For most Californians, driving is like breathing, a necessary function for sustaining life performed automatically. However, driving, though necessary, does have risks for people's life and health. If you have been severely injured in a motor vehicle accident, you will find the skilled and experienced representation you need at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm.
In 2013, the car accidents that occurred in California resulted in 3,000 fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, along with innumerable injuries requiring medical treatment. Many of them were catastrophic and life-altering.
No matter how carefully you drive, or how stringently you observe the law, you have no control over how others drive, and you could be injured or killed by someone else's negligence or driving error. When you have been seriously injured or a member of your family has been killed in a California auto accident, your life may never be the same. You may be unable to work, to support your family, and to pay your bills. When your injury or loss was caused by another driver, you are struck by the unfairness and injustice of your suffering.
When you need help and you pursue justice following a car accident in California, call Elk Grove personal injury attorneys, John M. O'Brien and Grant Zehnder for the experienced legal representation that you require. Having the right lawyer working on your behalf is the best way to ensure that you recover compensation for your damages and hold the person responsible accountable for the harm you've suffered due to their wrongdoing.
Twelve Necessary Steps after a California Automobile Crash
A significant difference in your ability to recover a sufficient amount of compensation to reflect the full range of your economic and quality of life damages can be made by what you do (and don't do). Here are some tips on the steps you should take when you've been in an auto accident:
- Put on your flashers. If possible to do so safely, move your vehicle off the road.
- Check the condition of any passengers in your car, then in other vehicles involved.
- Call the police and ask to have an officer dispatched to the scene. If an ambulance is needed, let the dispatcher know.
- Get contact info, registration, and insurance info from owners, drivers, and passengers in all vehicles.
- Get contact info for any witnesses.
- Take photos of the accident scene. Include all vehicles, showing the point of impact and damages to vehicles. If possible, include a photo of some geographic marker or street sign that will make location identification easier.
- Do not examine with other people involved who was at fault for the accident or how it happened. Do not apologize for anything. A simple polite apology may be wrongly construed as an admission of guilt.
- Don't give details about the state of your injuries. You could not realize immediately that you're hurt because adrenaline could be masking the pain. Also, some injuries are not immediately apparent.
- Get medical help. You may need to go to the hospital in an ambulance; otherwise, get to an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or your own doctor. Keep all follow-up appointments. Your medical records are your means of documenting your injuries.
- Call the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm and speak to an experienced Elk Grove car accident lawyer.
- Do not allow an insurance company representative to take a recorded or written statement from you. Do not sign anything for the other driver's insurance company. Do not provide authorizations for medical records unless your attorney tells you to. Refer the insurance adjuster to your lawyer.
- Be honest about your injuries. Understand that the insurance company will usually hire an investigator to determine if you are actually suffering the impairments you claim.
Automobile manufacturing companies are well aware of recall issues and product liability lawsuits damage their reputation. Therefore, many of them decide to recall a defective model once the problem becomes obvious. In the last years, the following manufacturing companies decided to recall certain models due to safety issues:
- Honda - airbag issues, automatic transmission problems
- Toyota - unintended acceleration
- Ford - fuel tank issues
- Chrysler - steering column issues
- Subaru - windshield wiper issues
- Hyundai - steering column problems
- General Motors - tire pressure monitoring defect
- Nissan - electric power steering system issues
- Volkswagen - injection issues
- BMW - overheating circuit boards
- Mazda - fuel system issues
- Kia - equipment problems
- Mercedes-Benz - fuel filter problems
- Volvo - fuel system issues
Some of the reasons behind these recalls included: engine fires, steering defects, airbag issues, door fires, rear suspension issues, and sudden loss of power.
One of the most recent recalls involves Toyota. The Japanese manufacturer recalled more than 1.3 million cars worldwide, counting 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix automobiles in the United States to fix airbag issues. This comes after several other recalls between 2009 and 2011 related to unintended acceleration problems.
The Best Attorney for Your Car Accident Case
Choose an automobile accident lawyer who is an expert in personal injury and wrongful death claims, not a general practice attorney. A lawyer who does only this type of work has the skills, experience, and reputation with insurance companies that can maximize your recovery. Check the attorney's ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo.
Choose lawyers who are highly experienced and have the best possible ratings. Attorney John M. O'Brien has the highest possible peer rating with Martindale-Hubble, 5/5 or AV Preeminent, and a perfect 10 (superb) Avvo rating.
At the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm, we know how to help and we understand what you are going through. We are a results-oriented law firm, committed to obtaining justice for each and every client we represent. We care about our clients and are always prompt in returning phone calls and emails. We keep you in the loop at every stage of the process.
Free Consultation at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm
You pay us nothing until your compensation check is issued and if we don't win, you owe us nothing. The time to file your claim is limited, so contact the Elk Grove car accident attorneys at the O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT THEIR CASES
I was seven months pregnant (when I got in a car accident). It was a little stressful with the whole insurance situation. John M. O'Brien was very honest and straightforward and I was really happy with the results. I had nothing to do with the insurance; it was a very stress-free, easy process.
