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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

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Sacramento Car Accident Attorney

Statute of limitations is the time a person has to bring a case forth to court.

It’s like the timer that is set after an incident in which a person must take action. Fundamentally, if you fail to get to court by a certain time after your incident, the court will most likely refuse to hear your case. As soon as you are involved in any type of accident, contact a Sacramento car accident attorney immediately.

When it comes to personal injury cases, sooner rather than later will always yield you the best results. According to California law, for average personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years following the date of incident. This information can also be found in the California Code of Civil Procedure. One of the exceptions to this statute is cases that are brought against the government and these cases must be brought to court within six months. Each case is unique and it’s best to take action immediately. Make sure you contact a Sacramento car accident attorney who can provide the best course of action in a timely manner.

What if I didn’t find the injury right away?

The truth is, sometimes injuries don’t show themselves immediately. Issues that were brought on by an incident can take months and even years to show. If this is the case for your injury, you typically have one year from the date you discovered your injury to come forth to court and file a case.

Tolling is a common practice where the statute is suspended and then restarted. There are many situations where trolling can occur, especially if minors are involved. Because your case is unique, contacting a skilled Sacramento car accident attorney is the best action you can take to ensure you file a case in a timely manner and receive the compensation you deserve for any pain and suffering you endured.

How do I know if I have a case?

If you feel you have a personal injury case that can be brought forth, get in contact with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They know the complicated ins and outs of civil code that can make all the difference. You should also note that the statute of limitations for every kind of case is different, so when in doubt, reach out!

Speak To A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney Today

We have the experience and ability to represent a variety of cases pertaining to injuries resulting from different accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, do not wait for the statute of limitations to run out before you speak to a car accident attorney. Give us a call and we will evaluate your case and take action immediately.

Call a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney 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 personal injury 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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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.

Call a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer if You’ve Been in an Accident Today

At The Choyce Law Firm, we understand how devastating and life altering it can be to be involved in a car accident. If you are injured in any type of accident, whether it’s a fender-bender, rear-end collision or head on collision, give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a Sacramento car accident lawyer today.

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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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CAR ACCIDENTS: PARKING LOT VEHICLE COLLISIONS

Accident Attorneys in Fairfield Explain Parking Lot Vehicle Collisions

Car accidents vary depending on many factors such as type of vehicles involved, injuries sustained and location. Although parking lots may not seem like a common area for accidents, many car and trucks entering and exiting parking lots are prone to hit each other . Though these accidents don’t often have serious damage or injury, it can be complicated trying to determine who was at fault and what liability they had. If you have been involved in a car accident in a parking lot, speak with accident attorneys in Fairfield for legal advice. Some types of car accidents in parking lots include but are not limited to:

  • Car leaving a parking space collides with a parked or moving vehicle
  • Two cars backing out of parking spaces collide
  • Car turning suddenly in front of oncoming traffic to enter a parking space
  • Two cars trying to park in the same space collide
  • Rear-ending due to a car stopping abruptly

How to Determine Fault in These Scenarios

Everyone has a responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and to stay alert to the activity of traffic in their vicinity. This responsibility is higher and can become a liability when a vehicle is interrupting the normal flow of traffic – either by entering or leaving it. This is also true in parking lot collisions, though the speeds are typically much lower and there may not be clear lines on the ground or indication of whose turn it is to move. Below is a general guideline to the various situations that can arise from parking lots but it’s always a better idea to speak with professional accident attorneys in Fairfield regarding your case specifically.

Car leaving a parking space collides with traffic

Drivers of vehicles leaving a parking space have a responsibility to look both ways and evaluate the flow of traffic before moving. These individuals may be held liable if a collision results from their negligence. Drivers should pull out slightly to increase their visibility and the visibility of their vehicle to other cars. Only after determining the way is clear or after being given indication by other drivers should the driver back out of the space. Generally speaking, drivers who are pulling out of a parking space are almost always held liable should a collision occur. However, there may be an exception if the other driver is maneuvering recklessly. Speak with accident attorneys in Fairfield if this pertains to you.

