The 2 Most Important Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
Auto accidents are often traumatic events that can cause severe injuries, lead to mounting medical expenses, and result in ongoing physical pain. According to California’s personal injury laws, financial compensation can be obtained from the at-fault party when the accident was caused as a result of that party’s negligence. Depending on the facts of the case, compensation can be recovered for mounting medical expenses, loss of employment, pain and suffering, and more.
Sadly, many auto accidents also have tragic consequences. According to findings published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic fatalities rates rose despite the pandemic. According to the agency, risky behaviors, including the failure to wear a seatbelt, drinking while intoxicated, and speeding are identified as being contributing factors to the rise in deaths in auto accidents. In 2020 alone, 23,395 people lost their lives in vehicle collisions throughout the country.
When the auto accident results in the death of a loved one, the negligent party that caused the victim’s death can also be held financially responsible for the unexpected death. By filing a wrongful death claim, the victim’s loved ones can recover the compensation they need to pay for funeral expenses, incurred medical costs, and more.
An Experienced Attorney Can Successfully Represent Your Case
Auto accidents happen regularly in Southern California, but on occasion, these accidents have catastrophic consequences. When a negligent accident results in serious injury or death, state laws allow victims to bring a case against the at-fault party for monetary compensation. Depending on the case, filing a claim can be difficult because a vast majority of at-fault parties will deny culpability for the victim’s injuries and losses. With the support of an experienced auto accident attorney, however, holding the responsible party accountable for the damages is possible.
For more than a decade, the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King has helped injured auto accident victims and their families recover the compensation they needed in their journey to recovery. When a serious car accident happens, the at-fault party and his or her insurance company will work vigorously to avoid paying the victim what he or she deserves. In most cases, these parties will do all that is in their power to avoid paying the victim anything at all. Attorney Justin H. King is aware of the deceitful tactics regularly used by them, and he works tirelessly to ensure his clients receive every cent they are owed.
After you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a family member in an accident, consider obtaining the legal support of the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King. You can schedule a complimentary consultation by contacting the firm today at (909) 297-5001 or complete the online contact form here.
Protect Your Right to Compensation by Considering These Steps
No person ever expects to get into a car accident, but these accidents happen no matter how prepared and vigilant we are. When a car accident happens, the forthcoming calamity can lead to a lifetime of distress. Because of the seriousness of these types of accidents, it is incredibly important that injured auto accident victims focus on protecting their rights and wellbeing by taking certain steps.
It is important to note that some of the following steps may be difficult to take, especially when the accident required emergency medical treatment. Nonetheless, it is important to secure evidence to the best of our ability to ensure maximum compensation is secured.
- At the Scene of the Collision – After an accident, some steps can be taken at the scene of the accident in order to build a strong case. First, emergency services should be contacted. If the extent of the injuries is unknown, urgent care should not be denied as there may be underlying injuries that may not be obvious.
Once the police arrive, a copy of the police report should be obtained as this can serve as corroborating evidence.
Second, the scene of the collision is an important part of a case and it should be preserved through pictures or video. If possible, take pictures of the vehicles involved, including their damage, potential skidmarks on the road, street signs, weather and road conditions, and lighting. Taking a picture of the injuries as they progress can also be beneficial.
Finally, witnesses can play a crucial part in a successful case. When possible, obtain the contact information of witnesses, including their statements.
- Ongoing Medical Treatment – Some auto accidents can result in the need for immediate medical attention, but this is not always the case. After an accident, it is always important to seek medical care as soon as possible. A vast majority of insurance companies will outright deny compensation if medical attention was averted or never sought. If an insurance company finds that medical attention was not sought for days or weeks after the accident, they can use this as evidence that the injury is either not serious enough to justify compensation or is nonexistent altogether.
As a result of the immediate shock of the accident, many injured people may become unaware of their injuries or the extent of them, including serious injuries such as internal bleeding or brain trauma. With imaging tests and a full evaluation, the right treatment can be obtained.
It is also important to continue ongoing medical treatment after the accident. If physical therapy, rehabilitation, or other treatments were requested by the doctor, it is essential to follow the doctor’s orders. Insurance companies will look for any opportunity they have to deny the claim or lessen the settlement offer as much as possible.
You Can Obtain the Compensation You Need With the Right Legal Support
In just a matter of seconds, a car accident can cause a complete upheaval in life. Sadly, far too many people undermine the disastrous consequences an accident can have until it is too late to take any action. If you or a loved one was recently injured in an auto accident, taking immediate legal action against the culpable party is important. With the right legal counsel, you may be able to obtain restitution for your mounting medical expenses, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Award-winning Attorney Justin H. King is well-recognized in the field of personal injury for his passion and dedication in helping injured victims and their families fight for justice after a serious car accident. With more than a decade in experience, Attorney King is prepared to handle the most difficult car accident cases, including those resulting in wrongful death. After an accident, get started on your case today by contacting Attorney King for a no-obligation case evaluation. Call the firm at (909) 297-5001 or schedule your appointment online here.