Car Accident Injury Attorney Mission Viejo Laguna Niguel and Irvine
The trial and case experience of your car accident injury attorney will have a significant impact on the amount you will receive from the insurance company when you are injured in a car accident. Insurance companies offer the lowest amounts possible to settle a case and do not have your best interests in mind.
Rivers Morrell is an experienced and proven car accident injury attorney based in Mission Viejo and Laguna Niguel and Irvine for over 40 years. Serving all of Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, Mr. Morrell is highly respected by insurance companies, his peers, the legal industry and his clients alike.
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If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision you probably have several questions:
Contact Rivers Morrell personally to learn more more and get answers to all of your questions based upon 40 years of personal injury trials and settlements.
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Additional Car Accident Information:
There is a lot of information on this site about car accident personal injury cases. The most common questions we receive are:
It is important not to post to social media or speak with an insurance representative before contacting our office. It is also important to see a trauma doctor within 24 to 48 hours of any collision, even if you think you are uninjured. You may have been injured by a distracted driver using their cell phone, a DUI driver or in a hit and run accident. Passengers always have a claim in an injury accident.
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How Can We Make a Difference in Your Case in Laguna Hills or Lake Forest?
How can an experienced car accident and injury attorney like Rivers Morrell make a difference in your case in Laguna Hills, Lake Forest or anywhere in Southern California? Why does a successful trial record matter?
In a recent study, the Insurance Research Council or IRC found insurance payouts were significantly higher when the injured party was represented by an attorney as compared to those who negotiated their own settlement.
In fact, the insurance industry’s own internal study showed those who were represented by an attorney received a settlement which was 40% more on average than those without an attorney.
Rivers Morrell works to ensure you receive a better outcome and substantially more money to cover your medical bills and recovery after a car accident resulting in injuries.
In addition, Rivers Morrell works to reduce the amount you will owe to medical providers and other injury related expenses. In a recent case, Mr. Morrell successfully negotiated his client’s medical bills down my more than six figures which substantially increased the amount the client was able to keep to offset future expenses.
The client was able to keep an additional six figure amount, hundreds of thousands of dollars, because of the hard work and representation of Rivers Morrell.
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Rear End and Side Impact Crashes Can Result in Serious Injuries in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano
The most common car accidents in San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and all of Southern California involve rear end collisions, or side impacts also known as “T-bone” accidents. Drivers and their passengers may be sitting at a light or may have slowed in traffic only to be run into from behind by a motorist who is not paying attention or distracted by cell phone usage. The resulting injuries to the head, neck and spine as well as legs that hit the dashboard can include:
- Severe Head Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken Vertebrae in the Back and Neck
- Fractured Hip or Pelvis Bones
- Fractures of the Arms or Legs
Side impact crashes can result in much more serious and often life-threatening injury. Most vehicles are not as protected from the side, and a collision at speed can result in catastrophic injury leading to permanent paralysis or in fatal accidents a wrongful death.
Intersections are another location for caution. In many cases, visitors are unfamiliar with the region and are busy looking around or looking for a street or business instead of watching the traffic in front of them. This can lead to accidents at intersections that involve one car driving into the side of another. Side impact accidents provide little protection for the occupants of the vehicle, and these crashes often cause serious injuries to those inside the car such as:
- A Broken Back or Neck Resulting in Permanent Paralysis
- Closed Head Injury
- Broken Shoulders, Ribs, Hips and Pelvis Bones
- Damage to Internal Organs
Head On Collisions in Santa Ana
The primary cause of a head on collision in Santa Ana or anywhere in Orange County or Southern California is almost always driver negligence. Here in California and across the nation drivers share a system based upon trust. We expect oncoming drivers to keep their vehicle on their own side of the road and obey traffic laws and speed limits.
Some of the primary causes of head on collisions in Mission Viejo and Orange County include:
Drunk Driving – DUI accidents often unfortunately involve head on collisions. These accidents result in serious injuries and are a leading source of wrongful death across the State of California.
Failure to Yield – attempting to beat the light or turning left in front of oncoming traffic
Falling Asleep – driving while you are fatigued, drowsy or attempting to stay awake is a dangerous decision. Drivers who cross the center line have often simply drifted to sleep, temporarily losing control of their vehicles.
Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Use – distracted driving is a broad category monitored by the California Highway Patrol which includes cell phone use such as emailing or texting, as well as other distractions such as eating while driving.
Mountain Highways and Rural County Roads – California has a broad network of back county roads and mountain highways which wind through the vast open spaces of our state. Head on injury accidents are often the result of losing control of a vehicle on these rural roads or when one vehicle attempts to pass another.
Unfortunately head on collisions often result in serious injuries which can have permanent and life-changing consequences. Common injuries in head on accidents include:
- Head Trauma
- Serious Neck and Spine Injury
- Permanent Injury and Paralysis
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Knee Injury
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Passengers Almost Always Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim in Southern California
There are many car accidents that result in injury here in Southern California every day. If you were injured as a driver or passenger, or lost a loved one in a fatal auto accident in Orange County or anywhere in Southern California, make sure you have a proven, experienced attorney protecting your rights. The Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell, III, has more than 40 years of experience providing the best representation to help you recover full compensation through skillful settlement negotiations or in a court of law, if trial becomes necessary.
There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis, and you can speak with an experienced car accident injury lawyer for a free consultation by calling (949)305-1400. If you are too injured to visit our office we will come to you.