My husband and I had flown from San Diego and we landed at the Sacramento Airport. In approximately 11 minutes after we left the airport in a rental car, we got hit by a vehicle. I had a neck surgery and two foot surgeries. John is absolutely incredible and the staff there is very responsive.
My insurance wasn't really giving me any advice or anything. It was turning into a nightmare; I didn't know what to do. I called John and what caught my attention is that he was worried about me, not about his fees; that's when I said: 'This is the guy I am going with.'
My daughter and I were in a nasty car accident. I called John since he knows exactly how the whole thing works and he helped us handle everything. John's staff is extremely professional, and they can handle everything from beginning to end.
Christian was in an accident, and his fingers were amputated. I had bills coming left and right. John M. O'Brien made us feel very confident. The insurance companies were saying that we weren't covered. John worked and communicated with us until we got the call that the injury was covered.
My daughter was in a car accident and needed intensive care for seven days, so the medical bills were astronomical. John worked directly with the hospitals and negotiated to reduce the bills. It was such a relief that they were able to take care of that for us and settle our case.
I lost three fingers in an ATV accident. Originally, the insurance company told us that my injury would not be covered. It took about a year of persistence on John M. O'Brien's part to go ahead and dig deep and find out that it was ultimately covered. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney.
John held 2 cases for us where he could have settled or given up easily. He didn't. He kept working on them and achieved a maximum settlement for us. We were extremely pleased.
In 2011 I was injured in a car accident...As I received medical treatment I had to pay for everything out of pocket and it was a hardship. A friend referred me to John. The consultation went really great and I felt confident with him handling my case... Mr. O'Brien was always available.
I was riding my bike in 2013 and a car hit me. I had a compound fracture and I shattered my tibia in 10 spots. I was referred to John by a friend and he came to our house to meet with me... It really helped me to hire John to take care of all the legal [aspect of things] and to be my advocate.
I was in a car accident, and I was injured. John M. O'Brien helped me out a lot. Anyone that is scared to call a lawyer or thinks that it's going to cost too much money has to know that you will not get anywhere close to what John can help you get. He takes the burden off of your shoulders.
I was in a car that lost control and ran into the mountains. The hospitals asked me to pay a lot of medical bills, and my insurance didn't compensate all of them. John M. O'Brien made sure that, in the end, everything was completely covered. They broke the process down and made it really easy.
After the car accident, I had three bulging discs in my neck that were pressing on my spinal cord causing many problems. The insurance company was very defensive so I went online and found John M. O'Brien's website. I felt comfortable with the first call. They're very good and professional people.
My wife suffered injuries in a car crash. Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Zehnder's skilled courtroom presentation and remarkable negotiation skills overturned adverse circumstances. We recommend Mr. O'Brien.
I was stunned after a distracted driver rear-ended me. Thankfully, John O'Brien and his team worked efficiently and tirelessly, helping me cover the piling medical bills.
I lost my father because of a drunk driving accident. It was a difficult period, but John O'Brien and his colleague Grant Zehnder helped me obtain justice, closure, and compensation. Thank you!
The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm expertly negotiated my car accident while I concentrated completely on health recovery. I wholeheartedly appreciate everything they have done for me.
Owing to Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Zehnder's professional representation, I'm riding my motorcycle again after almost a year of recovery. I am very thankful I chose Mr. O'Brien.
My daughter was seriously injured by a car while walking across the crosswalk. We are grateful for the aggressive fight John O'Brien put up, helping us obtain higher compensation.
Mr. O'Brien's reliable and trustworthy services were more than I could have hoped for. The settlement he obtained for my accident was beyond expectations. My family and I greatly appreciate your help!
The O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm was recommended to me by a friend after I was involved in a car accident. Their patience, consideration, and readiness to explain the process impressed me.
All we wanted after our car accident was to go back to normal. Mr. O'Brien understood and offered attentive and compassionate support. They presented our options but never pressured us.
If you suffer an injury resulting from any accident that may be the fault of someone else, I highly recommend you contact John O'Brien to represent you.
Just a note to say "thank you," you made us (finally) feel like we were important! Thanks again for all of your time and efforts. Please tell Kathy and Brenda the same!
Joan & Bob
You and your staff made this process go very smoothly. Also, you went above and beyond and exceeded all expectations. I will definitely contact you for any future mishaps.
As I reflect back on the events of the past three years, I see what a huge part you have played in our lives and I am so grateful.
I recently had the pleasure of watching John O'Brien masterfully try a difficult personal injury case to a jury in Butte County. John represented a man who sustained a lumbar disc injury in a car accident.
I just want to say "thank you" once again for joining in my case. Thank you for working so hard for bringing it to a successful conclusion. You are an amazing attorney! I really appreciate the work that you performed on my behalf. Thank you, I am so pleased and happy with the outcome.