Category Archives: Rodriguez & Associates

How Long Do Commercial Truck Accident Cases Take to Settle?

Monday, June 22, 2020

Settling a case that involves a large commercial truck (such as a tractor trailer) often takes longer to resolve than an accident involving only cars because there are more components to the claim. In our experience as truck accident attorneys in Bakersfield, these are some of the factors that are involved.

Liability Investigation

An investigation of who was at fault will be done by your attorney and also by the truck’s insurance company. Many truck companies hold insurance policies that are $1 million or more so their goal will be to keep the claim amount as low as possible. Their investigation will try to build a case showing the driver was not at fault – or was only partially at fault. Because they will examine every possibility, investigations may take months or even years.

Injuries and Medical Treatment

Most personal injury cases are resolved when the victim is fully recovered, but injuries that involve a semi-truck may be more traumatic with a longer recovery period, thereby increasing the time it takes to settle the case. Settling the case without a clear picture of total injuries and/or necessary future medical treatment, is not advisable because it may result in an amount that will not fully compensate the victim.

Insurance Company Negotiations for a Settlement

As stated above, insurance companies have much more to lose if the truck driver is found to be at fault so they will aggressively defend the driver and the trucking company. Therefore, negotiations between the truck insurance company attorneys and your attorneys may be very lengthy. If nothing can be agreed upon, a lawsuit will be the next step.

A truck accident is unique and unlike an accident involving only cars. If you’re involved in a commercial truck accident, you will want to hire an attorney who is an expert in the field. Our Bakersfield truck accident lawyers have handled hundreds of truck accidents. We obtained the highest personal injury verdict (over $70 million) in Kern County history for an accident involving a big rig.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, call our Bakersfield personal injury law firm at (661) 323-1400 or 800-585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 6:51 pm

2020 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Bakersfield

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Rodriguez & Associates has been named to Expertise.com’s 2020 list: Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Bakersfield, CA.

Expertise chose us based on 25 variables across the following five criteria: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism. They evaluated 242 personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield, CA to provide a hand-picked list of 22 of the best personal injury lawyers in the city.

Our firm was also added to Expertise’s Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield and Best Car Accident Attorneys in Bakersfield lists for 2020.

Expertise’s goal is to connect people with the best local experts. Every month they help over 10 million customers find the best qualified service professional for their needs.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 8:58 pm

Daniel Rodriguez Reacts to Vandalism of his Personal Injury Law Offices in Bakersfield

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Daniel Rodriguez was interviewed by 23ABC Bakersfield​ after he learned his personal injury law offices were tagged with anti-police rhetoric.

He was shocked, but said he understood the pain that many people are feeling right now.

Watch the interview below.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 6:14 pm

Tips on Speaking with an Insurance Company After a Car Accident

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Insurance companies work fast after a car accident. Often times, the adjuster will contact people who are involved in an accident the same day or within a few days after the occurrence. You may even receive a call from the other party’s insurance adjuster. We understand how stressful it is after an accident, so we compiled tips for you on how to speak with an insurance company after you have experienced an auto accident.

Find out who you are talking to.

When you receive the phone call, ask for the person’s name, the insurer they work for, their work address, and work telephone number. If they are unable, or unwilling, to provide you with this information, do not speak with them.

Do not agree to a recorded statement.
The adjustor may claim that a recorded statement will “protect you” or speed up your claim process, but a recorded statement can also work against you. The adjustor may ask you leading questions or remarks (i.e. “It sounds like your back injury is not as bad as you thought”) and the answer you respond with may undermine your injury and your compensation.

Limit the information you give to the insurance adjustor.
You may give them general information, including:

  • Your name
  • The name of others in the accident
  • Date and time of accident
  • Location of accident
  • The insurance information of the other driver
  • The make and model of cars involved

Don’t discuss your injuries.
The extent of an injury in a car accident can take weeks or months to become fully apparent. How you state your injury may be used against you at a later date. You do not owe them a progress report. If they ask you how you are doing, you can say that you don’t know the “full extent of the injury yet”.

 Don’t speculate or guess.
If they ask you questions about the accident, and you don’t know the answer, do not speculate or guess what may have happened. It is acceptable to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember”.

It is okay to postpone the conversation.
You may decline talking to an insurance adjuster. You have the right to answer their questions with your attorney and you may tell them that you will not talk to them without your attorney present.

If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a car accident, we may be able to help you. Call our Kern County Personal Injury Law Firm at 661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262 (toll free) for a no fee consultation. Our car accident attorneys speak English or Spanish.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 12:26 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Obtains $70M Verdict

Monday, May 18, 2020

Personal injury attorney, Daniel Rodriguez, along with attorneys Chantal Trujillo and Danay Gonzalez, obtained a $70,578,289 million verdict, the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history.

