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There are many San Bernardino car accident attorneys from which to choose after an accident. It is important to hire a skilled lawyer who has experience handling your type of claim. Remember, you are entrusting this person with your important legal rights, so you want to pick a lawyer who you can trust. Our experienced team has decades of experience fighting for injury victims all across California.

Our San Bernardino car accident attorneys are here to help you understand what will happen at every stage of your case. Learn more about California accident statistics, what to do after a collision, common car crash injuries, and how our experienced San Bernardino car accident attorneys will protect your rights to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

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Our client was stopped at a two-way stop sign before proceeding into an intersection where he was struck by a police cruiser traveling 70 mph, resulting in serious injuries.
–  ARASH KHORSANDI

Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in San Bernardino, CA

You might not realize just how many lives are impacted by San Bernardino car accidents. San Bernardino County reports that over sixteen thousand people were either injured or killed in collisions in 2019. In addition to these victims, accidents affect their family members, friends, and employers.

Traffic accidents place a burden on the police officers and emergency medical technicians who respond to them – as well as the medical providers who care for accident victims. They can even increase government costs for the prosecutors who must file criminal charges in cases of drunk, impaired, or reckless driving – as well as the DMV workers who must deal with a license suspension. The effects of a car accident ripple throughout a community and cost millions of dollars in all kinds of unexpected places.

Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics in San Bernardino, CA

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 3,606 fatalities on the roads of California in 2019. Thousands more were injured. About half of all drivers who were killed in a fatal accident tested positive for legal or illegal drugs. This shows a strong correlation between impaired driving and road deaths.

Meanwhile, NHTSA estimates that nearly nine thousand people died in traffic accidents across the U.S. in just the first three months of 2021. This was more than ten percent higher than the number of traffic fatalities during the same period of 2020. Even as the number of miles driven decreased, the number of road deaths increased.

This unexpected result is likely related to a driving phenomenon that occurred during the pandemic. Drivers were found to engage in more risky driving behaviors during lockdown order: speeding, driving without a seatbelt, and impaired driving all increased during the height of COVID. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that even phone motion (an interesting measure of distracted driving) increased between March and April 2020.

Crash victims who were tested in emergency rooms were also found to have drugs in their systems at a higher rate than before the pandemic. It is not known exactly why these risky behaviors began or whether they will continue into 2022 and beyond, but it is clear that drivers must be more cautious than ever while out on the road.

Emperatriz Ayala
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My husband had an accident 2 years ago, a 85 years old man hit him, the Arash law group works very well on my husband case that took 9 month and he won the case and my husband was happy with the results. A year later I got into an accident as well and I’m still waiting in my case is almost resolving and it’s 9 months already. This people knows the law and they do their job right to help you out in getting the most for you to fight on your behalf. I strongly recommend the Arash Law firm they do things right in a efficient and professional manner.
Chris Zavala
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Had a great experience with all the people at Arash law. Long story short was in a bad car accident. It was overwhelming and the whole process was a lot, but they kept me in the loop. They answered all my questions and gave me great advice. Couldn't be any happier. Would definitely recommend anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer. They'll guide you through the whole process!
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Having Arash Law handle my auto accident was the best decision I could have made. Everyone I interacted with was kind, professional and detail oriented. I am extremely happy with the outcome and would recommend them highly.
Joseph R. Porter
Joseph R. Porter
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From start to finish, Arash Law firm is there every step of the way with close, constant, personal contact and attention. I never knew a Law firm could actually care so much for me as a person and what I was personally going through as well as the settlement I was going to recieve once my case was finally completed. Thank you to everyone at Arash Law for your ongoing support and communication. You are the ONLY firm I will ever recommend to someone who is need of a great attorny.
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I had an excellent experience with Arash Law. I will definitely recommend to my family and friends. I interviewed a few firms before deciding to work with Arash Law. What made my experience excellent was (i.e. head attorney being accessible to talk to and he answered all my questions and concerns, sensitive and thorough personel who completed in home intake & follow up process, being connected immediately to quality Physicians who addressed my injuries and recovery process, clear contract-read throughly to ensure its something you can commit to). Being in a car accident is a traumatic experience and I had a sense of peace knowing Arash Firm was walking with me throughout the whole process. Thank you Arash Firm for all your hard work and help. I am so grateful and appreciative for you all! 🙏 With Gratitude, Monica Parra
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Here's What To Do After a Car Accident in San Bernardino

It can be difficult to know what to do in the chaotic aftermath of a collision. If you are prepared, you can help keep everyone safe at the accident scene, prevent your injuries from becoming worse, and protect your legal rights until you are able to hire a San Bernardino car accident attorney. Stay calm and do the following:

1. Call 911.

It is not uncommon for a driver who caused an accident to try to avoid the police. They might say that they have insurance, or that they can just “take care of it,” or that the crash really wasn’t that bad. You do not know that any of this is true. You also do not know if you need immediate medical attention.

