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San Diego Car Accident Lawyer

Were You Injured in an Accident? Our San Diego Auto Accident Lawyer can Help!

The McClellan Law Firm represents people involved in car accidents. Our goal is simple: to win total and fair compensation for our clients. Insurance companies and other large corporations often take advantage of victims by offering unfair settlements. With the help of our accident lawyers in San Diego, victims can recover the compensation they deserve.

The McClellan Law Firm has secured more than 140 settlements and verdicts exceeding $1 million each – this is more than any other personal injury law firm in San Diego.

We know what it takes to win and won't settle for second best regarding your recovery. This dedication earned Craig McClellan a place on the San Diego Super Lawyers ® Top 50 list and designation as a “Best Attorney” by the Los Angeles Times.

We have helped numerous car accident victims in the past, including:

The McClellan Law Firm Car Accident Case Results

Is It Worth Getting an Attorney for a Car Accident

Yes, it’s almost always worth getting an attorney for a car accident in California. California is a “fault” state, meaning the person responsible for the car accident has to pay for the resulting injuries and property damage. Hiring an attorney can help prove who is not at fault for an accident. You could receive compensation in a settlement or a lawsuit.

Although our car accident lawyers in San Diego have helped many individuals facing a similar struggle to yours, we understand that no two cases are alike and treat each case as such. Don't go through the consequences of a car accident alone. Let our lawyers guide and support you and help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve.

Don’t Settle with the Insurance Company Too Early

You must speak to a lawyer before discussing your case with the other party’s insurance company. Their only goal is to settle your claim as quickly as possible and for as little money as they can manage. Without a car accident attorney, it can be hard to tell how much money you are entitled to for your injuries and losses.

For this reason, we ask you to contact the team at The McClellan Law Firm as soon as you have been injured. We can negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you get the money you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.

Having recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, our attorneys know how to navigate a complex case. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve.

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Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

Recovering after an accident is challenging in many ways. Among the physical challenges, there can also be significant financial issues. It all adds up with current medical costs, future rehabilitation costs, car repairs, and income loss from days out of the office.

How can you ensure your family has the money it needs during this recovery time? Through a lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for more than just your car damage. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the following:

Economic Damages / Special Damages

Economic damages are tangible losses that can be calculated. They include:

  • Medical bills: Including past, current, and future medical expenses.
  • Lost wages: You may be able to recover compensation for the income you lost during your recovery and/or will lose due to being unable to return to the same job.

Non-Economic Damages / General Damages

Non-economic damages are damages that cannot be calculated but compensate the victim for very real losses, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduction in quality of life/loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of sexual relations/loss of consortium

Punitive Damages

In some cases, you may recover punitive damages to punish a driver for his or her negligence. Unlike other forms of compensation, punitive damages exist to punish the defendant rather than compensate for the victim's loss. For example, it is common to recover punitive damages in a drunk driving accident case.

Working with a law firm that understands the best ways to navigate a car accident lawsuit will put you in the best position to secure the maximum compensation possible. At The McClellan Law Firm, we have experience handling all types of cases.

When To Hire A Car Accident Lawyer

In the event of a serious car accident, it’s best to speak to an attorney as soon as possible Hiring a car accident attorney immediately after an accident is crucial for several reasons. First, it ensures the preservation of vital evidence such as accident scene photos, witness statements, and vehicle damage, which are essential for building a strong case.

An attorney's early involvement also guarantees that all necessary documents are filed promptly and accurately, preventing any potential issues with missed deadlines or paperwork errors that could jeopardize your claim. Additionally, every state has a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit, and an attorney will ensure your case is filed within this time frame, protecting your right to seek compensation.

Insurance companies often use tactics to minimize payouts or deny claims, and having an attorney handle communications with them shields you from these strategies. An experienced attorney can accurately assess the value of your claim, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future costs, ensuring you seek adequate compensation for your damages. They can also help you get the necessary medical care by referring you to reputable doctors and ensuring that your injuries are properly documented for your case.

Strong negotiation skills are another key benefit of hiring an attorney early. They increase the likelihood of a fair settlement and are prepared to take your case to court if negotiations fail. Navigating the legal process alone can be overwhelming and confusing, but an attorney provides expert guidance, keeping you informed and answering your questions at every stage.

This professional support allows you to focus on your recovery without the added stress of legal battles. Ultimately, having an experienced attorney from the outset increases the likelihood of maximizing your compensation, as they know the legal strategies and procedures to ensure you receive what you are entitled to.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do if the Insurance Company Calls Me?

You should never speak directly with an agent from the other driver’s insurance company. If they call you, politely decline to discuss the claim and direct them to speak with your insurance company or attorney. The other party’s insurance company can use anything you say over the phone against you later to reduce the damages you are owed.

What if the Other Driver is Uninsured?

It is, unfortunately, very common in California to run across drivers that don’t have insurance on themselves or their vehicles. If the driver who hit you is uninsured, there are still other avenues our firm can investigate to recover the compensation you deserve. Speak with our firm today to see how we can help you!

How Do I Find Out the Value of My Claim?

The value of a car accident claim is determined by several factors, such as your policy limit and that of the other driver, the severity of your injuries, and damage to your vehicle. An experienced attorney from our firm can review your case during a free consultation and pursue the maximum compensation you are eligible to recover.

How Long Must I File a Car Accident Claim in San Diego?

The California statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from when the injury occurred. If the statute of limitations expires, it may not be possible for you to file a lawsuit. Not every car accident claim necessitates the filing of a civil lawsuit. Still, since the time frame is only two years, you must speak with an attorney as soon as possible to prevent you from missing out on the compensation you deserve.

