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Bakersfield Car Accident Attorneys

Driving a vehicle along California’s scenic highways can be an enjoyable experience, but it can also be risky, even for experienced drivers. Car accidents can happen anywhere. From cities to small towns, negligent drivers are everywhere, often causing serious and even fatal crashes.

In 2019, there were 39 fatalities caused by car accidents in Bakersfield. Several major roadways in the area may contribute to these accidents. State Route 99 and State Route 58 are the two major freeways that traverse Bakersfield and the surrounding areas. There are also thousands of miles of surface streets that lead to unincorporated locations around Bakersfield, including Lamont, Glennville, and Pumpkin Center.

A car accident can be a stressful situation. If you were seriously injured, you may be concerned about medical expenses. You may have to take time off work, and you may be worried about the status of your job. If your vehicle was totaled, how will you get a replacement? An experienced Bakersfield car accident attorney from Dordulian Law Group can provide the guidance you need and help answer any questions you may have following an unfortunate automobile collision.

Car crashes often involve a variety of damages. As such, they can be highly complex legal matters. You want to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve, but how?

Your best bet is to seek legal help right away. The team at Dordulian Law Group is highly skilled at helping car accident victims financially recover from serious accidents. We will assess your case and help you get the maximum financial compensation for your damages. Our caring attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to discuss your case. We will diligently answer your questions and put your mind at ease. You never have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses or hidden fees, and you pay nothing until we win your case and recover financial compensation on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with a Bakersfield car accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group today.

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Causes of Car Accidents

Car crashes can occur in a variety of ways. Some common examples include:

  • Distracted driving. Distractions are a major cause of car accidents. You may think that you can multitask while driving, but the brain can actually only focus on one task at a time. Always focus on what’s on the road instead of texting, reading, or eating.
  • Drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated is not only unsafe, it’s illegal. Motorists know this, but many unfortunately continue to drink and drive. Alcohol affects judgment and slows down coordination, making it difficult to drive safely and avoid accidents.
  • Not following traffic signals. Stop signs and traffic signals are in place for a reason. They help direct traffic and avoid serious crashes. When drivers fail to stop at traffic signals (or recklessly pass other vehicles) they can cause serious accidents.
  • Reckless/aggressive driving. Motorists have a duty to drive safely at all times. When they disregard the safety of others by switching lanes frequently, speeding, failing to yield, or engaging in other dangerous actions, fatal crashes can occur.
  • Fatigue. It’s not safe to drive while overly tired. In fact, driving while fatigued is equivalent to driving while intoxicated. Extreme tiredness can make it hard to slow down and react quickly to hazards in the road. In these situations, it is best to pull over and rest.
  • Weather conditions. Rain, ice, and snow can cause slippery roads, which can result in your tires to losing traction. This can cause your car to slide off the road. Fog and wind can also make it difficult to drive safely due to visibility concerns. When inclement weather produces hazardous driving conditions, make every effort to stay home if possible.
  • Road conditions. Potholes, unsafe shoulders, overgrown vegetation, and poorly maintained roads can be hazardous to vehicles. Such scenarios can easily cause a driver to lose control and crash.
  • Vehicle defects. The average vehicle is comprised of thousands of parts, all of which need to be working properly. When a part suddenly fails due to a manufacturer defect, it can cause the vehicle to malfunction. The driver may be unable to steer or brake, or the engine could fail, causing a breakdown or accident.
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Common Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents

A car accident can result in a variety of injuries. The severity of those injuries can depend on factors such as the type of accident and speed at which the collision occurred. Some common injuries include the following:

  • Whiplash. When a person thinks of car accident injuries, whiplash is often the first that comes to mind. Whiplash occurs when the impact of a crash causes your body, particularly the neck and head, to move quickly. This back-and-forth motion (like cracking a whip), which is often caused by rear-end accidents, can strain the muscles and ligaments in the neck area. Whiplash can be very painful and take a long time to heal.
  • Head injuries. The impact of a crash can cause you to hit your head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. This can lead to brain damage and you can suffer from further complications if you do not seek medical attention. If you think you may have a head injury, undergoing an immediate medical examination is strongly recommended. Any damage to the brain can affect the entire body and cause major issues, such as headaches and sleep problems.
  • Knee injuries. The impact of a car crash can cause you to hit your knees on the steering wheel or dashboard. This can result in damage to your knee ligaments and kneecap. These injuries can be painful and difficult to treat. Surgery may be required, and you may need to use braces or crutches.
  • Broken bones. Direct and intense pressure from a car crash can cause bones to break anywhere in your body. Broken arms, legs, and ribs are the most common. Broken bones can be painful and cause mobility issues. They can also take months to heal.
  • Internal bleeding. Injuries are not always immediately apparent. You may be suffering from internal injuries and not even know it. However, if you do not seek immediate treatment for such injuries, your life may be at risk. If you suffer from stomach pain after an accident or think something may be wrong internally, don’t hesitate to visit the ER right away.
  • Emotional/mental injuries. Emotional and mental injuries are also injuries that cannot be seen, but can be extremely serious. A person may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a serious car accident. This can cause anxiety and depression. A car accident victim may no longer feel comfortable being in a vehicle, which can affect their daily routine. Therapy can help alleviate such fears and help you resume a normal life after enduring a Bakersfield car crash.

