DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM?
After a car accident, you may be confused about whether you have a claim for compensation. To be eligible to collect damages, your accident must meet two criteria:
- The accident was at least partially caused by another party’s negligence.
- The accident caused you or a family member to suffer serious physical injuries.
Our California car accident attorneys can answer any questions you have about what constitutes negligence and what it means for an injury to be “severe.” If your attorney determines that your accident meets both of these criteria, we will immediately begin building your claim. If your claim involves damage to your vehicle in addition to your injuries, we will help you work on resolving your vehicle-related claim AT NO COST.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY CALLS YOU
Once the insurance companies are notified of your accident, representatives from either your insurer or the at-fault party’s insurer may contact you. Though you want to notify your insurance company of the crash as soon as possible, you DO NOT want to speak to a representative of the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Innocent comments can be manipulated to make it look like the accident was your fault or that your injuries aren’t severe. They may also try to pressure you into quickly signing a settlement worth far less than you actually need. It’s common for insurance adjusters to mislead victims about the money they may be eligible to receive, and that’s why having a lawyer on your side can help you understand exactly how much your claim is worth. An experienced California auto accident attorney will take into account your current and future medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses, so you get a clear picture of the compensation you need to cover the true costs of your accident. We know insurance companies’ tactics, so when they call, hang up and contact us instead. We’ll help you determine whether a settlement offer is fair, and we’ll talk to the insurance company for you. If you have questions about your car accident, we have answers. Visit our FAQ page to get answers to questions our clients frequently ask about car accident claims, or contact us today to get a.
IS IT WORTH HIRING A LAWYER FOR A CAR ACCIDENT?
If you’re debating whether to hire an attorney after a car accident, you should at least speak to one and explore your options. With the right lawyer handling your auto accident case, you could get far more compensation than you would by accepting the first offer an insurance company makes.