Can I Still Recover Compensation if I Share Fault for the Accident?

Not every accident is straightforward. Sometimes the other driver’s insurance company will claim that you were partially at fault for the accident to avoid paying a larger settlement. Our experienced car accident lawyers in San Diego can thoroughly investigate your accident to discover who was at fault.

Even if you share some blame for the circumstances that caused the accident, California's comparative negligence laws still allow you to recover the damages you are owed. In a personal injury lawsuit, the court will determine what percentage of the fault you are liable for and then deduct that amount from the total compensation.

Our San Diego car accident attorneys are experienced in dealing with insurance companies, so you can know that the at-fault party's insurance company, and even your own insurance company, will not take advantage of you.

Property Owners Affected by Car Accidents

Car accidents do not only affect motorists and their passengers. Property owners, including homeowners and business owners, may be at risk of suffering serious injuries or damage to their homes or offices if vehicles veer off the road into their properties.

Residents and business owners who are struck by motorists or whose property is damaged in car accidents may be able to seek financial compensation for their injuries and losses. The McClellan Law Firm is available to help with these specific cases.

If this has happened to you, our San Diego car accident lawyers can talk to you about the incident and work to identify at-fault parties to help you seek justice. Depending on the case, it may be the vehicle's driver or another party responsible.

If a vehicle part is defective, an auto manufacturer may be liable. If a defective roadway or traffic sign was to blame, the county or city government responsible for the roadway may be held accountable. We thoroughly investigate every case we take on.

How Can A Car Accident Lawyer in San Diego Help You?

Having a car accident attorney by your side is critical for ensuring you have all the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. Our car accident lawyers in San Diego have years of combined experience helping individuals facing struggles after a car accident. Your lawyers will be there to help you through each step of the process and will help to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation you rightfully deserve.

A car accident attorney will help you in the following ways:

  • Provide you with legal advice: Your car accident attorney will provide you with crucial legal guidance that will help ensure that you are fully aware of all of the legal options available to you. He or she will also help ensure you avoid costly mistakes throughout the process.

  • Support you: Having an experienced lawyer by your side can offer you the emotional support and reassurance you need.

  • Handle paperwork: Car accidents involve a tremendous amount of paperwork. Your lawyer will handle all the hefty paperwork involved with your car accident claim for you and ensure that everything gets to where it's supposed to be promptly. Your attorney will also be responsible for communicating with your health care provider to collect any missing records required for your paperwork.

  • Save time and money: Your attorney will guide you and ensure that you avoid making costly mistakes that could prolong the process. He or she will also make sure that all of the paperwork involved with your case is completed correctly

  • Gather important evidence: Your car accident lawyer will know the ins and outs of the legal system and will be able to gather substantial evidence necessary for supporting your case.

  • Provide fierce negotiation: Negotiating with insurance companies is incredibly challenging and requires skill and experience. Your car accident lawyer will be able to effectively negotiate on your behalf and help you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.

  • Represent you: If your case needs to be taken to court, your lawyers will represent you. Having an experienced lawyer represent you in the courtroom is essential for helping you receive a favorable settlement.

  • Maximize compensation: Your lawyer is your best advocate and will fight for you tirelessly to ensure you receive the best compensation possible. Without an experienced attorney, you may be risking the compensation amount you rightfully deserve.

Entrust Your Case to The McClellan Law Firm

Searching for a hard-hitting car accident lawyer in San Diego? Look no further than The McClellan Law Firm. We are backed by winning results, and our many honors and recognitions demonstrate how effective we are as personal injury litigators.

In 2014, we were named the “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. In 2014, Attorney McClellan was voted Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers®, and in 2019, he was again voted Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability in San Diego.

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  • Endorced by the Inner Circle of Advocates

    Craig McClellan is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Lawyers in America 2020

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1993.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2024 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2023 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawers "Best Law Firms" - Personal Injury Litigation Plaintifs Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Personal Injury in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Commercial Litigation Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Commercial Litigation in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" - Product Liability Tier 1, 2016

    The firm earned a Tier 1 ranking in Product Liability in the 2022 list of the Best Law Firms.

  • Craig McClellan earned one of the top 10 medical malpractice settlements in California, securing a $9,000,000 settlement for a client.

  • Top 10 Settlements

    Craig McClellan & Conor Hulburt earned one of the top 10 premises liability settlements in California, securing a $3,175,850 settlement for a client.

  • Craig McClellan selected to Super Lawyers list, Top 10 San Diego Attorneys

    Craig McClellan has been selected to the list of Super Lawyers every year since 2007, and earned the most votes of ANY lawyer for 2019 in San Diego.

  • Craig McClellan was voted Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers for 2019.

  • 2020 AV Preeminent Peer Rated

    Attorney McClellan earned a Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his achievements.

  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys

    Craig McClellan is listed as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Business Litigation, Personal Injury, and Product Liability.

  • Craig McClellan is rated 10.0 on Avvo - Top rated Personal Injury Lawyer

    Attorney McClellan has a 10/10 “Superb” rating, the highest rating an attorney can receive from Avvo.

  • BBB Accredited Business

    The firm has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the highest possible rating offered by the organization.

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

    Attorney McClellan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and previously served on its Board of Directors.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named as one of the “Best Attorneys” by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the “Best Lawyers” by San Diego Metro.

  • Attorney Craig McClellan named Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

    Attorney Craig McClellan was named one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego in Business Litigation by San Diego Magazine.

  • Craig McClellan has been named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, which honors the nation’s top advocates.

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