Orange County Car Accident Attorney

Being involved in an automobile accident can have devastating consequences for accident victims and their families. A reckless, negligent driver can cause painful physical injuries, overwhelming emotional distress, and substantial financial losses. For example, the Orange County car accident attorneys of Nordean Law fight to get you the compensation you deserve after a car wreck.
Fighting to prove that another party caused your car accident can be time-consuming, costly, and complicated. Instead, it would help if you focused on healing from your injuries.

Our legal team handles all aspects of your case as we fight to get you the maximum compensation available for your car accident claim. We have the skills, resources, and knowledge to effectively represent individuals like you who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents.
The insurance company for the at-fault driver has a team of professionals protecting it from liability. Therefore, you need the help of an experienced car accident lawyer in Orange County to protect your right to fair and just compensation.

Contact our office online or call 888-254-3222 to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer. Our law firm handles car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means if you don’t get compensated, we don’t get compensated.

Why Choose Nordean Law for Your Car Accident Claim in Orange County?

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Unfortunately, recovering money for a car accident is not as simple as filing an insurance claim and receiving a settlement check. However, most individuals do not know what to expect after a car accident in Orange County. 

Hiring an Orange County car accident lawyer means that you have someone working for you who understands how insurance companies operate and the California personal injury laws governing car accident claims. 

At Nordean Law, we have experience handling all types of car accident cases. Our lawyers at Orange County are experienced trial lawyers and aggressive negotiators. We never stop fighting for your best interests in a courtroom or during settlement negotiations. Our legal team answers your questions and concerns as we guide you through the personal injury claims process.

When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Investigate the car accident to determine the cause of the collision.
  • Gather evidence to prove that another party was responsible for causing the car accident.
  • Work with you and your physicians to document the extent of your injuries and damages.
  • File insurance claims and handle all communications with the insurance company.
  • Monitor deadlines to file lawsuits under the California statute of limitations.
  • Work with expert witnesses, including medical experts and accident reconstructionists, as necessary.
  • Develop a comprehensive settlement demand package and aggressively negotiation for maximum compensation. 
  • Prepare to argue your case at trial if the other parties refuse to negotiate a reasonable settlement amount for your claim.

Our car accident attorneys in Orange County never back down from a fight. We continue to pursue your car accident case until we exhaust every source of compensation for your damages. Call now to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers. Learn more about how Nordean Law can help you after a tragic car accident that injured you and your family members. 

HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY OF SATISFIED CLIENTS

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The best lawyer in the area! He and his team will take great care of you. They are very good with taking questions and answering them without lying to you. I will use Sam and his firm for any cases I might encounter. Highly recommend!!
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Sam Nordean is a great lawyer. He handled my case with the utmost professionalism. After taking my case, Nordean was always very straightfoward about all proceedings. He never sugarcoated things and was very honest. As the client, I appreciated that Sam Nordean would advise me about the proceedings but that my opinions and voice was also heard. Sam Nordean fought for me as the victim in my case and I was very happy with the outcome. Sam Nordean is a great lawyer and I would recommend him for anyone in need of a personal injury lawyer.
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My family and I were involved in an auto accident. I was referred to Sam Nordean through a good friend of mine who is a current client. That meant a lot to me. I called Sam immediately and he answered the phone. I thought, "Wow, an attorney who actually answers his phone". I explained to him what had happened and he and his Team immediately took over. They have already taken care of our property damage issue and are making sure we have the best medical treatment available. We still have a ways to go, but I know Sam is working hard for my family. And, when I call him he still picks up. Thank you Nordean Law
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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident Claim?

Some car accident cases may be settled without a lawyer. After reviewing your case, we provide an honest assessment of your legal options. If we believe you do not need our assistance, we will tell you and explain why.

However, most accident victims benefit from hiring a car accident lawyer in Orange County, CA. In fact, accident victims with attorneys often recover more than if they had not retained a lawyer to represent them. Here’s why.

Insurance companies have a team of investigators, claims adjusters, lawyers, and insurance professionals to protect the company’s best interest. Of course, the company’s best interest is to limit how much your car accident claim is worth. 

Going up against a team of seasoned, experienced, and aggressive professionals without an attorney could lose your car accident case. If you receive money for your claim, your amount could be far less than your damages are worth. 

