Car Accidents

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Fresno Car Accident Lawyers

Types of Car Accidents That We Can Help With

Fresno Personal Injury Attorney, Tim Mazzela, successfully represented the driver who was hit by the sheriff in this accident.

What should you do after a Car Accident?

Safety first!

  1. Determine if medical assistance is needed and if so, call 911.
  2. Get to the safest location possible away from oncoming traffic or other hazards.

Document, document, document.

  1. You must get a police report.
  2. Take photographs of the driver’s license, insurance information, with others involved in the accident
  3. If you are physically able, gather witness information (this is critical – most witnesses will not wait for the police)
    • Name
    • Addresses
    • Phone numbers to document for future contact to prove your case.
  1. If you are physically able and can do it from a safe place, take pictures of all involved vehicles and other physical evidence
    • Skid marks
    • Car parts
    • The positions of the vehicles at rest after the accident
    • Photograph license plate of all vehicles involved
  2. Take notes on your phone or use your voice memo to record everything that happened as soon as you are physically able.

Don’t wait, call a personal injury attorney right away.

  1. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
  2. Attorney Tim Mazzela is available 24 hours a day to meet with you by phone, via video chat, or in person. Because of COVID, we are not available to come to homes or hospitals, but we can handle business.

Why hire a car accident attorney?

  1. The advantage of hiring an attorney immediately after the accident has occurred is to document the evidence and determine the level of investigation needed to develop your case and protect your rights. Your attorney will also interview witnesses and record testimonies.
  2. You will be shielded and protected from the harassment and underhanded tactics of the defendant’s insurance company.
  3. An experienced personal injury attorney will also help you get needed medical treatment, help get your car repaired or a total loss settlement, and a rental vehicle.
  4. Most importantly, they will provide you with higher settlement offers and determine whether the settlement is fair and reasonable in light of similar cases from past jury verdicts in California.

When should you call a car accident lawyer?

It is critical to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you have been injured or harmed in a car accident. The other driver’s insurance company will call you very quickly and try to settle the case for the lowest amount possible, that’s their job.

If any of the situations below pertain to your accident, call Fresno Personal Injury Attorney, Tim Mazzela.

  • If there is significant injury from broken bones, head injury, or even fatality
  • If it is unclear who was at fault
  • If the accident involved other cars, pedestrians, or someone on a bicycle
  • If the police report does not accurately describe the accident
  • If the crash occurred in a school zone or construction area
  • If you have concerns about your insurance status or liability limits
  • If your insurance company connects you with their attorney

What can I be compensated for when I’m injured in a car accident?

Placing a value on a case takes years of legal expertise. To determine the value of a case, Fresno personal injury attorney Tim Mazzela draws on decades of experience with his verdicts and settlements, reviews other prominent lawyers verdicts and settlements, and uses resources not available to the general public.

Economic Damages

California law recognizes the following items as Economic Damages

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Past wage loss
  • Future wage loss
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Past and future surgeries
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Loss of household services
  • Modifying your home to accommodate the disability
  • Out-of-pocket expenses you incurred to accommodate the injuries and disabilities caused the accident.

Non-Economic damages

California law recognizes the following items as Non-Economic Damages

  • Impact on your personal life
  • Impact on your family relationships
  • Impact on your professional life
  • Disfigurement
  • The impact on your life and your family’s lives
  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Inconvenience
  • Mental/emotional distress
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability