Huntington Beach Personal Injury Attorney
Have you been injured in a Huntington Beach accident? If so, you may be able to recover monetary damages from the person who is responsible for causing the accident. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, we are dedicated to helping accident victims like you recover the compensation you deserve.
For over 38 years, our experienced Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys have successfully represented accident victims in personal injury lawsuits. Call us today to request a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you get the money you need after an accident.
Huntington Beach Office
We’re conveniently located at 17011 Beach Blvd #900, Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Traffic Accidents in Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach ranks as one of the most accident-prone cities in Orange County. According to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), drivers log more than 2.1 million miles on Huntington Beach roads every day. Heavily-traveled roads and congestion aggravated by a thriving tourist economy result in a staggering number of traffic accidents.
Injury-Causing and Fatal Accidents
Over the past few years, the number of accidents has remained fairly consistent:
- 2011: 1,510
- 2012: 1,439
- 2013: 1,224
- 2014: 1,460
- 2015: 1,491.
Types of Traffic Accidents
Accident statistics show that passenger cars are not the only type of vehicle involved in Huntington Beach accidents. In 2015, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians were frequently involved in serious crashes:
- Motorcyclists (94 crashes)
- Bicyclists (110 crashes), and
- Pedestrians (70 crashes).
Causes of Huntington Beach Traffic Accidents
While traffic accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, statistics show that certain causes are reported more frequently than others. Statistics show that a large number of the accidents in 2015 were caused by:
- Alcohol use (14 percent)
- Speeding and reckless driving (15 percent)
- Driving at night (8 percent), and
- Hit and run (5 percent).
Other frequently cited causes of Huntington Beach accidents include fatigued driving, distracted driving, dangerous road conditions, and limited visibility.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Did you know that the average cost of a bodily injury claim after a car accident is more than $15,000? Serious injuries, including those to the spinal cord, chest, and brain, can also generate tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you are like the majority of Americans, you do not have this kind of money saved away in case of an emergency. Filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover monetary damages from the at-fault party can help to mitigate the financial pressures you face.
Damages Available After an Accident
In California, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. The specific damages to which you are entitled will depend on the extent of your injuries and the seriousness of the accident.
Economic damages, which are also known as compensatory damages, help to compensate for the financial losses you have because of an accident. You must be able to provide documentation to support a claim for any present and reasonably calculable future costs you incur because of an accident.
Economic damages can include:
- Property damage
- Lost wages, and
Non-economic damages help to compensate for subjective and hard-to-value injuries you sustain because of an accident. These types of injuries do not have a specific monetary value, which is why awards can vary significantly from case-to-case.
Non-economic damages can include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
When Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have suffered an injury in a Huntington Beach accident you may be entitled to compensation. However, you only have a short window of time in which you can file a legal claim requesting damages. In most cases, you will have two years from the date of an accident to file a bodily injury claim. Failing to submit your claim before the statute of limitations expires will prevent you from getting the money you need and deserve.
The statute of limitations may be shorter or longer, depending on the underlying cause of your accident:
- Government liability (180 days)
- Medical malpractice ( 1 year of discovery or 3 years from date of incident, whichever is earlier)
- Birth injury (Injured child’s 8th birthday), and
- Workplace injury (30 days).
You can make sure that your personal injury claim for damages is filed within the applicable statute of limitations by contacting an attorney immediately after your accident. Call the Law Offices of John Rapillo for more information.
Why Should I Hire a Huntington Beach Personal Injury Attorney?
Hiring an attorney to handle your personal injury lawsuit is one of the best decisions you can make after a Huntington Beach accident.
1. You’re Injured
When you suffer a serious injury in an accident you should be able to focus entirely on your recovery. In the days, weeks, and months following your accident, you may be faced with extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Taking any amount of your time and energy away from your recovery can unnecessarily extend how long it takes to get better. Hiring an attorney to handle your case gives you the opportunity to focus solely on your recovery.
2. You’re Unfamiliar With Applicable Law and Procedure
When you decide to request compensation for your injuries after an accident, you commit to a legal process. Understanding which laws and procedures are relevant to your case will be important if you want to maximize the amount of compensation you are awarded. When you hire an attorney, you put your case in the hands of a professional who is intimately familiar with the legal process.
3. Insurance Companies Want to Limit Your Award
When another person is responsible for your injury, you will likely be going toe-to-toe with their insurance company. This company will do everything it can to limit the amount of compensation you get. The agents and attorneys who represent insurance companies know that you are probably overwhelmed and understand how to take advantage of the situation.
4. You Don’t Know What Your Claim is Worth
The insurance company investigating your accident will put a value on your injuries, harm, and suffering. How do you know if their assessment is accurate? The only way that you can make sure that your claim is properly valued is by hiring an attorney. At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case and consult with expert witnesses to assess the value of your case. Without an attorney, you’ll be forced to rely on the insurance company’s value, which will not be sufficient to cover the full cost of your injuries and harm.
Huntington Beach Personal Injury Practice Areas
At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you recover compensation for your accident-related injuries. We have over 35 years of combined experience handling all personal injury matters, and have successfully represented in clients in lawsuits for:
- Boating Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Dangerous Products
- Dog Bites
- Elder Abuse
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Other Injuries
- Wrongful Death, and more.
Call us today to find out how we can help you get the money you need after your Huntington Beach accident.
No Win, No Fee Attorneys
At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our attorneys offer their legal services on a contingency fee basis. We do not get paid unless we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. This structure allows you to dedicate all of your financial resources on your recovery. Contact us today to discuss our fee structure and learn more.
Call Huntington Beach Personal Injury Attorney John Rapillo Today
If another person’s negligence or wrongful actions have caused you to suffer an injury, call the Law Offices of John Rapillo for help. Our Huntington Beach personal injury lawyers have over 35 years of experience handling complex personal injury cases. During this time, we have recovered millions in compensation for our injured clients. We know how important a financial settlement can be during your recovery, so we will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim for damages, so do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today. We will review your case and answer any of the questions that you have.