PARRIS will fight relentlessly for you when you or a loved one experiences injuries from a life-changing car accident. Contact us for a free case evaluation today. You will pay no fees until we win you compensation.
After a Car Accident, PARRIS Lawyers Protect You
Hiring a lawyer after a car accident is not a decision you take lightly.
A car wreck can permanently alter an innocent family’s life. Not only is your car out of commission, but you may be left with injuries that put you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. As medical bills mount, you’ll need an advocate who will take up the fight for your rights—and win.
The road to recovery is not an easy one. But we’re here to walk with you through every step.
The car accident attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm have fought for victims of car accidents for nearly 40 years. We have the resources, experience, and relentless drive to obtain the best possible recovery for our clients, every time.
Many law firms are looking to settle car accidents quickly, without spending the time to fight for the maximum compensation a case deserves.
That is not the case at PARRIS. Our seasoned legal team prepares your claim for trial, ensuring each case receives the attention and care it needs to be successful.
And our track record speaks for itself. The PARRIS trial team won $200 million for victims of car accidents in 2021 alone. We’ve won billions for clients in our 37 years of practice, with 150+ cases settling for $1 million or more.
The secret to our success? Our unapologetic, relentless commitment to our clients.
When you hire PARRIS for your car accident case, we keep you in the loop at every step.
Our team of former CHP officers investigate your accident, leaving no stone unturned.
Your case manager uses the insurance company’s own tactics against them to bolster your claim.
Your attorney gathers documents, conducts depositions, and prepares arguments to guarantee your case is trial-ready.
Your client care coordinator brings you up to speed at every step in the process.
Our claims specialists work with medical providers to maximize the compensation you receive.
We charge $0 in legal fees until we obtain a result for you.
Our process gets results because our team doesn’t rest until you see justice.
Speak to the PARRIS team about your case today.
We’ve Been There, Too.
Rex Parris and his wife, Carrol Parris, started the PARRIS Law Firm in 1985. It has since grown to become one of America’s most successful personal injury law firms, with billions in verdicts and settlements won for clients.
Why has the firm experienced such success? Because our fight for your rights is personal.
Both Rex and Carrol have witnessed firsthand how a family suffers when the breadwinner is injured or killed by someone else’s negligence. Carrol lost her father because of a negligently designed aircraft. Rex’s father lost his leg in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else.
In Rex’s words, the fallout from tragedies like these “isn’t something that ends. It affects the entire family forever.”
Neither of their families had access to the legal advocate they needed. So Rex and Carrol committed their lives to relentlessly advocating for victims in similar situations.
PARRIS Law Firm is now home to dozens of hardworking attorneys, case managers, investigators, and many others. As Rex and Carrol have done since the beginning, each employee puts in countless hours to get the best possible results for clients.
We work to secure justice and restore lives. Call PARRIS Law Firm about your case today.
Car Accident Law Experts: Here to Answer All Your Questions
Car accidents are overwhelming and frightening, and many people aren’t sure who to turn to after a collision. To guide you through this difficult time, we’ve created a list of nine simple steps to take, from the moment of your accident through the weeks and months that follow.
After an accident:
GET TO SAFETY: Stop your car immediately. If your car is drivable, and it is safe to do so, move your car to the shoulder of the road.
CALL 911: This is required by law if there are any injuries, even minor ones. It can also be helpful to have a law enforcement officer on scene to collect a police report.
COLLECT INFORMATION: Ask for the driver’s contact information. If the other driver flees the scene of the accident, try to collect as much information about their vehicle and appearance as possible.
TAKE PHOTOS: If you are able, take photos of vehicle damage, any posted signs or traffic signals, any road damage, and the surrounding area.
TALK TO WITNESSES: If anyone stops to be a witness to the crash, obtain their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
GET MEDICAL CARE: Some injuries don’t appear until several days after the crash. Always consult a medical professional following an accident, even if your injuries seem minor.
CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY: Regardless of fault, you’ll need to let your insurance company know you were in an accident as soon as possible so that they can begin the claims process. If you live in California and you are not found at fault for your accident, your insurer cannot raise your rates for filing a claim with them.
CALL THE DMV: If property damage exceeds $750.00, you’ll need to notify the DMV of your accident within 10 days of the crash. You can do that
CALL PARRIS LAW FIRM: We will walk you through the recovery process and secure the result you deserve. We’ll make arrangements for your medical care, vehicle repairs, and any lost wages following your crash. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin working towards obtaining your compensation.
What Information Will I Need to Collect After a Car Crash?
After a car accident, we’ll work with you to gather critical information to support your case. Here is a brief list of the information you may need to collect after a vehicle collision:
Information from the other driver, including their:
Contact information (name, address, phone number)
License plate number
Vehicle identification number (VIN)
Make, model, color, and year of their car
Photos of the scene and surrounding areas
Witness testimonies, if applicable
Police accident report
Car repair receipts
Medical bills, prescriptions, and information
Any correspondence with insurance companies
Self-reported symptoms and experiences in a journal
Any and all information you keep will give us more insight into your accident, allowing our attorneys to better protect your rights.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
When you’re involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for compensating you.
