I WAS RECENTLY IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS TO TAKE?
Assuming you’ve left the scene of the accident and dealt with the immediate aftermath of the crash, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even fender benders can cause whiplash injuries and other bodily harm. Failing to document any injuries suffered in an accident makes it much harder to prove your damages and compensation.
The same line of thinking applies to any property damage to your vehicle or other personal property that may have been damaged in the crash. Make sure to get repair and/or replacement estimates for property damaged during the crash so that there is a record of these losses. Create the strongest possible record by taking color photographs of any vehicle and property damage.
And while you should report the accident to your insurance provider in a timely manner, you may want to speak with an attorney first, as the insurer may offer an initial settlement that is not in your best interest. You should never, under any circumstances, speak with another driver’s insurer or give any type of statements as they may be used against you.
IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO HIRE AN AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER?
The auto accident claims process is a minefield for the inexperienced. Insurance companies, at least in theory, are supposed to oversee the process in an equitable manner, but they consistently put their needs before those of accident victims. Hiring an Avrek Law Firm, attorney ensures that your needs come first. This means personalized attention and the recovery of maximum compensation for all losses suffered during an auto accident.
HOW MUCH IS MY CLAIM WORTH?
The question of how much a car accident victim is entitled to is one of our most frequently asked and the most difficult to answer. It makes more sense here to outline what you could be entitled to and then discuss actual damages with an attorney. Car accident victims are typically eligible to receive compensation for:
Medical bills and hospital expenses, including future medical costs
Lost wages and lost earning capacity
Pain and suffering
In order to help your own cause, it is vital that you keep detailed records. Lost work time and wages, pain and suffering, limitations incurred as a result of the accident, and all out-of-pocket expenses (such as transportation and medicine) should be meticulously documented. In addition, follow all doctor’s orders strictly. Failure to do so could be used as evidence by another party that your injuries and suffering are less severe than you claim.
WHO CAN I BRING AN ACTION AGAINST FOR CAR ACCIDENT DAMAGES?
Similar to the question of how much a lawsuit is worth, who can be the subject of a lawsuit depends on the details specific to your case. The obvious defendant in a car accident case is the driver of the vehicle, but depending on the actual circumstances, a number of other parties can be held liable for damages. For example, if your car was recently repaired incorrectly and this caused you to crash, the repair technician might bear responsibility. Similarly, if you were struck by a drunk driver who was served drinks at a local establishment despite being obviously intoxicated, the server or establishment could be found at fault. A government entity that designed a dangerous intersection or roadway section is another possible defendant. In short, any party that contributed to the accident by acting carelessly or recklessly can have a lawsuit brought against them.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION?
Each type of lawsuit has a filing deadline. So-called “statute of limitations” for personal injury cases in California is typically 2 years from the date of the accident for private entities and only 6 months from the date of accident for public or government entities. The statute of limitation is one year for medical malpractice claims.
I'M HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY OWN INSURANCE COMPANY. CAN AVREK LAW FIRM, HELP?
Based on the terms of your auto insurance policy, your insurer should pay for auto accident damages that you caused. It may also cover you for damage caused by a driver who has no auto insurance (uninsured motorist coverage). Insurers are bound by law to fulfill policy terms. A denied claim, underpaid claim, or untimely payment could constitute insurance bad faith, a type of case that Avrek Law Firm, often helps clients with.
ISN'T LEGAL REPRESENTATION EXPENSIVE? I DON'T THINK I CAN AFFORD TO HIRE A LAWYER.
Avrek Law Firm, accepts personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay any legal fees unless your claim is successfully resolved. At that point, you pay Avrek Law Firm, a percentage of the total award or settlement. The percentage is agreed upon when you decide to hire Avrek Law Firm, as your legal representative. If you do not win or settle the case, you do not pay any legal fees.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE AVREK LAW FIRM?
We understand that you have many choices when it comes to resolving motor vehicle accidents in Irvine, Orange County, Riverside and Riverside County. Like any professional service, you get the legal services that you pay for. Avrek Law Firm, attorneys have more than 30 years of personal injury experience. Many of our top settlements and judgments speak clearly for our track record in handling auto accident cases. We feel that we give clients the best possible chance to obtain maximum compensation, and our many satisfied clients would agree.