For most Californians, driving is like breathing - a necessary function for sustaining life that we perform automatically. Driving, although necessary, is not without risks to life and health. If you, or someone you love, have been severely injured in a motor vehicle accident you will find the skills and experience you need in a Sacramento car accident lawyer at John M. O'Brien & Associates.
In 2013, California car accidents resulted in 3,000 fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, along with innumerable injuries requiring medical treatment, many of them catastrophic and life-altering.
No matter how carefully you drive, or how stringently you observe the law, you have no control over how others drive, and can be injured or killed through someone else's negligence or driving error. When you have been seriously injured or a member of your family has been killed in a California auto accident, your life may never be the same. You may be unable to work, to support your family, and to pay your bills. When your injury or loss was caused by another driver, you are struck by the unfairness and injustice of your suffering and that of your family being no fault of your own. Where is the justice?
When you need help and desire justice following a car accident in California and don't know where to turn, call Sacramento & Elk Grove-based personal injury attorney, John M. O'Brien, for the experienced legal representation that you require. Having the right lawyer working on your behalf is the best way to ensure that you recover compensation for you damages and hold the person responsible for your injury or loss accountable for the harm you've suffered due to their wrongdoing.
12 Steps to Take after a California Car Accident
The things you do (and don't do) can make a significant difference in your ability to recover a sufficient amount of compensation to reflect the full range of your economic and quality of life damages. Here are some tips on the steps you should take when you've been in an auto accident:
- Put on your flashers. If possible to do so safely, move your vehicle off the road.
- Check the condition of any passengers in your car, then in other vehicles involved.
- Call the police and ask to have an officer dispatched to the scene. If an ambulance is needed, let the dispatcher know.
- Get contact info, registration, and insurance info from owners, drivers, and passengers in all vehicles.
- Get contact info for any witnesses.
- Take photos of the accident scene. Include all vehicles, showing point of impact and damage to vehicles. If possible, include a photo of some geographic marker or street sign that will help identify the location.
- Do not discuss with anyone who was at fault for the accident or how it happened. Do not apologize for anything. A simple polite apology may be wrongly construed as an admission of fault.
- Do not indicate whether or not you've been injured. You might not realize immediately that you're hurt because adrenaline could be masking pain. Also, some injuries are not immediately apparent.
- Get medical help. You may need to go to the hospital in an ambulance; otherwise, get to an emergency room, urgent care clinic, or your own doctor. Keep all follow-up appointments. Your medical records are your means of documenting your injuries.
- Call John M. O'Brien & Associates and speak to an experienced Sacramento & Elk Grove car accident lawyer.
- Do not permit an insurance company representative to obtain a recorded or written statement from you. Do not sign anything for the other driver's insurance company. Do not provide authorizations for medical records unless directed by your attorney to do so. Always refer the insurance adjusters to your lawyer.
- Be honest about your injuries. Understand that the insurance company will likely hire an investigator to determine if you are suffering from the impairments you claim.
The Best Attorney for Your Car Accident Case
Choose a car accident lawyer in Sacramento who specializes in personal injury and wrongful death claims, not a general practice attorney. Why? Personal injury law is intricate. A lawyer who specializes in it has the skill, experience, and reputation with insurance companies that can maximize your recovery. Check the attorney's ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo. Choose a lawyer who is highly experienced and trustworthy. Attorney John M. O'Brien has the highest possible peer rating with Martindale-Hubble, 5/5 or AV Preeminent, and a perfect 10 (superb) Avvo rating.
At John M. O'Brien & Associates, we understand what you are going through, and we know how to help. We are a results-oriented law firm, committed to justice for each and every client we represent. We care about our clients and are always prompt in returning your phone calls and emails. We keep you in the loop at every stage of the process.
Free Consultation at the Law Firm of John M. O'Brien
"If we're contacted by someone who believes they have a claim, there will generally be phone discussions with Brenda or another member of our staff who will get the details of the incident and some of the client's personal information. At that point we will meet with the client for free, to offer a free consultation. We'll go over whether they need an attorney, some of the specifics of the case, and ultimately give them our advice on whether or not they should pursue certain claims and whether they should hire us to pursue those claims on their behalf."
You pay us nothing until your compensation check is issued, and if we don't win money for you, you owe us nothing. The time to file your claim is limited, so contact the Sacramento car accident attorneys at John M. O'Brien & Associates today to schedule a free case evaluation.
RECENT AUTO ACCIDENT VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
Mr. O'Brien obtained a policy limit settlement for a woman with a herniated disc that required surgery in an automobile accident case.
