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Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers

As a driver, you know there’s a risk of an accident every time you get behind the wheel. But the crashes you hear about—the injuries, the wrecked vehicles—all seem remote and impersonal. Until it happens to you.

Maybe your hands were so shaky it was hard to dial 9-1-1. Or maybe you don’t remember anything until you woke up in a hospital room. But however your accident unfolded, now it’s all real: the pain, the medical bills, the time missed from work. And the insurance rep who keeps calling and asking you to give a recorded statement.

If you’re hesitant to trust the insurance company, your instincts are good.

Suppose you’re injured in a crash caused by another driver. If the system was 100% fair, you could expect their insurance company to offer you a settlement covering current and future medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

But the reality is that insurance companies are—bottom line—in business to make money, not to offer a full, fair settlement on every claim.

If you want to receive the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries, you need experts on your side who can balance out the equation. It shouldn’t be a fight to get what you deserve—but it is a fight nonetheless.

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Chain | Cohn | Clark’s personal injury lawyers have garnered more multimillion-dollar personal injury case results than any other law firm in Kern County. With one of our Bakersfield car accident attorneys on your side, you’ll finally be facing a fair fight.

We know how to . . .

  • Investigate an accident and gather evidence of who was at fault
  • Retain experts to testify on your behalf
  • Meet filing deadlines and handle the complicated paperwork involved in car accident claims
  • Document your injuries—physical and emotional—in ways the insurance companies can’t refute
  • Negotiate a fair settlement and, if necessary, argue your case in court

Injured in a Car Accident? Get a Free Consultation

If you’re worried you can’t afford a lawyer, you’re not alone. But you can. At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we’ve been fighting for the underdog for 90 years—and we’re not going to stop now.

Our Bakersfield auto accident attorneys work on contingency. That means they work on the condition that you don’t pay them anything unless you get paid. There aren’t any out-of-pocket costs as we work on your case. Instead, your lawyer receives a predetermined percentage of your final settlement or jury award.

We also offer free consultations. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

Client Stories

Typically, when a potential client walks through our doors, we don’t know exactly why they’ve come—but we know there’s a reason. An accident. Injuries. Frustration. Mounting anxieties. A feeling of being overwhelmed.

From the reception staff to the senior partners, we’re here to support you. Your attorney will meet with you face to face, listen to your story, and lay out your options. We’ll make sure you’re informed and in control as we work to get you the damages you deserve.

Our client stories paint the clearest picture of what it’s like to have Chain | Cohn | Clark in your corner:

  • Cristal was injured when a driver ran a red light and hit her car. “I think for my situation,” she says, “having been in the car accident and telling the cops on scene, ‘I don’t know what happened,’ [Chain | Cohn | Clark] accomplished what I thought was the impossible. We ended up winning.” She adds: “This is the team you want on your side. Nothing but praise from my end.”
  • Jesus suffered a spinal injury when his car was sideswiped by another vehicle. “I went to other attorneys first, and no one would accept my case because I had a pre-existing condition. When I reached out to Matt Clark, he said it would be difficult, but that I had a case. He gave us hope,” Jesus says. “Mr. Clark was genuinely concerned about my injuries, treatment, and health. Today, I feel good health-wise, and I feel good with the settlement. I would highly recommend the law firm.”
  • Raquel was injured when she was rear-ended while stopped on 7th Standard Road. “Just to be able to meet with the attorney directly, not have a middle person or anybody else, was a sign of relief if he was going to be the one representing me. He was always with me for any of the mediations,” she says. “That kept me at peace that I always had somebody by my side.”

Watch Raquel tell her story.

Case Results

At Chain | Cohn | Clark, we’ve recovered nearly a billion dollars for our clients.

  • Car accident: $3.7 million: A jury awarded damages after our client suffered a traumatic brain injury and severe orthopedic injuries in a car crash.
  • Car accident: $3.25 million: Our clients were injured when they were rear-ended at high speed on Highway 46.
  • Car accident: $2.4 million: A truck driver rear-ended our client at a stop.
  • Car accident: $1.825 million: Our client was injured when she collided with a vehicle being driven without headlights in dense fog.

Local Car Accident Lawyers

If you search for car crash lawyers in Bakersfield, you’ll find Los Angeles-based or national law firms masquerading as local. Don’t be fooled.

Personal injury cases are personal. If you pick an out-of-town firm:

  • You’ll probably never meet your lawyer.
  • If you do meet them, it won’t be in Bakersfield.

Do you think an L.A. or San Francisco lawyer wants to represent you in court in Bakersfield? Not likely. Why does that matter? Because instead of being willing to go the distance for you, they’ll push you to settle.

Chain | Cohn | Clark was founded in Bakersfield in 1934—and we’re still here. Our offices are at 1731 Chester Avenue, a five-minute walk from the courthouse. And most of our lawyers are Bakersfield natives.

We’ll negotiate with insurance companies and opposing lawyers to try to reach a settlement. But if we can’t reach a settlement that’s fair to you, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

In Kern County, Chain | Cohn | Clark is known and respected by area insurance adjusters, lawyers, and judges. When we say we’re a local law firm, it’s the truth. We’re part of your community, and we want to lend you a hand when you need it.

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What compensation is available for car accident injuries?

There are two kinds of compensation for car accident injuries:

  1. Economic damages reimburse you for things like:
    • car repairs
    • ambulance rides
    • medical bills
    • rehab costs
    • lost wages
  2. Noneconomic damages compensate you for the physical and emotional pain and suffering that result from your injuries.

How long do I have to file a car accident claim?

In California, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a car accident claim. If a claim involves a government entity, you only have six months. In general, it’s wise to find an attorney to represent you and file a claim as soon as possible.

What happens if the accident was partly my fault?

As you may know, California is an at-fault state for car accidents. That means the person who causes an accident is liable or responsible for the resulting damages. However, California follows a legal concept called pure comparative fault.

Under pure comparative fault rules, more than one party can be held responsible for an accident. Each party involved in an accident is assigned a percentage of the blame.

Here’s a practical example. A jury determines you’re 20% responsible for the accident and awards you $100,000 in compensation. You can still collect damages, even though you were 20% at fault—but you can only collect 80% of the damages (i.e., $80,000).


Why Hire Chain | Cohn | Clark?

Here’s what you can expect from our experienced Bakersfield car accident lawyers:

  • Personal attention: You’ll meet the lawyer who will handle your case at your first appointment, and you’ll have access to your attorney throughout the process—by phone, text, or email.
  • Support: We’ll handle the paperwork, legal deadlines, investigation, research, and negotiations. And, if necessary, we’ll argue your case in court.
  • Communication: We don’t want you to feel pressured or overburdened, but it’s still your case. So, we’ll give you the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.

Don’t try to take on the insurance company on your own. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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