Often, when people are injured in car accidents they are left with questions and uncertainty of what the future holds for them. This is a traumatic time and, apart from dealing with the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injuries, you also have to deal with the financial expenses resulting from those injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident you should contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney at Effres & Associates as soon as possible so we can evaluate your case and determine how we can best help you get back to your life.
California is home to the most extensive network of roads and highways in the country. Not surprisingly, it also has some of the highest accident statistics. Despite advances in safety technology and awareness, traffic fatalities are on the rise. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, there was an increase in the number of traffic fatalities recorded in the state from 2,816 in 2011, to 2,857 in 2012.
The word “accident” is misleading because it implies an unforeseen event that occurs without anyone’s fault or negligence. Most often that is not the case.
Many car accidents are the result of one or more of the following factors:
The laws, or rules of the road, exist for the safety of everyone in the community, including fellow drivers, motorcycle riders, bicycle riders, and pedestrians. All drivers must learn the rules of the road in order to become licensed, but sadly there many people who drive without a license and others who forget or disregard the rules of the road. Bearing that in mind, we recommend the following defensive driving practices:
If you are involved in a collision, remain calm and be sure to follow these steps:
Pull over. Move your vehicle away from the traffic lane if it is safe to do so. Do not attempt to exit your vehicle in traffic. If you cannot safely exit your vehicle, stay there until assistance arrives.
Call 911 if you know or suspect anyone has been injured. Many times injuries go unnoticed at first due to the excitement or shock from the accident. If you suspect that you may have been injured, it is important to call 911 so you can receive assistance and a traffic collision report is created.
Exchange information. If you have a camera or smart phone, take photographs of driver licenses, vehicle registrations, license plates, and insurance paperwork, as well as all vehicle damage at the scene. If you do not have a camera or smart phone, take detailed notes of the drivers’ name, address, insurance company and policy number; as well as vehicle make, model, and license plate number. You can also ask the reporting officers to take photographs of the vehicle damage.
Report the accident to your insurance company. Most insurance policies require their insureds to report all accidents. Failure to do so might result in a denial of your claim for repair to your vehicle or uninsured motorist coverage. Also, your insurance company can assist you with your DMV reporting requirements.
If you were injured due to another’s negligence, do not attempt to handle the claim with their insurance company on your own, and do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company that is not your own. Identifying that the other motorist in your accident is liable involves going through DUI test results, analyzing cell phone records, investigating accident scenes, and interviewing witnesses to establish liability.
Assessing the nature and extent of your injuries takes experience and specialized knowledge. If you were involved in an accident, discuss filing a claim with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer at our firm. We have been handling car accidents for more than 30 years, and are prepared to fight for you. We offer our services for residents throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and all surrounding counties.
Call (818) 696-4234 and get a free case review at our firm.