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At Hamparyan Injury Lawyers, our goal is to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your San Diego car accident injuries.

We help you hold the at-fault driver responsible for their careless or reckless actions, filing a third-party liability insurance claim or a civil suit to get you the money you need. We manage the legal aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on your physical and emotional recovery. If you were the victim of a crash caused by another driver's negligence, San Diego car accident attorney Robert Hamparyan is ready to go to work for you. Call our office today at (619) 550-1355 or contact us online to request a free case review.

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    “I recently had a wonderful experience working with Robert and one of his associates David. I was a complete novice when I found their services, but they helped guide me through the e [...]

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    “The lawyers are professional and experienced. They take pride in protecting their clients that have been hurt or wronged. It is refreshing to see lawyers who sincerely care about their clients and others. If you are trying to find a lawyer definitely contact this office.”

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    “I will always be grateful for the hard work that David Loeffler put into my case. He was always in contact with me regarding the progress of my case and I never felt ignored. He revi [...]

    Lauren A. Previous Client

    “Robert is so great. He was very responsive to my calls & emails, answered all of my questions and treated me like his best client. I know he will do the same for any of his clients. I highly recommend Robert and his firm.”

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    “Robert agreed to take on my very difficult case to represent me at trial. He was very proactive in resolving my case. We had a wonderful outcome and he honored my sisters memory in t [...]

    Denise Odion Personal Injury Client

    “No words can explain how happy i am with how Hamparyan Injury Lawyers took care of me and my case. I would highly recommend them to anyone. If you have any questions they are very fast at getting back to you. and their customer service is absolutely top of line.”

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How can a San Diego car accident lawyer help me?

The process of putting a value on your case and negotiating a settlement is more complex than it may seem, and it is vital to have competent legal representation. When you enlist our legal team to handle your car accident case, you have one of California's most successful injury lawyers on your side. As soon as we get involved, we launch a full investigation into your accident and take the steps necessary to recover the compensation you need as quickly as possible. We are proud to have a success rate of more than 98 percent, with more than $100 million paid out to our clients.

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What should I do after a car accident?

A collision is unpredictable, sudden, and shocking. Many of us follow the rules of the road carefully, and drive defensively. Still, we find ourselves the victims of a potentially deadly accident.
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    Assess your situation, and any injuries

    The first thing you should consider after a crash is your wellbeing. Make sure you are not at risk of further injury, and take action to protect yourself if so. Do not get out of your vehicle unless you are on the shoulder or in another safe location, or your life is in danger from remaining in the car. Quickly assess your injuries, and the injuries of anyone else in your vehicle. Beginning at your feet, work your way up your body checking for pain, bleeding, or other signs of injury. Do not move your car unless the accident is minor and you are blocking a major roadway.

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    Dial 911 to report the accident to police and to get emergency medical personnel on scene

    As soon as practically possible, call 911 and report the accident. The sooner police and emergency medical personnel arrive, the sooner you can get the medical care you need. Police will secure the area, ensuring you are out of danger. If you do not have a cell phone or cannot locate your phone, ask someone else to dial 911 to report the crash.

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    Collect evidence, if possible

    Once it is safe to do so, take pictures of the wrecked vehicles, the scene, and anything else of note. Get the contact and insurance information of other motorists involved, and write down the name and phone number of anyone who witnessed the crash. While this can be a great help to us later on, it is not strictly necessary. If you suffered serious injuries or do not have the time to collect this information, we can recover much of it during our investigation into the incident.

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    Allow paramedics to transport you to the hospital for any injuries requiring treatment

    One of the keys in winning a San Diego car accident case is to show your damages occurred as a direct result of the collision. One of the best ways to do this is to document your injuries as soon as possible after the crash. When you receive care at the scene of the accident and are transported to the hospital in an ambulance, there is little doubt about when or how your injuries occurred. We can recover compensation to pay for this emergency transportation and emergency department visit as a part of our insurance claim.

