Category Archives: Personal Injury Attorneys

Hiring a California Personal Injury Lawyer

Thursday, May 12, 2022

With more than 100 years of combined experience, Rodriguez & Associates has fiercely fought for victims of car accidents, trucking accidents, school bullying, oil field accidents, police brutality, and many other types of personal injury cases. Our trusted reputation and record-setting case results are just part of why people like you choose us for representation.

“I was taken care of beyond belief and I want to thank all the staff, especially Martha and Joel.” -J.A., a former client.

“Daniel and his staff leave no stone unturned in representing their clients.” – J.T., Attorney.

If you have a personal injury case and are unsure how to move forward or pick a lawyer, keep reading. Below we will outline the next steps, answer common questions, and provide insight into the Rodriguez & Associates legacy.

If you think you, or a loved one, may have a personal injury case that could use the attention of one of the best Bakersfield personal injury lawyers, please give us a call at 661-323-1400 or fill out this form ASAP. We speak both Spanish and English.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you, or a loved one, are suffering physical or emotional injuries due to the negligence of another person, business, or entity, you may have a case. To determine this, two of the main factors to establish are liability and damages. While we fight for most personal injury cases, here is a list of our specialties.

How much does a Bakersfield, California personal injury lawyer cost?

We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay an attorney’s fee unless we secure compensation for you.

What damages are subject to compensation in a California personal injury case?

While every case is unique, some of the most common damages include pain and suffering, loss of wages, and medical expenses (current and future) resulting from the injury.

How should I choose a law firm to represent me?

When selecting an attorney or law firm, base your decision on their education and experience handling cases similar to yours. For example, founder Daniel Rodriguez J.D. also has an engineering degree and training in metallurgy, mechanics, forensics, ballistics, and other facets of engineering. Unlike an attorney with a political science undergrad degree, he can use his expertise to recreate a car accident or find where it was in the manufacturing and design process that the culprit corporation chose to cut corners on safety. Furthermore, this enables him to dig deeper to obtain more relevant information when questioning defendants and witnesses.

Additionally, you should pay particular attention to the firm’s reputation and its history of success in obtaining significant case results. Most importantly, you want a firm that will place your interests above all else and obtain maximum compensation for your injury.

Why choose Rodriguez & Associates?

We pride ourselves on giving each case the complete attention it deserves and requires at every step of the legal process. Below are some of the reasons why victims chose us.

  • By hiring doctors and other experts for each case, we create a formidable team that protects our clients’ rights. This helps us fight against big insurance companies and other lawyers who will do everything possible to avoid being held accountable for the harm they have caused our clients. We never cut corners or costs.
  • Our team is dedicated to obtaining the highest possible compensation amount for our clients. We secured the largest verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289. Please review more of our verdicts and settlements here.
  • We take more personal injury cases to trial than any other local law firm. This means we get the highest amounts for our clients because insurance companies both fear and respect our ability to get the job done.
  • We treat every client like family and are consistently finding ways to improve our community. From financially supporting our local Burn and Neuro Trauma Units to our annual school backpack giveaways and scholarship funds, we are proud to give back to our community. Learn more about our community involvement here.

Our firm is highly experienced in handling personal injury cases involving:

What are some recent personal injury verdicts and settlements obtained by Rodriguez & Associates?

  • $16,100,000: For the driver hit by a big-rig tire that flew off.
  • $9,450,000: The second highest result in Kern County for wrongful death. This was due to a farm equipment accident.
  • $3,875,000: For a faulty brake repair by the dealership
  • $1,500,000: For a motorcyclist hit by a policeman running a red light.

Let’s Talk.

When injured Bakersfield residents want the toughest, most respected legal representation, they talk to Rodriguez & Associates. Contact our personal injury lawyers today to find justice after suffering debilitating injury and loss.

Please call or text us at 661-323-1400, or fill out this online form, for a free and confidential case consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 6:37 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Named to Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Bakersfield List

Monday, March 21, 2022

Rodriguez & Associates has been named to the Five Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Bakersfield, CA by Kev’s Best.

Each year, Kev’s Best puts together a list of top professionals to help you find the best in Bakersfield. They follow a special set of guidelines to review businesses they include in their unpaid listings. 

The reviews are based on a rating list which includes: business history, services, pictures/media, opening hours, social media, website quality, awards and acknowledgments, feedback and reviews, and much more. 

