WRONG WAY DRIVER AUTO ACCIDENTS

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In the 22 years between 1995 and 2013, there were 23 fatal collisions due to wrong-way driving on average.

Wrong-way driving has decreased overall nationally in the last few decades, but there has been a recent surge in the state of California. In 2011, 27 people were killed in California in wrong-way accidents. In 2012, there were 53 deaths and 2013 fell only to 44 deaths. This is of great concern to drivers as well as government officials. In fact, 2013 established the first national annual wrong-way driver summit. Car accidents that occur because of a driver driving the wrong way is completely irresponsible. If you or someone you know has been in an auto accident due to wrong way driving, speak with speak with auto accident lawyers in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm to discuss your legal options.

Although wrong-way collisions are not very common, their effects are often devastating. When two cars are driving directly towards each other, there is not a lot of time to react. When these incidents occur on highways, the speeds of the cars increases the likelihood for severe injury or death.

Causes of Wrong Way Auto Accidents

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of wrong-way driving accidents occur because an individual was driving under the influence of alcohol. There are several common causes for wrong-way accidents:

  • Drunk driving is the most common reason for wrong-way collisions. Unfortunately, one individual’s reckless choice to drink and drive often leads to devastating effects for innocent individuals who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most wrong-driving accidents occur on the weekends or at night. This makes sense as most alcohol is consumed at this time and the lack of light may make it more difficult to realize where an individual is driving. To make things worse, drunk drivers often end up in the fast lane, believing they are in the slow lane. This means the car they are more likely to collide with is driving at a higher speed.
  • Other drugs. Sometimes, drivers on other drugs that have not been drinking can become disoriented and enter a highway the wrong way or become drowsy and drift into the traffic going the other way.
  • Elderly drivers suffering from dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are devastating conditions that affect our elderly loved ones. Unfortunately, this can make them forget or mix-up familiar driving patterns. They also may forget what certain signs mean and thus can’t understand when indicators tell them they are driving the wrong way.
  • Suicidal drivers. This is probably the most rare cause of wrong-way driving, but an individual who decides to end his or her life may make the reckless and selfish decision to drive on the wrong side of the road, without regard to others who may be injured.

Outside of entering a highway incorrectly, wrong-way car accidents may happen on roads without a barrier. In these instances, a drowsy driver or driver experiencing a medical condition may drift into oncoming traffic. Almost all wrong-way driving collisions could have been prevented. Speak with auto accident lawyers in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm if you were hit by a driver driving the wrong way. It’s important you seek the compensation you deserve for someone else’s negligent behavior.

Effects of Wrong Way Auto Accidents

Individuals who drive on the wrong side of the road are likely to cause head-on collisions, which often result in severe injuries and death. The California Department of Transportation discovered that wrong way accidents cause nearly 12 times the number of deaths compared to all other highway accidents. Injuries that may be incurred due to wrong-way accidents include the following:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Paralysis
  • Comatosis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Legal Consequences of Wrong Way Auto Accidents

Beside the consequences of being found to be driving drunk, the potential legal consequences specifically for driving on the wrong side of the road include the following:

  • A fine of up to $100
  • 1 point on the driving record – this is likely to increase insurance premiums
  • License suspension
  • Jail time
  • Traffic school

If a driver is found to be under the influence or if a car collision occurs, the potential consequences skyrocket. There are many additional charges that may be placed on a wrong-way driver, such as negligence or reckless driving.

Victims of Wrong Way Auto Accidents

If you or someone you loved was the victim of a wrong way collision, you do have options. Individuals are able to seek legal action by talking to auto accident lawyers in Sacramento and receive compensation for their pain and suffering or the pain and suffering of a loved one.

It is pivotal to seek legal advice as soon as possible from a trusted law firm. Being involved in a wrong-way accident can be traumatizing. The last thing you want to think about is going to court. Unfortunately it is a likely necessity in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Wrong-way accidents often have devastating physical effects and the medical bills can pile up quickly. If you lost a loved one due to a wrong-way collision, it is possible to seek damages for wrongful death, their medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

Call Auto Accident Lawyers in Sacramento

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact experienced auto accident lawyers in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE

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DO NOT SPEAK TO INSURANCE COMPANIES OR INSURANCE ADJUSTERS PRIOR TO SPEAKING WITH OUR ATTORNEYS FIRST

They will attempt to obtain a recorded statement from you. You do not want to give them one, because they might use that statement against you. They might find a discrepancy between your statement and the police report, or between your statement and the witness statement. The insurance company will often hire an expert witness who will disprove your side of the story. If the case is litigated later on you will end up looking like a liar in front of the judge and jury.

You also do not want to sign anything that they give you without an attorney reviewing it first. Often insurance adjuster will ask you to sign a blank authorization which will allow them to obtain your medical records. They will then use that authorization to get a copy of your medical records beyond what is required for them to make a determination of your injuries. They will find previous conditions and injuries in your medical records and relate the injuries you suffered in the car accident to preexisting conditions.

If an insurance adjuster calls you, you do not have to be rude to them, be short with them, or ignore them. You do need to politely tell them that you are in a process of hiring an auto accident lawyer in Sacramento and he or she will contact them as soon you hire one. You also want to get

  1. the name and number of the adjuster,
  2. the company he or she is from,
  3. and the claim number or a reference number of the claim.

