Santa Barbara Car Accident Attorneys

Santa Barbara Car Accident Attorneys

Car Accident Attorneys in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has around 91,000 residents in the city. But, this number can fluctuate depending on the seasons. For example, many residents come back to the city during the hot summer months. Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful oceans, which attract thousands of tourists each year. But, it is recommended that you have a car to get around Santa Barbara since several restaurants and shops spend around several miles of land.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in Santa Barbara, our top-rated lawyers are here to help. Car accidents are not easy to go through. We know the emotional trauma and the financial toll that it could take on you. We are here to help. We have decades of experience holding negligent parties accountable for causing car accidents. Car accidents could lead to several severe injuries that should be treated immediately.

What type of compensation could I recover for my car accident lawsuit in Santa Barbara?

The compensation depends on the victim’s circumstances at the time of the accident and after the accident. For example, the accident victim could recover:

  • Lost wages: this is compensation awarded to the car accident victim to reimburse them for the time they were off work. This is calculated by multiplying the number of hours that the accident victim missed out on from work with the hourly salary that they had.

  • Future loss of income: future loss of income is a damage that takes into consideration the physical toll that the accident had on the accident victim. For example, if the accident victim is unable to return to work because of their permanent injuries, they could recover loss of income since they are unable to go back to work. Loss of income is calculated by economists and various other experts. We work with these experts to calculate the loss of income that you are entitled to after being involved in an accident.

  • Medical expenses: medical expenses could get very costly,  and unfortunately that’s one of the reasons why accident victims do not get immediate medical help. Our attorneys at Megeredchian Law recommend that you get medical care as soon as possible when you are involved in an accident in Santa Barbara. The cost should be the last of your concerns. Our attorneys will make sure that you get evaluated by top medical providers.

  • Pain and suffering: pain and suffering takes a look at the emotional toll the car accident had on the victim. For example, the car accident could have led to a traumatic experience, which has led the victim to suffer PTSD, anxiety, and more. Our car accident attorneys will help get you high-quality care without having you worry about reimbursement costs.

How much do our Santa Barbara attorneys cost?

Santa Barbara lawyers have various ways of getting paid. But, rest assured that our attorneys are contingency fee lawyers. Contingency fee lawyers allow our attorneys to take on your case without you having to worry about any upfront costs. Some attorneys may take upfront costs to get started on your case. Our attorneys do not collect any upfront costs and will pay for your court costs ourselves. When we receive compensation for you, our attorneys will then be awarded attorney fees.

Santa Barbara Car Accident And Wrongful Death

Wrongful death occurs when a person passes away from a car accident in Santa Barbara. A wrongful death lawsuit is then filed on behalf of the decedent’s family members. It is important to note that wrongful death is different from negligence cases since there is a family member who has passed and there is a financial toll onto the family. Family members have two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Santa Barbara. If they fail to file within these two years, the case may get dismissed. But, there are some exceptions depending on the circumstances of the death. For wrongful death information, give us a call to discuss.

What should I prove in a Santa Barbara car accident lawsuit?

When filing a car accident claim, you should file a negligence claim. Negligence is a legal assertion claiming that the other party did not act in the way they should have, and now the accident victim should be awarded damages. Below are some elements that the party filing the lawsuit must have to show were present in the Santa Barbara car accident.

  • The responsible party had a duty to drive safely on Santa Barbara roads. This duty is usually easy to prove since all drivers have a duty to one another to make sure that they prevent any accidents.

  • The responsible party did not follow the rules of the road and violated this duty to the car accident victim. For example, all drivers must drive safely and not speedily. The minute that a driver speeds up and causes an accident, they have violated this duty.

  • This violation of the duty has caused the car accident. There needs to be a connection between the violation and the accident happening.

  • The accident led to damages and injuries, that should be reimbursed to the accident victim.

Sometimes, it may not be other drivers on the road that caused the accident, but instead the road conditions. If the road conditions were dangerous and led to your Santa Barbara car accident, below are some examples of elements that you will have to prove were present:

  • the road was dangerous and was foreseeable to lead to accidents

  • the responsible party, which is usually a government entity, knew or should have known that the road had a dangerous condition

  • the roads’ dangerous condition caused the car accident

  • the car accident led to injuries that you suffered

These factors may seem simple, but several months of investigation may go into it, especially if other parties deny liability. Our top-rated attorneys will work tirelessly and make sure that we have gathered enough evidence to assert your claim and build your case.

Could I recover compensation for my Santa Barbara accident if I was also responsible?

Many clients may be too afraid to speak up and say that they may have been partially responsible. Our Santa Barbara car accident attorneys ask for clear and upfront communication the minute that we have our clients come in for a consultation. Fortunately, California has comparative laws that still allow the accident victim to receive some type of compensation, even if they were partially responsible. This means that the compensation they receive will be reduced based on the percentage they are at fault.

An example would be having $10,000 in damages, and being responsible for the accident 20%. This means that you could only recover up to $8,000. The percentage may change depending on the liability. For more information, call us free confidential consultation.

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If you have been involved in any type of accident in Santa Barbara, we recommend that you contact our attorneys as soon as possible. You must act fast after being involved in an accident since your injuries could get worse over time.




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