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Car Accidents

How We Can Help People Involved in Public Transportation Accidents

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Injury attorney Trevor Quirk has recovered millions of dollars for his clients against public entities. He recently recovered 1.6 million dollars for a client who slipped and fell at a public school and 3.5 million dollars from a public entity on his clients’ behalf.

Being injured in an auto accident involving a type of public transportation can raise questions about liability and getting paid for damages. If you have been involved in this type of accident in Ventura County, our experienced public transportation accident lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm, LLP want to meet with you. Here’s how we can help you if you have been involved in a public transportation accident–

Investigating the Accident

We investigate the cause of a public transportation accident to determine who should be held liable for the accident and exactly what happened. This is true whether you were involved in a bus, train, taxi, limousine, trolley, cab accident, or an accident involving any other type of vehicle.

It is important that you contact us as soon as possible after your crash so that we can open the investigation while evidence is still intact. In addition to visiting the scene of the accident and gathering important data ourselves, we also hire experts, such as accident reconstruction experts, who can assist in building your claim.

Filing Your Claim

Filing a claim against a government entity after a public transportation accident, such as a city bus accident, has its challenges. For example, the time limit for filing your claim is different than it would be if you were filing a claim against a private party – when you file a claim against a public entity, you must do so with within six months from the date of your injury (see: How to File a Claim published by the state of California).

Negotiating Your Claim

It’s not just enough to make sure that your claim is filed on time and that you have the appropriate amount of evidence necessary to prove negligence and damages; you may also need to negotiate for a fair settlement amount. Claimants are not always offered the compensation that they deserve, in hopes that they will accept any offer that is made. Our Ventura personal injury law firm determines exactly how much your claim is worth and the extent of damages that you have suffered, and then advocates for you during the settlement process. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to take your claim to trial.

Contact Our Law Offices Today

Injury attorney Trevor Quirk knows how scary accidents can be. He also knows that filing a claim against a government entity after an accident involving public transportation can be intimidating. Throughout the entire process, he will competently guide you through how to file your claim and how to maximize your settlement amount. He has the experience and compassion for his clients that our claim deserves.

If you are injured in a public transportation accident in Ventura, Oxnard or any other surrounding area and want to learn more about your rights and options, please contact our law firm today. We are reachable online or by phone 805-650-7778, and a consultation with our lawyers is always free.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

What to Do if You Are Involved in a Parking Garage Auto Accident

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While the most tragic of accidents are often those that occur on major roads and highways when drivers are traveling at high speeds, accidents also occur in parking garages with frequency. While these accidents are often less severe than those that occur on roads, parking lot accidents can still cause damage to the vehicle and injuries. If you are involved in an auto accident in a parking garage in Ventura, California or surrounding areas, here’s what you need to do:

Gather Information About the Other Driver

You should ask the driver for all of their information, which you will need when filing an insurance claim. This includes the driver’s driver’s license number, vehicle registration information, insurance policy type and number, and the make and model of the car. You should also ask the driver for their name and contact information so that you can get in touch with them in the future.

Report the Accident to the Police

While parking garages are private property, you should still report the accident to the police, especially if damages are serious and absolutely if someone is injured in the event. A police report can serve as a valuable type of evidence when filing a claim at a later date.

Document What Happened

It is very important that you document as much as you can about the auto accident, including what happened, what you were doing at the time of the parking lot car wreck, and whether or not there were any witnesses to the accident. If there were witnesses, ask them for their names and contact information, and get a brief statement right then and there.

You should also record any immediate injuries that you suffer, as well as future injuries (i.e. pain that develops in a few days, an inability to lift your grocery bags because of pain, etc.).

Seek Medical Care

If you have been injured in the parking lot accident, you should seek medical care. Because cars are not often traveling at high speeds in parking garages, you may not have broken bones or sustained other obvious and acute injuries, but could have very well sustained a whiplash or other soft tissue injury type.

File a Claim and Contact an Attorney

If your vehicle is in need of repair, or if you have suffered injuries and need to be compensated, you should file a claim with the insurance company as soon as possible after the crash. While your insurance will likely cover some damages depending upon your policy type, California maintains an at-fault insurance system, which means that if the other driver was responsible for the accident, their insurance policy should pay for your losses.

If an insurance company denies your claim, if your injuries are severe, or if you feel that you have been offered less than you deserve, you should contact an experienced lawyer to represent you during the claims process. At the Quirk Law Firm, personal injury attorney Trevor Quirk will work diligently on your behalf to improve your chances of getting the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation: 805-650-7778.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

How To Deal With Insurance Companies After An Auto Accident

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It is imperative that your report your car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident to your insurance company as soon as you can after being involved in an auto accident. As soon as you report your accident, your insurance adjuster will open an insurance claim, which will include asking you dozens of questions about the crash. Here are some tips for dealing with your insurance company after being involved in an auto accident.

Stick to the Facts and the Basics

Your insurance adjuster will ask you to provide an account of what happened. First, do not agree to give a recorded statement unless you are being represented by a Ventura auto injury law firm. Second, when you do provide your account of what happened, stick to the facts and the basics; do not provide details that your insurance adjuster does not need to know. Make sure you answer questions honestly, and never exaggerate or hyperbolize. If you do not know the answer to a question, simply say that you do not know rather than making up an answer.

Do Not Admit Fault

You should never admit fault when dealing with an insurance adjuster. This includes saying things such as, “This would have never happened if I wouldn’t have…” or, “I’m sorry…” or, “I feel terrible about…” Even if you did contribute to the accident, this is information that should only be shared with your personal injury attorney.

