San Jose Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
Advocating for Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents Throughout Santa Clara County
If you have sustained serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, we understand what you are going through. Whether you were driving a car or truck, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or walking down the street as a pedestrian, going through a motor vehicle accident can be one of the most painful, challenging, and stressful events of your life. You are experiencing the pain caused by the injuries, whether they are physical or emotional, and dealing with new limitations on your ability to go about your daily life. The injuries that you have sustained are going to require extensive and ongoing medical treatment by various medical providers, and you are not quite sure if, and when, you will ever be able to fully recover from the injuries.
Your ability to work may have also been seriously impacted, as the injuries make it difficult to sit, stand, use a computer, and perform other job functions for an extended period of time. You may not have adequate health insurance to cover your necessary medical treatment, which makes the process of receiving the care you need and deserve far more difficult. Maybe you were not the one injured, but you are caring for a loved one who was severely injured in an accident and cannot take care of himself or herself.
On top of it all, someone else is responsible for causing the injuries due to their reckless or negligent driving, and he or she needs to be held legally accountable. The responsible party may also be represented by an insurance company whose sole interest is to pay out as little on your claim as they can get away with.
The Legal Process
To establish that a driver of a motor vehicle is legally responsible for causing an accident under a negligence cause of action, we must prove that the driver failed to use “reasonable care” when driving their vehicle. There are a multitude of ways that drivers can fail to use reasonable care, such as driving recklessly, rear-ending another vehicle, running a red light, turning left in front of oncoming traffic, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition to good old-fashioned common sense, establishing negligence for an accident can be achieved through various forms of evidence, including the testimony of the plaintiff and defendant, statements from witnesses, photographic and video evidence, damage to the vehicles, and accident reconstruction experts.
Once liability for the collision has been established, the injured person can be compensated for the damages that they sustained. Both economic and non-economic damages can be recovered. Economic damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, loss of use of your vehicle, and other damages. Non-economic damages can include pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring, and disfigurement. The primary focus of a personal injury case is to obtain the maximum amount of legally recoverable damages, both economic and non-economic, for the injured party and to achieve the recovery as quickly as possible.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
In order to recover the compensation that you deserve, there are two basic approaches:
- The first approach is to pursue an insurance claim and reach an informal settlement with the at-fault party’s auto insurance carrier. This strategy can frequently result in an excellent settlement within a fairly quick time frame.
- The second approach is to file a lawsuit against the other driver and pursue litigation in court. Filing a lawsuit may be a superior strategic option in order to obtain maximum recovery in many cases, although the process can take longer than the insurance claim process. If litigation is pursued in court, the parties will engage in discovery, which can include written discovery requests, depositions of parties, witnesses, and experts, as well as a medical examination conducted by the defense, among other procedures. Litigation can be necessary in order to obtain the highest level of compensation from an insurance carrier that is fighting the case, unwilling to make a reasonable settlement offer, and simply won’t accept responsibility for the damage caused by the driver they represent.
Navigating the Legal Process & Understanding Your Options
You know that legal recourse is going to be necessary to seek justice for the damages suffered by you or a loved one in an accident, but the legal system seems complex and daunting, and you just don’t know what to do next and what your options are. If this is your situation, the Law Office of James C. Suits II is here to help you.
The Law Office of James C. Suits II successfully represents those who have been severely injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the negligence and irresponsibility of others, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. We are passionate about speaking with those who have been injured in accidents so that we understand what you have experienced, how your injuries have affected you, and the specific concerns that you have about your situation.
Work Directly With Your Attorney
You will speak directly with the Principal and Founder, James C. Suits II, as he personally handles every free consultation. This means that you will be able to discuss your case directly with an experienced attorney, rather than a paralegal or other case intake personnel, which is what happens at many other firms.
Every accident case is unique and requires careful consideration of all the circumstances surrounding an injury. We will discuss how the accident happened, your injuries, what medical treatment you are seeking, and health insurance issues. Once we have listened to the details involved in your situation, we will discuss your legal options. We will provide our thoughts and recommendations on how to move forward with your personal injury case. We will also provide a clear explanation of what to expect as the legal process moves forward and how we can achieve the best possible results for your case.
We are Here for You Every Step of the Way
Once we have been retained to handle your personal injury case, we will be on your side fighting to achieve the best possible results with the highest monetary compensation for your injuries. We also provide the highest level of client service, which means spending as much time as necessary listening to your concerns, always responding quickly to your inquiries, and keeping you well informed as your case progresses.
The legal process can seem overwhelming to those not familiar with it, so we pride ourselves on working hard and handling the difficult challenges in your case, which makes our client’s involvement in the case as easy and painless as possible. We can handle the vast majority, if not all, of the work involved in your case virtually through the use of phones, video conferences, email, texting, electronic signatures, digital document transmission, and other technology. We do the hard work and utilize the right technology to make everything as easy as possible for our clients.
Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
Feel free to give us a call at our San Jose, California office at (408) 479-7622 to discuss your situation and how we can help you obtain maximum compensation in your motor vehicle accident case.