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Costa Mesa Car Accident Lawyer

attorney Aaron HicksCosta Mesa is one of California’s busiest regions resulting in a high volume of auto accidents per year. The 55 & 405 freeways are some of the most hectic highways in the region. As one of the leading causes of injury and preventable deaths in the US, it is crucial to know how to respond in the event of a car accident, and the aftermath.

When you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident it’s critical to discuss your matter with a Costa Mesa car accident lawyer at Hicks Law Firm.

Hicks Law Firm’s main office is located in Costa Mesa at 245 Fischer Ave in Suite D1 near the 55 & 73 interchange (open Google Maps). If you or a family member were seriously injured through the negligence or actions of another, contact an auto accident attorney today at Hicks Law Firm by calling (949) 541-9944 to schedule a risk-free, no obligation consultation.

It’s critical that when seeking out a car accident attorney in Costa Mesa that you choose one that is both experienced and well versed in this area of law. The attorneys at Hicks Law Firm have recovered MILLIONS of dollars for Southern California residents.

The Most Dangerous Intersection in Costa Mesa, CA

The intersection of Newport Blvd. and 19th is the most dangerous intersection in Costa Mesa according to the 2020 report by CalWalks and UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research & Education Center. They also reported that “… 17th Street/ Newport Boulevard is one of the most intimidating intersections in the City because of the high traffic volumes, high motorist speeds, and long crossing distances.

While we have clients who’ve been in auto accidents throughout Costa Mesa, these intersections are often a major source of car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

There are several helpful things you should be immediately aware of after a car accident:

  • You should call the police to the scene of an accident to ensure your own safety and document the event via an official police report.
  • Whenever possible, gather any witness statements and their contact info from the accident scene.
  • Document your injuries by taking photos and going to the doctor.

Our legal services are provided on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we only get paid if you get paid, and you will not be required to pay legal fees out of pocket.

What to do After a Car Crash in Costa Mesa

After a crash, your mind and heart are likely racing with high emotions; however, taking a few critical steps in the moments and days afterward can save you from significant headaches in the future.

  1. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe area and, most importantly, relocate yourself and any passengers to safety. Other surrounding traffic often continues moving around the scene of accidents, especially when police support is not yet present. Thus, getting into a safe place and position is vital to preventing further injury or an even greater tragedy.
  2. Check yourself and others for more apparent injuries. If anyone has sustained a life-threatening injury, care for these individuals first and call 911.
  3. Call the police and wait for their arrival on scene. When the police arrive, describe to them the sequence of events leading up to and including the accident and any other relevant information. The officer(s) may have follow-up questions for you as they try to build an accurate account of the incident. The officer will also interview all parties separately. The interviews and collection of a statement are standard procedures for creating a police report. Do your best to remain calm and cooperative.

Note: If any witnesses are at the scene who saw the accident, you should record their recollection, get their contact information and ask them to provide a witness statement to the police.

Exchanging of Information at the Scene of a Car Crash

car accident in Costa Mesa 55 freewayYou should also take the opportunity to exchange insurance information, identification, and contact information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident.

Should the other driver not have insurance, you should still get identification and contact information. In such cases, it is also imperative to take photos of the vehicles and damages and license plates.

It is illegal to drive without insurance under California code, and a driver doing so will face a substantial fine, possible vehicle impound, and other potential consequences. Uninsured or underinsured at-fault drivers are nevertheless liable for damages and injuries. The injured party should seek compensation regardless of whether the at-fault driver has insurance.

Recent Car Accidents in Costa Mesa

Regardless of How You Feel After an Accident, Seek Medical Attention

After an accident, the body has automatic responses and reactions to the impact resulting from a crash, such as producing hormones like adrenaline to cover the pain from any sustained injuries. Just because you “feel okay” (in the moment) does not mean you’re in the clear or have not suffered any injuries. A medical professional such as a physician in an emergency department, urgent care setting, or primary care physician will begin an assessment of any potential injuries. Receiving proper examination and any necessary subsequent treatments is essential.

Costa Mesa Car Accident Statistics

City-data.com keeps an updated database of car accidents throughout the city of Costa Mesa. The most updated information reflects data from 2021:

  • Fatal accidents: 9
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 14
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons: 0
  • Fatalities: 9
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 22
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

How Much Do California Car Accident Attorneys Charge?

The fees charged by a car accident lawyers in California can vary depending on the complexity of the claim, if the claim goes to trial or settles out of court, and the specific fee arrangement agreed upon between the you and your attorney.

person on stretcher after auto accidentThe attorneys at Hicks Law Firm use a contingency fee with all of our clients. Contingency fees are the most common fee arrangement for car accident cases. Under a contingency fee agreement, the lawyer only gets paid if they successfully recover compensation for the client. The lawyer’s fee is typically a percentage (ranging from approximately 33% to 45%) of the final settlement or court award plus expenses. If the case is unsuccessful, the lawyer does not receive a fee, however the client may still be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses.

If you’re considering hiring a Costa Mesa auto accident lawyer at Hicks Law Firm, it’s best to discuss the fee arrangement prior to signing the retainer agreement so you are comfortable that all your questions answered ahead of time.

When Should You Consider Consulting a Costa Mesa Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney?

You should contact Hicks Law Firm today at (949) 541-9944 or fill out a contact form. If we can help you we’ll tell you how immediately; if for some reason we can’t help we will tell you right away and answer your questions & point you in the right direction.

It can take weeks and even months to fully recover from an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Injuries can leave you vulnerable, suffering from acute and even chronic pain, and attending numerous doctor and therapy appointments while accumulating stressful medical debt. However, the added strain of managing an insurance claim without legal support is unnecessary and avoidable.

Hicks Law Firm Can Answer ALL Your Questions Today

To avoid these frustrations and receive total compensation as soon as possible, contact the skilled and reputable Costa Mesa car accident attorneys at Hicks Law Firm. Our firm is built on experience, professionalism, skill, compassion, and trust. Give us a call today at (949) 541-9944 or fill out a contact form, and we will be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Our Costa Mesa Office Location

Hicks Law Firm is located at 245 Fischer Ave Ste D1, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 near the 55 & 405 freeways about a block away from the Lyon Air Museum just west of John Wayne Airport.