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Car accidents in Santa Ana are a daily occurrence, but even the ones that appear minor can cause significant damages. Perhaps you were on your way to work one morning when suddenly you felt an impact from behind. Or maybe you were beginning to accelerate when a traffic light had just turned green, and before you knew it, you were sitting in an ambulance. No matter how your accident occurred, a Santa Ana car accident attorney could help you get the compensation you deserve.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in 2017, there were 277,160 individuals injured in 193,564 motor vehicle accidents in this state. Many of these accidents occurred due to the negligence of other drivers resulting in millions of dollars in medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. These situations leave victims wondering how they will pay for their usual bills plus all of their medical expenses while they physically and emotionally try to recover from their injuries. Insurance companies often attempt to settle these claims as soon as possible after an accident in the hopes that victims will not reach out to Santa Ana car accident lawyers to learn what their case really could be worth.

Do You Have a Case?

If you were recently in a car crash in Santa Ana, you might be wondering if you have a case. To find out, schedule a consultation with an experienced car accident attorney in Santa Ana California. Injured parties who have a case usually find that the following circumstances apply to their accident:

  • Duty of care: Another driver owed them a duty of care, for example, to stop at a stop sign or to drive the speed limit
  • Breach of duty: For whatever reason, the other driver breached that duty and was negligent
  • Injuries: The breach of duty resulted in your injuries, for example — because they did not stop at the stop sign, they hit your car in a T-bone accident
  • Damages: Your injuries resulted in damages

California’s Statute of Limitations

If you sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you need to be aware that California places time limitations on victims for filing a legal claim. Under the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. If you do not file a claim within this time, known as the statute of limitations, you will lose your right to seek compensation through the legal system.  This makes contacting Santa Ana car accident attorneys all the more critical. If you delay reaching out to them, it could delay your case filing and even risk losing valuable evidence in your case.

If your accident was the fault of a California government employee, you do not have the same statute of limitations. You must provide the entity with a notice of your claim within six months of the accident. This way, the state or municipality has time to respond to your assertions.

What is My Car Accident Case Worth?

While it is impossible for your Santa Ana car accident lawyer to tell you with absolute certainty what kind of settlement or court award you could receive in your case, they can make an estimation based on several factors such as what previous and similar cases were worth. Another key factor in this determination is the damages you sustained from the accident.

Compensable damages are awarded in a auto accident case to compensate the injured individual for the economic and noneconomic reasons. The most common economic damages are property damage to repair or replace their car, lost wages for any time missed at work, and medical bills for their care.

Noneconomic damages are more subjective and can sometimes be more challenging to prove. Their severity can play a large role in the amount of compensation the plaintiff receives. Common noneconomic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering such as mental anguish, embarrassment, or anxiety
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of function
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Permanent impairment

Do You Need an Attorney?

Some accident victims do not want to make a big deal about the accident or their injuries. Maybe they do not want to inconvenience others or do not feel their accident was that bad. Either way, it is always recommended that accident victims contact seasoned Santa Ana car accident lawyers after their accident. If you do not meet with an attorney, you will never know if you have a legal claim or how much that claim might be worth. Generally, car accident victims who hire an attorney to represent their interest receive more compensation than those who do not.

Schedule a Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer in Santa Ana Today

Sustaining even minor injuries in a car accident can be frustrating and overwhelming. When you hire our Santa Ana car accident attorneys to file your claim, you can be assured that they will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. We can focus on building your case and getting you the compensation you need while you focus on healing. 

The sooner you contact an attorney after your accident, the sooner you can receive the help you need. Even if the other party’s auto insurance says that they will pay you, you do not know if they will or if they will pay you what is fair for your damages. You need your own advocate after a car accident.

Car accidents can happen in California at any time of the day or night and any day of the week. Orange County-based Hess & Nghiem, we are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. To schedule your consultation, call us at (657) 333-5726 or use our online contact form.

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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar. Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did. Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected. Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

    Rudy G.
    Bar Assault
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    Not backing down, Phil and Ed pressed forward and never once compromised our position. After the insurance company kept increasing their offer and wanting us to negotiate, Phil and Ed refused to relent and accept anything less than what we initially asked. Basically, their response each time to the insurance company was pay our original demand or we are going to trial. It worked! Eventually, after bidding against themselves, the insurance company finally offered to pay the original amount we wanted. I couldn’t be more impressed with the way Phil and Ed handled my case. They really stood up for me and took on a case that was by no means a simple one. Thanks again fellas!

    Mark W.
    Personal Injury
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    I can’t say enough great things about Phil Nghiem. He was on my case from the minute I called him. He got things handled from day one immediately and made me feel supported and taken care of. His office staff was the same way, replied to every email immediately and addressed all of my concerns. I got into a car accident and called him, and I am SO GLAD I did. He got me the compensation I was entitled to and fought for me and my well being the whole way through. He took are of everything so that I just had to worry about getting my health back. He and his staff really care about YOU and do not treat you like another name in the book. They help you step by step and always keep you in the loop. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this excruciating ordeal.

    Kahiwalani M.
    Personal Injury
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    I’d like to start off by saying that Phil is incredibly passionate about what he does, he’s very kind-hearted, and he genuinely cares for his clients. I was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle with no insurance. Given the circumstances of my car accident, Phil was able to negotiate an incredible sum to be paid out by my insurance. It made my day when he was able to share the news. Most attorneys would have settled earlier in the case for significantly less. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and the end of my investigation was a success. Thank you again Phil, I am eternally grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.

    PS. Phil’s office is quite the drive for me, but he’s very accommodating and we managed to make things work with EASE. So don’t hesitate to contact him regardless of where you’re from because he’ll take care of you.

    Shawn N.
    Car Accident
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    I was involved in a rear end accident and was referred to Phil from my chiropractor. Honestly I was nervous to take on an attorney because I was already overwhelmed by everything involving the accident but Phil really put me at ease. He took the time to explain things to me in a way I could understand and wasn’t pushy at all for me to hire him. I’m really glad I chose Phil because I literally didn’t have to worry about anything after that meeting. He set me up with one of his associates named Bri and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had questions. On top of that they worked hard to reduce my other fees and got me a nice settlement too! I’m thankful for all the help they provided and will definitely use them again if I ever need it.

    Yen P.
    Car Accident
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    I’m so glad I hired Phil to help me after my car crash. My car was totaled after a driver ran a red light and struck me. For days, I didn’t have a car to get to work and school. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney and eventually found Phil. He immediately got to work. My accident happened at an intersection where there was a restaurant. Phil personally went out to the restaurant and obtained video footage that captured the crash showing that I was not at-fault. I couldn’t believe that he actually did this. He then helped me get into a rental and get medical treatment. I am completely satisfied with Phil. He truly went above and beyond to get me through this difficult time in my life.

    Richard B.
    Car Crash
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