What Damages Can I Claim in a Bakersfield Car Accident?

What Damages Can I Claim in a Bakersfield Car Accident?

A car crash can result in a variety of compensable damages for an injured victim. In addition to the injuries listed above, car accident victims may claim other types of damages, depending on the severity of the accident. Contact a Bakersfield car accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group to file a personal injury claim and learn more about the amount of compensation you are eligible to recover.

There are two main types of damages: special damages and general damages. Special damages are damages that can be calculated and are specific to your situation. They can include the following:

  • Medical expenses, both past and future
  • Vehicle repair or replacement
  • Lost wages and earning capacity

General damages are damages that cannot be quantified. They are harder to calculate, but you can still receive compensation for them. They can include the following:

  • Pain and suffering, both past and future
  • Physical impairment, such as disability, amputation, blindness, or hearing loss
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, such as an inability to engage in hobbies and other favorite activities
  • Emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD

In rare cases, you may also be able to receive punitive damages. Punitive damages are assessed to punish the liable party for extremely reckless or deliberate behavior. These damages can be hard to obtain, but the team at Dordulian Law Group can help if your case qualifies.

If your Bakersfield car accident led to a fatality, you may also file a wrongful death claim against the liable party. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering that the victim endured before death. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for damages such as funeral expenses, loss of companionship, grief, loss of consortium, and loss of household services. An experienced Bakersfield car accident attorney from Dordulian Law Group can assess your case and help you understand what types of compensation you are entitled to receive.

How to Find the Best Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyer

How to Find the Best Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyer

Finding the right car accident lawyer can be a challenge. Open a phone book or search online and you’ll literally find hundreds of options in your area. How do you choose the right lawyer to handle your Bakersfield car accident case? Here are some things to look for as you search for the best lawyer to handle your claim.

  • Experience and knowledge. While every car accident is unique, you do want to choose an attorney who has several years of experience handling car accident claims similar to yours and understands the claims process. The Bakersfield car accident lawyer you choose should be knowledgeable of local laws as well as other factors that will affect your case, such as statutes of limitations and the forms of compensation you are eligible to receive.
  • Communication. Good communication is essential in a car accident case. Your lawyer should keep you regularly apprised of your case and respond quickly to questions. You shouldn’t have to spend hours trying to speak with a member of your legal team. That is never an issue with Dordulian Law Group, as our Bakersfield car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to address your concerns.
  • Good rapport. Even if you feel a lawyer is qualified to take on your case, you should also feel comfortable communicating with him or her, and find them genuine and trustworthy. What kind of lawyer meets all of your qualifications? Do you want someone who is friendly and funny, or do you prefer someone who is serious and gets down to business? If you don’t feel comfortable around a particular lawyer, it is probably in your best interest to look elsewhere. You should feel comfortable providing all relevant information and evidence pertaining to your case. Open and honest communication will help ensure the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome to your claim. Be sure to find a lawyer you trust.

Is Dordulian Law Group the right choice for you? Our countless satisfied clients, 98% success rate, and track record of recovering over $100 million in verdicts and settlements is part of our unique advantage. We combine personalized care and support with resources and results. We are available 24/7 and treat every client like a member of our extended family. Contact us today and schedule a free consultation to see how we can help you with your Bakersfield car accident case.

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Contact a DLG Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a Bakersfield car accident, your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. The next step is to contact an experienced car accident attorney from Dordulian Law Group. Proving fault in car accidents can be difficult without the assistance of a dedicated DLG attorney. You want to make sure you are fully compensated for all your damages, and DLG will fight to recover the maximum possible financial compensation. The right legal representation can be a the key to achieving a full recovery during this difficult time.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? If so, contact Dordulian Law Group today. We have recovered over $100 million for injured victims like you, along with more than 40 years of combined experience. Our experience in representing clients who have been injured in Bakersfield car accidents is unparalleled. We are available 24/7 to help you with your legal needs.

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