It is always best to talk with our attorney about your case during a free case review. However, many factors could complicate a car accident case, making it much more challenging to obtain a fair settlement. 

However, situations that indicate you need to hire a lawyer for a car accident claim include, but are not limited to:

  • Car accidents involving catastrophic injuries and permanent impairments.
  • Cases involving government vehicles, commercial trucks, and multiple vehicles. 
  • Automobile accidents involve wrongful death or injury to a child or pregnant woman.
  • Car crashes might have been caused by defective automobile parties or hazardous road conditions.
  • Car accidents involving rideshare vehicles, such as Uber and Lyft
  • You are unsure what damages you can receive for a car accident claim or how much your accident claim is worth
  • The other driver does not have insurance coverage 
  • You are being blamed for contributing to the case of the traffic accident

Hiring Nordean Law to handle your car accident case evens the playing field against the insurance company and other parties. You benefit from the knowledge, resources, and skills of our years of practice as Orange County car accident attorneys. 

Remember, it does not cost you anything to meet with an attorney at Nordean Law to discuss your case. Take advantage of the free consultation to ensure that you protect your best interests and rights to fair compensation after a car accident. 

Common Types of Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that cause life-threatening conditions and permanent disabilities. For example, even a so-called “fender bender” could cause chronic neck and lower back pain that can plague you for life. For example, the most dangerous car accidents for vehicle occupants are rollover accidents and head-on collisions.

Common injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Spinal cord injuries, including partial or complete paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Damage to internal organs and loss of bodily functions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of limbs and amputations
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Whiplash 
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Wrongful death

Accident victims may sustain multiple injuries from an accident. Pedestrians and bicyclists have a high risk of multiple injuries from being struck and thrown by the vehicle’s impact. Car accident injuries can cause lifelong impairments requiring ongoing medical and personal care. 

Common Causes of Auto Accident Injuries 

Sadly, most car accidents in Orange County could have been avoided had drivers paid more attention to the road or made better driving decisions. Human error and negligence are the causes of most auto accident injuries.

Common causes of automobile accidents include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding and reckless driving 
  • Failing to yield the right of way and improper lane changes 
  • Distracted driving, including texting while driving and talking on a cell phone
  • Following too closely (tailgating)
  • Aggressive driving and road rage
  • Fatigued and drowsy driving
  • Failing to obey traffic laws 
  • Defective airbags and other automobile parts
  • Intersection of vehicles
  • SUV rollover
  • Hit-and-Run
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear end collisions
  • Side impact collisions

Defective Airbags

Defective airbags encompass airbags that are defective by design, defective during the manufacture, or external damage that has caused damage. An airbag is defective by design when it doesn’t properly deploy and fails to protect the driver or passenger from injury. Manufacture defects can include improper use of materials, like inflammable ammonium nitrate as the propellant. Defects in the sensor of the airbags also come under this category when the system fails to sense the accident and the airbag is not deployed on time. 

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving refers to driving a vehicle after an individual has consumed alcohol and the blood alcohol content (BAC) level is 0.08% or more. Alcohol, depending on the level of consumption, can have mild to severe effects on the body’s regular functions. It results in failing to coordinate hand and eye movements and a slower reaction to the immediate situations a driver must react to on the road. Drinking also leads to memory loss or loss of control over consciousness, resulting in severe hazards or accidents. 

Intersection

Intersection accident refers to accidents caused when two vehicles or a vehicle and pedestrian strike each other suddenly. This includes head-on collisions when two vehicles crash headfirst. Rear-end collision is another type of intersection accident when one vehicle crashes with the vehicle in front of it. T-crashes occur when a vehicle driving straight is hit from the side by another vehicle. Intersection accidents are common on roads with a lesser speed limit or turning roads. 

SUV Rollover

SUV rollover is when a vehicle meets an accident that causes it to fall on its side or roof. SUV (Sport Utility Vehicles) is narrower in width, taller in height, and the weight of its top-part heavier. This results in the top part holding more center of gravity, directly affecting the balance. When an external force is applied, there are more chances for the vehicle to land where the higher center of gravity lies. SUV rollover is a common accident, especially on highways and turnings, as the type of cars used by many Americans.