Rodriguez & Associates has been included for years as one of the Best Law Firms by The Bakersfield Californian’s “The Best of Readers’ Choice Poll”. We have been listed among the Best Personal Injury Lawyers In Bakersfield by Expertise.com. Founding president, Daniel Rodriguez has been included in Super Lawyers® every year since 2009.

To learn more about our award-winning Bakersfield, California personal injury law firm, click here.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:56 pm

Danay Gonzalez Answers What NOT to Do If You Are a Party In a Lawsuit

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Danay Gonzales, personal injury attorney at Rodriguez & Associates, answers commonly asked questions about what NOT to do if you are a party in a lawsuit in her educational TikTok video:

Do NOT post about the lawsuit on social media- it will be used against you.

It’s important to be on your best behavior if you are involved in a lawsuit. Social media has become a widely used tool to help vindicate those at fault during a lawsuit because of a slight slip-up.

Posting about daily activities that make you “look” uninjured could hurt your case. It’s highly advised to stay off social media to better your chance at a successful lawsuit.

Do NOT forget to follow up with your doctors about your injuries.

It’s important to receive doctor’s notes/visits that report your injuries. Having medical records of your injuries during a lawsuit is important, and will be used to prove to a judge/jury that you were indeed injured. 

Do NOT take the first settlement offer- you’ll be lowballed.

Parties will offer you a lowball settlement offer during your first run; don’t take it. Chances are, opposite parties will come up with a higher settlement offer if they know you’re not willing to settle with a low offer. 

Do NOT lie to your lawyers- the truth always comes out.

Client confidentiality is very important to Rodriguez & Associates. Regardless of the case, always be honest with your lawyer so they can help you to their best extent. 

Danay Gonzalez is passionate about fighting for justice and is here to help with her informative videos. Remember to take your attorney’s advice, as they have your best interests at heart. 

CONTACT OUR BAKERSFIELD PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Rodriguez & Associates is conveniently located in downtown Bakersfield, CA. We are available for weekend and evening appointments, charge no fee for consultations, and speak both English and Spanish. To contact us, please call 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 Toll-Free.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:41 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Welcomes a New Attorney

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Attorney_Victoria_HarpRodriguez & Associates is happy to welcome new attorney Victoria L. Harp to our firm. Born and raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Victoria made her way to the west coast after earning her JD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Victoria has extensive experience in personal injury/torts, family law, criminal law, and various civil litigation. She is passionate about litigating for clients, is an excellent orator, and her briefs and motions have been met with strong results.

Victoria is also deeply involved in the Bakersfield community. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East and past President of the Kern County Bar Young Lawyer Section. She currently sits on the charitable foundation for the Kern County Bar and serves as the Career Advisor for the Kern County College of Law. Victoria is also the CEO of Daily Reprieve, Inc., a local non-profit sober living provider. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys spending time with her dog, refurbishing furniture, reading science fiction, and kayaking.

Welcome to the family, Victoria!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:20 pm

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Commercial trucks, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and municipal trucks are only some of the massive vehicles on the road at any given time, all of which are nearly 30-40 times the mass of the traditional family car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. When a large truck is involved in an accident with a car or an SUV, the results can be catastrophic, even deadly.

Truck accidents always involve a multitude of factors that can depend on the drivers, the rig, the manufacturer, or environmental elements. It is important that truck drivers abide by traffic laws, stay alert, and maintain safety precautions while operating their vehicles to minimize the chance of an accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that about 450,000 truck accidents occur nationwide each year, resulting in over 4,000 deaths annually. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Patrol’s 2019 statistics 7.7% of California truck drivers were involved in fatal crashes during that year. Most of these accidents are preventable and happen at the fault of the truck driver.

Some of the common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Fatigue

One of the top causes of accidents involving trucks is a result of exhaustion or fatigue from long hours of driving. Many drivers will drive past the point of exhaustion to make more money. The FMCSA has set specific laws for commercial drivers including mandatory breaks. Commercial drivers may drive for up to eleven hours following a mandatory 10-hour rest. In California, all commercial drivers must rest for 10 minutes after every 4 hours of driving and take a thirty-minute break after every 5 hours.

  • Speeding

Since trucks are so much larger than cars, speeding is all that more dangerous. Due to their mass, it takes longer for a truck to slow its speed, change direction, and for the driver to maintain control. The state of California requires truck drivers to travel at 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit to help maintain safe roadways.