Do Not Delay In Contacting An Auto Accident Lawyer In Sacramento

Do not ignore the phone call from insurance adjuster and contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away. Having an experienced auto accident lawyer in Sacramento represent you in a case eliminates the headache of dealing with insurance companies and increases your value in monetary recovery.

Experienced auto accident lawyer in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm knows what they are doing, they’ve done it before. Attorneys will obtain medical records on your behalf, deal with medical facilities about all the outstanding medical bills, deal with insurance companies on your behalf, and help you settle the case.

Call Automobile Accident Attorney in Sacramento

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney in Sacramento to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our automobile accident attorney in Sacramento regarding your auto accident injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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AUTO ACCIDENTS IN RAINY WEATHER

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Weather has a significant impact on a driver’s ability to control their car on the road.

People may not realize just how much power rain and wind have when it comes to 2,000 lb hunks of metal, but rainstorms can have serious effects. Strong winds can push cars into another lane if the driver isn’t paying close enough attention. Disruptions to a driver’s vision can result in not seeing other cars or obstacles in the road. Bad weather often results in flooding, causing roads to be dangerous to drive on as well as lane closures and merging. Some individuals do not appreciate the increased danger of driving during rainy weather and will not drive appropriately. These reckless drivers can cause accidents that result in injuries and death to other drivers and passengers. If you have been in an accident resulting in an injury, make sure to contact an automobile accident attorney in Sacramento.

Rainy Day Statistics

It may not be surprising to hear that most accidents take place on rainy days or on days when the weather is otherwise atypical. Consulting group Booz Allen Hamilton analyzed ten years of data from the Federal Highway Administration and found that approximately 6,250 fatal traffic collisions and nearly 500,000 bodily injuries occur during bad weather.

California is Uniquely Dangerous

Due to the vast and varied nature of the great state of California, a single region can contain desert as well as mountainous climates not far from each other. This quick transition gives unaware drivers little time to prepare themselves for changing road conditions. The snowy, slippery conditions of California’s wetter regions can be quite dangerous for drivers visiting new areas of the state. Even when they equip 4-wheel drive or snow chains, an ignorance of how to actually drive can make these precautions useless. If you or someone you know has been injured while driving in unsafe weather conditions, reach out to an automobile accident attorney in Sacramento.

The True Cause of Rainy Weather Accidents

Though it may be easy to blame the weather for car collisions, the weather is legally not to blame. Individuals are responsible for the way they conduct themselves and they way they drive, no matter the weather. If an individual isn’t taking the necessary precautions as he or she drives in rainy weather, it is that person’s responsibility for any personal or property damage that occurs.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle collision during bad weather, be sure to seek experienced legal representation from an automobile accident attorney in Sacramento to take action or to protect yourself from other parties that may try to seek compensation from you. Your legal team will do everything necessary to determine who was at fault during the collision and to fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

Often drivers are simply overconfident and drive without the proper caution that rainy weather calls for. These individuals may be considered negligent in their behavior and thus to blame for the ensuing collision. Often, drivers are in a rush and don’t care to take into account the increased risk of driving in rainy weather. Speeding on slick roads is a recipe for disaster. Though they may have been driving within the legal speed limit, conditions specific to the environment at the time of driving, such as rain or traffic, need to be taken into account by drivers.

Roads are especially slick during rainy weather after a long period of dryness. As anyone who lives in California knows, there can be long stretches of time when it doesn’t rain. During these dry spells, oil and grease build up on the roads. When it finally rains, the water combines with these oils and creates an extremely slick surface. This increases the likelihood of hydroplaning and losing control of the vehicle which can cause serious injuries. Call an automobile accident attorney in Sacramento if you have experienced a collision from wet weather conditions.

Personal Injury

  • If you are in the unfortunate situation of being the victim of a collision during rainy weather, you may be eligible for compensation. In the state of California, individuals who are deemed to be “at fault” for a car collision can be held liable for the costs of injuries sustained during the collision. Potential compensation includes:
  • Medical bills – This includes hospital admittance, tests and scans, medications, etc.
  • Future medical costs – If your injury is likely to need further medical assistance, as many injuries are, you may be able to get compensation for projected future costs.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future wages – If you are not able to work at the same capacity you were before the collision, the individual at fault should give some amount of compensation to cover for this difference in earning capacity.
  • Lost of lifestyle
  • Lost of companionship – If you lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, they may pay you for the suffering this causes.

The state of California only permits legal action to be taken within two years of the collision, so be sure to contact a qualified automobile accident attorney in Sacramento as soon as possible. Two years may seem like plenty of time, but when you take into consideration how long it may take to gather all the necessary evidence and to recover to a point where you feel up to a legal battle, it isn’t much time at all.

Contact Automobile Accident Attorney in Sacramento If You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accidents

The Choyce Law Firm handles many personal injury cases, including vehicle accidents caused from rainy weather. When you contact our law firm, you can expect exceptional professionalism and legal advice. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to an automobile accident attorney in Sacramento.

