Irvine Car Accident Attorney


Irvine Car Accident Attorney with More than 40 Years of Experience

Rivers Morrell is an Irvine car accident attorney with more than 40 years of experience who is highly recommended by former clients, peers and the legal industry.  If you have been injured in an Irvine car accident you should visit a physician within 24 to 48 hours of the car accident and immediately contact Rivers Morrell for a free and informative consultation at (949) 305-1400.  Learn how your injury claim will be processed and the strategies insurance companies will attempt to use to pay the lowest amount possible on your claim.  Ask why it is important for your personal injury attorney to have extensive and proven trial experience and the difference it will make in your own case.

Irvine is a sprawling affluent community that is home to research parks and universities, shopping and entertainment and commercial buildings. The beautiful weather means that residents are out and about, and the addition of heavy pedestrian traffic only complicates matters for Irvine drivers. Most serious car accidents happen on the freeways, or at intersections throughout the city. There are times of the day where the sun plays a role in visibility making it harder to see traffic lights or control devices.

Irvine California is home to some of the busiest freeways in the nation, and the combination of volume and speed differential leads to many car accidents each year. According to the CHP, Irvine drivers and their passengers suffer more than a thousand injuries each year as they travel on the I-5 and I-405 interstates, as well as the 73 toll road and the 133 highway. Truck and commercial traffic adds to the congestion as well as the danger as pockets of speed expand and collapse. Trucks have a much harder time coming to a stop, and the resulting accidents can cause severe injuries and in some cases result in fatal outcomes. What should you do if you are involved in an Irvine car accident resulting in injury?

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

The first and most important thing to do after any motor vehicle accident is to see a physician within 24 to 48 hours of the accident – even if you don’t believe you have suffered any injury.  There are many injuries which can take a few weeks or a few months to present symptoms.  You may feel just fine in the immediate aftermath of an accident, and three weeks later you are unable to get out of bed or go to work.  The forces associated with any Irvine car, truck or motorcycle accident are quite severe.  The human body thrashes quickly in multiple directions during the course of an impact resulting in damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and supportive tissues in the body.

One example is the damage done to the discs which protect the vertebrae in your neck and back.  Small tears occur in these discs during many accidents, but may take several weeks before fluids leak out of the disc resulting in damage to the nerves in and around the spinal column and pain resulting from the vertebrae grinding against one another.  If you do not see a physician immediately after the accident the insurance company will not pay your claim when symptoms arise down the road.  They will claim “you told everyone you were ok, and you didn’t even need to see a doctor after the accident.  These symptoms are related to some other injury you’ve sustained since the accident.”

There is no down side to seeing your doctor or visiting an urgent care in the hours after an accident, however there is substantial risk if you do not seek medical attention.

Rear End and Side Impact Crashes Can Result in Serious Injuries

The most common car accidents 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:

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.

Attorneys Are Not All Alike

What should you look for in an Irvine car accident attorney and how does our trial experience affect your injury claim? Insurance companies keep close records on how each unique attorney handles their cases, and if they have successfully taken cases through to verdict. There are some injury attorneys who are known for settling every case for much lower amounts than the case is worth. You want to make sure that your attorney has extensive trial experience, as well as a first hand knowledge of the insurance industry and their strategies in these cases.

My name is Rivers J. Morrell, III and as an experienced Irvine car accident attorney I have helped the residents of and visitors to Irvine and all of Southern California for over 40 years. I have taken numerous cases to trial and have a strong record of success with car accident and injury cases. My office in Irvine is conveniently located at 1920 Main Street Suite 1000, right off the 405 at MacArthur Blvd and Main Street, near the John Wayne airport.

I worked with the major insurance carriers during the first 20 years of my career, and I know their objectives and strategies. Their sole purpose is to pay the absolute lowest amount on each and every claim. My sole purpose is to hold responsible parties accountable and to get you every possible amount to which you are entitled. Injuries are quite expensive and are a major challenge and interruption in life. You are forced to recover from this unexpected event, while losing money from missing work as well as dealing with the pile of medical expenses that are adding up. You are forced to carry the burden of the pain and discomfort until your wounds are healed and your body is returned to health. I can help you with all of that.

Contact an Experienced Irvine Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident you need an experienced Irvine car accident attorney to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your case.   I invite you to review the recommendations of our clients, our peers and the legal industry and contact me personally or call and speak with me for a free consultation at (949) 305-1400. You will speak with me personally, and I will work with you to hold responsible parties accountable for what has happened to you. You can entrust your case to me knowing that I am an experienced Irvine car accident attorney and I will handle every detail so that you can focus on healing, recovering from what has happened and moving forward with your life.

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