Auto Accident

2 Reasons to Call a Lawyer Right Away After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2018

If you were recently hurt in a car crash, you’re probably under a lot of stress and trying to juggle several different things at once, including getting medical treatment and planning when you can return to work.

But one of the most important things you can do after an accident that wasn’t your fault is contact an experienced California car accident lawyer—and the sooner you do it, the better.

While personal injury claims in California are still valid up to two years after the date of the accidents, you should never wait that long to get a law firm on your side. In fact, you should consider calling a lawyer within days—if not hours—of the crash to maximize your chances of getting compensation.

Here’s why:

  1. Evidence can quickly disappear. To get the money you deserve, you or your lawyer must prove to the insurance company that you weren’t at fault for the crash. Evidence, including crash scene debris, traffic camera footage, or witness statements, can help support your case. But the longer you wait to call a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to obtain that evidence.
  2. The insurance company will have more time to build a case against you. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out big settlements, even to innocent victims. That’s why they have teams of adjusters who work hard to reduce or deny claims. The longer you wait to get a lawyer, the more of a head start you give the insurance company.

Berg Injury Lawyers is ready to take your call to find out how we may be able to fight for your rights. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2018

The unofficial start of summer is here, and the official beginning is only a few weeks away. For many families, that means it’s time to prepare for the annual summer vacation—and that often involves a road trip.

California is a great place for road trips, as there are countless sights to see and things to experience both in the state and in nearby areas. But it’s important to remember that road trips pose new and unique risks for drivers, especially when they’re not used to driving long distances with multiple passengers on board.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California auto accident lawyers know that one of the the best ways to prevent serious accidents is to be aware of their most common causes and the most effective safe driving tips and techniques.

You can reduce your family’s risks this summer by following these suggestions:

  • Stop if you feel sleepy, drowsy, or fatigued. Driving while drowsy is a serious problem that is linked to serious accidents. Drivers on road trips often feel the need to push themselves to drive for long stretches of time, but doing so can be dangerous. If you feel tired, pull over and rest or switch drivers.
  • Reduce or eliminate distractions as much as possible. Road trips can be far more distracting than ordinary trips, especially when children are passengers in your vehicle. You can reduce the potential for distractions by keeping kids occupied with games, activities, and devices.

Unfortunately, not all drivers will follow these tips over the summer. If you or someone you love get hurt in a crash that wasn’t your fault, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid These Common Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident attorneys are always ready to begin building injury claims on behalf of victims like you. And while we strive to take over every aspect of claims so that our clients can focus on their recoveries and spending time with their families, we also know that the things victims do in the minutes, hours, and days after their crashes can affect their chances of getting compensation.

Avoiding a few common mistakes after your crash can make a big difference in the strength of your claim. Those mistakes include:

  • Admitting fault for the crash—Whether you’re speaking to a police officer at the accident scene, the other driver, an insurance adjuster, or even posting on social media, admitting fault for your crash at any time can jeopardize your ability to pursue compensation. Even if evidence later proves you weren’t at fault, you still may be unable to get the money you deserve.
  • Waiting too long to see a doctor—Ideally, you should see a doctor or go to the hospital right away after an auto accident. In addition to receiving medical attention to treat your injuries and rule out serious complications, your visit will also create a medical record that can serve as valuable evidence for your claim.

You should also never exaggerate or downplay your injuries or wait too long to contact an experienced law firm, as the statute of limitations for filing a claim may run out.

Get the help you deserve today. Call our office for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

How Can a Lawyer Help After an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2018

No one should have to deal with the aftermath of an auto accident alone. It’s important to reach out for help in a variety of ways. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after your accident can help you get the treatment you need, while speaking with friends and family members about what happened and what you’re dealing with can help you better handle the accident’s aftermath psychologically and emotionally.

In addition to protecting your physical and mental health, it’s also important to protect your legal rights. Auto accidents can be expensive, especially when they cause victims to suffer injuries that keep them out of work for long periods of time. However, getting full compensation can be difficult—and some victims don’t get any compensation for accidents that weren’t their fault, leaving them to pay for expensive medical bills out of their own pockets.

