Auto Accident Attorneys in Santa Barbara
Safeguarding you through the legal process if you have been injured in a car crash
The attorneys at Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP in Santa Barbara represent people who have been seriously injured in automobile accidents throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. We help people who have been injured in many types of car accidents, including:
Negligence and products liability
When dealing with a car crash, some lawyers only consider the other driver’s fault and spend their time defending their client against claims of comparative fault (see our personal injury overview). As civil trial attorneys with decades of experience handling all types of accidents and injury claims, we understand that other factors may be at play besides the other driver’s negligence. A defect in either automobile — from a design defect that causes a vehicle to rollover or explode, to manufacturing defects in the brakes, tires, seats or airbags that fail at a critical moment — can cause an accident or turn an otherwise minor incident into a major catastrophe resulting in serious injuries or wrongful death.
Uninsured motorists and underinsured motorists in California
California law requires every driver to carry liability insurance with minimum amounts of:
- $5,000 for property damage
- $15,000 for injury or death to one person
- $30,000 for injuries to multiple people arising out of a single automobile accident
These amounts are nearly always inadequate in any type of serious injury, and many Southern California drivers are not carrying any insurance at all. In these cases, if you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage, then your own insurance company may be liable to compensate you. Similarly, if your damages exceed the other driver’s policy limits, your Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage may apply. Legal representation is highly recommended even when dealing with your own insurance company, because your interests are not necessarily in line with the interests of your insurance company.
Among the verdicts and settlements we have achieved for our clients in car accidents are:
- $1,000,000 mediated settlement with a driver carrying minimum limits of coverage ($15,000). An additional $985,000 in underinsured motorist benefits was recovered (policy limits).
- $1,100,000 settlement for a man who was rear-ended by an underinsured motorist with a $25,000 liability policy. An additional $1,075,000 was recovered under the underinsured motorist policy.
- $815,000 settlement for a man who suffered a herniated disc with an underinsured drunk driver who paid $15,000. An additional $800,000 was recovered under an underinsured motorist policy.
Fighting for the best possible recovery for our clients
When handling car wreck cases, our attorneys conduct a thorough investigation of every crash and identify all of the responsible parties to hold them accountable and achieve the best possible recovery for our clients. We try cases against:
Aggressive representation on your car accident claims in Santa Barbara, California
If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident in Santa Barbara or the surrounding areas, call Pulverman & Pulverman, LLP at 805.259.3581 or contact the firm online to schedule a free consultation.
Mr. Martin Pulverman is the most amazing Attorney I have ever met. He is kind, caring and compassionate…I know all things you do not think of when thinking about an Attorney, but he is. I feel so blessed to have found him when I did. He worked on my case for almost 3 years, and I was able to connect with him 7 days a week, he always made me feel like a priority. His staff was truly top notch; they were always prompt and professional. I would recommend his services to anyone; he is truly one in a million!
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