Compton Car Accident Lawyers
Truly successful injury attorneys understand the critical nature of timing in settling car accident injury claims. However, before delving into the details of when to file and some insurance company tactics, a quick glance at car accident statistics in Compton, California may be helpful. If you've been injured in a car accident or think you have a personal injury case, read our personal injury resources or call us for a free consultation!
Car Accidents in Compton Rise to Troubling Levels
A look at the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) revealed that in 2006, nine people died and 359 people were injured in Compton car crashes. Three pedestrians were killed and 27 were injured in motor vehicle mishaps. And bicycle accidents injured 18. In addition, motorcycle accidents killed one and injured 20 people. DUIs caused four deaths and 38 injuries. In 2007, eight car accidents resulted in as many fatalities. The following year, nine car collisions caused nine fatalities.
Don't Wait Too Long to Settle Car Accident Injury Claims
"Savvy Compton car collision attorneys realize that timing can mean the difference between a just compensation settlement, an unfair one, or no award at all," notes John Bisnar. "Although you want to be sure to have your injuries thoroughly diagnosed and treated, you don't want the statute of limitations -- two years in California -- to run out. If this happens, you'll forfeit your rights, and your insurance adjuster will tell you that his company won't have to pay you for your losses and injuries."
If you wait too long before filing your lawsuit, you may be vulnerable to another insurance company tactic: The insurance adjustor becomes difficult to work with and hard to contact -- especially during the last 90 days before the statute of limitations expires. The adjuster is counting on your impatience to settle as the days count down, and that you'll be more amenable to accept a much lower settlement. They also hope that you'll just give up and lose the personal fortitude to even file a lawsuit.
"This 'grind 'em down' tactic is most often used when insurance companies deal with clients who are unrepresented by a car accident lawyer or with law firms that seldom go to trial," says John Bisnar. "Adjusters know which law firms settle out of court and they quickly become hard nosed and hard to reach."
Consult a Car Accident Lawyer on When and How to File
An experienced Compton car crash lawyer knows the smartest way to apply the statutes and notice requirements to your benefit. Going it alone can be tough. You need legal knowledge, an awareness of insurance company tactics and patience. The best lawyers offer no charge, no pressure consultations. It's wise to consult a car crash lawyer, for they can help you avoid costly mistakes and make sure you are fairly compensated for your various losses.
For more advice, read "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Personal Injury Claim" by California personal injury attorney John Bisnar.
Most Dangerous Intersection in Compton**
Artesia Blvd & Wilmington Ave
Last 5 Years:
City of Compton
Avg Auto Injuries per 1,000: 7
Compton Crime Index*: 545.4
Nearby Cities Crime Indicies*
South Gate: 322.7
* Crime index data taken from city-data.com. The national average is 315.5. The crime index is calculated using the population and severity of crimes vs the frequency of crimes committed.
**All intersection data is taken from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System and is measured over the last 5 years of local and arterial street car accidents (non-highway). The data is not updated in real time.
More Unsafe Intersections in Compton**
Central Ave & Compton Blvd
Santa Fe Ave & Artesia Blvd
Wilmington Ave & Compton Blvd
** All intersection data is taken from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System and is measured over the last 5 years of local and arterial street car accidents (non-highway). The data is not updated in real time.