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Car Accident Lawyer in Elk Grove & Sacramento Area

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 Recalls

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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