It is important to call 911 and let the dispatcher help you determine whether you need the police or medics. If you don’t call 911, you could be without medical help when you seriously need it. Your legal rights could also be in jeopardy if you do not get a police report.

2. Get to a safe place.

While you are waiting for the police to respond, you must get out of the path of oncoming traffic. Often a crash causes a secondary accident due to rubbernecking.” Drivers tend to pay attention to an accident scene instead of the traffic ahead of them. You do not want to be in the roadway when this happens.

If you are not able to drive your car to the side of the road, leave it where it is, and find a safe spot to wait in. This should be a place that is far away from traffic. If it is a warm day, try to find some shade, as you will likely be outside for a while. If it is at night, try to find a place that has good lighting.

3. See a doctor as soon as possible.

It is important to get checked out after an accident – even if you do not think that you were hurt. Many injuries are latent. This means that they might not show symptoms for hours or even days after a crash happens. Some of these injuries can be life-threatening. A slow bleed in the brain, for example, might not show symptoms for hours.

If it is not caught in time, it could cause brain death by depriving the brain of the vital oxygen that it is supposed to receive from the blood. It can also cause a patient to die from blood loss if the bleeding is not stopped in time. Both of these fatal outcomes can be prevented if a doctor is able to detect the problem early. Even less serious injuries will have a better prognosis if they are caught early.

In addition to improving your health and giving you the best possible chances for recovery, seeing a doctor right away can also protect your legal rights. You are entitled to fair compensation for your pain and suffering.  But if you make your injuries worse by not seeing a doctor right away, the insurance company could try to say that you added to your own pain and suffering.

They will try to get away with paying you less for your pain and suffering. You don’t have to let them get away with this. By seeing a doctor as soon as possible, you will protect both your health and your legal rights.

4. Research good San Bernardino car accident attorneys.
Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, it is time to start looking for a San Bernardino car accident attorney near you. A quick online search will give you many results – how do you know which attorney is right for your case? Here are some things to consider: 
  • Does this attorney have experience practicing personal injury law? Many attorneys practice family law, criminal defense, and other areas while also handling personal injury cases. An attorney who focuses exclusively on representing injury victims will have the most experience in this area.
  • Does this attorney have experience handling your particular type of car accident? Pedestrian and bicycle accidents present different legal issues than accidents involving large commercial trucks. There are also complicated legal issues when there is an Uber or work vehicle involved. The best attorney for your case is one who has experience with your particular type of car accident.
  • Has this attorney handled cases involving your specific injuries? An injury lawyer must be able to explain injuries (and the pain and suffering they cause) to a jury. If your lawyer has experience with cases that involve your type of injury, they likely know how to present a persuasive case for fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
  • Do I only like this attorney because their office is nearby? In the age of COVID, most legal work can be done remotely. Physical location is less important than it used to be. Our experienced car accident lawyers are nearby wherever you are in San Bernardino, and we also can virtually meet when clients prefer it.
5. Hire the right car accident attorney from San Bernardino for you.

Once you have hired the right accident attorney for your case, they will take steps to protect your legal rights immediately. This starts by communicating with the insurance company. Once they are notified that you have an attorney, they may no longer contact you about your case. All communications must go through your lawyer’s office.

This protects you from accidentally saying anything that could hurt your case. It also protects you from lowball settlement offers, high-pressure tactics, and other strategies that insurance companies use to get out of paying fair settlement amounts.

Another important thing attorneys do at the start of a case is preserve evidence. A lot of evidence can be destroyed or lost if it is not saved at the start of a case. For example, security footage is routinely deleted to make space for new footage.

A San Bernardino personal injury attorney can take steps to ensure that video footage from a security camera is saved in the event that it is needed as evidence. Physical evidence – especially damage to the vehicles – is also likely to be lost. Because car owners are in a hurry to get their vehicles repaired after an accident, an attorney must quickly act if they need damaged parts or photographs of the damaged cars.

