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Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident can result in property damage and life-changing injuries, which can lead to lost wages and the need for ongoing medical care.

If you've been in a motor vehicle collision, a car accident lawyer can help you secure compensation for medical bills and other losses.

See what sets Ganong Law in Bakersfield, CA, apart from other law firms in the state...

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You Have 2 Years to File Suit

If another person's negligence caused a car accident that resulted in personal injury, you need to file a car accident claim within California's statute of limitations of two years. People from all over California come to Ganong Law for representation. Our car accident lawyer has won millions in compensation for clients, making us a good choice when considering an attorney.

If you're in need of a car accident lawyer, fill out our online contact form or call our Bakersfield, CA, office at:

(661) 327-3337

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What Can I Gain From Filing an Injury Claim?

If you've suffered a personal injury in a car accident, you're likely overwhelmed with medical bills and lost wages. Depending on the severity of your injuries, a loved one may have had to quit their job or take time off to care for you. Fortunately, an injury lawyer can help you secure compensation to reimburse you for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of employment or business opportunities

Our Bakersfield attorney can also help secure compensation to pay for car damage and other property damage that you may have sustained during a car accident.

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Understanding California's Laws

Pure Comparative Negligence Laws

California uses a pure comparative negligence system, meaning that more than one person or entity can be held accountable for a car accident. Additionally, if you were partially responsible for an accident, you can still win compensation if the other party involved in the accident is considered to be at fault, too. In these cases, the other party pays a percentage of the damages. This law can be confusing, so contact our car accident lawyer at Ganong Law and we can get to work on your case or refer you to a trusted attorney.

Statute of Limitations

California has a statute of limitations of two years for filing a personal injury claim, meaning from the date of your car accident, you have two years to file a lawsuit. If you want to file a lawsuit over property damage, California has a statute of limitations of three years. If you miss these deadlines, you give up your rights forever to take legal action for your car accident. Additionally, letting too much time pass is dangerous because evidence can become destroyed and key witnesses can forget what happened or move away.

Filing a Wrongful Death Suit

If your loved one hasn't survived the injuries they sustained in a motor vehicle collision, we may be able to file a wrongful death case instead. This case would allow our attorney the opportunity to secure compensation for lost wages, funeral expenses, and other losses.

What You Should Know About Insurance Companies And Why You Should Always Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney First

Insurance companies often try to get people to settle for less than they deserve, and often less than they need. Your own or the other driver's insurance company may also try to get you to make a statement. Don't give them any information, because they will try to use it against you.

If an insurance company contacts you following an accident, don't talk about who's responsible and don't admit guilt. Simply tell them to contact your attorney.

Don't accept any amount of money from an insurance company before discussing it with a lawyer first. Our car accident lawyer will handle the insurance companies and fight for you to receive the kind of compensation that will allow you to recover and live comfortably.

Phil Ganong did an excellent job on a tough case for me. He was a hard worker, well prepared, and effective. I was amazed at how much time, attention and detail he contributed on my case, given the lengthy process it took to complete. He is a tireless attorney that will work hard for your case. I would not hesitate to refer him to my best friend , my family, or anybody else who needed a great lawyer. Edward Black, 5-Star Review
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Ganong Law has been helping clients recover compensation for nearly 40 years. Attorney Philip W. Ganong is a member of several legal organizations, including: 

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California

To schedule your free consultation with our law firm, request an appointment online or call Ganong Law in Bakersfield at (661) 327-3337.

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