In the aftermath of an auto accident, fault and liability often seem very simple. The other driver was clearly at fault, and while he or she is not likely to admit that, proving it doesn't like it should be particularly difficult. As such, your choice of auto accident lawyer might not seem all that important.
But these appearances can be deceiving. In fact, your choice matters a great deal, and it's absolutely crucial you find a lawyer with ample experience.
Our attorneys have been handling auto accidents for decades. We understand how these cases work and we know how to successfully pursue them. This experience will prove invaluable as you move through the often frustrating and confusing legal system.
If you live in or around Orange County, California and need an experienced auto accident lawyer, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 855-711-4933 for a free consultation.
Why Experience Matters
Who's at-fault in your accident? It's not you, and the other driver is clearly responsible for the wreck, so it should be them, right?
This is a surprisingly complicated question. Drivers undoubtedly possess liability in these accidents, but liability doesn't stop at the scene of the accident. This is something inexperienced lawyers often forget.
At Kirtland & Packard, LLP, we know how to look deeper and conduct a thorough investigation that follows the winding trail of liability back to its source.
For example, let's say the other driver missed an important road sign urging them to slow down at an uncontrolled intersection. Their fault, to be sure. But what if the road sign was partially obscured by a tree, making it difficult to see and fully understand? That can be an issue of defective roadway design, and some fault can rest with whoever is responsible for that sign's placement.
Or perhaps the other person's car was equipped with a shoddy or defective vehicle part. Doesn't clear them of responsibility for the accident, but it does mean that there are other places to pursue compensation.
And this is important. California law requires every driver carry insurance, but despite that, some drivers are under-insured, which means it can be complicated to get the compensation you need and deserve. Finding the true source of liability means you won't be left out in the cold.
If you've been hurt in an auto accident in the Orange County, California area, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 855-711-4933 for a free consultation.