  • Unbalanced or Excessive Load

A truck that has an unbalanced or excessive load of any type of material can cause unnecessary movement on the road and limit the amount of control the driver has over the rig. Overloading a truck can put extra strain on the truck’s frame, which can impact the axel framing, tires, and suspension, causing failure.

  • Mechanical Failure

Poor brake maintenance is the number one cause of trucking accidents due to mechanical failure. Breaks on a commercial truck require a specific amount of air pressure, and when that air supply is not functioning properly, the truck’s brakes will not function properly as a result. Large trucks typically undergo more wear and tear than a standard vehicle and require frequent maintenance.

  • Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, ice, and fog are among the most common elements that contribute to truck accidents. All drivers experience these weather conditions but due to their size, trucks are much more susceptible to dangerous accidents and should take extra precautions during weather events.

The FMCSA has placed regulations on trucks and their drivers to work towards eliminating preventable accidents and placing more accountability on trucking companies and their drivers. Drivers are required to use electronic logging devices that automatically track the number of hours a driver has been operating their truck, collision warning systems, and automatic braking systems. More information regarding causes, statistics, and recovery of truck accidents can be found here.

If you or a family member have been involved in an accident with a truck do not hesitate to reach out to an attorney. Our team of Bakersfield Truck Accident Attorneys at Rodriguez and Associates are here to assist you every step of the way to help you reach recovery.

Our history of recoveries includes $16,100,000 in a case involving a big rig wheel flying off and crashing into a car and $5,250,000 in a case of a motorcycle vs. a big rig truck crash.

Contact us today online or by phone at (661) 323-1400 to schedule a free consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:52 pm

Danay Gonzalez Answers Commonly Asked Questions About Being a Lawyer

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Danay Gonzalez, attorney at Rodriguez & Associates, answers a few commonly asked questions people have for her about being a personal injury lawyer.

What made you become a lawyer?

I wanted to be a voice for my community and make a difference.

How did you become a lawyer?

After high school, I attended UCLA, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I went on to attend and graduate from Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. I was fortunate enough to pass the July 2017 Bar Exam on my first try.

Is being a lawyer hard?

Absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so rewarding!

Watch California personal injury lawyer, Danay Gonzalez answer these questions in her TikTok video:

Danay grew up in Kern County, CA, and knew she wanted to help others by becoming a personal injury lawyer after seeing how Daniel Rodriguez, founder and senior partner at Rodriguez & Associates and successful member of the Hispanic community, advocated for her friends and neighbors.

Danay, along with Daniel Rodriguez and partner Chantal Trujillo, obtained the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289 for a truck vs SUV case.

Danay is passionate about fighting for people’s rights and helping them find their own voice.

CONTACT OUR BAKERSFIELD PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Rodriguez & Associates is conveniently located in downtown Bakersfield, CA. We are available for weekend and evening appointments, charge no fee for consultations, and speak both English and Spanish. To contact us, please call 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 Toll-Free.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:11 pm

Trucks vs. Cars: Are All Vehicle Crashes the Same?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Every car crash has its own unique set of circumstances that individuals, law enforcement, and insurance companies must handle, but when a crash involves a commercial truck (also referred to as a semi-truck or tractor-trailer) additional layers of trucking law, regulations, insurance policies, and negligence come into play. Handling a lawsuit that involves a commercial trucking accident requires representation with knowledge and experience of these factors.

Determining Liability

Typically, in a car crash, there is one person who is determined to be at fault. Due to the nature of the trucking industry, multiple parties, including or excluding the driver of the truck, can be held responsible for damages. Depending on the specifics of an accident, the truck driver, the truck manufacturer, the trucking company, and even more players may hold some or all of the responsibility for the incident. Because of these layers of involvement, determining liability in a commercial truck accident can be a logistical nightmare that requires deep knowledge of trucking laws to sort out who is at fault.

More Serious Personal Injury

The weight of the average American car will range between 2,000 to 4,000 pounds, whereas a commercial truck can range from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds. Trucks also have significant physical dimensions that require longer stopping distances, wider turn radiuses, and larger blind spots.