Call Automobile Accident Attorney in Sacramento

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney in Sacramento to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our automobile accident attorney in Sacramento regarding your auto accident injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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SIDESWIPE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

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Sideswipe Accidents Can Be Very Serious

Many people would consider a sideswipe accident to be relatively minor with property damage as the greatest concern. However, sideswiping can actually be very serious and is often just the first incident in a more severe collision. Most sideswiping incidents occur when two cars are driving side-by-side and a driver becomes distracted, drifting into the lane of the other driver. At this point, there is the possibility for escalation. If either driver reacts to this contact by overcorrecting, they may veer into yet another car, an inanimate object, or may flip their car if the overcorrection is severe enough. If you or someone you know has been involved in a sideswipe accident, call auto accident attorney in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm to see if you’re eligible for compensation.

Nearly a quarter of a million (250,000) sideswipe incidents occur per year, resulting in approximately 27,000 injuries and more than 2,500 fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Causes of Sideswipe Auto Accidents

There are many situations in which a sideswipe accident may occur. Below is a list of the most common circumstances that may lead to this collision:

  • Distracted driver – talking or texting on the phone (drivers in California are prohibited from using handheld devices to text or call – only hands-free devices for drivers over 18 are permitted), communicating with passengers, fatigue or sleep deprivation, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Poor driving technique – driving too close to the other lane, aggressive driving, reckless driving
  • Blind spot – drivers may not see another car when changing lanes
  • Overcorrecting – if a driver realizes he or she is drifting from their lane, they may overcorrect and collide with another car.
  • Merging – many sideswiping incidents occur when a car is merging onto a highway or turning onto a new road. Cars may focus only on the lane in which they intend to enter without paying enough attention to the next lane over.

Regardless of the cause, it is important to note that sideswipe accidents are entirely avoidable. If you have been injured because someone negligently sideswiped you, speak to an auto accident attorney in Sacramento who can evaluate your case.

Injuries as a Result of a Sideswipe Car Accident

One unique concern for sideswipe accidents is the car’s’ safety precautions. Most car accidents occur to the front or rear of the car. This is why cars are equipped with bumpers and airbags in the steering wheels. The sides of cars consist of the door panel – a thin material with no bumper to absorb any impact. While these collisions are not nearly as severe as a T-bone accident, they can cause the driver to lose control and hit other cars or inanimate objects or even roll over. Injuries can be minor to substantial. Below is a list of potential injuries that may be incurred:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Damage to the brain or spine causing partial or full paralysis or comatose.
  • Loss of limbs
  • Cuts or bruises
  • Nerve damage
  • Joint dislocation or injury
  • Death

Legal Action

After any car collision, there are several things each driver should do. Below is a brief outline:

  1. Seek medical attention immediately if any individual incurs a serious injury.
  2. By California law, you are required to exchange information such as names, phone numbers, insurance information, vehicle information such as license plate number, etc. with the other driver. Be sure not to admit fault at this time.
  3. Collect as much evidence at the scene as possible. Take images if you can. Write down your account of the events, including the time and date of the accident as well as your estimated speed.
  4. Contact your insurance company to report the accident.
  5. Seek legal advice of a skilled auto accident attorney in Sacramento.

Determining fault in a sideswipe accident can be very difficult. Sometimes the perpetrator is unknown, such as when it occurs to a parked car. In the case that a car is sideswiped while legally parked, the perpetrator may be charged with a hit and run if they fled the scene without leaving contact information.

In most cases in which the two drivers are traveling in the same direction, it can be very difficult to determine fault. Both cars have damage and even if one has more damage than the other, it’s difficult to determine who caused the accident. It can take an expert crash investigation involving witness testimony and police reports.

Insurance companies are organizations with the main goal of making a profit. Even when their policyholder is at fault, the insurance company will try to minimize their liability and undercut any damage or injury. California is a comparative fault state, meaning each driver in a collision can be considered partially at fault, affecting their ability to collect compensation.

The best thing an individual involved in a sideswipe accident can do to protect themselves is to hire an auto accident attorney in Sacramento. Having a knowledgeable and motivated lawyer working on your case can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Auto Accident Attorney in Sacramento Can Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Sideswipe accidents can be either severe or mild but in the case of an extreme accident, it’s important you speak with an auto accident attorney in Sacramento who can evaluate your case and fight for you in the court of law. The Choyce Law Firm is committed to getting you the best result for your pain and suffering. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 for a free consultation.

Call Auto Accident Attorney in Sacramento For Help

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney in Sacrament to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our car accident attorney in Sacramento regarding your auto accident injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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THE “STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS” (SOL)

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Car Accident Attorney in Sacramento

Statute of limitations are deadlines for filing a lawsuit and every state has them.

The period of time during which you can file a lawsuit varies depending on the type of legal claim. For example, with personal injury cases, you have two years to file from the time of the injury. If the injury was not discovered right away, then it is 1 year from the date the injury was discovered. For a breach of written contract, its four years from the date the contract was broken and two years for an oral contract. Any property damage lawsuits have 3 years from the date the damage occurred.

If you fail to go to court and file a lawsuit against those who have injured you within the 2 year time frame, the court will likely refuse to hear your case at any time in the future and your right to compensation will be lost. There is a time limit of 6 months to file an injury claim against a government entity and claimants must adhere to a strict set of procedural rules. In some personal injury cases, the defendant may make the argument that you’re actually to blame(at least partially) for causing the accident that forms the basis of your claim. If you do share some level of liability, it can end up affecting the total amount of compensation you’ll end up receiving from other at-fault persons and businesses. In shared fault injury cases, California follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule which basically means the amount of compensation you’re entitled to will be reduced by an amount that is equal to your percentage of fault for the accident.