A mother with her two children were driving in an SUV when a big rig ran a red light and slammed into her car. The mother and son suffered multiple injuries, while the other child has since suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from witnessing the accident.

While the truck driver initially said that the mother ran the red light, Rodriguez & Associates was able to obtain footage from a dash camera on a bus that proved the truck driver wrong. In addition, the big rig driver was driving on a suspended license and had 14 prior crashes.

About the case and verdict, Rodriguez said, “It was so satisfying to feel validated.”

At Rodriguez & Associates, we care for our clients like family because, at the end of the day, we are in this together.

If you have been involved in a personal injury related accident and would like a case evaluation, call our Bakersfield personal injury law firm at (661) 323-1400 or 800-585-9262 to schedule a no-charge consultation.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 8:55 pm

Questions to Ask an Attorney After a Car Accident

Monday, May 4, 2020

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, and feel like you have a case, you most likely have many questions to ask an attorney. Our Bakersfield car accident attorneys have decades of experience with car accident cases and have compiled a list of the most popular questions – and our answers – to help you navigate through this uncertain time.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

You have two years from the date of the car accident to file your claim.

What if the other driver does not have insurance?

In the state of California, most auto insurance policies have uninsured motorist coverage. This means that your insurance company will compensate for damages incurred from the accident.

Can you tell me how much my car accident claim is worth?

There are many factors to consider when estimating the value of a claim. (Read our past blog post to see the breakdown of how value is determined.) As we work through your case, we will have a better idea of how much your settlement may be.

What is your law firm’s plan for my car accident case?

When our Bakersfield car accident attorneys take on a car accident claim, we formulate a plan that takes into account:

  • The extent of the injuries as a result of the accident
  • If there are multiple liable parties
  • If the liable parties are individual drivers or corporations
  • Which insurance companies cover the liable parties

As we build our case, our attorneys will be able to present you with a general plan but know that plans can always change, for a variety of reasons.

I have been injured in a car accident – how do I pay for my medical bills?

California is a fault auto accident state. That means that the at-fault driver is responsible for paying for the damages in the accident. However, you may have to pay for medical bills first and/or use your private health care insurance for coverage until a settlement is reached. Note that after a settlement is made, your health insurance company may request reimbursement out of your final settlement. Your attorney will help you navigate through this.

How much will attorney services cost me?
At Rodriguez & Associates, there is no out-of-pocket payment until we win or settle your case.

If you are looking for a car accident attorney in Bakersfield and surrounding areas, contact us for a no-charge consultation (661-323-1400 or 800-585-9262).

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:38 pm

The Importance of Evidence in Trucking Accidents

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Accidents that involve a car and a truck, such as a big rig (also referred to as a tractor-trailer), often result in more catastrophic injuries and/or death because of the sheer difference in size and weight of both vehicles. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to have an expert truck accident attorney on your side because the case can be complicated. Your attorney must be familiar with state and federal transportation laws, motor vehicle carrier rules, and also the trucking company’s safety rules. In addition to this, your attorney must recognize the importance of collecting evidence early on in the case. This evidence can help build value into your case to work towards your advantage, and includes:

Evidence about the driver:

  • The truck driver’s qualifications file and the training file
  • The driver inspection records
  • Post-collision drug and alcohol screening
  • The driver’s log – close examination can determine if the driver has falsified their log. Drivers report inaccurate data for many reasons – including earning more money for driving more miles in a short amount of time, off-the-books incentives (bonuses) from their employer for “good service” by delivering their load early; or trying to make up time for a late start.

Evidence involving the truck:

  •  Maintenance history
  • Inspection history
  • Data from onboard systems relating to the engine, brakes, etc.,
  • Data from onboard GPS tracking and communication systems

Evidence involving the truck’s load and cargo:

  •  Weight tickets
  • Bills of lading
  • Trip envelopes
  • Dispatch instructions
  • Delivery documents

An experienced truck accident attorney will know what evidence to collect – and how to collect it – for your case.

If you are involved in a truck accident, here is additional evidence that your attorney will be looking for:

  • Pictures from the scene of the accident. If you are injured and cannot take photos at the scene of the accident, request that a family member takes detailed photos of your injuries as soon as you are able to communicate with them. Police or media may also have pictures from the scene.
  • Testimony from you and/or other witnesses plus expert witness testimony from professionals about your injuries (doctors, EMTs, etc.,)
  • Medical records from your injuries. These can help predict your long-term prognosis which can affect the value of your claim.