Hit and Run

Hit and Run is a serious traffic offense when a vehicle meets into an accident with another vehicle, pedestrian, or animal. Instead of stopping to observe and react to the situation, they drive away. During such cases, the driver decides to take off the accident scene without addressing the other vechile/s. In case of injuries during a hit and run, the driver fails to help the victim with their injury, doesn’t call for help, and shares contact and insurance details that cover the damages if they are at fault. 

Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving are sending messages using a mobile phone while driving. It is a form of distracted driving, extremely dangerous, and is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When an individual is texting while driving, they divert their attention in three ways, manually, visually, and cognitively. They are moving one of the hands from the steering wheel to hold the phone and text, taking their eyes off the road to look at the phone, and putting their attention to the text rather than the road and the traffic. 

Head-on Collisions

Head-on Collision refers to the crashing of two vehicles facing and driving toward each other. It is when two cars are driving towards each other and crash by hitting each other. There can be many causes of a head-on collision. In most cases, head-on collisions occur when a driver drives on the wrong side of the road. Brake or system damage can result in failure to prevent the accident, while drunk driving and distracted driving can lead to head-on collisions. 

Rear-end Collision

Rear-end Collision occurs when the front bumper of a vehicle hits the back (rear-end) of another vehicle in front of it. It happens when the vehicle in the back comes at a higher speed and fails to slow down or stop. Sudden vehicle stopping in the front can also lead to rear-end collisions. One of the most common causes of this type of collision is the driver’s negligence which can include distraction, speeding, drunk driving, intoxicated driving, etc. 

Side Impact Collision

Side Impact Collision refers to a vehicle accident when the front of another vehicle hits the side of a vehicle. It is also called T-bone collision as the shape T is formed. It especially occurs in T or plus shape roads where vehicles fail to see the other one coming. The causes can be negligence, system failure, speeding, or distracted driving. Side Impact Collisions are more dangerous as the impact is made much closer to the driver or the passenger seated in the car that has been hit. This can cause more severe injuries depending on the car’s size and the impact’s force. 

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a criminal offense when an individual is driving a vehicle dismissing the safety of the pedestrians or the vehicles around it. It is defined as a driver who disregards the consequences and intentionally breaks traffic rules on the road. Excessive speeding, passing through red lights or stop signs, drunk driving, texting, driving, street racing, and careless overtaking are some of the practices that come under reckless driving. 

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving intentionally breaks traffic rules where a driver disregards another’s safety. Intentional aggressive driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor that can result in jail time. Aggressive driving can include speeding, careless overtaking, passing red lights, misuse of brakes and horns, reckless driving, changing lanes, evading law enforcement vehicles, using a weapon, and many more. 

Unsafe Lane Changes

When a driver changes lanes on a busy road where vehicles constantly pass, which leads to an accident, this is termed unsafe lane change. It occurs when the driver is unaware or fails to attempt to look at any close by car approaching. Accidents during unsafe lane changes occur when there is a sudden lane change, and the other vehicle doesn’t get a chance to react, hit the brake, or slow down before crashing. Speeding can also lead to accidents when a speeding vehicle strikes a vehicle, changing lanes. 

Speeding

Speeding refers to the act of exceeding the speed limit on the road. It is one of the most common causes of road accidents. When a vehicle is speeding because of its inconsistency with the speed of other vehicles on the road, there is a high chance of crashing with another vehicle and possibly injuring another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Therefore, defying the speed limit on a road puts the vehicle, the driver, and the passenger at risk, all while putting other vehicles at equal risk and damage. 

Tire Blowout

The bursting of a moving vehicle tire is called a tire blowout. It is when the air pressure escapes from the tire leading to a flat tire and disturbance in the driving. External factors can cause a tire to blow out, like the sudden impact of a sharp object. Being overweight and overpressure in the vehicle can also cause a tire to blow. A flat tire leads to imbalance and can lead to an accident. When a tire blows out, no proper inflation flexes result in overheating the rubber tube and causing sparking that can lead to additional risks. 

