Car Accident FAQs

 

A California car accident attorney should be called if you sustained serious injuries following an accident. Although the insurance company may offer you a quick settlement early on, if you are injured and need medical care, you may not be getting the compensation you deserve if you agree to a settlement without understanding the full extent of your injuries. Additionally, even if the insurance company presents an offer, it may not be enough to even cover your medical expenses. Therefore, it is very beneficial to have an experienced car accident attorney to represent you from the start to help you navigate the insurance company and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact us today!
Although there are some exceptions, generally, In the state of California you have two years after the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. In other cases, for example, if your accident involved a governmental entity, be it federal, state, or local, you may have as little as six months from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to settle your claim or file a lawsuit within that time period, you will be barred from seeking recovery for your injuries. An experienced injury attorney can help assess your unique situation and avoid this potentially fatal pitfall.
If you have sustained serious injuries, call 911 and request medical attention. Always call the police or highway patrol and request a traffic collision report. Record the names of any witnesses and take photos of the involved vehicles at the scene. Contact a car accident attorney and report the accident to your insurance company as well as the DMV. Oftentimes no lawsuits are filed but in the event that one is needed it is best to have a firm that is experienced not only in settling cases but in filing lawsuits as well.
If you have rental reimbursement coverage through your car insurance they will cover the cost of a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or replaced up to a certain amount. The at fault’s insurance company may cover the costs of a rental but, for various reasons, may not be able to cover the full amount. Therefore, to help to avoid or limit your out of pocket expenses, it is imperative to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible to assist you with getting your car repaired and obtaining a rental.
Hire an attorney after a car accident if you have sustained injuries or significant property damage. It is important to act quickly after a car accident in order to get the necessary medical treatment as well as increase the likelihood of getting medical reimbursement not only for bills relating to current medical treatment but for potential future medical care that may be required.
Settlement negotiations will continue until both insurance companies and your attorney can reach an agreement. Your attorney needs time to investigate the accident and prove causation. It is not uncommon for the insurance company to not accept the evidence presented and send the case to trial. If this happens it is extremely important to have the right law firm on your side. If you feel like your claim is taking too long, call us for a complimentary second opinion and free case evaluation.
In the state of California you have two years under the statute of limitations from the date of the accident to sue for personal injuries, three years to sue for property damage.
You should hire an attorney after a car accident if you have suffered injuries and you require medical attention. An experienced accident attorney can help you get the medical attention you need and assess whether you would benefit from legal assistance following your accident.
Your personal injury attorney should not charge you anything up front, as it is standard for them to work on contingency. Contingency means that the attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the settlement amount. Generally, this means that you only pay attorney’s fees once your attorney settles your claim or lawsuit.

 

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