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    As soon as possible, sit down and record every detail you can remember about before, during, and just after the crash

    Details fade over time. If you write down everything you remember, you can use your notes to refresh your memory later on. It may be several weeks or even months before you need to recall the events that happened before, during, and after your wreck, and sometimes the smallest detail can make a big difference in a case. This is why we encourage you to record everything you remember early on in the process.

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    Call a skilled and knowledgeable San Diego car accident attorney about your case as soon as possible

    If you suffered injuries because of another driver's negligence, you need an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer on your side. We have helped clients recover millions of dollars in damages after crashes just like yours. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can go to work protecting your rights and fighting for the full value of compensation available to you based on the circumstances of your case.

Understanding The Basics of California Car Accident Law

California has financial responsibility laws that require all motorists to carry liability auto insurance. The minimums allowable by law include:

This is important to your case because we will likely file a third party car insurance claim against the at-fault motorist's policy to collect the compensation you deserve. This is possible because California follows a fault-based car insurance scheme. This means you do not have to meet any type of threshold before filing a claim or personal injury lawsuit after a crash.

Another aspect of California personal injury law that may play a role in your case is the state's comparative negligence standard. California adopted a pure standard in 1975. This means that we can pursue compensation for your injuries and other damages even if you contributed to the crash. The amount we can collect will be reduced based on the percentage of fault assigned to you, so we will work to collect evidence that minimizes your contribution and maximizes the payout available to you.

Common Questions about Car Accident Claims

California, like other states, has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This deadline means we have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist. In most cases, we attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault driver's insurance company before taking further legal action. If the insurance company refuses a fair settlement, however, we are not afraid to pursue litigation to get the full value of your case. We will not hesitate to continue your case in civil court, where we can ask the judge for justice through a fair financial award.
The type of damages in a car accident case vary from crash to crash, depending on the specific losses suffered. In general, you can expect to recover compensation for:-Medical expenses -Lost wages -Pain and suffering -Property damage -Pain and sufferingIf we take your case to court, the judge may also award punitive damages. Punitive damages punish a reckless or particularly heinous driver for their actions.
It is important you talk to a San Diego car accident attorney as soon as possible after your auto accident. If you suffered serious injuries, you may want to have a family member call us while you continue your recovery. While we will most likely not file a claim until we know the full extent of your injuries, we can begin to review the facts of your case and help you understand your legal options. We can also provide resources to help you get the best care possible.
From the first time we meet, we go to work collecting evidence and working to prove liability and negligence in your case. To show the other driver acted negligently, we must provide documentation to show they:-Had a duty to act in a certain way, such as following traffic laws -Failed to uphold that duty -Caused an accident by failing to uphold their duty -Caused damages in the accident
We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This type of arrangement allows you to get the legal representation you need now but pay us only after we recover a settlement or award in your case. A key part of ensuring our clients get the compensation they need is our No Win, No Pay Guarantee. If we fail to recover money for you, you owe us nothing.Many people believe hiring an attorney costs more money than it is worth, but this is rarely true. In almost all car accident cases, we get more money for our clients than they could recover on their own even after we deduct our reasonable fees.
Our legal team is dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring we take every action possible to provide for your best interests. We fully investigate every crash, including calling in accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to help us understand the cause of your crash, determining the liable parties, and collecting the evidence to prove it.If you suffered serious injuries, your medical care is likely your primary focus right now, and we make it possible to keep this focus where it needs to be. We can ensure you get the medical care you need to make the best recovery possible, and even consult experts to evaluate your medical condition and help us understand your future and ongoing care needs. At the same time, we ensure the insurance company gets the information they need about your injuries without divulging personal medical information unrelated to the case.We analyze any potentially applicable insurance policies to figure out the best route to collect compensation for you. Then, we handle all communication with the insurance companies on your behalf and deal with working on a settlement if that is the best route for your case. If not, we will take your case to court and present your story to the judge, and recover the award you deserve.
Insurance companies often act quickly after an accident, hoping they can settle a potential claim before you are aware of all the damages you suffered. They continue to do this because it is an effective tactic for them. Many accident victims will accept a few thousand dollars because it seems like a lot of money. Only later do they realize it only covers a fraction of their accident-related medical bills and other damages. By then, though, they've given up their right to further compensation.This is one reason it is paramount to call us quickly after a crash. We can help you understand the full value of your economic and non-economic damages, and fight for a fair settlement or award based on the facts of your case.
It is impossible to know exactly how much we may be able to recover for you through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit until we close your case. However, we can give you a good idea of a fair settlement value after we fully investigate your case.We will identify and compile the evidence to prove the full range of damages you suffered, allowing us to calculate all of your financial losses. This will include your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, predicted ongoing and future care costs, and other expenses. We can then use this number to estimate your pain and suffering losses.This process gives us a range to aim for in settlement negotiations. If the insurance company does not want to cooperate and offer us a fair settlement, we can file a civil suit and present the evidence of your damages to the court.
After we complete our investigation and understand what a fair settlement looks like in your case, we will send a demand letter to the liable driver's auto insurance company asking for compensation based on your accident-related damages. Usually, the insurance company will respond with a minuscule offer. Do not let this discourage you. These insurers often fight tooth and nail to payout as little as possible, no matter the serious nature of your injuries and the high cost of your losses.We may be able to negotiate a settlement, but if it is in your best interests we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit on your behalf. When we enter into litigation, we will face the at-fault driver's defense lawyer. This step is often much more adversarial than previous stages, but negotiations are also more effective in many cases. If we do not reach a fair settlement during these negotiations or through mediation, we will take your case to court and present the evidence to the judge. From there, the court will determine your award.
Many car accident cases never make it to litigation. Often, we can resolve car accident cases by negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company. This is the most common way for any personal injury lawyer to recover the compensation their clients deserve.Unlike many other car accident attorneys in San Diego, though, we are not afraid to rely on litigation when necessary to recover the full value of your claim. When we file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver or other liable party in your case, this may encourage their insurer to up their settlement offer. Sometimes we settle cases at this point. However, we are also willing to go to court to fight for the money you deserve. We can help you understand what to expect in court, and lower your stress about making these appearances if they become necessary to get you the compensation you are due after a California car crash.
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Why do clients choose Hamparyan Injury Lawyers?

