If you are a driver in the state of California, you understand the perils of driving a motor vehicle. Statistically speaking, there are two dozens of accidents every hour. Even if you are an experienced driver, someone else might bump into you and cause you severe injuries.
If you happen to find yourself involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, these are the things that you can do to help you improve your chances of obtaining the settlement you deserve.
Document The Scene
Unless you require immediate medical assistance, take your phone and start documenting the scene of the accident. The following may help your attorney with your case:
- Information about the cars involved (license plates, car model, color)
- Damages to your vehicle and all vehicles involved (multiple angles will provide a better insight)
- Location of the accident (parking lots, stores, anything that is around the accident)
Once you have documented this vital evidence, your attorney will have a base to start working with. If you don’t have an attorney, it is essential that you get one as quickly as possible. Our Car Accident Lawyers in San Diego are more than willing to help you obtain the settlement, but you will have to act quickly and give them a call today if possible.
You will be given a chance to schedule a free initial consultation, where you can learn more about the accident itself, and explore your legal options with one of our available legal experts.
Medical Attention Is On The Way
Even if you are feeling normal, you should go to the doctor’s office and get a full body checkup. Believe it or not, but many people sustain injuries that cannot be seen at first. These injuries tend to develop over time and can be life-threatening. For that reason, experts advise you to seek immediate medical attention. Don’t worry about paying the medical bills; if the accident happened due to someone else’s negligence, you will receive full compensation for all your medical bills. In addition to medical bills and expenses, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Los wages (both the past and the future, due to inability to work)
- Damages to your vehicle
Note – once you receive a treatment from your doctor, you should stick to it and follow the doctor’s orders thoroughly. Do not avoid the treatments or the medication prescribed, as everything can be used against you by the insurance company. If they see that you are skipping treatments, they may find a reason to believe that you are well, and thus your settlement will be significantly lesser in terms of its worth.
Remember to remain professional, and when approached by the insurance adjusters (eventually, they will contact you and make an initial offer), negotiate with care. Remember to keep your own best interests as a base for negotiations, but at the same time, be realistic and reasonable. If you need help understanding how much you can receive from them, contact our Personal Injury Attorneys in San Diego and have them help you evaluate your case. Remember that only with a professional legal assistance will you be able to receive the full value of your settlement. With that in mind, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as soon as the accident happens.