Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury in California. Even though many auto accidents are minor fender-benders, they nonetheless result in a shocking number of severe injuries and even death. In addition to disability, victims often experience substantial pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.  Victims of automobile accidents caused by the negligence of others are entitled to compensation for each of these types of losses.  Sadly, many car accident victims never receive the full amount of damages to which they are entitled. Many car accident victims, unaware of the full value of their claims, accept the first offer from their insurance company. 

The insurance company wants to settle your case as soon as possible – and for as little money as possible. You need time to determine just how serious your injury is, what medical treatment or physical therapy you need, and how much your lost wages will be. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will call you, probably shortly after the accident.  Don’t talk to them! 

The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in California is two years, but there are important exceptions to this rule.  The most important exception is for claims against government entities and their employees, in which case you MUST file a government claim within six months of the date of the accident or event giving rise to your claim.  If you fail to do so, you will under most circumstances be forever barred from pursuing your claim.  

It is crucial to retain a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible to achieve the best result possible for your claim.  Our personal injury attorneys can help you:

- Establish liability by preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses 

- Ensure you receive the proper medical care and stay in touch with you as you recover

- Help you understand the law, including statutes of limitations 

- Collect the necessary medical records and help you document your injuries properly so that you receive full compensation 

- Ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled 

- Negotiate a settlement that takes into account all future medical and financial needs.

- Help determine which damages you are eligible for and can help you build an effective case. 

We handle car accidents on a regular basis, but we understand this is not an everyday experience for you. We will guide you through every step in the process and allow you the freedom and peace of mind to recover from your injuries without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies and bill collectors. Our attorneys and professional staff will get to know you and your situation well, because the better we know you, the better we can represent you.  

At Len Tillem and Associates, you receive the attention you would expect from a small firm and the results you expect from a big firm.  Contact us today for a free consultation, by telephone at 707-996-4505 or by e-mail at