to our concerns and took a lot of ton of stress off our shoulders when they handled our case. We didn’t have to worry about anything. The staff were always friendly, courteous, very helpful, punctual in returning calls and addressing concerns. I thank God because they handled our case and I will never be able to THANK them enough. DIMARCO | ARAUJO | MONTEVIDEO will always receive high recommendations from us and our experience in the future.” – Erik A.