There is a strict liability for dog attack cases. Unlike most states, California does not adopt the “one bite” rule which gives dow owners exceptions for the first time their dog attacks someone. In California, the owner is “strictly liable” regardless of the times the dog has bitten someone.

Because lawsuits are a long and complicated process, contact Sacramento accident attorneys at The Choyce Law Firm immediately so you can get started on getting the compensation you deserve.

THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE

Your interests and those of your insurance company will conflict, especially when an uninsured or underinsured motorist injures you. In this case, you will seek compensation from your own insurance company. In every auto accident, your insurer will pay your medical bills and lost wages. But it is through the insurer’s investigation of the accident that determines total financial payout. It is vital that you contact an auto accident attorney at the Law Firm whose only interest is to obtain maximum compensation for you. Many insurance companies give out advice that should be followed at the scene of an accident. These include calling the police; not admitting fault at the scene; exchanging insurance information with the other driver; and obtaining the other driver’s name, address, phone number, license plate number etc.

The final piece of advice is to notify your insurance agent immediately. Although your policy obligates you to notify your insurance company of any accidents, your attorney should personally do so if injuries were involved. Without notifying your lawyer, you may make mistakes that will go against you in the future. Employees at the insurance company are trained to investigate accident cases to defend against fraudulent and exaggerated claims in order to protect their company’s pocket. Sometimes insurance companies misrepresent the amount of their policy limits in order to settle cases for far less than justified by the nature of the injuries. In some cases, insurance adjusters might advise claimants to avoid getting an attorney because the lawyer would supposedly take all of the money. It is important to understand that contacting your lawyer first is always safer and wiser.

If you were injured due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

The Choyce Law Firm has the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.

What to Do Following an Accident

Being involved in an accident can result in a scary and confusing situation, especially when serious injuries have occurred. The immediate aftermath following an accident is crucial. There are a few key steps that you can take in order to ensure safety, collect vital information, and make sure that you are treated fairly by both your insurance company and the legal system. If you have any questions, always contact a skilled car accident attorney for legal advice.

Immediately following an accident, you should:

  • First check to see if you are injured, and then see if anyone else around you is injured
  • Call 911 immediately to obtain medical assistance
  • Ensure that the police arrive on the scene and create a report of the accident
  • Make notes on the cause of the accident, accident scene, and other factors that were involved, while it is still fresh in your mind
  • Collect as much evidence as possible, such as pictures of the damage, license plate numbers, street signs, skid marks, and more
  • Contact your insurance provider

If you are injured or suffered extensive damage to property, contact an experienced and trustworthy car accident attorney in Sacramento to learn if you have cause for legal action

Let Our Experienced Team Begin Work on Your Case Immediately!

By reacting as quickly as possible after an accident, you can significantly increase your chances of receiving the fair compensation that you deserve for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. Our Sacramento car accident attorneys at The Choyce Law Firm are ready to begin work on your case right away. We can collect all of the necessary information and evidence to put together a strong claim on your behalf.

Call car accident attorney in Sacramento For Help

If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, regardless of the nature of the underlying accident, it is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney in Sacrament to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Sacramento & Fairfield, CA for your convenience and have the resources and expertise to aggressively litigate your case in court, fighting to get you just compensation for your injury.
 
Call (916) 306-0636 today for a free consultation with our car accident attorney in Sacramento regarding your auto accident injury case.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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FENDER-BENDERS, REAR END COLLISIONS & HEAD ON CRASHES

SACRAMENTO CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer

No one expects to be involved in a car collision when they wake up in the morning.

They happen suddenly and usually when you are least expecting them. There is only so much you can do to prevent a car collision – you can’t control the behavior of other drivers. Everyone does their best to abide by the rules of the road, but everyone makes mistakes and gets distracted. It only takes a moment of distraction for a collision to occur. There are many factors that contribute to a car accident and there are many different kinds of car collisions. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident of any type, contact a Sacramento car accident lawyer immediately.

Some elements that can increase the likelihood of a collision include:

  • Bad weather
  • Construction
  • Drivers under the influence
  • Poor visibility
  • High-speed driving
  • Drivers unfamiliar with the area
  • Lack of proper warnings and signage

Should I Report my Car Collision?

In the state of California, drivers are required to report a car collision they are involved in within 10 days under any of the following circumstances:

  • Anyone in the car collision was injured, even if only slightly
  • Anyone was gravely injured or killed
  • The collision resulted in property damage of more than $750

Whether or not you need to report the collision to your car insurance company depends on your exact policy but it’s always best to consult with a Sacramento car accident lawyer depending on your case. Generally, every automobile insurance contract requires the reporting of any and all car collisions very soon after they occur. The sooner the insurance company knows what happened, the sooner they can start trying to defend a claim. If a driver fails to report the occurrence of an accident within a reasonable about of time, they can end up being denied coverage related to the collision. What exactly a “reasonable period of time” is depends on the company. Some may consider this as little as 24 hours.