If you need a car accident lawyer in San Diego, you want a dedicated team of professionals with experience and a track record of success. Why not choose one of San Diego's most experienced car accident lawyers?

The process of putting a value on your case and negotiating a settlement is more complex than it may seem, and it is vital to have competent legal representation. As soon as we get involved, we launch a full investigation into your accident and take the steps necessary to recover the compensation you need as quickly as possible. We are proud to have a success rate of more than 98 percent, with more than $100 million paid out to our clients.

San Diego car accident attorney Robert Hamparyan is one of California's most active and successful personal injury lawyers. Hamparyan and his team provide each client with legal advice based on experience and knowledge, proceed through the insurance claims process and settlement negotiation process with skill, and provide effective resources to reduce stress and help families feel confident in their financial future.

We Win

At Hamparyan Injury Lawyers, we are proud to have a success rate of more than 98 percent. This is possible because our team relentlessly pursues your interests and protects your legal rights. We are not afraid to take your case to court, if that is in your best interest.

21 Years of Experience

Robert Hamparyan is one of the most experienced car accident lawyers in San Diego, with over two decades of experience. His experience and credentials are hard to match. You can feel confident you are in good hands when you rely on Hamparyan Injury Lawyers for your personal injury case.

Award Winning

We've received virtually every award and accolade in the business. Super Lawyers has rated attorney Robert Hamparyan the No. 1 personal injury lawyer in San Diego eight years in a row. He was also voted San Diego's top trial lawyer in 2008, the highest award a personal injury trial lawyer can receive.