Two cars backing out of parking spaces collide

In the instance that two vehicles are pulling out of parking spaces and collide, both of the drivers are likely to share fault. Drivers pulling out of parking spaces have an obligation to be sure there is no oncoming traffic, but they often neglect to be sure no one else is backing out behind them. There are exceptions and it is important to record the event with pictures and witness statements if you believe the other driver is more or completely at fault.

Collision due to a car turning suddenly in front of cross traffic to park

As previously mentioned, when a vehicle interrupts the normal flow of traffic, they are likely to be held liable in the case of a collision. It is important to assess the situation and maneuver responsibly, no matter how competitive the parking situation may be. Even if the driver entering the parking space argues that they had enough time and the oncoming driver was not paying attention, this is usually rejected by the court. It is important for drivers to also keep in mind the change in speed they must accomplish between accelerating towards a space and coming to a full stop within that space; this may result in that driver colliding with another parked car or a moving vehicle colliding with the back of their car.

Two cars collide when trying to park

In this instance, it is likely that both cars will be considered responsible. Due to crossing traffic, however, it is possible that the left-turning vehicle will be held more or completely liable due to the interruption of the normal flow of traffic.

Rear-ending due to a sudden stop

As with normal traffic, drivers are obligated to follow the car in front of them at a safe distance and to stay alert. Rear-endings are almost always determined to be the fault of the individual who rear-ended the other car. Exceptions to this may include if the car in front had a broken tail or brake light.

It is important to be vigilant in recording the details of the collision by taking pictures of the vehicles involved, including their license plates, positions after the collision, license plates, and pictures to give context for the incident (e.g. parking lot layout). You should also gather information from the other individual(s) involved including driver’s license and insurance information. Because most car accidents in parking lots result in limited property and physical damage, as well as the fact that most parking lots are considered private property, police do not often respond to these calls.

Contact our Accident Attorneys in Fairfield About Your Legal Needs

If you have been in a parking lot collision, it’s important to contact a knowledgeable injury law firm who will work hard on your case to get the compensation you deserve. Call our accident attorneys in Fairfield for a 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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CALIFORNIA PEDESTRIAN CAR ACCIDENTS

Fairfield Auto Accident Attorney Helps Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

California has the country’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities, for the second year in a row. If you’ve been hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, contact an experienced Fairfield auto accident attorney immediately.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • Pedestrian deaths are increasingly becoming more and more serious.
  • There were 2,368 pedestrians killed from Jan-June in 2015, a 6% increase from the year before.
  • In California, 23% of all motor vehicle fatalities were pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian fatalities now account for 15% of total traffic deaths.
  • About ⅓ of pedestrian deaths occur after dark.
  • 70% of those victims were male.
  • ⅓ of pedestrian fatalities were a result of a drunk driver.
  • Pedestrians are three times more likely to die when struck by vehicles moving at 40 mph as they are by vehicles moving at 25 mph

You Have The Right To Compensation

If you were injured as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to compensation. Such compensation should cover financial losses like medical bills, lost wages from missed work, rehabilitation, permanent disabilities and any emotional and psychological distress.

About ⅕ of pedestrian deaths involve hit-and-run drivers. If the police cannot locate the driver, wrongful death compensation is not available. But in other cases, when the driver is known, certain family members can pursue compensation. Contact a lawyer immediately if a loved one had died due to someone else’s negligence.

Proving Fault

In order to prove the driver of the vehicle was negligent, you will need evidence such as:

  • Witness testimonies
  • Driver statements
  • Photos of the scene
  • Photos of the vehicle
  • Photos of your injuries
  • And anything else that can prove the driver was negligent!

In most cases, fault is easy to establish. California has several right of way laws that apply to pedestrians so if a driver breaks any of these laws, he or she is at fault. Such laws include:

  • Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalks at intersections
  • While pedestrians must use due care for their safety, drivers approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk must also exercise due care and shall reduce the speed of their vehicle or take any other action to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian
  • If a vehicle is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let pedestrians cross, other drivers must not pass the stopped vehicle
  • Even when pedestrians are walking outside a crosswalk, drivers are expected to exercise due care

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, contact a Fairfield auto accident attorney immediately who can review your case in detail and find the best way for you to get the compensation you deserve.