Even if the collision is so minor you aren’t required to report it to the DMV, it’s important to still tell your insurance company to be sure you can get the coverage you need and reach out to a Sacramento car accident lawyer if you aren’t entirely sure.

Types of Collisions

No two car collisions are exactly the same, though they can be generally categorized. Though it’s impossible to be fully prepared for the trauma of a car collision, understanding the different types of car collisions and what to do after you experience a crash can help make the aftermath slightly easier.

Fender-Benders

This term is used to describe more minor car collisions. Essentially it means that the only damage that was done was the bending, or denting, of the exterior of the car. This is the most common type of collision and you may be tempted to deal with these very informally. Be carefully regarding giving your information to anyone with whom you have a fender bender. If you give your contact and insurance information but don’t have a formal report created nor do you collect any evidence of the incident, the other driver may try to take advantage of you by claiming the collision was more serious and damaging. It’s always a good idea to take pictures and have a record of exactly what happened and report it to your Sacramento car accident lawyer.

Rear-End Collisions

This is another common type of collision. Rear-ending is just what it sounds like – the car behind bumps into the car in front of it. This often occurs during rush hour and other periods of heavy traffic, when there are many cars close to each other. The severity of these collisions depends on the speed at which each car was traveling relative to each other. That is to say that if the rear car was traveling a mere 20 mph but the car ahead was completely stopped, the collision can be more severe than if the cars were traveling at 40 and 35 mph, respectively. On the other hand, higher speeds can result in out-of-control collisions that may involve other vehicles and greater damage. A slight bump in the wrong place can force a car to spin out, crashing into vehicles in other lanes and creating a pile-up. Generally, the person who was driving the car that hit the car in front of it is considered at fault. There are exceptions, such as when the driver in front cuts off the driver or purposefully tries to get rear-ended.

Head-On Crashes

Head-on collisions are some of the most damaging types of car collisions. They usually occur when a driver crosses the middle line separating traffic traveling in the opposite direction. This results in both front-ends of the vehicles colliding. Depending on the speed of the vehicles, these collisions can be devastating – resulting in great physical damage to the cars as well as serious injuries to the drivers and passengers.

Seek Help

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car collision of any type, it’s a good idea to speak to an experienced Sacramento car accident lawyer. They can evaluate your case and explain whether you are at risk of being sued or if they recommend taking legal action. Pursuing legal action can help you get compensation you need to cover any property or medical expenses relating to the collision.

Injured in an Accident? Contact Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer for Help.

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced Sacramento accident attorney is available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.
 
It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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HOLIDAY DRIVING

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Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, right?

We all know that is not always the case, and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season is usually a time of stress and last minute shopping. Americans are also traveling at increased rates across the country, congesting our roads and highways. The odds of getting into a traffic accident significantly increase during periods in which there are more cars on the road. The odds are stacked further against drivers during the Christmas holiday because driving conditions are at their worst during winter. When we take into account the fact that individuals are more likely to be driving drunk during a holiday, the situation begins to look grim.

Statistics

Travel Patterns – About 91% of holiday travel is made by personal vehicle, and when considering the number of people who travel for the holidays, we can better understand why there is so much congestion on our highways during these times. The Christmas holiday season represents the second busiest long distance travel period of the year, with Thanksgiving taking the top spot. Long distance trips are defined as trips over 50 miles one way, and during the Christmas holiday, these trips increase by 23%. Americans are also more likely to travel farther to get to their destination for Christmas, with the average round trip families make being 276 miles.

Driving While Fatigued – We’ve all made those marathon trips to visit family and friends around the holidays – up at 5am, then driving 6 hours for an early dinner and back on the road again to get home. But do we think about what that kind of trip does to our chances of getting in an accident? We already have a greater chance of getting into an accident during the Holidays because there are significantly more vehicles on the road, and when you take into account increased levels of driver fatigue, we should all be worried. It is estimated that drivers are over 25% more likely to be driving while fatigued during the Christmas holiday.

Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) – Surprisingly, the statistics show that drinking and driving related fatalities and arrests on Christmas Day do not show a statistically significant increase when compared to the rest of the year’s average. The statistics skew slightly when the holiday falls on a weekend, but it still shows little significance. Christmas Eve is the day during the Christmas holiday season that we see an increase in DUI related activity. Statistics show that DUI – related traffic stops increase an average of 33% on Christmas eve, and DUI related deaths follow a similar trend.

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy and happiness, and we should all do our best to make sure that is the case. We can all help reduce the increase in traffic-related injuries around the holidays if we show a heightened awareness of the activities that cause the increase. Making sure we are prepared, adequately rested, and staying vigilant against drunk driving during our road trips will make the holidays a safer time of year for everyone. The attorneys at The Choyce Law Firm wish you all a happy holiday season and remind everyone to stay safe and have fun while celebrating!

Injured in an Accident? Contact sacramento accident attorney for Help.

If you have been injured in a truck, motorcycle, plane or car accident, or charged with a DUI or other criminal or traffic offense, call the lawyers at The Choyce Law Firm right now! Our experienced Sacramento accident attorney is available to give you the answers you need to know immediately and can fight for justice and compensation with integrity and relentless enthusiasm.
 