However, recovering from an insurance company isn’t always cut and dry. These companies are, first and foremost, businesses invested in making a profit. It benefits them to collect payments from policyholders and pay out less in claims.
Because of this, an insurance adjuster may use unreasonable or deceptive “bad faith” tactics to avoid paying your car accident claim’s full value. If you aren’t as familiar with the post-accident process and you don’t have a lawyer, they may try to offer you a quick settlement for far less than your claim is worth. Sometimes, these companies will unreasonably delay your car accident claim, or deny it outright.
Don’t let this happen to you. The best way to protect your rights is to hire a PARRIS car accident attorney as soon as possible.
PARRIS Law Firm has been fighting car insurance companies in California for over 37 years. We know the ins and outs of the industry, and we’re very familiar with their tactics. Many staff members at our firm were former insurance adjusters.
Rather than struggle with the insurance company, the driver at fault, or their attorneys, let PARRIS be the one to fight for you as you focus on you and your loved ones’ recoveries.
What Compensation Can I Get in a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Car accidents are costly. When you’re facing unexpected debts after an auto accident caused by another negligent driver, PARRIS has the tools to help you get the compensation you need to restore your life.
With PARRIS Law Firm on your side, you may be able to recover medical treatment costs, property damage costs, lost income, pain and suffering damages, loss of companionship damages, and more. Let’s take a look at the types of compensation available to you:
Medical Bills: You should not be held responsible for medical costs incurred by someone else’s negligence. When PARRIS obtains your personal injury settlement or verdict, you will recover the costs of past, current, and future medical bills, including bills for hospital stays, visits to specialists, prescriptions, and mental health treatment costs.
Property Damage: Repair and rental car costs add up after an accident. Filing a personal injury claim against the negligent driver may allow you to collect compensation to cover your property damage—including any property in the car when the accident occurred.
Lost Wages and Future Income: For many Americans, one missed paycheck is bad news for your family. Hiring PARRIS lawyers can help you recover the wages you lost and the wages you may lose in the future due to your injuries or ongoing medical treatment.
Pain and Suffering: This term refers to your physical and mental trauma after a catastrophic personal injury, whether from a car collision or another type of accident. Pain and suffering damages can compensate for physical suffering—current and future pain, permanent disability or impairment, or even inconvenience due to medical treatment—or mental anguish, including emotional distress, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, or other mental illnesses.
Loss of Consortium: If your injury permanently damages or changes your relationship with your family, your family members may have a claim for “loss of consortium” damages—that is, loss of companionship damages.
Punitive Damages: These damages are meant to punish the defendant rather than compensate the plaintiff. While rare in car accident cases, punitive damages are generally awarded when the negligent driver acted in such an irresponsible manner that they should have known their actions would seriously injure someone (i.e., drunk drivers).
Tragically, some car accidents result in the wrongful death of one or more victims. In these cases, the victim’s surviving family members may be able to recover funeral expenses and any other losses incurred by their loved one’s untimely death.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years after the date of the injury. In other words, the law gives victims of car accidents two years from the crash date to take legal action against the at-fault driver.
It’s always best to contact PARRIS as soon as possible after your accident. Our attorneys will fight fearlessly for the justice you deserve.
Find out what you can recover today—contact PARRIS today for a free legal consultation. You’ll pay no fees until we win your case.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer After an Accident?
At PARRIS, we understand that the aftermath of a car accident is a financially difficult time. Amidst all the uncertainty, the last thing you need to worry about is paying legal fees. That’s why we’ve adopted a fee model that best serves clients like you.
When you hire PARRIS, you pay no fees until we win. Our lawyers work on contingency, meaning that we front the costs of your case and accept payment when we achieve a favorable verdict or settlement for you. If we are unsuccessful, you will owe us nothing.
Is It Worth Getting a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?
Injuries can happen in any accident—even minor ones. Sometimes, a minor car accident can aggravate a serious health condition. You deserve full compensation for your medical bills, lost work, and property damage, and a trustworthy lawyer can help with that. If you are injured after your accident, hiring a lawyer is the best way to protect yourself and your well-being.
Additionally, minor car accidents can lead to disputes over fault. If the other driver refuses to be accountable for their actions, you’ll need a lawyer to ensure your rights are protected, and the truth is revealed.
California Car Accident Statistics
According to the IIHS, 3,606 people died in motor vehicle accidents in California in 2019—an outrageously high number.
Fortunately, California’s death rate per 100 million miles traveled —1.06—is less than that of most states. This difference is likely because Californians drive further distances than those living in most other states.
Vehicle safety improvements have lessened car accident deaths in general, but vehicle collisions continue to pose a serious safety concern to residents all over the state.
A 2020 Esurance report found that every 1,000 miles, we face a 1 in 366 chance of being in a car accident.
These are dangerous odds. If the worst happens, our firm is equipped to boldly fight for your rights while you make a full recovery.
