GJEL Accident Attorneys have been serving the Stockton area and San Joaquin County since 1972. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident you should seek prompt medical attention and contact our personal injury attorneys for a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.
After an accident, there are typically a lot of questions that arise from uncertainty. Common questions we get are:
- How will I pay my medical bills?
- How can I get the best treatment available?
- What will I do about not being able to work and lost work compensation?
- Who will pay for this?
- Who is responsible for this accident?
- What if I need on-going medical attention?
That’s why GJEL is here to help. No matter what your questions is we have an answer. After helping injured victims for over 40 years we have seen almost everything there is to see from personal injury matters. If you were injured, we’re here to help you through this difficult time and you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
As local injury attorneys, we have recovered over $10 Million Dollars for our clients injured in Stockton and over $950 Million Dollars from cases across Northern California.
GJEL handles serious injury and wrongful death cases exclusively and is one of the highest rated personal injury law firms in Northern California. Below are a few of our most recent awards:
If you’re unsure if you need to hire an attorney about your case you should talk to us so we can see if we can help you.
Here are common reasons you may need to hire an attorney after an accident:
- You have mounting medical bills from medical treatment
- Your injuries will have a lifelong impact
- A family member was seriously injured with a brain injury or was killed
- You missed work due to serious injuries you sustained
Not everyone needs to hire an attorney. Those with small cuts and bruises may be able to settle with the insurance company quickly without the added cost of an attorney. GJEL is a California contingency fee-based law firm which means you don’t pay unless and until we win your case.
Here are some of the benefits you may get by hiring an experienced personal injury law firm:
- Maximum Compensation: We can help you recover the maximum amount after an accident.
- We can get you proper treatment: Some injuries will require lifelong care. We can help you get the treatment you deserve.
- Stop Harassing Collections: We can help get creditors and collection services to stop calling you
- We can take your case to trial: Trial can be expensive. We can front the costs so you don’t have to worry about a successful case.
Many clients make the mistake of trying to deal with an insurance company directly after an accident. This can be a big problem in serious injury cases as insurance companies will typically try to settle quickly. This can even happen before the full extent of your injuries and the impact of them are realized.
If you settle with the insurance company early you may lose your ability for further compensation.
Types of Injury Cases We’ve Handled in Stockton
With over 40 years of experience helping injured victims in the Stockton area, GJEL has handled all types of personal injury matters. Here are some of the more common cases we have handled for our clients injured in the area.
Car, Truck & Motorcyle Accidents
GJEL has recovered over $20 Million Dollars from car accident injury cases in northern California. Car vs. Truck accidents are common due the I-5 Freeway. Learn more about car accident cases.
Stockton has seen it’s fair share of pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, issues of street safety and social equity are being compounded as America’s poor move to suburban areas that are not built for walking.
Poverty rates in suburban communities are growing at twice the rate compared to urban communities – up 64 percent between 2000 and 2011. This trend is readily apparent in outer-edge Bay Area communities like Antioch, Fairfield, and Stockton. Meanwhile, the automobile-oriented street infrastructure in these communities has yet to catch up.
Stockton is in desperate need of safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians, suffering from one of the highest fatality rates of any major city in the state, as well as high rates of obesity.
Interestingly, Stockton submitted 18 ATP applications – far more than any other city, by population. While the city missed out on most of its applications, it’s encouraging to see a shift in priorities for the city – and these projects could still be funded regionally.
Common Accidents in Stockton
Stockton is the 13th largest city in California with a population of 307,072 people according to the most recent census. In addition to the high population, Stockton is home to more accidents than the average city partially due to the highways that run through the city including the Interstate 5 Freeway and California State Route 99.
This extra traffic brings in thousands of extra vehicles a day through the city including commercial trucks, motorcycles and tractor trailers.
The most common type of accident in Stockton are Car Accidents
The most common type of accident cases we handle in Stockton are motor vehicle accidents which resulted in many serious injuries and deaths.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety there were over 2,200 injuries in 2015. In the table below you can see the breakdown from their OTS rankings by type of collision recorded.
|TYPE OF COLLISION||VICTIMS
|Total Fatal and Injury||2,271||4/15|
|Had Been Drinking Driver < 21||12||5/15|
|Had Been Drinking Driver 21 – 34||59||6/15|
|Pedestrians < 15||29||1/15|
|Bicyclists < 15||21||1/15|
Most of the collisions in Stockton that resulted in an injury were due to speed-related causes.
|TYPE OF COLLISION||FATAL &
|Nighttime (9:00pm – 2:59am)||154||11/15|
|Hit and Run||232||2/15|
We specialize in helping victims who have been seriously injured or killed in an accident. We do not handle whiplash injuries or soft tissue cases.
Call (209) 460-1010 for a free, immediate consultation with a GJEL Accident Attorney.