It’s important to understand that there are many legal deadlines if you are injured or charged with a DUI. We are a local law firm with offices in Fairfield, CA & Sacramento, CA. We limit our practice to four areas of expertise: criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic ticket defense and personal injury. Don’t hesitate, to call our office at (707) 422-1202 or (916) 306-0636 for your free consultation!

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY TRAFFIC LIGHT VIOLATIONS

SACRAMENTO AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER

Sacramento Auto Accident Lawyer

Traffic lights are a very important way to control the flow of traffic.

Most drivers who have experienced the chaos of a traffic light not working due to a power outage would probably agree. Unfortunately, some drivers do not always follow the rules. This can cause catastrophic damage to cars and serious injuries to drivers and passengers. As most drivers assume other drivers are following the rules as they are, they often don’t pay close attention to other drivers’ behavior. If you have been in an accident involving another driver’s negligence towards traffic lights, speak with a personal injury attorney for help.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 165,000 people are injured in collisions involving red lights every year. In 2008 alone, there were over 700 deaths.

Causes of Red Light Collisions

There are various causes for red light collisions, almost always due to driver error. Below are some of the most common reasons:

  • Trying to make the light – A vehicle may try to speed up when entering an intersection in order to get across before the light turns red. Unfortunately, other drivers may assume this car would slow and stop. These other drivers may be turning or driving in the cross direction of traffic, leading to a T-bone collision.
  • Stopping too late – A driver may initially try to make the light, but then change his or her mind and attempts to stop. This driver may not be able to stop before the red light and can hit cross traffic.
  • Not paying attention – A driver may be under the influence or simply not paying close enough attention and may enter the intersection against the light unknowingly. A driver turning left or making a U-turn may collide with a car driving in the opposite direction if either drivers are not paying close enough attention. The turning driver may underestimate the speed of the oncoming car or may misinterpret their intentions (such as thinking that car is also turning). A car may not realize a light has turned and runs into the stopped car in front of them.
  • Poor visibility – A traffic signal located on the top of a hill or after a sharp turn may not give drivers enough time to react to the light. Poor weather such as fog may hinder a driver’s ability to see the light. A car without lights may be very difficult to see and may result in a collision, especially when a driver is trying to make a turn.
    If you have experienced any of the above situations, it’s imperative you speak with a Sacramento auto accident lawyer who can legally represent you in your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Injuries from Red Light Accidents

Red light accidents can result in a variety of types of collision, such as a rear-ending, side-swiping, T-boning, and head-on collisions. The cars involved can incur serious damage and even be totaled. The people involved also can be seriously hurt. Some injuries that may result include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Dislocated joints
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Death

If you or someone you know has suffered any of the injuries above due the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Sacramento personal injury lawyer to examine the next steps you need to take.

Legal Action

In most red light accidents, one car enters the intersection legally and collides with a vehicle acting illegally. For example one car is crossing the intersection on a green when another car isn’t paying attention and T-bones that car from the cross direction. There are many rules regarding red light accidents as covered in the California Vehicle Code Section 21453.

  • Drivers approaching a road light must stop at the marked limit line or before the crosswalk. If there is no limit line or crosswalk, the vehicle must stop before entering the intersection and may not proceed until the light changes.
  • Drivers may turn right on red unless otherwise indicated.
  • Drivers may turn left from a one way onto a one-way unless otherwise prohibited.
  • Drivers making a turn must yield right-of-way to other drivers who have the green light and to pedestrians at all times.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a red light car collision, it is important to seek legal representation with an injury attorney in order to get the compensation you deserve. The medical treatment, prescriptions, physical therapy, and damage to property can be very costly, especially when all added together. A knowledgeable and motivated injury lawyer can help guide you through a complicated litigation process and will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you lost a loved one due to a red light accident, an accident attorney can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim.

Call a Sacramento Auto Accident Lawyer For Help

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from being taken advantage of is to get legal representation. A knowledgeable Sacramento auto accident lawyer at The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling personal injury claims with insurance companies. We understand the complex laws and procedures will fight on your behalf and can considerably help you get the compensation you deserve.
 
Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a auto accident lawyer in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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T-BONE CAR ACCIDENTS

AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN SACRAMENTO

Auto Accident Attorney in Sacramento

Auto Accident Attorney in Sacramento Explains T-Bone Accidents

Car accidents are all too common and can be very dangerous. Side impact collisions are uniquely dangerous and can occur in many traffic situations. Very serious damage is often done in T-bone accidents because the side of a car is not very well reinforced, unlike the front and back. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, the driver of any car involved in the accident may be at fault. If negligence can be proven, you may be entitled to compensation so make sure to contact an injury attorney in Sacramento if you’ve been in an auto accident.

In collisions that affect the front or rear of a car, there are several feet of steel and reinforced structures to protect drivers and passengers. In side impact collisions, there is only a thin door to protect the people inside. This is a large part of why T-bone collisions kill between 8,5000 and 10,000 Americans each year. There are certain standards all cars must meet, but the nature of the design of vehicles leaves the sides more vulnerable.