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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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CAR ACCIDENTS: HIT & RUN ACCIDENTS

Fairfield Car Accident Lawyer

Fairfield Car Accident Lawyer Helps Hit & Run Accidents Victims Get Justice

In a car accident, the person who is responsible for causing the accident will need to pay for property damage, medical bills and lost wages. But what happens when that person flees the scene of the accident? When a driver hits and runs, the victim of the accident does not know his or her identity and therefore will not be able to make an insurance claim or file a lawsuit, potentially losing out on compensation. If you’re a victim of a hit and run accident, contact an experienced Fairfield car accident lawyer immediately who can help you!

California Hit-and-Run Laws

In California, it is illegal to leave the scene of the accident before giving their information to the police and/or victim. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Also, under Vehicle Code 20003, drivers involved in an injury accident must give the information to the police office including name, current address and registration number of the vehicle. Motorists are required to do what they can to provide assistance to injured victims. If you’ve been in a hit-and-run accident, you could have suffered more serious injuries than regular vehicle accidents because you did not get the attention you needed right away. Contact an attorney at The Choyce Law Firm immediately to get the compensation you deserve.

What to do immediately after the accident

If you’ve been in a hit and run accident, there are certain things you need to do immediately. Although it might be difficult if you’ve been injured, try to write down all the details you remember about the accident such as:

  • Vehicle description (color, make, size, etc)
  • Driver description (gender, approximate age, etc)
  • License plate number
  • Names of witnesses
  • Unique vehicle characteristics (broken taillight, tinted windows, etc)

Hand as much information as you can to the police and your lawyer. Hit and run accidents are trickier than normal accidents. It requires professional legal representation.

California Car Accident Statistics

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records, there were 141 fatal and 14,735 injury hit-and-run crashes statewide in 2010. It resulted in 147 deaths and 19,009 people injured. Of these, 7 of the fatalities were in head-on collisions, 4 were sideswiped, 9 were rear ended, 21 were killed in broadside accidents, 11 were struck by an object, four were killed in rollover accidents and 83 victims were pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been hurt or died in a hit-and-run accident, contact an attorney to get the compensation you deserve.

Filing a Car Accident Claim

If the driver who caused the accident can be found, an injured victim can attempt to make a claim against the hit and run driver’s liability insurance company or make the claim directly against the driver if there is no insurance. However, if the driver or vehicle cannot be located or the driver was uninsured, the injured victim needs to seek compensation for his or her uninsured motorist coverage, assuming it was purchased by the injured victim before the accident occurred. For the best help, contact a Fairfield car accident lawyer to see what you can do.

Fairfield Car Accident Lawyer Helps Hit & Run Accidents Victims

If you have been in a hit & run accident it is important that you get yourself medically evaluated immediately. No accident is minor enough to skip getting yourself checked out. Whiplash and other neck and back injuries can go unnoticed immediately following an accident and still cause long term pain and damage. Fairfield car accident lawyer at this law firm have been representing injury victims for years and have the experience necessary to properly handle your case. Call us at (707) 422-1202 for free re-end auto accident case consultation today!

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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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TEENAGE DRIVERS AND LIABILITY

Fairfield CA Injury Lawyer Helps With Teenage Driver Liability Auto Accidents

Obtaining a driver’s license is a monumental and much anticipated moment in a teenagers life. Unfortunately, parents sometimes overlook the potential liability issues involved in allowing their children to drive any motorized vehicle. Any licensed driver who gets behind the wheel owes a “duty of care” to all other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. If any driver fails to comply with this duty through negligent or reckless driving and someone is injured as a result, the driver will be liable for medical bills, lost income and other losses stemming from the crash. In California, if the driver is a minor (under the age of 18), the parents/guardians or whoever signed the driver’s license application for the minor is liable until they turn 18.

The California DMV states that a minor’s application for a driver’s license must have the signatures of:

  • Both parents, if the parents are California residents and have joint custody, or
  • Both parents, if divorced with joint custody, or
  • One parent, if that parent has custody, or
  • Guardians of the minor, if neither parent is living or has custody, or
  • The person having actual full and complete custody if no legal guardian is appointed

If the parents are not residents of California, they cannot sign the application form and therefore cannot accept liability for a minor. Nonresident military parents stationed and living in California can sign the application. If the parent or guardian does not have contact with or custody of the teen driver at the time of the accident, parental responsibility is usually dismissed and the parents or guardian cannot be held liable. In any case, it’s best to contact an experienced attorney who can assist with your specific case.

