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Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyer

Bakersfield, California

Thousands of car accidents in California result in serious, life-altering injuries every year. Tragically, many also result in death. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents in California every year.

If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to ensure you receive maximum compensation. Bakersfield car accident lawyer Mickey Fine has over two decades of experience helping victims of motor vehicle accidents get every penny they deserve. Please contact us online or call our office at (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.

What to Do after a Car Accident

rear-end-car-accidentWhen you are involved in a car accident in California, the steps you take both on the scene and immediately following will play a role in building your case for compensation. California car accident attorney Mickey Fine will conduct an investigation into your accident, but any documentation you can provide will serve to strengthen your case.

While on the Scene

If your injuries do not prohibit it, call 911. You will want to have a police report and be checked by EMTs before you leave the scene of the accident. You should also call your own insurance company to report the accident; they may wish to send an adjustor to the scene to assess damages. Make sure you do not suggest you are at fault for the accident when talking to police, EMTs, your insurance company, or anyone else on the scene.

When possible, you will also want to:

  • Exchange contact and insurance information, along with drivers’ and vehicle license numbers with everyone involved in the accident
  • Obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses
  • Take multiple pictures of the accident from various angles with your camera or cellphone
  • Complete a police report, making sure to get the badge number and business card of the officers you speak to
  • Cooperate with all emergency personnel and do not alter the scene until advised to do so

Following Your Car Accident

Following your car accident you will need to see your doctor. EMTs may clear you to leave the scene, but there are injuries that can remain unnoticed without a complete physical examination. Explain to your doctor the particulars of your accident to help ensure you receive the appropriate diagnostic tests.

As soon as you are able, contact personal injury attorney Mickey Fine to schedule a free initial consultation. Be sure to bring all of your documentation to this first meeting. If you have been contacted by an insurance company regarding a settlement, bring this information as well. You should never accept an insurance settlement until you have discussed your case with an experienced attorney. Mikey Fine will use your initial consultation to answer your car accident questions, review your documentation and personal account of the accident, and help you determine the best course of action based on the cause of your accident.

Top Causes of Car Accidents

Cellphones contribute to traffic jams – and serious and fatal car accidents. If you have bene injured, call Bakersfield car accident lawyer Mickey Fine at (661) 333-3333todayAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is a factor in nearly 80 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. This means that eight out of every ten accidents could potentially be avoided if all drivers would simply pay attention to the task at hand.

Of course, one of the largest causes of distracted driving is texting or talking on a cellphone while operating a vehicle. The state of California has taken measures to decrease cellphone-related car accidents by banning the use of handheld devices in a car, but this law does not address all forms of distraction.

Distracted driving is not limited to cellphone use. In fact, any time attention is taken off the road, the potential for a car accident increases. Frequent causes of distraction include:

  • Adjusting the radio
  • Programing or reading GPS
  • Applying makeup
  • Eating or drinking
  • Turing to talk to passengers
  • Rubbernecking
  • Reading billboards or looking at scenery

All of these actions increase the risk of an accident and should be avoided while operating a vehicle.

Other common causes of car accidents include:

Many car accidents are not a result of one, but rather a combination of factors, all of which must be identified to ensure proper compensation.

The best way to determine what caused a car accident is through an investigation headed up by an experienced car accident attorney. Bakersfield car accident lawyer Mickey Fine is prepared to conduct an investigation, establish liability, and fight for the compensation you are due.

Drunk Driving Car Accidents in California

Everyone knows that drunk driving kills. Yet, every day, in cities across California, intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel and place everyone on the road at risk. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, Mickey Fine can help you hold the drunk driver accountable for your damages.

In 2012, the latest year for which data are available, 803 drivers died on California roads. That works out to just over two deaths per 100,000 residents. While that number might not seem that high, more than 70 percent of those fatalities involved drunk drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 or higher, or more than twice the legal limit.

What’s especially disheartening, though, is that nearly 4 out of 5 of these high BAC drunk drivers were repeat offenders. That’s right, 80 percent of drunk drivers who were involved in a lethal car accident and blew a 0.15 or higher had already been in the system before for drunk driving.

Unlike no-fault states, there’s virtually no limit to your ability to pursue damages from a drunk driver. The only significant barrier to getting everything you deserve is Proposition 213, which limits how much you can recover if you, yourself, are uninsured. If you are driving an uninsured vehicle when a drunk driver causes you harm, the courts will try to limit your damages to such quantifiable losses as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages. But trust Mickey Fine to pursue your case as far as is necessary to get you everything you deserve.

Car Accident Damage Recovery in California

Have you been injured in a car accident in California? Call the Bakersfield office of Mickey Fine at (661) 333-3333 for a free consultation to learn more about your optionsUnless Prop 213 applies in your case, you may be entitled to a full range of economic and non-economic damages following your car accident. These can include:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Lost wages and lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

The best way to determine what you may be entitled to is through a one-on-one consultation at the Bakersfield or Manhattan Beach office of Mickey Fine.

What is Prop 213?

In 1996, insurance companies aggressively lobbied for Prop 213, which can significantly limit the damages awarded to victims of car accidents. Under Prop 213, drivers who do not have insurance are ineligible to collect non-economic damages such as those for pain and suffering after an accident. Due to this, if you have been involved in an accident while driving a vehicle that was not covered by your insurance, you can only seek damages for provable economic losses such as medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages.

Bakersfield car accident lawyer Mickey Fine knows the tricks insurance companies use to minimize settlements. He is not afraid to stand up to these powerful companies, taking your case as far as necessary to get you the full compensation you deserve. During your free case evaluation, Mr. Fine will answer your car accident questions, honestly assess your case, and help you determine all that you may be entitled to.

If you have bene injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident in California, please call our experienced car accident attorney at (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation right away. Mickey Fine serves all of California from our offices in Bakersfield and Manhattan Beach, but can also come to you if your injury prohibits travel.