California auto accident attorney at Berg Injury Lawyers wants to change that. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped injured victims like you by:

  • Proving fault for the accident – Successful auto accident claims begin with proof that the victim didn’t cause the crash. We can investigate the crash scene and collect evidence from a variety of sources to leave no doubt about who caused your crash.
  • Negotiating to get you the money you deserve – Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay victims full compensation. Instead, they frequently offer “lowball” settlements. If we handle your case, we’ll calculate how much you’re owed, and we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation.

Trust our experience and our desire to win against big insurance companies who profit from denying victims the damages they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Reduce Claims After Car Accidents

by Staff Blogger | February 5th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we work to protect our clients from insurance companies every single day. It’s no secret in America that insurance companies are billion-dollar corporations. They occupy giant skyscrapers and spend a significant amount of money on advertising. What many people don’t know, however, is that insurance companies don’t always pay victims the money they deserve—even after auto accidents.

One of the first things our California car accident lawyers do when we take on new clients’ cases is warn them about common insurance company tactics that are used to reduce or even nullify the amount of money they owe to victims. Those tactics include:

  1. Getting victims to admit fault for crashes – Insurance adjusters are often in frequent contact with victims, and it’s not necessarily because they’re concerned about their well-being. It’s because they want to obtain a statement where victims indicate they may have partially or fully caused their accidents, but that can jeopardize a victim’s claim.
  2. Getting victims to accept lowball settlements – Adjusters also take advantage of victims when they’re in a state of shock after their accidents, especially when victims begin to realize how much their accidents will cost them. Initial settlement offers may seem appealing at first, but they’re rarely enough to cover all accident-related expenses.

Having an attorney on your side after an auto accident can help you spot the insurance company’s tactics. It’s our goal to get you the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation, and get our experience on your side.

3 Common Causes of Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | January 8th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many car accident victims over the years, and we’ve learned that a wide variety of factors can lead to crashes. But when it comes to primary causes of accidents, only several seem to be prevalent in most of the claims we handle—and three are present in far more crashes than others.

To protect yourself, your loved ones, and other drivers, it’s important to be aware of these three common causes of car crashes and why they increase your risks:

  1. Speeding – Exceeding the speed limit disrupts the flow of traffic, makes you more likely to lose control of your vehicle—especially on sharp turns or dips—and increases your stopping distance, making you more likely to rear-end other vehicles.
  2. Driving while impaired – Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and even some prescription medications can be extremely dangerous. Those substances can impair your vision, judgement, and fine motor skills. They may even affect your ability to stay awake.
  3. Driving while distracted – Distraction has always been a concern for drivers, but the usage of smartphones has made it an epidemic in California and throughout the world. Taking your eyes and mind off the road can be deadly, even if it’s just for a split second.

Our California auto accident attorneys know how to build strong claims for people who were hurt in crashes, and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you, too. Call today for a free consultation.

Traveling This Winter? Follow These Winter Driving Tips.

by Staff Blogger | December 11th, 2017

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know that people in our neck of the woods don’t have to worry as much about inclement weather-related crashes as people in other parts of the country. After all, one of the biggest perks of living in California is the year-round mild weather and sunny skies.

But California isn’t snow and ice-free, especially at higher elevations. And many surrounding states get plenty of snowfall and ice accumulation. That can be a dangerous combination for drivers from the Golden State—particularly if they’re not used to the way snow and ice can affect their vehicles’ handling and responsiveness.

If you’re planning on driving in an area where snow and ice are possibilities this winter, do your best to follow these winter driving tips to reduce your risks:

  • Maintain proper PSI in your tires Modern tires are effective at gripping the road in all but the most extreme conditions, but that’s often contingent on them being inflated properly. Check your vehicle’s manual to determine the correct PSI for its front and rear tires, and make sure they meet the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full – Although rare, gas lines in vehicles can freeze, causing them to stall or even become seriously damaged. The last thing you want is to experience car troubles in the middle of a snowstorm. Keeping your car’s gas tank half-full helps prevent this problem from occurring.

