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A catastrophic injury in a car accident can dramatically change your life in an instant.  Even collisions involving minor or moderate injuries can create significant financial pressures that throw your life off track.

If you have been a victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any loss or injury you suffered because of the accident. For more information about your rights and entitlements after a motor vehicle collision, you should speak with an experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer. The lawyers at Hanson & Mouri can help you.

  • Since 1999, we have devoted our professional career to helping our clients receive all the benefits they are entitled to under the law.
  • Our Principal, Dani Mouri, is a former insurance defense attorney. We know how insurance companies evaluate claims and use this to our clients’ advantage.
  • Our compassionate San Bernardino injury attorneys understand the physical, emotional, and economic strain a car accident can put on a victim and their family. This is why we work aggressively to get them the full and fair compensation that is due to them.
  • We respect our clients and are transparent with them throughout the legal process.
  • Whether we are negotiating a settlement or preparing for trial, our experienced litigators can take on the most aggressive opponents and win.

If you are looking for a San Bernardino car accident attorney, call Hanson & Mouri at (951) 419-3199 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Financial Responsibility of San Bernardino Vehicle Owners

For many people, a car is an essential part of their lives. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles reports approximately 26 million registered automobiles in 2019. According to Statista’s report on the number of automobiles registered in the United States, California tops the list, with almost double the number of vehicles registered in the number two state, Texas. While cars are a necessary part of modern society, they can also be a hazardous part of our lives. From a minor fender bender to a serious collision, car accidents can result in property damage, pedestrian injuries, personal injury (such as brain damage or spinal cord injuries), or even wrongful death.

Every vehicle owner in California has a financial responsibility to other car owners and road users. They can meet their financial responsibility in four different ways:

  • Motor vehicle liability insurance. Vehicle owners are required to carry motor vehicle liability insurance policies in the following amounts:
    • $15,000 to cover injury or death to one person
    • $30,000 to cover injury or death to more than one person
    • $5,000 to cover property damage
  • Making a cash deposit of $35,000 with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Holding a DMV-issued self-insurance certificate
  • Holding a surety bond for $35,000 from a company licensed to do business in California

Failure to meet these requirements is a criminal offence in California.

What Should I Do After an Accident in San Bernardino?

The most important thing to do after an accident is to secure your safety and the safety of other persons around you. Seek medical attention immediately if you have been injured in an accident. If your injuries do not require that you are rushed to the hospital immediately after the accident, you should try to gather as much evidence about the accident as possible. Take photographs of the accident scene, whether you collided with a truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian. Get contact information of the other party involved in the accident, and any witnesses who may be able to provide information about the accident.

Do not under any circumstances apologize or admit fault even if you think that your actions might have caused the accident. Any admission of fault may be used against you if you pursue a claim.

The insurance adjuster for the other parties involved in the accident may contact you about the accident. While they may seem friendly and sympathetic to you, remember that they are not on your side. Do not discuss any details about the accident with them. The best way to handle an insurance adjuster from another party is to ask them to speak with your personal injury attorney.

What If the Accident Was My Fault?

Some states have no-fault car insurance laws. No-fault car insurance laws aim to reduce the length of time it takes to resolve claims arising from car accidents based on establishing which driver was at fault. In no-fault car insurance states, it doesn’t matter who caused the accident. All that a victim of an accident needs to do is file their claim with their own insurance company to get compensation for their losses. Most no-fault car insurance laws also limit the value of the claims that can be recovered.

California, however, is not a no-fault car insurance state. California has at-fault car insurance laws, which means that a car accident victim must establish the fault of the at-fault driver to get compensation for their injury and other losses sustained from the accident.

To avoid liability, the at-fault driver and their insurance company will try as much as possible to limit their liability and shift the blame for the accident to the victim. That’s why you need an expert car accident attorney by your side to advocate for you and protect your interests.

How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Having a skilled car accident lawyer in your corner will show the insurance company that you are serious about your claim. A car accident lawyer has the resources to retain accident reconstruction experts who can investigate the accident and place the fault where it belongs. They also have access to professionals who can give expert testimony to support your claims.

How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

When people think of hiring an attorney, cost is one determining factor that is usually at the top of their list. But there is no need to allow the fear of legal costs to deter you from hiring a car accident lawyer to represent you. Like most car accident lawyers, Hanson & Mouri handles car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any fees unless we get compensation for your case. You may be hesitant to approach a lawyer because you are unsure about your claim. At Hanson & Mouri your initial consultation is free. We will evaluate your case and let you know the merits of your case at no cost to you.

Contact a San Bernardino Car Accident Lawyer

Do not get shortchanged by the insurance companies. If you have been in a car accident, we will work diligently to get you the fair compensation that you are entitled to. To get more information call Hanson & Mouri today at 951-419-3199 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation.

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