This was a two-vehicle accident that took place in rural California.  Our client suffered from back pain and dental injuries.

Her insurance company was Mercury and the company for the other person was Farmers.  We were able to settle this case without litigation in the amount of $100,000.

Rural California Car Accident Settlement: Factors and Considerations

Factors That May Affect a Rural Car Accident Settlement

  1. Lower Traffic Density: Rural roads typically have lower traffic density, which can affect the number of witnesses and the amount of evidence available. This may make it more challenging to establish fault and gather support for your claim.
  2. Higher Speed Limits: Rural roads often have higher speed limits, which can lead to more severe accidents and injuries. As a result, the potential compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering may be higher in a rural car accident settlement.
  3. Limited Access to Medical Care: In some rural areas, access to medical care may be limited, requiring accident victims to travel long distances for treatment. This can result in increased medical expenses and transportation costs, which should be considered when negotiating a settlement.
  4. Road Conditions and Maintenance: Poor road conditions or inadequate maintenance in rural areas can contribute to car accidents. If a hazardous road condition caused your accident, you might have a claim against the responsible government agency or contractor. However, these claims can be complex and require additional investigation and evidence.
  5. Presence of Large Vehicles and Farm Equipment: Rural roads are more likely to have large vehicles, such as trucks and farm equipment, sharing the roadway. Accidents involving these types of vehicles can result in severe injuries and extensive property damage, which can impact the value of your settlement.

Tips for Pursuing a Rural Car Accident Settlement

  1. Report the Accident: As with any car accident, it’s essential to report the incident to the police, regardless of its location. A police report will serve as an official record of the accident and can be used as evidence in your claim.
  2. Gather Evidence: Due to the potential lack of witnesses and limited resources in rural areas, it’s crucial to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident. Take photographs of the vehicles, road conditions, and any contributing factors. Also, obtain contact information from any witnesses or other drivers involved.
  3. Seek Medical Attention: It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a rural car accident, even if you feel fine. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and early medical documentation can be essential for supporting your claim.
  4. Consult with a Car Accident Attorney: An experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the unique challenges of a rural car accident settlement. They can assist with gathering evidence, identifying liable parties, and negotiating with insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation.
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Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Since 1972 he has been helping seriously injured victims throughout northern California fight & win their personal injury cases. Andy is one of the top awarded & recognized wrongful death lawyers in northern California.