Driving is the most common form of transportation in California, which means car accidents are a daily occurrence. California roads are full of traffic, road rage, and distracted drivers. Some car accidents may cause little to no damage, however, many car accidents cause severe injuries and damage to all involved.
First Steps After a Car Accident
The time immediately after you are in a car accident can be scary, confusing, and painful. If you are able to, the first thing you need to do immediately after the crash is call emergency services and seek medical attention. This goes for anyone who was involved in the car accident. Many medical conditions caused by auto accidents are not immediately apparent, so even if you do not feel hurt, it is critical to receive a medical evaluation by a healthcare professional. Early intervention can prevent these injuries from becoming more serious. Common car accident injuries can include broken bones, cuts, bruising, whiplash, herniated discs, concussions, and even traumatic brain injuries.
After calling emergency services, if you are physically able to, try to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver or drivers if multiple cars were involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, try to get their contact information as well. Take pictures and video of all vehicles involved and the surrounding area. This is essential to ensure you have physical evidence of what happened in the accident to bolster your claim. When the police arrive at the accident scene, make sure to get a police report number and a copy of the report if possible.
The third critical step after a car accident is calling a reliable attorney. Curtis Legal Group is ready to discuss your claim right away. Our team can guide you through the complicated web of insurance companies and legal proceedings, helping you stand up to those at fault for your injuries. We are here to ensure you receive fair compensation. Insurance companies can use what you say against you and will do whatever they can to minimize your damages. Our team will handle all negotiations with the insurance carriers and fight for the maximum compensation available. While we are able to successfully settle many cases out of court, we are ready to go to trial to fight for you and your family.
Building a Successful Car Accident Case
To build your case, we will investigate the accident, taking in all evidence available, and determine what caused the accident to occur. For instance, one of the drivers might have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol or were texting while driving. The driver at fault may have sped through an intersection or failed to obey a traffic sign. Our team of personal injury attorneys will determine if any of these or other factors might have caused or contributed to the collision. We will talk to witnesses and the police on your behalf and will obtain any security camera footage available to build a strong case. You do not have to worry about who to contact and what to ask. We will make sure all the right questions are being answered.
After a serious accident, your life may change dramatically leaving you feeling helpless. If your car was totaled in the accident and you cannot afford a new one, you may not be able to provide transportation for yourself or your family. With significant injuries, your medical bills could be piling up and you may be looking at years of expensive physical therapy to help you fully recover. Your injuries may even keep you from returning to work, which can put stress on your family and put your livelihood at risk. Even if you have just lost a short amount of time at work, we understand that every dollar counts. Some car accident victims are left unable to care for their own families. The stress from the accident and subsequent injuries can certainly cause you significant pain and suffering. Our car accident attorneys can evaluate your financial situation following the accident to determine a fair amount of compensation that puts your mind at ease and allows you to fully recover.
Northern California Car Accident Lawyers
The car accident lawyers at Curtis Legal Group are here for you. Our attorneys will help you recover financial damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Even if you were partially at fault for the accident, California law uses a comparative fault system, which means liability is allocated on a percentage basis and you can still recover compensation for your injuries.
We know just how awful a traumatic experience like a car accident can be for you and your family. You can trust Curtis Legal Group to handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing. Many car accidents are caused by reckless drivers and our legal team will make sure to hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us if you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and want to discuss the next steps. Under the law, there is limited time to make a claim, so contact us today!