Teenage Driving Facts

Teenage drivers are in a special risk category when it comes to driving. It’s an exhilarating feeling to be out on the open road, but teenagers are more likely to get in an automobile accident than more experienced and older drivers. Some startling facts prove this:

  • Drivers ages 16 and 17 are nearly 9 times more likely to have an accident than middle aged drivers
  • 61% of teenagers admit to risky driving habits
  • Teens are more likely to underestimate or not recognize dangerous driving conditions
  • 33% of high school students nationwide have texted or e-mailed while driving
  • 12% of distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents were teens ages 15-19
  • 13% of teens admit to texting while driving
  • 48% of kids ages 12-17 report being in a car when the driver was texting
  • 8% of high school students reported driving a car or other vehicle one or more times when they had been drinking alcohol
  • 33% of drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in car accidents had a BAC of .01 or higher and 28% had a BAC of .08 or higher
  • 70% of drivers who died in underage drinking and driving accidents didn’t use a seat belt

The statistics speak volume to the dangerous effects of negligent teenage driving. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a teen driver, contact an experienced Fairfield CA injury lawyer immediately.

Vicarious Liability

Anyone who causes an accident due to negligence is liable for themselves. Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine in California that creates liability for a person who did not actually cause the injury but who has a special relationship with the one who did. When parents sign their child’s driver’s license form, they are accepting financial responsibility for that minor. California requires that drivers and vehicle owners carry the following minimum monetary limits:

  • $15,000 for injury or death of 1 person per accident
  • $30,000 for injury or death of 2 or more persons per accident
  • $5,000 for any property damage per accident

If you’ve been injured due to a teenage driver’s negligent behavior on the road, contact a Fairfield CA injury lawyer and get legal representation immediately so you can get the compensation you deserve.

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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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DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT VICTIMS

Car Accident Lawyer in Fairfield Helps Drunk Driver Accident Victims

California has some of the harshest penalties for driving under the influence. If you’ve been a victim of a drunk driving accident, contact a car accident lawyer in Fairfield immediately for help. California law prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs because of the severe devastating and life changing injuries that can occur from drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving fatalities in California in 2015 was 867, which is 28% of all total traffic deaths, a 4.6% increase from the year prior.

Victims of drunk drivers, whether those who experienced a collision themselves or those who lost a family member due to a drunk driver, are entitled to compensation. It is infuriating that the carelessness and negligence of one person could completely change the course of so many lives. Because professional attorneys have dealt with these cases so many times, it’s best to contact one for the best help.

The value of your claim will usually depend on the nature and extent of the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. The more common types of damages you could seek compensation for are:

  • Medical expenses: emergency transportation and treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, cost of medication, medical equipment, etc.
  • Rehabilitation costs: physical therapy, chiropractic care, etc.
  • Lost income: if the injuries cause permanent disabilities that require removal from the work force, victims can seek compensation for lost of future income or loss of livelihood
  • Pain and suffering: the physical pain and mental suffering caused by the accident
  • Loss of consortium: the damages suffered by the spouse or partner of the injured victim

If the drunk driving crash resulted in a fatality, the family of the deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for the damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Our Lawyer Will Help Prove Liability

If you’ve been a victim of a drunk driving accident, you are not alone. Help is available so contact a car accident lawyer in Fairfield immediately. An experienced and local lawyer can help you start a civil case against a drunk driver and fight for the maximum compensation you need. A skilled lawyer will need to investigate the accident, gather and preserve evidence, and determine who should be held responsible for your injuries.

Sometimes proving liability is easy, but sometimes it isn’t which is why you need an attorney. The fact that the driver has already been convicted in court of having a blood alcohol content over the legal limit at the time of the event is extremely helpful in pursuing compensation. However, it is not enough to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Because some cases involve serious damages or fatal accidents with lack of insurance, you need a seasoned attorney who knows the best way to overcome these obstacles.