What are the Most Common Causes of Car Crashes?
Unfortunately, car accidents have several common causes: drunk driving, reckless driving, distracted driving, malfunctioning vehicles, road defects, and more.
Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths every year, according to the NHTSA.
Reckless Driving: Speeding, driving too fast for conditions, failing to signal, and other negligent behaviors result in thousands of car accidents every day. Speeding alone resulted in over 9,000 car accident deaths in the United States in 2019.
Distracted Driving: These habits, including driving while using a cell phone, adjusting the radio, reading, eating, or paying attention to passengers, have led to an uptick in accidents in recent years. According to the NHTSA, 3,142 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2020.
Vehicle Malfunctions: Defective automotive components, such as faulty brake parts or defective tires, have caused vehicle malfunctions, resulting in accidents.
Road Defects: Poorly designed and maintained roads can “trip” cars, causing accidents.
Weather Conditions: Rain, ice, fog, or excessive wind can limit visibility and create dangerous road conditions.
Objects in the Road: Unexpected pedestrians, animals, or debris can cause drivers to swerve and crash.
What Are the Most Common Types of Crashes?
The variety of events and conditions that precede car accidents allow for many different types of collisions. The six most common include single-vehicle crashes, rear-end collisions, sideswipe collisions, T-bone crashes, rollover accidents, and head-on collisions. Let’s examine each of these crash types:
Single-Vehicle Crashes: Many car accidents involve only a single driver. Crashes like these often occur due to factors outside the driver’s control (weather conditions, road defects, vehicle malfunctions, or objects in the road). The reckless behavior of other drivers can also cause single-vehicle accidents if the safe driver swerves to avoid the other car and crashes as a result.
Rear-End Collisions: These are among the most common types of accidents, occurring when a vehicle collides with the back end of a stopped or slowed car. Fault is nearly always assigned to the following driver.
Sideswipe Collisions: When two cars collide while traveling in the same direction, the resulting accident is usually a sideswipe collision. Your vehicle could be sideswiped if another driver fails to merge into your lane safely. Often the at-fault driver will fail to signal, forget to check their blind spot, or drift into your lane while driving distracted.
T-Bone Crashes: These crashes occur in intersections, parking lots, and residential streets. In a T-bone accident, the front of one vehicle hits the side of another car head-on, forming a “T” shape. T-bone accidents are especially hazardous for those inside the impacted vehicle (the top of the “T”), for only their vehicle’s doors and airbags protect them from the impact of the oncoming car.
Rollover Accidents: A crash becomes a rollover if the car rolls onto its side or roof at any point in the crash. Vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as pickups and SUVs, are more susceptible to these types of crashes. Many rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents, occurring when the driver of a tall vehicle takes a turn too quickly or “trips” on a defect in the road.
Head-On Collisions: Head-on collisions occur when two cars traveling in opposite directions smash into each other head-on. The majority of these crashes are deadly.
If you or a loved one have been involved in one of these devastating accidents, contact us today. We’ll fight your legal battles for you while you focus on your recovery.
What Types of Car Accidents Does PARRIS Law Firm Handle?
The attorneys at PARRIS Law Firm are prepared to handle all types of car accident cases. These include:
Distracted driving crashes
Drunk driving crashes
Hit and runs
Uber and Lyft car accidents
Car accidents that happen while on the job
Rollover car accidents
Crashes caused by auto defects
What injuries might I have after a car accident?
You may experience a host of medical issues in the days following your accident, including:
After an accident, get medical treatment right away, even if you have no apparent injuries. No injury is too minor to be examined by a doctor.
Some car accident injuries, such as bruising, whiplash, or concussions, don’t cause symptoms until hours or days after the accident. A medical professional can ensure you get the treatment you need in a timely manner.
Can car accidents cause psychological injuries?
Tragically, car accidents can cause or worsen several mental health conditions. These conditions may include, but are not limited to:
Loneliness and isolation
These conditions can be just as serious as any physical condition. If you are experiencing negative emotions and/or psychological issues following your accident, you are entitled to the treatment you need to make a full recovery. Ask you attorney about mental health treatment options following your crash.
Who Pays for My Medical Treatment After a Crash?
When another person causes your accident, their insurance will ultimately be responsible for paying your medical bills. However, it may be months or years before they pay you what you’re due. While your lawyer fights for your rightful compensation, you have options for paying your medical bills.
Using your own health insurance is usually the best option for paying your medical costs. Though this coverage is almost always subject to deductibles and copays, health insurance can save you thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.
Medical payments coverage, or med pay, is an optional add-on to your car insurance policy. It can cover some of your medical expenses if you get into an accident, usually in tandem with your health insurance.
Sometimes, your attorney will negotiate a medical lien with your healthcare provider. In these arrangements, your doctor agrees to wait until you receive your verdict or settlement to charge for their services.
Get the Recovery You Deserve With PARRIS Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident can knock your entire life off course. But it doesn’t have to be the end of your story.
PARRIS Law Firm has the experience and expertise to secure the compensation you deserve—whatever it takes.