In an accident involving any two vehicles, the physical size and proportions affect the force inflicted. A crash involving two cars will potentially cause far less damage than a car that is struck by a vehicle 20 times its size. It is for this reason that accidents involving commercial trucks typically cause greater physical injury, more fatalities, and more totaled cars. Read more about trucking accident statistics here.

Trucking Insurance Policies

A commercial truck accident case can be worth a huge amount in court because the trucking industry requires massive insurance policies. Trucking insurance providers will aggressively defend their clients to avoid liability. A rise in truck accidents has influenced increases in insurance policies for trucking companies with more at stake in a lawsuit. Bakersfield Truck Accident Attorneys of Rodriguez and Associates has the expertise to handle all situations that arise in court.

Investigating Truck Accidents

Due to the many complexities of a truck crash, investigations are extensive and can require many months of research in addition to knowledge of federal and state trucking regulations. Familiarity with different types of evidence required throughout an investigation is imperative. Examples of evidence include:

  • Accident reports
  • Electronic logs
  • Photos and witness statements
  • Evidence requested in a spoliation letter

Trucking accident attorneys of Rodriguez & Associates have handled hundreds of truck accidents. Founder and senior attorney Daniel Rodriguez, along with attorneys Chantal Trujillo and Danay Gonzalez, obtained the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history of $70,578,289 for a truck vs SUV case. We are familiar with truck accidents’ engineering, truckers’ fatigue, and other issues that lead to catastrophic accidents.

If you – or someone you love – have been a victim of a truck accident, contact us today. Call us at (661) 323-1400 for a free consultation to discuss your case and legal options.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 4:41 pm

Common Mistakes People Make After Being In a Motor Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

We understand how a serious injury or losing a loved one in a car crash can and will impact your life. It’s very common to be shaken up after a motor vehicle accident, but it’s very important to remember these key steps so we can help your case to the best of our ability.

  • Get a police report.
  • Take pictures of the scene, injuries, and/or vehicles.
  • Get witness contact information.
  • Don’t tell the police/ambulance that “you’re fine”, it will go in the report.
  • Make sure to seek medical attention within 3 days.
  • Don’t give a statement to your insurance company without having a lawyer.

Watch personal injury attorney, Danay Gonzalez explain these steps in her educational TikTok video:
We understand just how stressful it can be to experience a significant motor vehicle accident in Bakersfield, CA. Our trusted personal injury attorneys at Rodriguez & Associates have handled hundreds of motor vehicle accident cases. We will review every aspect of your claim, and discover the party responsible for your situation.

Whether your car was struck by a drunk driver or you were involved in a collision while riding your bicycle, a crash can cause emotional trauma, property damage, and permanent injuries. Our team diligently fights to maximize your settlement and protect your best interests.

CONTACT OUR BAKERSFIELD MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

Rodriguez & Associates is conveniently located in downtown Bakersfield. We are available for weekend and evening appointments, charge no fee for consultations, and speak both English and Spanish. To contact us, please call 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 Toll-Free.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:25 pm

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

After an unexpected accident, you may ask yourself if you should retain a Bakersfield personal injury attorney. Hiring a lawyer can deliver significant advantages to your case, but in some situations, you may wonder if it is worth the cost. To identify whether you should hire a personal injury attorney, it is important to understand the pros and cons of retaining legal representation.

Advantages of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

The benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer far outweigh the potential disadvantages. Personal injury lawyers have strong knowledge of your case area and the processes that you will need to follow to recover compensation. By hiring a lawyer to represent your case, you gain access to valuable skills, resources, and experience that you can leverage to prove your claim.

A Lawyer Can Fully Investigate Your Case

After a recent injury, you may not have the time, energy, or resources to investigate your accident. However, an investigation is necessary to identify the at-fault party and gather enough evidence to prove his or her liability. In these situations, your personal injury lawyer can help.

A California personal injury attorney can leverage the full power of his or her firm’s resources to investigate your claim. Your lawyer could consult with expert witnesses, like medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists, who can testify on your behalf. 

An Attorney Can Negotiate on Your Behalf

Many personal injury claims involve negotiation, whether it occurs during an insurance claim or before a lawsuit heads to trial. Navigating a negotiation can be extremely stressful without experience or the right skill set.

Your attorney will have significant experience negotiating with insurance representatives and defense attorneys. He or she will be able to advocate aggressively for your best interests and fight against proposals that harm your recovery.