Where Were You Injured? Ensure You have the Resources to Fully Recover
Where were your injuries and what impact will these injuries have upon the next few weeks or months and/or your ability to work? What are some of the hidden long-term consequences of many injuries and how can you make sure there is enough to cover the expenses and challenges you will face in the years to come?
Many injuries such as head trauma, back and neck injuries can result in serious or catastrophic injuries which will require a lifetime of care.
Some injuries, such as broken ribs and other fractures, will be classified by “minor” by the insurance adjuster in your case. “Your medical bills were only $18,000. A settlement of $25,000 is more than generous…” they will say. The fact is broken ribs are a paralyzing injury for which there is little medical treatment available. Of course the medical bills are small. However, this injury makes it hard to even breathe, let alone work or sit in an office chair for hours.
Soft tissue injuries and damage the the discs in your spinal column can take weeks or months to present symptoms. You may feel relatively fine for a few days or even a week after the accident, only to find yourself flat on your back and in immense pain within a month of the accident. You are unable to move, let alone work.
Many car accident related injuries result in long term complications such as arthritis. A brain injury may result in a complete change of personality or the loss of seemingly simple cognitive functions.
It can take weeks or months to fully diagnose your injuries and understand the full extent of your injuries and the compensation required to provide for all your past, present and future medical bills as well as lost wages and fair compensation for having to endure the injuries and your recovery.
This is why it is so important to work with an experienced car accident and injury attorney. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience representing car accident injury claims I can tell you the experience and legal skills of your attorney will make a difference in your case.
The two most important things to do after a car accident in Mission Viejo, Irvine, Orange County, Los Angeles or Riverside County is to see a physician or visit urgent care within 24 to 48 hours of the accident and seek the advice of an experienced car accident injury attorney serving Mission Viejo and Irvine.
It is important to visit an urgent care or your primary physician in the hours after an accident, even if you think you may have only suffered a few bumps or bruises. The forces associated with a car accident are actually quite violent, and while you may walk away from the accident feeling shaken up but otherwise fine, serious symptoms can set in weeks and in some cases months later.
If you do not see a physician with 24 to 48 hours of the accident the insurance company will refuse to pay your claim, stating something to the effect of:
“You said you were fine after the accident. You told your family, friends, co-workers and even social media that you were uninjured. The symptoms you’re describing must have come from some other injury and you are trying to blame it on the car accident.” Unfortunately, there will be no settlement and no ability to prove what happened to you in a court of law.
Contact Rivers Morrell for a free consultation at (949)305-1400 to learn why it is important to see a doctor, and how best to ensure you are fairly and fully compensated for all that you have been through, as well as the injuries which may present in the next few weeks or months.
I invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to speak with me personally for a free consultation. There is no cost to you out of pocket as we work on a contingency fee basis.
Car Accident Injury Lawyer In Mission Viejo, Irvine Los Angeles and the Inland Empire
California courts look to a number of factors in determining whether a driver was negligent. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
- Driving an automobile too fast or too slow
- Distracted Driving – Cell Phone Use
- Reckless driving
- Failing to drive on the right side of the road
- Not signaling when turning
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting or e-mailing while driving
- Failing to obey traffic signs or signals
- Failing to adapt his or her driving to weather or traffic conditions
- Turning into the path of oncoming traffic
This is why it is important to work with our experienced and proven car accident injury attorney serving Mission Viejo and Irvine and most of Southern California. Based in Orange County and Los Angeles our convenient offices serve Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Riverside, Corona and all of the Inland Empire. We have the experience, skill and expertise to identify all parties who are responsible for what has happened, and hold them financially accountable for your injuries.
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What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Orange County?
Investigating The Causes Of Your Collision
Rivers Morrell is a car accident injury attorney serving Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana and Irvine who can help you navigate through all the details of a car wreck. Our firm will investigate every possible contributing cause of a traffic collision to ensure that you will receive full compensation for your injuries. We utilize innovative techniques to present your case. When necessary, we employ the latest technology including accident reconstruction to present our client’s case effectively to a jury. We will walk you through the entire legal process so that you can focus on recovery. Our clients appreciate our highly responsive and informative style.
Contact an Experienced Irvine and Mission Viejo Car Accident Attorney
Our legal team is led by Rivers Morrell who has more than 40 years of experience in car accidents and personal injury claims. We provide sound advice and will gladly answer any questions you may have. For more information regarding Southern California auto accidents, contact our law office or call (949)305-1400 for a free consultation and to speak to a car accident injury attorney serving Mission Viejo and Irvine as well as Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles.
Why Should You See A Doctor Within 48 Hours - Even if You Don't Seem Injured?
If you do not see a doctor for a thorough physical examination with 48 hours of a car accident the insurance company will almost always reject your personal injury claim. Many injuries do not present any symptoms for days or even weeks after the accident.
Why Shouldn't You Settle Your Injury Claim Quickly?
The insurance companies always press for a quick settlement. Many injury attorneys actually advertise how fast they settle their cases. In many injury cases you need to wait for all symptoms to fully present and long term complications (i.e. arthritis) to be medically documented. Settling too soon will substantially lower your actual settlement.
Can Our Injury Attorneys Actually Get You a Better Net Settlement?
In all of our cases the initial offer from the insurance company was substantially less than what our clients received. We work to negotiate your medical bills and ensure you have the most possible resources to recover fully. Most of our 6 and seven figure cases began with an offer in the low tens of thousands from the insurance company.
Will it Cost Me Anything to Seek Your Advice?
No. There is no cost for initial consultation and our clients do not have to pay anything out of pocket. We work on a contingency fee basis.