Causes of T-bone Collisions

There are various causes for T-bone collisions, almost always due to driver error. Below are some of the most common reasons:

  • Trying to make the light – A vehicle may try to speed up when entering an intersection in order to get across before the light turns red. Unfortunately, other drivers may assume this car would slow and stop. These other drivers may be turning or driving in the cross direction of traffic, leading to a T-bone collision.
  • Stopping too late – A driver may initially try to make the light, but then change his or her mind and attempts to stop. This driver may not be able to stop in time and may be hit by cross traffic.
  • Not paying attention – A driver may be under the influence or simply not paying close enough attention and may enter the intersection against the light unknowingly. A driver turning left or making a U-turn may collide with a car driving in the opposite direction if either drivers are not paying close enough attention. The turning driver may underestimate the speed of the oncoming car or may misinterpret their intentions (such as thinking that car is also turning). A car may not realize a light has turned and runs into the stopped car in front of them.
  • Poor visibility – A blind turn or poor weather can make it difficult to see other traffic, especially when those vehicles are traveling in the
    If a driver acted carelessly and caused an accident resulting in injuries, you may be able to seek monetary reward for your pain and suffering. An injury attorney in Sacramento who has years of experience handling personal injury cases is the first thing you should do if you’ve been in an accident.

Injuries from T-bone Accidents

T-bone accidents can result in a variety situations. Because the sides of cars do not have very much structural reinforcement, there’s often is very much damage to property and serious injuries to individuals. Some injuries that may result include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Dislocated joints
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Brain damage
  • Death

When negotiating what the party at fault should pay for, the above injuries can be taken into account.

Legal Action

In most T-bone accidents, one car is more at fault than the other. The driver being T-boned or doing the T-boning can be at fault. Sometimes it is very clear who is at fault and a short investigation can conclude with a clear idea of who should pay for damages. Often, it can be more difficult to determine who was at fault, and the other driver will insist they had the right of way.

Immediately after the accident, it’s important to determine if anyone was seriously injured and to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible if necessary. The police should also be called to assist in determining fault and to generate a report. Drivers are required to exchange insurance and contact information. It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of anyone who may be a witness to the incident. Be sure not to admit fault at the scene and to take pictures or videos of any damage, injuries, and the general scene to get an idea of what took place.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a T-bone car collision, it is important to seek legal representation with an accident lawyer in order to get the compensation you deserve. The medical treatment, prescriptions, physical therapy, and damage to property can be very costly, especially when all added together. A knowledgeable and motivated auto accident attorney in Sacramento can help guide you through a complicated litigation process and will work hard on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you lost a loved one due to a side impact collision, an attorney can assist you in filing a wrongful death claim.

Speak to an Injury Attorney in Sacramento Regarding Your T-Bone or Other Vehicle Accident

Auto accident attorney in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm have the knowledge, resources and dedication to represent you in court and fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (916) 306-0636 to speak to an injury attorney in Sacramento today.

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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

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No one plans to get into a car accident

No one gets up in the morning and says to himself, “I hope I will get hurt in a car accident today.” But, considering that an average number of car accidents in the United States per year is 6 million, and that annually approximately 3 million people get injured in car accidents, being prepared just in case you get into or get hurt a car accident very important.

Unfortunately, an average person does not know all of his rights and obligations in case he or she is in a car accident. Further, insurance companies are often not forthcoming about what an injured party needs to do to get a fair recovery for your damaged vehicle and your injuries, leaving you to pick up the pieces.

Here are some basic steps that you need to take if you ever find yourself in a car accident.

1. Do not get angry.

If you feel that the other driver negligently caused the collision do not confront the other driver, it is not going to help. Chances are the other driver did not mean to cause the collision and did not mean to cause you harm. Confronting the other drive will not move the ball forward, it is not productive and even might work against you during processing of the insurance claim or during litigation.

The best thing to do is to keep calm and catch your breath. Remember, both of you have just been in a car accident, it is nerve-racking and stressful for all the parties involved.

2. If it is safe and if your vehicle is drivable, get off to the shoulder of the road or other safe area.

This accomplishes two things, first it protects you from being harmed by other drivers who may be driving inattentively; second, it prevents traffic congestion allowing other drivers to safely pass.

If it is not safe to move your vehicle, turn off your vehicle, but turn on the hazard lights in your vehicle to warn the other drivers that your vehicle is not movable.

3. If you are physically capable, get out of the vehicle and get to a safe place on the side of the road.

Remember to check your surroundings before getting out of the vehicle. Other drivers who share the road with you may not be aware of what had just occurred. Only get out when it is safe to do so.

If your injuries or physical disabilities do not allow you to exit your vehicle, remain in the vehicle with the vehicle hazard lights on and follow the next step on this list.

4. Call 911.

Calling emergency personnel is very important. It accomplishes several things: it records that there you were involved in a car accident, it will get emergency personnel to come out to the scene of the collision to treat you for your injuries.

A local police department or California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer will arrive on the scene of the collision. That officer will take necessary information from all the involved parties in the collision and subsequently prepare a Police Report describing in detail, when the car accident happened, where it happened, which vehicles were involved, what kind of damage the vehicles sustained, it will describe statements of the parties, indicate whether or not the vehicles are insured and assign fault to the at fault party. It is very important to request that an officer prepare this report. Insurance companies use these reports to determine liability, that is, they determine who is at fault for the car accident.