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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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PEDESTRIANS INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENTS

Car Accident Lawyer in Fairfield Helps Pedestrians Injured In Car Accidents

According to the DMV, nearly a quarter (22%) of all traffic fatalities in California are pedestrians. This is much higher than the national average, which is 13-14%. Perhaps this is because the state of California has many cities in which there is a high number of individuals walking every day and also a high necessity for car ownership as public transit is notoriously unsatisfactory. Because pedestrians are in such a vulnerable position while walking on the roads, it’s important you speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in Fairfield who can explain in depth what happens after an accident.

Unlike other drivers, pedestrians are very physically vulnerable when struck by a vehicle. They are not encased in a huge metal capsule and have neither airbags nor seat belts to protect them from physical damage in the case of a collision.

Pedestrians are also not as easily visible as a massive car. They have the ability to change direction and speed without much warning and don’t have convenient brake lights or turn signals to help others anticipate their behavior. Pedestrians also blend into a background and often walk in a way that goes against the flow of traffic in some way (such as crossing the street). This causes a lot of drivers not to be on the lookout or to not see a pedestrian when scanning the scene before them. Drivers have a responsibility to ensure safety for everyone on the road, including pedestrians. If you have been hit by a car and have suffered injuries because of it, speak with a car accident lawyer in Fairfield who can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Cars are legally obligated to yield to pedestrians in the state of California. There are specific right of way laws that apply to pedestrians. This includes:

  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing in unmarked crosswalks and intersections.
  • Pedestrians must exhibit due care for their safety, but drivers also must exhibit due care for the safety of pedestrians, such as by slowing down when approaching a pedestrian crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  • If there is a vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk to let a pedestrian cross, no other drivers may pass that stopped vehicle.

California law mandates anyone who has collided with another car, a pedestrian, or someone’s property to stop. The repercussions for not stopping, even if it wasn’t your fault, is serious. You could be charged with a hit and run and depending on the severity of damages, this could result in a fine, jail time, or both.

Furthermore, under California law, all parties are required to exchange pertinent information such as:

  • Names
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • The vehicle’s identification number
  • The name and address of the car’s owner
  • The name and address of their insurance company
  • The insurance policy number or some such evidence of financial responsibility

If possible, you should try to get as much information as possible that goes beyond the list mentioned above. Some other additional information that could help with your case is the name and badge number of the police officer(s) that arrived at the scene.

In the case of the collision of a vehicle with a pedestrian, the injuries can be very severe. If the driver was negligent, the victim is entitled to compensation. This can include:

  • Ambulance and ER bills
  • Hospital and other medical costs
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Permanent disabilities

It is important to collect and preserve whatever evidence is available after being hit by a car. Alway speak with a car accident lawyer in Fairfield and provide all evidence available. Any evidence that shows the fault of the driver may help you get the compensation you deserve.

TAKE PICTURES. If you can’t take pictures, draw a diagram of the scene – don’t forget skid marks. Try to be as accurate as possible. Take note of the weather and any other conditions, such as the time of day and how well-lit the area is. Take pictures of the scene, the car and your injuries.

Precisely record the time, date, and place of the accident. Try to estimate any details such as the speed of the car, whether you looked before you changed speed or direction, whether there was a crosswalk light or stop sign, etc. The sooner you write down your own report, the more accurate it is likely to be.

Get the names and contact information of any nearby witnesses. Ask them to stay to make a statement to the police. If they must leave, ask them to describe the incident and leave a contact number. If there are witnesses that don’t want to get involved or tell you their names, don’t push them. Just ask if they have any information, especially if it was a hit and run and they saw the other car.

If you or a loved one has been a pedestrian harmed or killed by a car, seeking legal advice from an experienced car accident lawyer in Fairfield as soon as possible is the best way to get the compensation you need and deserve.

Speak Now With A Car Accident Lawyer in Fairfield If You Are Hurt

Due to the physical surrounding, pedestrians are the most vulnerable on the road. Every driver has a responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone but when a driver is negligent, serious injuries can occur, leaving victims in severe pain and loss of hope. Our Car Accident Lawyer in Fairfield is here to help you during this difficult and painful time. Give us a call now for a 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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