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Car Accidents

Riverside Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accidents in California

Have you been injured in a car wreck? Are you concerned about how you are going to cover your medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages from missed work? If you are seeking legal guidance or representation, Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation can help.

At Ryneal & Ryneal, our Riverside car accident lawyers has have represented car accident victims throughout the Inland Empire for over 45 years. Our legal team is personable, accessible, and compassionate, and we have recovered millions for our clients over the years.

Call our Riverside car accident lawyers at (951) 382-5454 or contact us online to set up your free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Riverside

Car accidents happen every day, and sadly even the most experienced drivers can be caught in a serious wreck. When a motor vehicle crash is caused by the negligence of someone else, the victims have a legal right to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party. In California, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is two years.

Though it would be impossible to list every possible factor that can lead to a car wreck, some of the most common causes include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Poorly designed roads
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Vehicle defects

      What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

      If you or a member of your family is involved in an car or truck accident, there is certain information that you should obtain at the scene if at all possible.

      You should collect the names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information of all parties involved, as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses to the accident.

      You should also photograph the damage to the vehicles, as well as any accident debris or other physical evidence like skid marks. If you don’t have a camera with you, then be sure to photograph the damage to your vehicle and the accident scene as soon as possible in the days following the accident to preserve any important physical evidence.

      Collecting evidence on your own is especially critical in case the other driver and their insurance carrier later dispute liability for the accident. However, you should also contact the police to the scene so they can file an accident report and conduct their own investigation.

      After you have had an opportunity to seek appropriate medical care for your injuries, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in car and motorcycle accidents so you can learn what your legal rights are, and get an expert legal evaluation of the merits of your case and its potential monetary value.

      To learn more about how we can help, contact us to schedule your free consultation.

      Is It Worth Getting An Attorney After A Car Accident?

      Depending on the severity of your accident, the scope of your insurance coverage, and how compliant the at-fault driver is, you may not actually need an attorney. However, consulting with a car accident lawyer after your accident is usually free and can help maximize the compensation you receive while you focus on recovering.

      Therefore, even if you don’t think you need to hire an attorney following your motor vehicle accident, we highly recommend seeking the advice of one. You may be able to uncover something helpful or insightful about your situation you weren’t aware of.

      If you do decide to work with one, a car accident attorney can be an invaluable ally. An experienced lawyer will immediately take steps to collect evidence, consult with health experts and accident reconstructionists, file legal paperwork, build your case, and maximize your compensation.

      This can be especially helpful if you are suffering from serious injuries or aren’t very familiar with legal language and procedures.

      Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation has focused our practice primarily on motor vehicle accidents for over four decades. As the oldest personal injury firms in the Inland Empire, we possess an in-depth knowledge of California law and the local courts, so we are confident we can handle your claim thoroughly and with ease.

      We always work directly with our clients and treat everyone who retains our services like family.

      • We were very fortunate that Mr. Ryneal was referred to my family.

        “I had never had a need for an attorney until I was involved in a devastating car accident. A semi-truck crossed the center divider and hit me head-on. I was hospitalized for almost a month. We were ...”

        - Heidi D.
      • I was spoken to with respect and courtesy.

        “I was spoken to with respect and courtesy. I knew you were the right law firm for my issues. Thank you, Steve.Yes, I will let y'all know the final status of my experience later.”

        - Caron L.
      • From the moment I met with Attorney Ryneal, I just knew my case was in great hands.

        “Attorney Ryneal was recommended to me by another attorney after I had explained my case to the latter. From the moment I met with Attorney Ryneal, I just knew my case was in great hands. For, two ...”

        - Irene C.
      • He works hard and I was very happy with the settlement.

        “After my car accident, Steve Ryneal helped me through my whole case. He works hard and I was very happy with the settlement.”

        - Wally
      • I was very happy with his service

        “I was totally satisfied with Mr. Ryneal as my attorney. He answered my phone calls when I called for him and kept me informed how my case was going. I was very happy with his service”

        - Jack

      How Do I Pay My Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

      Following an accident, it is extremely important that you receive competent medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your injuries, however, that treatment can be expensive. So how are you going to pay for it?

      If you are in a car accident and carry optional medical payments coverage, also known as Med Pay, under your automobile insurance policy, then normally your own insurance carrier will pay all of your reasonable and necessary medical bills up to the limits of your medical payments coverage.

      This same Med Pay coverage would also cover all of the medical bills of any passengers in your car who are injured in the same accident again up to limits of your medical payments coverage for each person who was injured.

      On the other hand, if you had no medical payments coverage under your automobile policy, but had HMO coverage, your HMO would normally pay your medical bills instead.

      In both cases above, however, most car insurance carriers and HMOs will usually seek reimbursement for the total amount they paid against your bills out of any monetary compensation you may later receive from settling your case. This is called a lien.

      What most people don’t realize is that an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in this field can usually negotiate these liens down by as much as 30% to 40%, thereby saving the client a substantial amount of money when the main case against the negligent party settles, and the liens then have to be paid back.

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        Verdict against a construction contractor for client who suffered severe burn injuries due to fire accident

      • Severe Burn Injuries $10,300,000

        Settlement against several utility companies for client who sustained severe burn injuries from a gas explosion.

      • Permanent Injuries $4,200,000

        Settlement for client who suffered permanent injuries due to car vs. big rig accident.

      • Severe Injuries $3,200,000

        Verdict against U. S. government for minor child who suffered severe injuries due to car accident.

      • Serious Injuries $2,600,000

        Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries due to freeway car accident.

      • Permanent Injuries $1,800,000

        Verdict for client who suffered permanent injuries sustained in auto accident.

      • Wrongful Death $1,700,000

        Verdict for family for wrongful death of a sewer maintenance worker killed in gas explosion.

      • Permanent Injuries $1,400,000

        Verdict for minor child who sustained permanent injuries due to medical malpractice.

      • Severe Head & Spinal Injuries $1,300,000

        Product liability verdict for woman who suffered severe head and spinal injuries caused by defective commercial lighting fixture falling on her.

      • Slip & Fall $1,000,000

        Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries in slip and fall accident.


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