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Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyer

Maison Law represents people who are hurt in Santa Barbara car accidents due to another driver’s mistake.

Our personal injury lawyers aggressively seek compensation for our clients from car insurance companies. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation for all local injury victims.

It’s a no-risk opportunity to find out what your injury may be worth and how to hold insurance companies fully responsible for recovery costs.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Car Accident Case?

A scary collision on a busy, curvy road like Alameda Padre Serra might leave you with some bumper damage and perhaps a few scratches and bruises. If your accident isn’t too serious, you may not need the help of a lawyer. But if a reckless driver leaves you with serious injuries like a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or an ankle fracture, it becomes much more important to have a Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyer on your side.

The higher your medical bills go, the more an auto insurer will fight to avoid having to pay those invoices. They can cast doubt on what a police accident report says and try to blame you. Your Maison Law lawyer is your defense against these unfair strategies. Your lawyer gathers all evidence and uses it to build a strong case that insurance adjusters can’t deny. Your lawyer then demands the most for your injury possible and rejects settlement offers that don’t meet your needs.

Santa Barbara Car Accident Claims Process

Santa Barbara Dangerous Intersections

For all that it has to offer, Santa Barbara’s roadways can be dangerous, especially when drivers are distracted, fail to stop or yield or are intoxicated. Highway 101 bisects Santa Barbara from the southeast to the northwest. By far, it leads Santa Barbara County in auto accident injuries and deaths. Some of the most dangerous intersections in and around Santa Barbara are Rt. 101 and Los Posadas Road, Rt. 101 and North Milpas Street, De La Guerra Street and Santa Barbara Street and Carrillo Street at Anacapa Street.  

Common Causes of Santa Barbara Car Accidents

Nearly all car accidents in and around Santa Barbara are caused by driver carelessness and negligence. That translates into simple driver error. Here are a few examples of driver error:

 

  • Speeding: Traveling at excessive speeds reduces the time and distance that a driver has to react to a hazard on the road ahead.
  • Distracted Driving: Talking on a cell phone, texting or using an infotainment center all distract a driver’s attention from the cognitive, manual and physical tasks involved in driving safely.
  • Drunk Driving: Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or otherwise impaired is one of the major causes of serious accidents, injuries and fatalities in Santa Barbara County.
  • Failure to Yield: Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way or otherwise disobey stop signs or traffic signals endanger the safety of everybody around them.
  • Drowsy or Fatigued Driving: As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving while drowsy or fatigued is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, there really isn’t any way of proving that the driver of a car who caused an accident was sleep deprived.

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Do’s and Don’ts After a Santa Barbara Accident

You may feel powerless and vulnerable in the moments after an accident. But there are things you can do on the scene and in the weeks that follow that can help you take command of the situation. You’ll be in a position to demand the maximum in compensation.

If you are forced into a collision on a Santa Barbara road, here are a few things you should try to do and a few things not to do:

DO’S

  • Contact the Santa Barbara Police or CHP: Even if the damage seems minor, you’ll want a police report filed. A collision report is one of the strongest pieces of evidence in your favor.
  • Call for an ambulance: If you or anyone else is hurt at all, you should have an ambulance respond to the scene. Have paramedics check out every pain. And even if you go to the emergency room, visit your own doctor in the days that follow and get all injuries documented.
  • Collect evidence: The best evidence often gets cleaned up and disappears once the scene is cleared. If your injuries will allow, take photos with your cell phone. Get photos of car damage and any visible injuries you have. Get contact info from witnesses. Exchange information with the other drivers unless an officer provides the information to you.
  • Alert your insurance agent: Call your insurance provider and let them know what happened on the day of your accident.

DON’TS

  • Don’t offer statements: Don’t talk about your injuries or who was to blame with the other drivers. When the at-fault driver’s car insurance company contacts you later, they’ll be asking for you to make a recorded statement about what happened. Decline and only offer basic information. They hope you’ll say something they can twist to hurt your case later. Let your attorney handle communications with insurance representatives.
  • Don’t post to social media: You may want to post an update on social media about your accident and that you are okay, but you should not jump on Facebook or Instagram. The opposing insurance company can also twist these posts to make it look like you weren’t hurt.
  • Don’t sign off on a settlement: Don’t sign any settlement that’s hastily offered. Have a skilled California car accident attorney check out any agreement you are thinking about signing. If you receive an offer quickly, it probably means the car insurance company knows your injuries are worth more and they want to get you to sign and accept less.

Compensation for Santa Barbara Car Accident Victims

After being injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, you are empowerd to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages.

Your lawyer will make sure every hardship you’ve endured is factored into your car accident settlement check.

These are just a few of the damages that will be included:

  • Payment of past and future medical bills.
  • Lost earnings or diminished earning capacity.
  • Support for the physical pain experienced.
  • Support for the emotional pain victims are left to cope with.
  • Any permanent disfigurement or disability.
  • Loss of a normal life.
  • Support for families who have lost a loved one in a car accident.

Contact a Santa Barbara Car Accident Lawyer

Contact Maison Law to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an actual Santa Barbara car accident lawyer. We want to hear what happened to you. We’re going to answer your questions and make sure you are fully aware of the insurance tactics you’ll face. These shady practices are meant to limit the money you receive. Avoiding these pitfalls will be key to earning what’s fair for your car accident injury claim.

Maison Law serves all victims in Santa Barbara County and makes sure they aren’t taken advantage of by insurance adjusters. We seek to win the maximum in compensation available for victims and their families. You also don’t need any upfront money to hire us. Maison Law doesn’t get paid unless we win your case for you. Then our fee comes out of the settlement a car insurance company must pay you.

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