San Luis Obispo County Car & Bicycle Accident Attorney
San Luis Obispo County offers the perfect blend of Northern California and Southern California. Nestled on the coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s the perfect place to live, or getaway to. But, accidents happen, even somewhere as perfect as San Luis Obispo. Maybe someone had a little too much wine at the lovely and scenic Tobin James, or DAOU (the Daou brother story is totally inspiring), or Calcareous with their exquisite summer lunches. Or, Maybe someone had too much beer while listening to the music at Firestone. Or, maybe you were on your way to Lost Hills on Highway 46 …the highway that took the life of James Dean . Or, maybe you were driving down Highway 101 to Santa Barbara, or SLO, or Pismo, or Paso Robles. Or, maybe you were having some fun at the Mid-State Fair, and riding your bike when someone decided to fight you. Some people don’t know how to SLO down. Maybe you were hurt when someone veered into your lane on Highway 1 heading to Hearst Castle, or on the Discovery Route, or on the way to Cayucos, or Pismo, or Avila. Or, maybe someone had too much to drink at the Madonna Inn before getting onto Highway 101. Or, maybe someone at Cal Poly took exception to your bumper stick on your car, and hit you. Or, maybe someone got belligerent at Sunset Drive-In. However it happened, if you were hurt in or around San Luis Obispo, County you’ll need an experienced injury attorney who will fight for your rights.
What do I do if I have been in an accident in San Luis Obispo County?
If you have been injured in an accident in San Luis Obispo County, you are probably trying to figure out what to do next. For starters, you need to do everything possible to get better. Do all you can to get your life back in order. It can be a rough journey. Besides being important to your mental and physical well being, getting things sorted out is necessary for your case, should you want to be properly compensated. No, you did not ask to get into an accident. However, you should do all in your power, to get better.
This is legally an issue. The law says you have a duty to “mitigate damages”, That means you have to do all you can, to get as close as you can, to how you were before the accident. Accidents are abrupt and disorientating, to be sure. It’s not unusual for an accident victim to sit on the couch for a season of feeling sorry for yourself. Sleeping till noon, avoiding work, family and everyday tasks nor doing anything to improve your condition will not improve your situation. It might make things worse for yourself, and your case. See, if you want to seek proper compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, and other damages, the defendant’s attorney will argue that you are a “malingerer” and that you are just trying to “hit the litigation lotto” by not making an honest attempt to get your life back to normal. Moreover, litigation is tough, and the stronger you are, the better your chances of recovering a meaningful settlement. You want to work at getting better.
You certainly want to make sure you are getting the help you need. You want to make certain you are being cared for by the right doctors, getting the right treatment, and have the right people advising you step-by-step what to do next. You need a team of people looking out for you. That’s where a San Luis Obispo County accident lawyer can help you.
How can a San Luis Obispo County personal injury lawyer help me?
An experienced personal injury lawyer can make sure you get the right treatment, from the right doctors to help you overcome and ‘mitigate’ your injuries. A skilled personal injury lawyer can also help guide you through the entire process to ensure your rights are protected. A lot of personal injury lawyers take on far too many cases. A good personal injury lawyer will not sign up everyone who walks through the door, knowing that they will dilute their time they can spend on the cases they choose to limit themselves to working diligently. Unfortunately, some mass-production law firms, sign up all who walk through the door, send out template demand letters, and then quickly attempt to settle the cases without much though, planning, or effort — for just enough settlement money to make it worth their while, without much concern for their clients injuries and long-term prospects.
At McCarthy Law, we do things differently. We are very selective with our cases. We do review all cases submitted via our free and confidential case evaluation form. If we think we’re in a position to help, we’ll then set up a free consultation. At the free consultation, we will ask you some questions about the facts, we will tell you a little about the law, and then we will tell you how we’d try to help you.
We are not mass-production, un-caring legal robots processing dozens of numerically-numbered cases each day. We are trial lawyers. We believe that the Seventh Amendment isn’t some after thought. We believe that the right to trial by jury was designed for regular people, and that corporate interests are afraid of it, so they have done everything they can to undermine it.
If we take your case, we want to take your case to trial. If you are just looking for a quick settlement, we’re probably not the right fit for you. We will probably ask you to get ahold of some records for us to take a look at. We’ll probably want to see your medical records, and the police report. After we take a look at those, if we still think we’re in a position to help we’ll want to go over those records with you, and show us what we see, and why we think it can help us. We’ll also want to get to know you a little better. So, we typically go over your records in your house. That way when we talk to a jury about how you walk down a hallway full of pictures of you before the injury, we’ll know where to pause to look at the one picture that hurts you the most.
How much do personal injury lawyers in San Luis Obispo County charge?
Rather than charge expensive, hourly rates, most attorneys for injured people take cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that they get paid a percentage of whatever they collect for their clients. That’s what we do. We take cases on, without expensive retainers. We get paid a percentage of whatever we recover for you depending on when the case is resolved. If we can resolve your case without filing, we get 25%. If we have to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we get 33%. If we have to oppose a motion for summary judgment or go to trial, we get 40%. We front all your costs. That is why we have a “No Recovery? No Fee.” guarantee.
Can a San Luis Obispo County personal injury lawyer help me?
Maybe. We take serious injury, and wrongful death cases throughout the state of California. We take cases on a contingency fee basis. We front the costs. We offer a free, confidential, case evaluation form. The form goes straight to award-winning personal injury attorney, John McCarthy’s inbox. John reviews and responds to every inquiry, typically in less than 24 hours. If we think we’re in a position to help, we will then offer you a free consultation. If we don’t think we’re in a position to help, we will provide you with resources to help you understand the law, find an attorney, and even represent yourself if you can’t find an attorney. Personal injury cases have strict statutes of limitations, some are even as short as six months following the date of the accident. So, why wait? Fill out your free, confidential, case evaluation form today.
OUR FAST, FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, CASE-EVALUATION FORM IS DESIGNED SO YOU CAN TELL YOUR STORY, DIRECTLY TO JOHNSTART AN EVALUATION
Your responses will go straight to John’s inbox. John will review and respond by the end of the business day. If John thinks he can help, he’ll email you a link to schedule a free consultation with him. If John doesn’t think he can help, he’ll email you resources to help you understand the law, find a qualified lawyer to help you, and take steps to protect your rights. No waiting around.