Following these tips can reduce your risks, but they can’t eliminate them—especially when other drivers on the road aren’t cautious. If you were hurt in an accident caused by a negligent driver, our California auto accident lawyers are here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Car Accident Risks Increase When Daylight Saving Time Ends.

by Staff Blogger | October 23rd, 2017

When daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, clocks will go back one hour. For most people, this means a welcome hour of extra sleep and a brighter, sunnier start to their days. But for others, it could result in serious and even life-threatening car accidents.

Studies show an increased risk of auto accidents when clocks change for both the beginning and end of daylight saving time. In the spring, the increased risks are a result of drivers losing an hour of sleep and being more fatigued behind the wheel.

In the fall, the reasons are more multi-faceted. The increased risks of auto accidents result from:

  • Anticipation of the time change. The change in time is often accompanied by changes in behavior. There may be an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the road when daylight saving time ends, especially as more drivers get behind the wheel late at night or early in the morning.
  • Inability to adapt to reduced visibility. The end of daylight saving time means earlier sunrises and earlier sunsets. Drivers who are used to heading home from work with plenty of light may suddenly find themselves driving home in total darkness.

Pedestrians are also at a higher risk for being involved in accidents after the end of daylight saving time, as they may be less likely to follow safety precautions.

No matter when your accident happened, the California car accident lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers want to speak with you. We know what it takes to build strong claims, and it’s our goal to help you. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Has the Right of Way?

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration found that more than 50 percent of fatal or injury-causing auto accidents occur at or near intersections in the U.S. Whether you’re driving in a rural, suburban, or urban area, you’ll likely pass through many intersections on the way to your destination. Because intersections pose such a high risk for drivers, it’s vital to know the right of way rules for when you encounter other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.

Some common rules that all drivers should keep in mind include:

  • Drivers at four-way stops get right of way in the order they arrived. Some drivers are confused by who has the right of way at four-way stops. The order is determined by who arrived at the stop sign first or who was next in line first. If you’re unsure, yield to the vehicle on your right.
  • Flashing yellow lights indicate right of way but to proceed with caution. Some traffic lights will flash yellow or red late at night or if they’ve been damaged. If you’re approaching an intersection with flashing yellow lights, you have the right of way, but you should proceed cautiously. If you have flashing red lights, come to a complete stop.
  • Crossing guards determine right of way in school zones. If you’re driving through a school zone, pay close attention to the crossing guard. He or she determines who gets right of way, regardless of stop signs or traffic signals.

The California auto accident attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers know that many crashes occur because drivers are unfamiliar with right of way laws or because they ignore them. If you were hurt in an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Auto Accident Compensation

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2017

Auto accidents are traumatic in many ways. They can cause victims to suffer painful, disabling, and even life-threatening injuries. But for some victims, the injuries they suffer are just the beginning of the complications they’ll face after their accidents.

Getting treated for car accident-related injuries can be expensive, and more serious injuries lead to higher hospital bills. To make matters worse, many victims suffer injuries that cause them to become temporarily or permanently disabled. That means they can’t go back to work for months, years, or even for the rest of their lives.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California car accident lawyers fight for the rights of injured victims to get compensation for:

  • Medical bills – The costs of transportation to the hospital in an ambulance, emergency surgery, prolonged hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation are expenses that you may not be able to pay for on your own.
  • Lost wages – Your job is your livelihood, and your paycheck keeps you and your loved ones fed, clothed, and sheltered. When you lose your paycheck because of a severe injury, you may resort to spending your savings or even declaring bankruptcy to keep your head above water.

Our legal team believes that innocent victims shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for accidents that weren’t their fault. Get an advocate on your side, and let us fight for your rights. Call us today for a free consultation.