6. Follow through on all treatment recommendations from your medical providers.

Your doctors will advise you on the best treatment for your injuries. They might recommend that you see a specialist, or have physical therapy, or see a chiropractor. It is important to follow through on these recommendations.

If you don’t, the insurance company could claim that you made your own pain and suffering worse because you didn’t get the treatment you needed. This can allow them to get away with paying you less for your pain and suffering. Do not give the insurance company any chance to get out of paying you what you are fairly owed.

Following medical advice will also ensure that your body has the best chance of recovery. If you aren’t sure about a certain recommendation, talk to your doctor about it, or get a second opinion. What you should not do is ignore the advice without any explanation.

7. Document all the ways that your injuries have affected your life.

In many cases, pain and suffering is the largest component of a personal injury award. It is also the most difficult to prove. (After all, there is no medical test that shows exactly how much pain you are in.) This means that insurance companies are likely to attack your pain and suffering to try to pay you less for it. They might claim that your injuries weren’t really “that bad,” or that other claimants received less, or that your case won’t be compelling to a jury. Don’t listen to them. Your accident attorney will ensure that you get the compensation you really deserve.

In order to prove the value of pain and suffering, it is helpful to show exactly how you have been affected by your injuries. Maybe you couldn’t go to the gym while you were healing. Perhaps you couldn’t sleep because you were in pain. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can also cause friction in your personal relationships and affect your productivity at work.

All of these are very real losses. You are entitled to fair compensation for them. You may not remember all of the details later, so it can be helpful to document these things in a journal. Make a note of the activities you could not participate in, events you missed, physical pain, and all the ways you were affected by your injuries. These details help make a compelling case that is persuasive to a jury.

8. Be careful not to aggravate your injuries.

Skipping medical treatment is not the only way you can make your pain and other medical issues worse. Your body will be vulnerable as it is healing, and your doctor will likely advise you to be careful with your activities. You might be advised to forego sports, or work part-time, or take other steps to avoid making your injuries worse.

Follow this advice. If you make your injuries by taking unnecessary risks, this is just one more opportunity for the insurance company to attack the value of your pain and suffering. (Legally, the negligent driver is only liable for the pain and suffering they caused – not any additional pain and suffering you caused through your own actions.) Being careful protects your legal rights and gives your body the time it needs to heal.

Frequently Asked Questions About San Bernardino Car Accidents
You will have a lot of questions after a car accident, and that’s okay! We are here to help. Our San Bernardino car accident attorneys have answered some of the most common questions we get. Of course, we cannot answer all your questions here, and we cannot give you any advice that is specific to your case. This is why it is important to schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
In the meantime, here is some information that we hope you will find helpful:
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How do I prove the other driver was at fault for the accident?

First off, do not worry about trying to prove your case. That is why you have hired a car crash lawyer! Our experienced attorneys use all kinds of evidence to prove the other driver’s liability. Witness statements, police reports, and photographs of the accident scene can all be used to prove what happened. We also use physical evidence from the damaged vehicles: this can be analyzed by an accident reconstructionist, who can then give an expert opinion about what caused the accident.

In some cases, the evidence does not even come from the accident scene. For example: if a car with defective brakes were involved in an accident, the manufacturer who sold it could be liable for the entire accident. In this case, your attorney would present evidence that the brakes were defective before the car was ever involved in a crash. Whatever the situation, our attorneys are prepared to find the evidence we need to prove who was at fault.

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What if the other driver does not have insurance?

If the other driver does not have insurance, don’t panic! There could still be other sources of compensation that are available to you. For example: if the vehicle was borrowed, the owner would be responsible for paying for your injuries, and their insurance could cover the accident.

If you were on the clock or running a work errand when you were hit, your employer’s workers’ compensation policy should cover your medical bills. Your health insurance policy is also required to pay for medical bills under your usual coverage, even if the injuries were caused by someone else.

And if all else fails, you might have coverage on your own auto insurance policy that can pay for your injuries. Many drivers pay for uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM and UIM) coverage. You might also have medical payments coverage to pay for medical expenses. Your injury lawyer will help you find all possible sources of compensation to ensure that you are paid the compensation you are owed.

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What compensation am I owed for my injuries?
There are many different types of compensation that injury victims are owed. These include:
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
Car crash lawyers work with their clients to find all losses that can be compensated and to prove the value of these losses to a claims adjuster or jury.
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What if I cannot go back to work?

