Your Legal Checklist for Post Automobile Accidents
In Los Angeles County, it’s estimated that each year there are 30,000 automobile accidents involving fatalities and/or severe injuries.
There are approximately 1200 motorcycle accidents involving fatalities and/or severe injuries, and are approximately 2500 cycling accidents involving fatalities and/or severe injuries.
According to the Insurance Research Council, 14-15% of the population in California does not have insurance.
Believe it or not, your insurance company does not have your best interest in mind. Insurance companies are designed for one thing only… to make money. If they can make more money or save more money by denying your claim or underpaying your claim, they will.
The best way to ensure that you get paid fair compensation for any losses you sustain in a motor vehicle accident is to get a great attorney — and not just any attorney — a TRIAL ATTORNEY, with a proven track record of success, a ‘take no prisoners’ reputation and fearless attitude.
Before you find that attorney, there are some things you can do to make sure that that you have done everything you possibly can do to protect yourself and your claim. We recommend that you follow this checklist.
Dos and Don’ts
When You Are In An Automobile Accident
DO take pictures immediately: of the scene, the location, all vehicles involved and all visible signs of injury.
DO locate any and all witnesses who were at the scene of the accident and get their contact information. These witnesses can be of great importance in proving liability at a later stage of your case.
DO get ALL information possible from the other parties involved in the accident: insurance information, phone numbers, addresses, drivers license numbers, etc.
DO what you can to get the police to report to the scene. A traffic collision report can be vital in proving fault. Usually, police only come to the scene only if they are told that there are physical injuries, airbags deployed or damage to government property.
DO take your time to catch you breath and think as clearly as possible when you describe your injuries to the officer. Go through your entire body from head to toe and explain every part that is injured or feeling any pain. When this information is written up in the police report, it will go a long way in proving the legitimacy of your claims.
DO go to the emergency room or your primary care physician as soon as possible to get examined. This is the best thing to do for your own physical health and for the proper documentation of your claimed damages. An insurance company will use any delay in treatment against you.
DO immediately find your insurance paperwork. You need to know if you have uninsured motorist coverage, rental coverage, etc. Finding out this information quickly will allow your attorney to be more efficient in getting you set up with a rental car or handling any other immediate needs that arise.
DO NOT speak to any insurance adjuster, or even open your claim because it is better to retain an attorney to do these things for you. Simply tell them to contact your attorney.
DO NOT give any statement to any insurance company. Simply tell them to contact your attorney. They will walk you through the process and insure that all of your interests are protected.
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There are time deadlines during which a case must be brought, according to your jurisdiction or state, and failing to abide by the jurisdictional statute of limitation rules can result in your case being time-barred.