Generally, the traffic collision report will be ready within 10 business days at no cost to the involved parties. CHP will make the face page of the traffic collision report (the page listing parties, vehicles, insurance information) available for pick up the following business day. If the collision involved major injuries or a fatality, the traffic collision report may take longer to complete.

5. Gather information.

If the car accident is not major and no one involved in the collision sustained major injuries requiring medical transport, an officer may not come out to the scene and will instruct you to simply exchange information with the other driver’s involved. This does happen, but it does not diminish the value of your case. Follow the instructions of the officer and exchange personal and insurance information with the other driver.

Write down as much information as possible:

  • Driver information (name, address, phone number, CA Driver’s License number)
  • Vehicle information (make, model, license plate number)
  • Insurance information (insured’s name, Insurance company name, policy number)
  • Eye witness info (if any)
  • Date and time of the collision (including weather conditions)

6. If you are hurt, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not wait until your physical condition deteriorates. After the collision, shock sets in and adrenaline is pumping through the body. You may feel like you are fine, but because of the shock and adrenaline you may you may be bleeding internally without knowing it. Getting medical treatment is important because insurance companies need proof that you are hurt, and general those who are hurt tend to seek medical treatment.

Go the closes Emergency Room. Medical professionals are trained to identify and treat traumatic injuries. They will perform a physical examination and perform medical imaging to rule out life threatening injuries. However, if you injuries require immediate intervention you may be admitted for further evaluation and treatment.

7. Contact an attorney.

The insurance companies always want you to report the collision to them before you contact an attorney; however, contacting a personal injury attorney before you make a claim is the right course of action. Remember, insurance companies do not make money by paying out claims.

If you decide to report the claim to the insurance company first, they will require you give a recorded statement about the collision. However, memories fade, you may misremember the course of events, or not mention all the injuries you sustained, etc. Insurance companies may use the information you give their agents to minimize your injury resulting in lower compensation for your injuries and damages.

It is critical that you call a professional attorney who knows how to deal with insurance adjusters. By contacting an attorney, you are effectively laying all your burden and stress on that attorney and his staff who will be responsible for all aspects of your personal injury claim. It makes it easier for you and gives you only one individual to call if you have any questions.

You attorney will guide you through this process and advise you on the best course of action. Your attorney will be able to obtain the traffic collision report, all the necessary medical records and deal with the insurance adjuster to get you fair compensation for your injuries, you pain and your suffering.

Remember, you do not have to pay us anything to take your case. We get paid only when we win your case.

Our Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer is Here To Help You

It is very important to choose a qualified personal injury law office to investigate precisely who was at fault and gather solid evidence to prove negligence. If you have been involved in a car collision and you believe a mechanical malfunction in another driver’s car may have been the cause, you should communicate with our Sacramento car accident lawyer as soon as possible who will work hard to build a case so you may receive the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636.

Call a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer For Help

The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling tough settlement claims with frustrating insurance companies. Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a Sacramento car accident lawyer who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.

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  • JACQUELINE SWINSON
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    This is my second time hiring Mr. Choyce for my son, who was charged with a criminal act. Both times that I hired Mr. Choyce, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law, his professionalism, and the fact that he was relatable. He is trustworthy, tells you the truth about what you are facing. He is organized, he is a very good listener, came up with strategies that were appealing.I can’t say enough good about Mr. Choyce! I knew that he was going to give my son’s case everything he had, and he did!

  • JAMES CRAFT
    DUI Defense Client
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    Hiring the Choyce Law Firm was the best decision I made while trying to decide what to do after getting charged with a 3rd DUI. I tried to use a lawyer that I had previously used when in trouble with the law, he was near retirement and wasn’t able to give my case the attention I was looking for understanding that I was facing jail time. When contacting Mr Choyce we discussed my case and he told me he could help, he even knew my previous attorney. Mr Choyce was aggressive in fighting my case with filing motions on my behalf an trying to get my case dismissed, I was very pleased that he was not just looking to get the first deal the D.A. offered but was aggressively trying to win my case. Although we were not able to get the dismissal we were looking for he was able to keep me out of jail an I was able to serve my sentence on the EHD Program, which allowed me to keep my job an that was very important to me. Mr Choyce also handled a second case for me, I was charged with driving on a suspended license and no registration. Once again Mr Choyce was aggressive with this case and took it to trail an was able to get a not guilty verdict, which saved me a great deal of money in fines that would be pending with a guilty verdict. Overall hiring Mr Choyce and his team was the best decision I made, he provided great service at a respectable rate, an explained things as they were happening and with the charges I was facing I was very happy with the outcome of my cases that he handled. I would strongly recommend Mr Choyce and his team to anyone I know that needs legal representation he knows the law and will provide you with the best service you could hope for form a lawyer that wants to win.

  • JACQUELINE R.
    Personal Injury Client
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    “This is my second time using Mr. Choyce, and I would choose no one other than him. Both times that I hired him, it was for my son, and they were very serious cases. Mr. Choyce is smart, professional, practical, and relatable. He is a serious person, who listens, speaks in laymens terms, so that you understand what is going on. Not like some that I have experience, who talk over you, and dont take the time to really answer your questions.The second case got very close to going to trial, however, I was confident that I had the best of the best representing my son. Thank God that after willing to go to trial, we got a deal that, I think was a win win.I would definitely, without a question, hire Mr. Choyce again!”

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