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Personal Injury Auto Accidents in California

Personal Injury Auto Accidents in California

Getting injured in an auto accident can have an incredibly negative impact on your life. You could suffer from your injuries from months or years on end, have high medical bills to pay, and need to take time off work to recover. But you aren’t powerless in this situation. If you’ve been in a personal injury auto accident in California, then you can find experienced representation and have a better chance of receiving proper compensation for your injuries.

Need representation for a personal injury? Then get in touch with Robin D. Perry. The Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates provide vigorous representation to clients and are a goal-oriented and values-driven firm. We develop creative strategies to win every case, every time and are confident we can help you with your domestic violence case. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.

Personal Injury in an Auto Accident: An Overview

Driving in California can be quite risky. The state has some of the worst traffic in the nation – especially in Los Angeles and surrounding areas like Long Beach – and drivers can get aggressive. Additionally, drivers in general today are distracted. If they’re sitting in traffic, they may go on their phones or engage in other distracting behavior and not pay attention to what’s happening on the road. This can lead to you becoming injured.

If you’ve never been injured in an auto accident, then you’re likely unaware of what the process for trying to get a settlement is like. Essentially, if another driver hits you, you’d think the best thing to do would be to start a claim with their insurance company. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out proper settlements to people. Instead, they offer the lowest settlement possible and hope they’ll get away with it before you catch on.

You may think that’s fine, because you only have a minor injury like some pain in your wrist or whiplash. But the truth is you never know how long it could take you to recover or how much your medical bills may end up costing. After all, healthcare is very pricey. Something as seemingly minor as wrist pain could turn into a much worse injury over time and require months of treatment.

If you accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company, you won’t be able to pursue a larger one later on, and you’ll get stuck paying your expensive medical bills. That’s not fair. When you get into an auto accident in California, your best shot at receiving a fair settlement is to hire a personal injury lawyer.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

You might be wondering: How can I afford a lawyer? Aren’t they expensive? Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay them anything unless they can get you a settlement. Then, they will take a percentage of that settlement. A good personal injury lawyer will let you know upfront what their contingency fee is going to be so there are no surprises. You have nothing to lose when you hire them.

The way the process works is you’ll have a consultation – which is typically free – with your personal injury lawyer. You’ll give them all the details about your auto accident and hand over any evidence you have to support your case. If there is additional evidence they think would be helpful, they’ll assist you in collecting it. They’ll also reach out to your doctor or hospital to collect your medical records so you don’t have to.

In the meantime, you’ll continue to get treatment for your injuries, which means going to doctor’s appointments, taking medications, and doing whatever else you can to feel better. You can either go to your lawyer’s network of providers or stick to your own.

Your personal injury lawyer will work directly with the insurance company and negotiate a settlement they think is reasonable. They’ll keep you in the loop and let you know what’s happening so you’re on the same page. Once the settlement comes through, your lawyer will collect some of it to pay their providers – if you chose to use them – and then retrieve their percentage as well. The rest will go to you, and you can do whatever you want with it.

What to Do After You Get Into a Car Accident

After you get into a car accident, pull over to a safe spot on the side of the road. Then, call the police so that you can generate a report. Ask for the report number once you’ve finished giving the police details.

Take photos of your car, the other driver’s car and license plate, and the car accident scene in general. Also take photos of your visible injuries or damage to your other belongings. Ask the driver for their insurance information. If the driver offers you cash on the spot as a quick settlement, do not accept it. Write down any details you remember about the accident as well.

If there are witnesses, ask them for statements and their contact information in case you need to contact them for more details at a later date. Look around and note if there are any cameras that could have captured what happened on tape. You may be able to gather that footage.

Then, go to the hospital for treatment, including X-rays. Your doctor is going to advise you on how to treat your injuries; make sure you follow their guidance. If you don’t show up for appointments or otherwise stay on top of your care, it’s going to look like your injuries aren’t that serious.

Within a few days of the accident, you’ll likely receive a call from the other driver’s insurance company to offer you a paltry settlement. Don’t let them take a recorded statement or give them details about any injuries you have. You can tell them that your lawyer will be in touch with them.

Damages You Could Claim

Along with your medical bills for your past and potentially future care if you have a severe injury, you could claim damages for:

  • A loss of wages, if you had to take off work
  • Damage to your car and personal belongings
  • Pain and suffering as a result of your injuries
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

The extent of your damages is going to depend on how your injury now impacts your life, and could continue to impact it in the future.

Your personal injury lawyer will let you know what damages are applicable, and then go after the highest settlement possible for your situation.

Get in Touch With Robin D. Perry & Associates

If you need a personal injury lawyer after an auto accident, then it’s time to get in touch with the Law Offices of Robin D. Perry & Associates today. No matter what, we will fight on your behalf during your time of need. Call us at 562-216-2944 or contact us on our website for a free consultation.

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