Recovering Money For Injuries After An Accident
1. Stop Your Car
Never leave the scene of an accident no matter how minor the accident. If you fail to do so you may be criminally prosecuted. Thus, when it is safe to do so, pull over and stop your car.
2. Aid Injured Parties
If any party was injured after the accident, it is imperative to call emergency personal. Do not try moving an injured party because you may further aggravate their injuries.
Instead, speak to them and keep them warm until help arrives. In the event that there is severe bleeding, try to stop it by applying direct pressure on the wound. Call the police at which point the police officer will take down all parties information, as well as take down any witness statements and may possibly write a police report. Usually, if none of the parties reported any injuries at the scene of the accident, a police officer will not write a police report.
However, the police report is a helpful tool when filing your claim with both your and opposing parties insurance company.
3. Provide Legally Required Information
After an accident, drivers are required to exchange information, such as your name , address, and insurance information. Including passengers or any witnesses.
It’s important to remember that you do not have to give any information that the law does not require you to. Further, do not make any statements or comments with regards the cause of the accident. Specifically, DO NOT admit fault event if you believe that you were the one at fault. Many times, it is discovered that the opposing driver was equally at fault. No one has the right to force you to give an opinion with regards to the cause of the accident. whether at the police station or elsewhere. Keep in mind you have the right to consult with a car accident attorney before making any statement.
Make sure you right down the details of the accident, including the date and time, location of the accident, weather conditions and speed of all other vehicles.
4. Seek Medical Attention
It is always a good idea to seek medical attentions soon after if not immediately following the accident, including that of your passengers.
5. File an Accident Claim With Your Insurance Companies
Notify your insurance company immediately following the accident. Cooperate with your insurance adjuster during the investigation.
However, prior to submitting to a recorded statement, including both your and the opposing insurance company, it is imperative that you seek consult from accident attorney. If you have been involved in an accident, you can request a free consultation with one of our accident attorneys. At this point do not admit fault and remember to always keep copies of all and any correspondence, documents, and reports for your personal records.
Many times insurance adjusters will use various tactics and ask you questions that lead you to admit fault of the accident.
6. Consult an Los Angeles Accident Attorney About Your Rights
Consult an attorney if you are unsure about your rights and remedies. In most cases an experienced accident attorney will increase your personal injury settlement claim and guide your throughout the entire process.
Recover damages for your injuries: You are entitled to recover money damages for injuries sustained due to another drivers negligence. If the opposing driver is found to be at fault or even partially at fault you may also be entitled to damages from the opposing insurance policy as well. Further, if you sustained any other losses, such as missing work, loss of use, you may also be entitled to reimbursement under your personal insurance policy.
You may be entitled to recover money for the following:
(a) Nature, extent and duration of injuries;
(b) Pain and suffering from injuries;
(c) Disability, both temporary and permanent;
(d) Reasonable expenses resulting from injury, including medical and hospital expenses;
(e) Loss of income;
(f) Loss of Use and/or;
(g) Value of damage to property.