A Lawyer Can Help You Calculate Damages

In a personal injury claim, you can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, you may not know the full extent of the compensation that you qualify for. A personal injury lawyer can identify all possible avenues to compensation and accurately calculate your settlement, helping you avoid an insufficient settlement.

Cost of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Generally, there is only one disadvantage to hiring a personal injury lawyer: the perceived cost of legal services. After a recent injury, you can face significant financial hardship due to medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. Some lawyers charge hourly fees that can be very expensive, making it difficult to afford proper representation. 

However, many firms operate on a contingency fee basis. Under this type of arrangement, you will only pay legal fees if the attorney secures a settlement on your behalf. To limit your out-of-pocket costs, your attorney will take an agreed-upon percentage as payment. 

What to Do After an Unexpected Accident

If you are involved in an unexpected Bakersfield car accident, it is important to remain calm and seek help as soon as possible. Call 911 if necessary and file a police or incident report. Seek emergency medical attention and save all records related to your injuries. 

While a lawyer may not be necessary in all situations, you still want to protect your best interests following your accident. After receiving treatment for your injuries, contact a California personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Your lawyer will evaluate your claim and help you identify your optimal path to maximum compensation.

Posted by highrank at 6:46 pm

What Causes Poor Road Conditions?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

When we think of traffic accidents and collisions, we tend to think that the situation must have been caused by a driver that was reckless, distracted, or under the influence. However, unsafe roadway conditions are an underlying contributor to a number of accidents across the country. A poorly designed, ill-maintained, or naturally hazardous roadway can pose significant risks to even the most careful driver. In this article, we’re going to discuss some of potential hazards that can lead to unsafe road conditions.

  1. Ill-Maintained Roads: If a road is not actively monitored and maintained by qualified professionals, it may deteriorate to the point that it becomes an active hazard for drivers using it. A poorly maintained road can result in a number of problems, including potholes and cracks in the blacktop. In some instances, a driver that hits an unexpected pothole may lose control of their car. This can cause the vehicle to veer into another lane or oncoming traffic. The car can also blow a tire or break an axle, resulting in a major collision.
  2. Defective or Confusing Roadways: In other cases, a highway may be unusually dangerous due to an improperly maintained center barrier. When properly installed and maintained, a center barrier reduces the risk of drivers entering the opposing lanes of traffic. They are designed to redirect vehicles on impact, lessening the impact of a collision and protecting drivers on the opposite side of the road. If not kept in good collision, the barrier may fail and lead to a significant crash. Roads with hard-to-see lines or a lack of proper signage can also cause problems for drivers. Particularly on difficult or unfamiliar roadways, a lack of proper direction can lead to a collision.
  3. Poorly Designed Roads: Some roads are dangerous due to intrinsic design flaws or oversights. Poor design can take a number of different forms, including: sudden or sharp curves with low visibility, blind corners, poorly lit roads, overly crowded roadways, inefficient merges that cause bottlenecks, ineffective drainage systems, a lack of shoulders for emergency stops, and obstructions such as trees or utility poles. If a roadway has a history of significant dangers and accidents, there may be an underlying factor in its design that contributes to such issues.
  4. Unorganized Construction Zones: From time to time, it’s vital to repair, expand, or reconstruct sections of roadway. However, if a construction zone is poorly marked or traffic is directed in a confusing or inefficient manner, drivers can be at additional risk of an accident. Misleading signs and unpredictable changes to the roadway can substantially increase the chances of a crash. Additionally, construction vehicles can pose an unfamiliar risk to many drivers. Large trucks, bulldozers, excavators, and other heavy-duty vehicles may be present on or near the roadway in a construction zone.

Contact Rodriguez & Associates for Collisions Caused by Dangerous Roads

It can be challenging to prove that your collision was caused or influenced by a poorly maintained road. The skilled Bakersfield dangerous road lawyers at Rodriguez & Associates evaluate your accident to help determine whether:

  • A public agency controlled or owner the road the accident occurred on
  • The road involved was dangerous at the time of the accident
  • A dangerous roadway condition directly influenced the collision
  • The crash occurred in such a way that the public entity could have reasonably expected given the dangerous condition
  • The dangerous roadway came about because of the public entity’s failure to mediate the risk to drivers

We’re prepared to support you through the legal process and provide the justice you and your loved ones deserve.

Posted by highrank at 3:10 pm