Tailgating

Tailgating is a careless driving offense when driving too close to the vehicle in the front. If the minimum required distance is not maintained between two vehicles in line, there are many risks of accidents. For instance, if the vehicle in the front suddenly hits the brake or there is an accident at the scene, it is most likely that the vehicle that is tailgating is likely to crash with the vehicle in the front. The most common cause of tailgating is when a driver aggressively tries to prevent another vehicle from overtaking and entering the middle.

Identifying all contributing factors to a car accident is essential. Only parties who contributed to the cause of the car accident can be held financially liable for your injuries and damages. For that reason, our Orange County car accident lawyer investigates every aspect of the collision to identify all parties who could be liable for your damages. 

California Car Accident Laws & Regulation

Hiring our car accident attorney in Orange County means that you do not need to worry about knowing the Orange County car accident laws and regulations. In addition, many California statutes protect your right as an accident victim to compensation for damages.

However, some laws could work against you. When you hire Nordean Law to handle your case, we walk you through each step of the car accident claims process. We take the legal aspects of your case for you. Some of the key car accident laws and regulations that could impact your personal injury claim include:

Deadlines for Filing Claims

California’s statute of limitations restricts the time you have to file a car accident lawsuit. However, there are exceptions that many people may not understand. For example, your time to file a claim involving a government entity could be as short as just a few months. But, on the other hand, a few laws extend the time to file a lawsuit.

Our Orange County car accident attorney calculates the deadlines for filing claims and lawsuits. We monitor those deadlines carefully.

Requirements for Proving Liability

Negligence is the basis for most car accident cases. You have the burden of proving the legal elements of a negligence claim to recover money for your damages. Proving negligence requires you to prove by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care
  • That party breached the duty of care
  • The breach of duty was the proximate and direct cause of your injuries
  • You sustained damages and harm because of the breach of duty

You may deal with sovereign immunity and vicarious liability in cases involving a government entity or an employee driving for work, which can be tricky legal arguments. The legal elements of product liability could also be a factor in cases involving defective car tires or auto parts.

Comparative Fault Laws

California adopted a pure comparative fault standard for personal injury cases. Therefore, you could be primarily at fault for the cause of your car accident and still receive partial compensation for your damages. Never assume you cannot recover money for a car accident claim without speaking with a car accident attorney in Orange County.

What To Do After Car Accident in Orange County, CA? 

The steps you take after a car accident can impact the outcome of your personal injury case. If you are involved in a car accident in Orange County, these steps can help you protect your rights in a personal injury claim:

  1. Contact the Police 

The quickest way to report a car accident and get help is to call 911. Give the emergency operator your location and request emergency medical services for injured victims. Check on accident victims, but do not discuss the cause of the crash or admit fault.

  1. Obtain Contact Information and Gather Evidence

If it is safe to do so, take photographs of the accident scene, including the locations of the cars, vehicle damage, and the surrounding area. Ask bystanders and witnesses for their names and contact information because they could leave before police officers arrive. It can also help to make a video of the accident scene with your cell phone.

  1. Seek Immediate Medical Treatment 

If you do not believe you need to go to the emergency room, it is better to state that you will follow up with your family doctor than to make comments saying you are fine, okay, or not injured. As soon as possible, seek medical care. Delays in medical treatment may hurt your case. 

  1. Avoid Insurance Adjusters and Claims Representatives 

Speaking to insurance companies and claims adjusters without consulting an attorney can be risky. The statements you make could be used to allege comparative fault or other defenses. 

  1. Begin a Car Accident Folder

Begin placing copies of all documents you receive related to the car crash and your injuries in an envelope. Keep receipts for all expenses related to the accident. It can also help to begin a journal with details about your injuries, pain, and recovery. 

  1. Contact Nordean Law 

As soon as possible, reach out to our law firm to discuss your case with an experienced Orange County car accident attorney. The sooner we begin working on your case, the better chance we have of preserving evidence before it is lost or destroyed.

How Does the Investigation Process Work?

Each car accident case is unique. However, several steps are common in most car accident cases:

  • Initial accident investigation to determine fault
  • Identify parties contributing to the cause of the accident
  • Verify insurance coverage and file notices of claims
  • Continue gathering evidence, including consulting with expert witnesses when necessary
  • Complete medical treatment for accident injuries and obtain a medical opinion regarding any permanent impairments
  • Document damages and calculate the value of your damages
  • Prepare a settlement demand letter to send to the insurance provider
  • Accept a settlement offer or negotiate for a higher settlement amount
  • Sign the settlement agreement and disburse the settlement proceeds OR file a lawsuit and proceed to court

Most car accident cases settle without filing a lawsuit. The good news is that many insurance companies are willing to settle claims for fair amounts when they see that the accident victim is represented by an experienced car accident lawyer in Orange County.