Our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys have handled hundreds of truck accident cases. If you, or someone you love, has been involved in a truck accident, contact us today (661-323-1400) for a no-cost consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:05 pm

Our Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorneys are Available During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

rod-law-bus-instagramWe hope this post finds you and your family healthy and well during these uncertain times. While we may not be able to meet in person, you might still “see” us on buses around town.

Our attorneys and staff are safely working from home and are available to help clients and potential clients in a few different ways.

Text Us Through Our Website

If you have a question or would like to get information to one of our attorneys, use the green “Text Us!” box on the bottom right corner of our website. This chat does not create a client-lawyer relationship but it is a quick, easy way to ask questions or schedule a consultation.

For Potential Clients

To request a FREE case evaluation, please fill out this form on our contact page (scroll to the bottom of the page and fill in the fields in the red area under “request a free consultation”). Under normal circumstances, we would have you come into the office to meet with us, but during the pandemic we will evaluate your submitted information and contact you via phone to further discuss your potential claim.

For Existing Clients

During this time, we are continuing to work on cases and monitor the status of court proceedings. If any currently scheduled matters are postponed or canceled, we will keep you advised.

Text or call us (661-323-1400) with your questions. If no one is available, leave a voice mail and we will respond at our earliest convenience. If a meeting is needed, we will schedule a phone or video-conferencing time that works for you.

E-Signature Convenience

For your convenience, we will be using ESign for all documents that need to be signed to complete the intake process. ESign is safe and can be done without printing, scanning, or faxing documents back to our office.

While we navigate through this unique time, our goal and commitment is the same – putting our clients and justice first.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 4:30 pm

Concerned About Meeting Due to Coronavirus?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Get Your Free Claim Evaluation From Home

This is an uncharted time in our history, but injuries don’t stop for anything, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  At Rodriguez & Associates, we want to assure our clients and potential clients that we are still here to serve you.  Although our approach to contact may be different than usual, our goal is the same—a client focused atmosphere that puts you first.

As always, our initial consultation is free and you do not need to come to our office. We can evaluate your claim, process the needed case forms and get your electronic signature without you having to leave your house. Visit our contact page to get in touch with us today!

Use Our Case Evaluation Form Online

Under normal circumstances, we would prefer to meet with you in person.  These are not normal times. We provide a FREE case evaluation form for your convenience.  Once you submit your case evaluation, someone will be in contact with you soon to discuss your potential claim.

Get Questions Answered by Text or a Phone Call

You can text us to have your questions answered.  We are also just a phone call away.  If no one is available to take your call immediately, leave a voicemail and we will call you back shortly.

Text Us! 

With our text option, simply go to the bottom of the screen and click TEXT US! Although a chat does not create a client-lawyer relationship, it does allow for a useful way to ask questions and to get information to our lawyers.

E-Signature Convenience

Documents that need signed to complete the intake process can be conducted using eSign. ESign provides a safe, convenient way of signing documents from anywhere without the need to print, scan, or fax documents back to our office.

To existing clients

Rest assured that we continue to work cases and monitor the status of court proceedings, which unfortunately are subject to change at any time.  If any currently scheduled matters are postponed or canceled, we will keep you advised.

Additional Procedures

  1. Attorneys or staff members who are feeling ill or have been around family who are feeling ill are encouraged to remain at home.
  2. If our office closes, attorneys and staff will be able to work remotely on your case.
  3. Although in person contact will be limited, clients are encouraged to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We are available by phone or video conferencing to meet with you.
  4. Our personal injury attorneys and staff are taking additional measures to disinfect work areas and commonly touched surfaces multiple times a day.

Our first priority is the welfare and safety of staff, clients, and prospective clients. Decisions regarding hours of operation, in-office meetings and personal contact outside of the office are to be determined with this in mind.  Thank you for your patience and continued faith in our law firm.

Posted by highrank at 9:14 pm

Vote for Rodriguez & Associates in the Best of Readers’ Choice Poll 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Vote for Rodriguez & Associates in the Best of Readers’ Choice Poll 2020 in category of Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer!

We are so honored to be nominated in the 2020 Best of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Awards, under the Best Law Firm AND Best Lawyer Service areas!

Congratulations Chantal Trujiilo, Daniel Rodriguez, and Joel Andreesen who all were nominated as best lawyers in Bakersfield!

Please vote for us! Visit the Readers’ Choice website by clicking HERE, then go to Services under Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer and vote for us!

You can vote once a day (per email used) starting now until February 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm!

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:29 pm