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Types of Car Accidents

Costa Mesa car accident lawyer Daniel C. Carlton knows what to do

All car accidents might seem the same to some people: one driver crashes into another car. There are many different types of accidents, however, and each one requires its own, unique approach.

Costa Mesa car accident attorney Daniel C. Carlton gets it. He knows that a one-size-fits-all style will not work for every accident. He knows he needs to take the time to find out exactly what happened. Then he comes up with a way to address the concerns of his client.

Attorney Carlton learned all this on the job. He's been doing such work for more than 40 years in Southern California. That's why people in Orange County and throughout the area routinely rely on the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton to make things right after their accident.

What type of accident were you in?

There are many different types of car accidents. Some of the most common - and most serious - ones we regularly handle at our law firm include:

Whatever type of accident you're dealing with, no matter how confusing or straightforward it might seem, we want to help you demand the justice you deserve after your crash.

How we can help you demand justice

You might think you don't need a lawyer if another driver clearly caused your car accident in Southern California. All you have to do is call the police, your insurance company and they will take care of everything, right?

Don't count on it. Often, most accidents turn out to be far more complicated. The other driver might deny doing anything wrong. Their insurance company might believe them. As a result, they'll end up doing everything they can to deny your claim.

That's not right. That's why car accident attorney Daniel C. Carlton takes such cases so seriously. He believes that people should be held accountable for their actions, especially when it comes to cars accidents. Contact our law firm and discover what we can do for you. Schedule your free case evaluation at our Costa Mesa office today.

Rear-end accidents

Rear-end accidents are common auto accidents in Southern California. Considering all the stop-and-go freeway traffic, distracted drivers following too closely, commuters who hit the brakes too fast during rush-hour and the congested streets of this area, it's not surprising there are so many rear-end crashes. Rear-end car accident injuries range from mild whiplash to traumatic brain injury. Even rear-end crash fatalities occur, which can mean a wrongful death lawsuit and the need for an aggressive, car accident lawyer.

These common accidents, which are almost always the fault of the rear-most driver, often are traced back to a driver who is somehow distracted. With new in-dash connectivity systems, driver distractions go far beyond texting or cell-phone use behind the wheel. These days, dashboard GPS units, MP3s, social media access, the internet and countless apps make bumper-to-bumper traffic more hazardous than ever. If you're rear-ended by an uninsured motorist, you're only hope for compensation is to pursue coverage from your own insurance company. That can be intimidating and complicated because they often dispute uninsured motorist claims.

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Highway accidents

Southern California has some of the busiest highways in the country - Interstate 5, the 405 and more. And all that congestion often results in serious car accidents. Sometimes, highway accidents occur because drivers in stop-and-go traffic are not paying attention and crash into the car in front of them, resulting in a rear-end collision. Other times, reckless drivers weaving in and out of traffic slam into another vehicle at high speed. Either way, the driver who causes such collisions should be held accountable for their actions. That's exactly what attorney Carlton can do for you.

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Rollover accidents

Rollover accidents happen for many different reasons. Sometimes, drivers are going too fast around a curve and lose control of their vehicle, which rolls over into other cars. Other times, it's the manufacturers fault. They designed a vehicle that can't safely stop and rolls over more than other vehicles on the road. Whatever the circumstances of your crash, we can help you demand the justice you deserve. We know what evidence to look for. We how to negotiate with insurance companies. If your case requires us to take legal action against an auto company or manufacturer of car parts, we're prepared to do the work that needs to be done. That's why so many people in Southern California count on us after their rollover accident. They know they can trust attorney Carlton to aggressively fight for their rights every step of the way.

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Head-on collisions

Head-on collisions are among the most serious car accident cases we handle at our law firm. That's because the force of two vehicles crashing head-on into each other often results in serious injuries or even fatalities. When two vehicles traveling the same speed crash into each other, it's as if you were traveling double your speed when your accident occurred.

Head-on collisions happen for many different reasons. Sometimes, it's because one driver is distracted or falls asleep and ends up veering into an oncoming car. Other times, speeding or reckless drivers lose control of their vehicle and crash head-on into another car. Whatever the circumstances of your crash, we want to help you hold the other driver accountable for his or her actions. We understand how serious such collisions can be and are prepared to do the work that needs to be done to get the job done right.

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Hit-and-run accidents

Being involved in a car accident can devastate your life-physically, financially and emotionally. But when the person whose vehicle ran into you sped away from the scene of the accident, it can make the entire recovery process far more complicated. You may have been left with serious car accident injuries and no way to collect compensation from the guilty driver's insurance company. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Southern California, don't wait another moment. Call car accident lawyer Daniel C. Carlton today at (949) 757-0707 so he can begin pursuing a settlement for you.

Even if witnesses get a fleeing driver's license plate number in a hit-and-run fatality and the police tracked that person down, he or she may be an uninsured or underinsured motorist. That means you have to use the "Uninsured Motorist Coverage" on your own auto insurance policy to help cover your medical expenses and vehicle repair or replacement costs. Often, insurance companies dispute uninsured motorist claims or pressure you to agree to an unfair settlement that will not pay your accident bills.

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Uninsured motorist accidents

All drivers in California are required to have auto insurance in California. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow those rules. Or you could be involved in a car accident with a driver from another state, where car insurance is not required. Either way, dealing with an uninsured motorist accident in California can be complicated. That's why it's critical that you have an experienced car accident attorney on your side who knows how the legal system works in California and who can help you demand the financial compensation you deserve. Attorney Carlton has been handling such complex cases in Southern California for more than 40 years. He knows what questions to ask and what options are available to injured drivers in such situations. Count on Carlton after your crash.

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