How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?

As a car accident victim, you can recover compensation for several damages. Damages that you might receive for a car accident claim include:

Economic Damages

Economic damages or financial losses may include:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Personal and nursing care
  • Physical, occupational, and other types of therapy
  • Loss of income, wages, and benefits
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

If you sustained a permanent impairment, you could also receive compensation for future medical care, long-term nursing care, lost wages, and reductions in earning potential.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages compensate you for “pain and suffering” caused by a car crash. These damages include:

  • Physical suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Emotional suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent impairments and disabilities

Having an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer handle your case can improve your chance of receiving fair compensation for non-economic damages. Insurance companies often downplay these damages and significantly undervalue pain and suffering damages when the person does not have legal counsel to argue for higher amounts.

Punitive Damages

The court awards punitive damages in just a few car accident cases. These damages “punish” the defendant for gross negligence and deter others from committing similar behavior. An example of a case that might justify punitive damages would be a case involving a drunk driving accident

Contact a Top-Rated Orange County Car Accident Lawyer Today

At Nordean Law, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for each client. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, but we can guarantee that our legal team gives their all to get you the most money possible for your car accident claim. 

Do not allow the insurance company to convince you that you do not need to hire an Orange County car accident lawyer. The insurance company only cares about protecting its interests by paying you as little as possible for your car accident claim. 

Before you speak with an insurance adjuster, sign insurance forms, or accept a car accident settlement offer, call 888-254-3222 to schedule a free case evaluation. We care about what happened to you and your family. Let us get justice for you from the negligent party who caused your car accident. 

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CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER NEAR ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Hiring the right Car Accident Attorney will make a huge positive difference in this unfortunate and difficult part of your life. You can spend countless hours at the Orange County Courthouse trying to piece together what you need to do next on your own. By not hiring an attorney, you are throwing countless hours out the window, you will also get on average 40% less when the settlement finally comes around, which will happen much faster with professional help.

It’s free to talk with us, please reach out if you have any questions or would like an estimate of what you could be owed. In California, you have up to two years to file a claim and sue for compensation. If you wish to take this court journey alone, Orange County Courthouse is located at 700 W Civic Center Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

If you want to take professional help, our Car Accident Lawyer in Orange County will be more than happy to help you.
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Orange County Car Accident FAQs

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful event. It is easy to become overwhelmed and confused about the next steps. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about car accidents as a quick reference after an Orange County car accident. 

We suggest consulting with an Orange County car accident lawyer, no matter the severity of the accident. Minor car accidents may not require the assistance of a lawyer’s representation. Still, you must keep them in contact for expert advice and ensure all procedures are followed. Running all the paperwork down with them and keeping them  in the loop between you and the defendant’s insurance company’s conversation will prevent the chances of being mistreated. 

Do not admit fault for a car accident. You could be confused or stunned in the aftermath of a car accident. Instead, talk with a car accident lawyer immediately. Insurance companies like to shift the blame to the victim to save money, even if the victim is not at fault for the crash. 

 

Even if you are partially to blame for the cause of the car wreck, you might still receive money for your injuries. Under California’s pure comparative fault law, you could receive compensation for 70 percent of your damages, even though you were 30 percent at fault for the crash. Allow our legal team to investigate the accident before you admit fault. 

You should be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs. You should also be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering damages, including physical pain and emotional suffering. 

It is best not to provide written or record statements or answer questions about the car accident until you speak with our Orange County car accident lawyer. The insurance company is searching for evidence it can use to deny your claim or lower the value of your damages. Tell the company you will have your lawyer call them back, and then contact our office to talk with a personal injury lawyer in Orange County.

Most car accident lawsuits must be filed within two years from the accident date, though there could be exceptions. Therefore, it is best to call our office as soon as possible to determine the deadline for filing your claim. Also, car accident investigations could take several months to complete. 