In May 2015, John M. O'Brien & Associates resolved a case for a man injured in a rear end auto accident. The client suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and the case resolved for $750,000.
John M. O'Brien & Associates tried a case in Butte County in July 2015 on behalf of a 26-year-old man who was injured in a broad side car accident. The client suffered a low back injury but the defendant’s insurer refused to tender its polic… Read more
In December 2015, John M. O'Brien & Associates settled a case against a well-known national lube, oil and filter franchise for elder abuse and negligence. Our client was a 93-year-old World War II Navy veteran and took his car to the Quick Lub… Read more
In February 2016, John M. O'Brien & Associates tried a case against a general contractor who installed a cement median on a busy city street in a commercial district without installing the required reflectors or warning signs and without ensur… Read more
In 2012, John M. O'Brien obtained a $430,000 jury verdict in Sacramento Superior Court on behalf of a 46-year-old woman injured in an auto accident. The case was tried to a jury before Judge Brian Van Camp. The plaintiff struck a car which was ma… Read more
Our client was a 19-year-old college student who suffered a severe hand injury when an ATV in which he was a passenger rolled over at an off-road terrain in Sacramento. The driver of the ATV was an inexperienced 18-year-old female friend who had n… Read more
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT THEIR CASES
My insurance wasn't really giving me any advice or anything. It was turning into a nightmare; I didn't know what to do. I called John and what caught my attention is that he was worried about me not about his fees; that's when I said this is the guy I am going with.
John held 2 cases for us where he could have settled or given up easily. He didn't. He kept working on it and achieved a maximum settlement for us. We were extremely pleased.
After the car accident, I had three bulging discs in my neck that were pressing on my spinal cord causing many problems. The insurance company was very defensive so I went online and found John O'Brien's website. I felt comfortable with the first call. They're very good and professional people.
I was riding my bike in 2013 and a car hit me. I had a compound fracture and I shattered my tibia in 10 spots. I was referred to John by a friend and he came to our house to meet with me... It really helped me to hire John to take care of all the legal [aspect of things] and to be my advocate.
In 2011 I was injured in a car accident...As I received medical treatment I had to pay for everything out of pocket and it was a hardship. A friend referred me to John. The consultation went really great and I felt confident with him handling my case... Mr. O'Brien was always available.
My wife suffered injuries in a car crash. Mr. O'Brien's and Mr. Zehnder's skilled courtroom presentation and remarkable negotiation skills overturned adverse circumstances. We recommend Mr. O'Brien.
I was stunned after a distracted driver rear-ended me. Thankfully, John O'Brien and his team worked efficiently and tirelessly, helping me cover the piling medical bills.
I lost my father because of a drunk driving accident. It was a difficult period, but John O'Brien and his colleague Grant Zehnder helped me obtain justice, closure, and compensation. Thank you!
John M. O'Brien & Associates expertly negotiated my car accident while I concentrated completely on health recovery. I wholeheartedly appreciate everything they have done for me.
Owing to Mr. O'Brien's and Mr. Zehnder's professional representation, I'm riding my motorcycle again after almost a year of recovery. I am very thankful I chose Mr. O'Brien.
My daughter was seriously injured by a car while walking across the crosswalk. We are grateful for the aggressive fight John O'Brien put up, helping us obtain higher compensation.
Mr. O'Brien's reliable and trustworthy services were more than I could have hoped for. The settlement he obtained for my accident was beyond expectations. My family and I greatly appreciate your help!
John M. O'Brien & Associates was recommended to me by a friend after I was involved in a car accident. Their patience, consideration and readiness to explain the process impressed me.
All we wanted after our car accident was to go back to normal. Mr. O'Brien understood and offered attentive and compassionate support. They presented our options but never pressured us.
If you suffer an injury resulting from any accident that may be the fault of someone else, I highly recommend you contact John O'Brien to represent you.
Just a note to say "thank you," you made us (finally) feel like we were important! Thanks again for all of your time and efforts. Please tell Kathy and Brenda the same!
Joan & Bob
You and your staff made this process go very smoothly. Also you went above and beyond and exceeded all expectations. I will definitely contact you for any future mishaps.
As I reflect back on the events of the past three years, I see what a huge part you have played in our lives and I am so grateful.
I recently had the pleasure of watching John O'Brien masterfully try a difficult personal injury case to a jury in Butte County. John represented a man who sustained a lumbar disc injury in a car accident.