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The Reality of Auto Accident Claims in Los Angeles County
Every day, Los Angeles commuters get on the roads to face the unexpected. From the usual traffic jam to the more bizarre freeway incidents, there is always something to keep us on the edge of our seats. Unfortunately, with our long commutes, auto accidents are a real part of our daily life in L.A. County. Even a minor fender bender is enough to cause a significant disruption in our lives. When you add personal injury to the mix, the emotional, physical, and financial toll can be too much to handle alone.
Filing an insurance claim can be a lengthy process. Without attorney representation, the insurance company will send you through a web of complicated paperwork, unknown insurance terminology, and a lot of time waiting on the phone.
This whole process can last for months and sometimes well over a year. All of this plays out with no guarantee that the insurance company will pay you what you deserve. Don’t handle your car accident on your own.
At Sapient Law Group, our auto accident attorneys have years of exceptional experience handling auto accidents for clients in Pasadena and across the greater Los Angeles area. It’s important to remember that auto insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible for your claim. Even if you are satisfied with your compensation, you may not be aware of future and hidden costs, such as taking time off from work or the amount of money you spend on transportation to get to doctor appointments. All these things add up and before you know it, what looked like a fair settlement at first is not enough to cover all of your expenses.
Make sure to get representation and have a car accident attorney who will defend your right for a fair settlement.
Immediate Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Unfortunately, if you drive a car, it is more than likely that you’ll be involved at least once in your lifetime.
Even if no one sustained any injuries, it’s completely normal to be in shock and feel confused. However, how you handle the moments at the accident scene and immediately after are crucial to the success of your insurance claim.
Below we’ve outlined some helpful tips on what to do immediately after a car accident.
1. Assuming your vehicle is still drivable, the first step is to get off the road and secure yourself in a safe area. If you’re unable to move from the accident scene, turn your hazards on to alert other drivers.
2. If you or anyone else is injured, call for help. Dial 911 if it’s a serious emergency with injuries.
3. Make sure you exchange information with the other drivers and obtain the following:
- Driver’s Name, address, telephone number, and license number
- Driver’s insurance card information to include: name of the insurance carrier, telephone number, policy number, and policy expiration date
- Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses
- Obtain the year, make, model, and color or all vehicles involved
4. Do not Admit Fault
Be careful with what you say at the accident scene and never admit fault. This can seriously affect your case. Make sure you only speak to the necessary parties involved and stick with the fact.
Auto Injury Claims
Injuries arising from car accidents are widespread and can be severe. Even if you feel fine and manage to walk off the accident scene, no two individuals are alike. A minor impact is enough to cause you a physical injury which will require medical care. The cost of treating your injuries can quickly skyrocket and hurt your pocketbook as well. All of these costs can arise from loss of earnings due to time off from work and other circumstances.
Get an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Get paid what you deserve.
Hiring Legal Help from an Auto Accident Attorney
While hiring an attorney to handle your claim is better than fighting on your own, who you hire is even more critical. There is a reason why car accident lawyers, sometimes referred to as “ambulance chasers” have gotten a bad rap. But not all auto accident attorneys are alike.
The key is to make sure that hire the right lawyer who is willing to fight aggressively while being sympathetic to your needs. We understand that a car accident can alter your life in unexpected ways. Our attorneys will thoroughly review your case and determine the real value of your claim. Our proven strategy works to win cases every single time.
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