Yes, you must call the police after a Car Accident in Orange County. The Vehicle Code CVC § 20008 in California states that every accident that involves an injury should be reported to the police within 24 hours. Any witnesses or involved party must make the call as per the law. If you were taken to the hospital for immediate treatment, we suggest you call the police after your injuries have been taken care of to ensure that the accident has been reported. 

When filing a lawsuit, you must work with an Orange County car accident lawyer to gather evidence and investigate the accident. If you are injured in an accident, you are the ‘plaintiff,’ and you must fill out three forms to the court; a Complaint, a Summons, and a Civil Coversheet. 

 

In the Complaint, you must state all the necessary details and facts about the accident. In the Summons, you will inform the defendant about the lawsuit with a copy of the Complaint. They are then required to admit or deny the claim, while the Civil Coversheet mentions the type of the lawsuit. Once the forms are filled and submitted, you have filed your car accident lawsuit. You will soon receive the trial dates.

For car accidents, according to the statute of limitation in California, the deadline for filing a lawsuit for personal injury is 2 years from the date of the accident. If the injury was discovered later, the deadline is within 1 year of the date of discovery. Similarly, the statute of limitation for property damage is 3 years from the accident date. 

It may take a couple of weeks to six months to resolve your personal injury case with the defendant’s insurance company depending on the severity of the accident. If your case goes to trial, the date will be set from six months to two years after filing the lawsuit.

When looking for the right Orange County car accident lawyer, the most important aspect to look into is their past experience. In your first couple consultation with a lawyer, ask them for references from their previous clients. Based on it, you can better understand their history and reputation in winning cases. Their experience and past cases will speak for themselves, and you will understand whether their approach fits well with your case or not. 

 

Another aspect is to examine how well they communicate. A good lawyer will deeply engage in your conversation to be closer to it and stand up for you. They will ensure clear understanding and communication to avoid any gap in the case. 

When proving negligence in an Orange County car accident, the most reliable evidence is CCTV video of the accident as it eliminates any surrounding possibility, and you know for sure that it was the other driver. Similarly, witness testimonies can also play a vital role in determining whether the driver was negligent. Experts can analyze certain unusual behavior of the car in an accident or the way of driving to determine the cause behind it. 

 

Past traffic convictions or criminal offenses can also prove that the defendant may have had a pattern of being involved in such accidents. Similarly, your injury can also help determine what part of the accident caused it and how it may have happened. 

Yes, an Orange County car accident lawyer can help you claim compensation for the economic damages caused by the accident, like the medical expenses, lost wages, etc. According to the ‘No pay no play’ law in California, if you don’t have car insurance, you aren’t liable for the non-economic damages caused by the accident, i.e., the compensation for your pain and suffering.

Yes, an Orange County car accident lawyer can still help you if the other driver is uninsured, as you are still liable to receive compensation to cover all damages done by them. As a part or full defendant, the other driver must pay for it out of their pocket since they don’t have insurance to cover it.

Yes, you have the legal right to claim a certain amount of compensation if you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident. Your car accident in Orange County will help you gather solid evidence like videos, photos, CCTV footage, and witnesses of the accident. Hit-and-run is considered a felony in California if the other party is injured. 

In Orange County the average settlement amount for minor injuries is $15,000 to $25,000, and for severe injuries is $50,000 to $70,000. The amount depends on the accident, the sharing of faults, and the injury's severity. An Orange County car accident lawyer will help you calculate a deserving compensation after reviewing the facts of your case. 

We understand that a car accident can result in significant financial hardships. Therefore, at Nordean Law, we try to make it affordable to obtain legal advice and hire a car accident lawyer in Orange County. Your initial consultation is free of charge. It costs nothing to meet with our Orange County car accident attorney to obtain legal advice. Your consultation is confidential, and you are under no obligation to hire our law firm after meeting with our attorney.

 

We handle car accident cases on a contingency basis. You do not pay a retainer fee or upfront attorney fees to hire us. We deduct our attorney’s fees from your settlement or jury verdict. Therefore, if we do not recover any money for your car accident claim, you do not owe us any attorney’s fees. Have you been injured in a car accident? We want to help. Call 888-254-3222 now to speak with a member of our legal team. 

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