200+ Million Recovered

We fight for the maximum compensation for our clients in every case. If this requires litigation, we are not afraid to take your case to trial. In the last two decades, we recovered more than $200 million for our clients. This includes more than 40 individual settlements over $1 million.

We've won virtually every award and accolade in the business.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

Recent data released from the California Department of Transportation indicates that driving in San Diego is becoming increasingly more dangerous. In 2012, the number of fatal vehicle accidents in San Diego increased over 10% from the previous year. In 2011, there were 3,061 fatalities, while in 2012 the number increased to 3,399. Furthermore, there was an increase of 20,000 in the number of serious injury crashes.
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Most Common Types of Car Crashes in San Diego

Almost any violation of a traffic law can lead to a crash, whether it's running a red light or glancing away from the road to look at your phone. Because we partner with professional accident reconstruction specialists, we can get to the bottom of what causes every accident. Some of the most common types of car crashes we handle involve:
Drivers who act carelessly behind the wheel break traffic laws and cause accidents. These accidents cause injuries and result in property damage. We identify their negligent actions and which laws they broke, and hold them liable for your suffering.
Speeding is one of the most common ways drivers break laws. All motorists have a responsibility to drive under the speed limit. When they fail to do so and cause an accident, this is negligence. Driving at excessive speeds is sometimes known as reckless driving, and can be especially dangerous.
Driving while intoxicated is a major cause of traffic accidents nationwide. While the percentage of alcohol-related fatal accidents is slightly lower in California than the nationwide average, about 30 percent of all deadly accident still involve drunk drivers. Prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs also play a role in a large number of accidents.
Since the popularity of texting and the smartphone, distracted driving has increased dramatically. California law bars using cell phones behind the wheel, unless they are windshield or dash mounted and hands-free. Still, the incidents continue. And because it is difficult to determine what a driver was doing just before a crash, many believe these accidents are actually vastly under-reported.
Sometimes drivers do not cause accidents by being careless and making small mistakes. Instead, these motorists put others in danger by driving aggressively and recklessly. They may tailgate, speed excessively, weave in and out of traffic, change lanes without caution, run traffic lights, and other dangerous maneuvers.
Texting and cell phone use are not the only distractions drivers have behind the wheel. Almost anything inside or outside the car can cause a distraction that leads to an accident. Drivers must keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, as well as their mind on safe driving. When they tune the radio, reach for dropped items, or even deal with children in the back seat. Any of these can lead to a devastating crash.
Reckless driving comes in many forms, from excessive speeding to dangerous maneuvers that put other motorists at risk. If the driver who caused your crash received a citation for reckless driving, we will use this as evidence of liability and cause.
Because of the higher speed limits on on highways and interstates, crashes in these areas can be especially catastrophic. Speeding, reckless driving, drunk driving, distracted driving, and almost any other cause can lead to a highway accident that changes your life in a moment. We will recover the compensation you deserve for the full range of damages you suffered.
Sometimes other motorists are not solely responsible for your crash injuries. Some roads and highways are poorly designed, lack maintenance, or are otherwise inherently dangerous. We can uncover the cause of your accident and identify any and all liable parties, including the agency tasked with designing, building, or maintaining the road.

What types of damages can I recover?

There are several types of damages, both past and future, that are awarded in a car accident injury case. You can expect to recover compensation for the following:
  • Medical Costs
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation Costs
  • Property Damage

Schedule your free case review with one of San Diego’s most experienced car accident attorneys

At Hamparyan Injury Lawyers, our legal team always puts our clients and their families first. We fight for the maximum payout possible based on the facts of your case, and will take it to court if necessary to ensure you get every dollar you deserve. We have almost four dozen $1 million-plus recoveries for our clients over the last two decades, so we have real experience with high stakes personal injury cases.

Let San Diego car accident attorney Robert Hamparyan go to work on your case today.
Call us at (619) 550-1355 or request a free case review online.

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