If you are unable to go back to work for a time, you are entitled to compensation for all the wages you would have earned during that period. If you can go back to work, but only part-time, you are still missing out on wages that can be compensated. But if you have severe, permanent injuries, they can permanently impact your future earning capacity. You might never be able to return to work. 

In this case, you are entitled to compensation for all the wages you would have earned between the date of the accident and the date of your expected retirement. In other cases, the victim can return to work, but only with a lighter workload or shorter hours. This, too, can decrease your future earning capacity.

In that case, you are entitled to compensation for the difference between your earnings before the accident and after you have been injured. You are also entitled to compensation for any employment benefits you lose (such as an employer’s contributions to health insurance premiums or retirement accounts).

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What if I am permanently injured? How will I get paid for my future medical bills?

Permanent injuries not only cost you lost wages – they also accrue ongoing medical bills. Often these bills will continue for the rest of the victim’s life. You are entitled to compensation for the future medical bills you will have to pay as a result of your car accident injuries. Because the exact value of these bills cannot be determined, injury lawyers work with experts to make accurate projections of these expenses.

A life care planner can estimate what types of care you will require and what this will cost. An economist can then extend these totals over your expected lifetime and adjust them for inflation. These expert reports serve as evidence to support your claim for future medical expenses. 

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Why shouldn’t I take the first settlement offer? Won’t I get paid faster?

It is very common for an insurance company to make a settlement offer shortly after the accident. They might promise that you will get paid quickly and threaten you with lengthy delays if you do not accept this offer. They might tell you that your case won’t do well in court. They might even threaten you with less money down the road.

There are many high-pressure tactics that insurance companies use to try to get injury victims to settle their cases quickly. A quick settlement prevents you from fully investigating your case. It even prevents you from consulting with your own attorney. Any claims the insurance company makes about the value of your case are legal advice, and you should never take legal advice from someone who is actively working for the other side. 

If you don’t take the first settlement offer, it will indeed take longer to get paid for your injuries. But there is a reason why insurance companies push so hard for a quick settlement. This prevents you from learning the true value of your claim.

Though many injury victims truly need the money, you can miss out on thousands of dollars if you do not take the time to thoroughly investigate your claim. Insurance companies know this. Do not let them talk you out of fair compensation for all your losses – take the time to get legal advice from an injury lawyer who is actually on your side.

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What if I cannot afford a San Bernardino car accident attorney?

Like many injury lawyers, Arash Khorsandi and his trusted attorneys at Arash Law require no upfront payment. We work on a contingency. This means that you agree to pay us a portion of whatever injury award we get for you. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid. This system helps to ensure that all injury victims have access to the legal advice they deserve – even if they cannot afford to pay an attorney right away. We make sure our clients understand all the details of a contingent fee agreement.

This includes other expenses that might be deducted from your total settlement (such as court costs and expert witness fees), as well as the circumstances that can change the percentage paid in attorneys fees. (Filing a case in court requires far more legal work, so most attorneys increase the percentage of settlement they are owed if the case goes to court.) Your fee agreement will be clearly stated in writing, and we will answer all your questions to ensure that you are comfortable with all financial arrangements. The important thing is to be sure that you are not missing out on legal advice out of financial concerns.

Gabriel M.
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Car Accident Settlement
This was a sad and tragic case in which our client was paralyzed after being struck by a distracted driver. The maximum policy settlement was 5.25 million and we were able to settle for the full amount. In addition, we were able to add additional workers' compensation benefits from our client's employer, as he was working at the time of the incident. The parties agreed to settle our client's workers' compensation claim for $2.5 million.
Car Accident Settlement
This was a sad and tragic case in which our client was paralyzed after being struck by a distracted driver. The maximum policy settlement was 5.25 million and we were able to settle for the full amount. In addition, we were able to add additional workers' compensation benefits from our client's employer, as he was working at the time of the incident. The parties agreed to settle our client's workers' compensation claim for $2.5 million.

Experienced, Aggressive San Bernardino Car Accident Attorneys For All California Injury Cases

A quick internet search for “San Bernardino car accident attorneys” will show you many options for injury lawyers near you, but the best attorneys in California are right here at Arash Law headed by Arash Khorsandi, Esq. Our skilled motor vehicle accident attorneys have decades of experience.

Our skilled legal team has collected over 500 Million dollars for clients across the Golden State. We serve San Bernardino and all surrounding areas, so we are close by, wherever you are at. Call (888) 488-1391 today to schedule your free consultation.

Clients across California trust our experienced legal team to protect their important legal rights. We will fight hard for you, too, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

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