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Car Accident
in Stockton

California is car country, and few people could imagine living in Stockton without having their own vehicle. Unfortunately, with so many vehicles on the road, there are plenty of accidents. We see many vehicles on the side of the road after an accident with injured people waiting for assistance.

If you were hurt in a wreck, you could have a legal right to compensation. The Law Office of Brian P. Azemika has built its reputation providing reliable legal services to those in need. Please call our firm. We can discuss whether you can file a claim against the driver who struck you.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident?

California experiences thousands of car accidents each year. Attorney Brian Azemika can step up and help anyone hurt in the following types of collisions:

  • T-bones
  • Rollovers
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Sideswipes
  • Hit and run
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Single vehicle accidents
  • Pileups involving multiple vehicles
  • Uber/Lyft accidents

Our firm can also help with other accidents involving motor vehicles, including pedestrian accidents, truck crashes, and more.

“Once you’re in a safe spot following an accident, make sure to exchange insurance information and driver’s license information. It is easy to simply take pictures of the other driver’s license, registration, and insurance card for future reference.”

Brian P. Azemika, Natomas Car Accident Attorney

Car Accidents & Fault

California is a “fault state” for car accidents. The state requires that motorists carry a minimum liability insurance policy which will pay compensation to anyone injured by the driver. The current minimums are $15,000 per person injured, up to a maximum of $30,000 when two or more people are injured. A mere $5,000 is required for property damage.

You must prove fault to receive compensation. The good news is that California is a comparative negligence state. You can make a claim so long as you are not 100% to blame for the collision and your injuries.

However, your share of fault will decrease any compensation you receive. If you were 50% at fault, you will receive only half of the compensation you might otherwise receive. Our law firm knows how to build up the evidentiary basis of a case so that there is no doubt about fault.

What to Do after a Stockton Car Accident

Accident victims deserve compensation when someone else crashes into them. But they must take reasonable steps to help their case. We recommend:

  1. Immediately stop your vehicle at the scene. Fleeing will only make it harder to obtain compensation.
  2. Report your accident to the police. An officer can visit and write up an accident report.
  3. Swap information with all other drivers, such as your name and address, registration, license, and insurance information. This info helps with filing an injury claim.
  4. Talk to witnesses about what they saw. Write down their name and phone number.
  5. Photograph all vehicles using your phone. Zoom in on where the cars hit each other.
  6. Avoid accepting blame for the accident. Doing so will only hamstring your ability to receive compensation.
  7. Head to the hospital as soon as you are done with the police officer to seek medical treatment for your injuries.
  8. Consult an experienced Stockton car accident lawyer, who will have tips about what steps you should take to bolster your injury claim.

How Much Can You Receive in Financial Compensation?

Our firm always strives to obtain the most compensation for our clients to cover:

  • Medical care to treat your injuries and pain
  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Loss of income or wages, including side hustle income
  • Pain and suffering

Some factors can limit the amount of compensation you receive in a settlement. The most critical is your comparative negligence. If you are partially to blame, you will receive less. A common example is a driver who is distracted by their phone. Although they are hit by a speeding motorist, their lack of attention is a contributing factor.

Another factor reducing compensation is whether you are insured. Uninsured drivers can seek compensation for economic losses, like medical bills and lost income, but they can’t receive any money for pain and suffering.

Why Handling Your Own Claim is a Mistake

After a wreck, some people call the insurance companies to handle their own claim. Often, they quickly realize they are in over their heads. Some insurance companies delay cases unnecessarily, all to put pressure on accident victims.

Few people really understand how much their claim is worth. In our experience, people settle for too little. You can’t expect the other driver’s insurer to make a fair settlement offer. Instead, they will likely offer a very low amount and claim, “That’s all we can do.”

Hire an experienced Stockton car accident lawyer. We can evaluate the settlement value of your claim. For example, you probably deserve more in pain and suffering than the insurance company initially offers. We have the experience needed to go toe-to-toe with large insurers on behalf of  our clients.

Why Should You Hire Brian Azemika?

The Stockton area has hundreds of attorneys all trying to drum up business. Why should you reach out to our firm?

Brian P. Azemika brings the following skills to every case he accepts:

  • Full attention to the circumstances surrounding your accident. Our firm is not an assembly line, and we don’t accept every case that comes through the door. We only take a case if we believe it has merit. And we give our clients our undivided attention.
  • Innovative legal strategies. Our firm avoids stale negotiation strategies. Instead, we credit our full command of the facts for making individualized arguments that work for you.
  • Passionate legal representation. Mr. Azemika can attend mediation, negotiate in person, and head into court to protect your legal rights.
  • Highest ethical commitments. Our firm will never reveal confidential information about your case without your permission, and we won’t accept a proposed settlement unless you give us the green light.

Talk with a Stockton Car Accident Lawyer

Accident victims and their families benefit from hiring a seasoned Stockton car accident lawyer as soon as possible. They turn to the Law Office of Brian P. Azemika for assistance collecting evidence and negotiating on their behalf. To find out if we can help, please schedule a free consultation with our office. You will never owe us money unless we win your case.