Be Prepared to Reject a First Settlement Offer

It can be tempting to accept an initial settlement offer; after all, who doesn’t want to get the money they are owed and wipe their hands of the settlement process? However, accepting a first settlement offer is rarely in your best interests, as most insurance adjusters offer less than your claim is really worth the first go around. Make sure you show the offer to your attorney, who can advise you prior to accepting it. In most cases, you will want to reject the offer and negotiate for a higher amount.

Remember that even if the offer doesn’t seem fair, you should still be polite. Getting angry or treating an insurance adjuster with disrespect is never a smart move.

Hire a Ventura Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring a trial attorney who is ready to take your case to court if a settlement cannot be reached after an accident involving a motor vehicle is a smart idea. At the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, attorney Trevor Quirk and our accident lawyers in Ventura are prepared to fight for you. To learn more about how we can represent you when dealing with an insurance adjuster, contact us today online for a free consultation.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

Steps To Take If You’ve Been Hit By An Uninsured Motorist

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Quirk Law Firm specializes in making uninsured motorist car crash automobile insurance claims. Being injured by an uninsured motorist in Ventura is as frustrating as it is scary – following an auto accident like this, contact our uninsured motorist accident law firm located in Ventura. Here are some steps in dealing with an uninsured motorist:

Step 1: Check To See If You Have Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Your automobile insurance declaration page will tell you if you have uninsured motorist automobile insurance coverage. In this example, our client was hit by an insured motorist. Our client had a “50/100” Uninsured motorist coverage. That means our client could recover up to $50,000 per person or $100,000 per occurrence when he was hit by an uninsured motorist. Look at your automobile insurance policy’s declaration page to determine whether you have uninsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured Motorist Section Marked By Asterisks.

Uninsured Motorist Section Marked By Asterisks.

Even if you do not have uninsured motorist coverage listed on your insurance policy declaration page, Quirk Law Firm may find uninsured motorist coverage for you. Insurance companies must provide you a specific form deleting and/or be modifying your uninsured motorist coverage.

Step 2: Timely File An Uninsured Motorist Claim with Your Automobile Insurance Company

If you are hit by an uninsured motorist and you have uninsured motorist coverage, you should timely file a claim with your insurance company. Insurance Code Section 11580.2(i) provides a two-year statute of limitations for making claims for uninsured motorist benefits. This means within two years of your accident date, you must: (a) settle with your insurance company; (b) commence arbitration, or (c) sue the uninsured motorist and notify your insurance company.

While the state of California maintains that drivers who cause crashes should pay for them, and thereby requires all drivers to carry liability insurance, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company to help pay for your insurance even if you were not at fault. This is true if you have purchased uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, which is not mandatory in the state of California. This type of insurance will help to pay for your injuries and property damage when you are involved in an accident with a motorist who does not have or does not have enough insurance.

Step 3: File A Lawsuit Against The At-fault Driver

Another option for dealing with an uninsured motorist is to file a lawsuit directly against the motorist. If the driver and/or owner of the vehicle have assets or financial means, filing a lawsuit against an uninsured motorist and/or vehicle owner can be effective. However, in many cases, the reason the driver is uninsured is because he/she could not afford insurance. As such, pursuing a civil action against an uninsured driver and/or vehicle owner may prove futile because they may not have any money for you to reclaim.

In some cases, however, filing a lawsuit against an uninsured motorist and/or vehicle owner does make sense. Quirk Law Firm’s attorneys can help you determine whether a civil action is appropriate.

Contact The Accident Attorneys At The Quirk Law Firm Today

Car accident, truck accidents, and all other auto accidents leave victims with questions about their future and how they will pay for their expenses moving forward. When you are injured by an uninsured motorist, the answers to these questions may be elusive. Injury lawyer Trevor Quirk and our accident attorneys at the Quirk Law Firm want to help you recover the compensation that you are owed.

If you are injured in a crash, call our law offices today to begin the process of recovering compensation for your losses. Reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone 805-650-7778. Consultations are free.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

Rear-end car accident

$1,300,000 Verdict For Injured Woman Involved In Car Crash

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Victoria Sandoval, a 57-year-old woman, has recently been awarded $1.3 million in damages to compensate her for lost wages, medical bills, past pain and suffering, and future pain and suffering. Here is her story:

The Accident & Injuries

Ms. Sandoval was injured when she was acting as a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over and stopped to the side of the road. The vehicle she was in was rear-ended by a drunk driver. Initially thinking that her injuries were not serious, Sandoval returned to her home that night. A few days later, after she had developed pain from the accident, she sought hospital care. There, she was x-rayed, given pain medications, and discharged.

However, the pain did not subside, and so she followed up with a chiropractor for a few months. When pain continued to persist, she sought further medical care and eventually underwent an intensive neck surgery. Since that time, she has made a slow – but positive – recovery.

Liability for Injuries

Victoria Sandoval only speaks Spanish, limiting her abilities to negotiate with an insurance adjuster on her own and potentially limiting her understanding of the insurance claim system. It is no surprise, then, that the drunk driver’s liability insurance policy – which was held in an amount of $25,0000 – refused to pay Sandoval’s claim, asserting that she was not really injured.

The Quirk Law Firm, LLP Builds a Winning Case

Ms. Sandoval sought the services of our team at the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, where our Ventura abogados – or attorneys – helped her to build a winning case. Because the insurance company initially denied her claim, they are now on the hook for the entire amount. Today, Sandoval has been awarded: $200,000 for past medical bills; $50,000 for lost wages; $100,000 for past pain and suffering; and $750,000 for future pain and suffering.

If you need help with injury accidents, our talented attorney, Trevor Quirk, can help you. We are committed to providing injury victims with the legal services they need, and will never charge you upfront or request hourly pay. Your initial consultation with us is always free, so contact us today at (805) 650-7778 to get started! Se habla Espanol.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778