Information for Accident Victims

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If you have been injured in an accident & are looking for a provider who specializes in Treating accident victims, you have come to the right place

The providers that we work with not only can provide you with full access to medical care — even if you do not have health insurance — but will not ask you to pay one penny for your care until your case is settled.  Your bills will then be paid by the insurance company that provides coverage for the person that caused your injures.  You didn’t cause your accident, so why should you have to pay for your medical bills out of your own pocket?

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Should I Hire an Attorney?

A good lawyer can make all the differnce

A good lawyer can advise you on the best course of action, help you get treatment for your injuries, avoid legal pitfalls and take the burden off you – allowing you to focus on getting better. While accident victims can often settle their cases on their own, it is almost always worth speaking to an attorney first in order to determine if legal representation is appropriate. Moreover, on average most claimants receive better net recoveries when they are represented by an attorney, even after deducting fees for legal services.

The benefits of exceptional representation

In addition to negotiating a greater settlement, an attorney can assist you with the following:

  • Help you obtain the right treatment for your injuries
  • Resolve questions about who was at fault
  • Speed up the process and eliminate a lot of the stress
  • Assist you in getting fair treatment from your insurance company

No charge for an initial consultation

Attorneys typically do not charge accident victims any amount for an initial consultation or pressure people into retaining them.  Even if it does ultimately make sense for you to resolve your claim on your own, this meeting will allow you the opportunity to have your questions answered and obtain an overview of the claims process.

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What to do After an Accident

know the most important steps to take To PRotect Your Rights

Even the best drivers run the risk of being involved in an accident. To protect the health, property and legal rights of everyone involved, it’s essential to know what to do immediately following an accident with another vehicle or pedestrian.

stop your car & stay on the scene

In California it is a crime for someone involved in a motor vehicle accident to leave the scene. Failing to stop – even for small collisions or accidents that aren’t your fault – may result in criminal prosecution. Stop your vehicle as soon as possible without endangering people and property, and without blocking traffic. Take necessary actions to warn oncoming traffic to prevent further accidents.

Get medical Assistance

Immediately have someone call an ambulance, doctor or hospital if you suspect anyone has been hurt. Some injuries may seem minor or be invisible until days or even weeks after the incident.

Call Law Enforcement

Police officers are qualified to deal with situations that might arise after an accident. Tell the officer the facts of the incident as best you can, and inquire how to get a Police Report – this may help you later if a liability claim is filed.

Identify the Other Driver

Note the other driver’s name, address, vehicle registration number, insurance company and policy number. The other driver is legally obligated to give you their insurance information (under Vehicle Code Section 16025) or face a fine of $250 plus penalty assessments.

Gather information From Witnesses

Record the names, addresses, contact information and a written account of the accident if possible from any other witnesses including passengers and pedestrians.

Take Photos

Use your cell phone or camera to take pictures of the accident scene as soon as possible to help preserve fragile evidence. The more photos, the better.

Report the Accident

All accidents with damage over $500 to property or people must be reported to the DMV within 10 days.

Consult an Attorney

An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. A personal injury lawyer can also help you adhere to deadlines and time limits for state and federal accident claims.

What NOT to Do After an Accident

Avoid these common post-accident Mistakes

  • Do NOT admit fault for the accident or sign anything until you speak with an attorney.
  • Do NOT speak with an insurance company or accept a settlement offer before speaking with an attorney.

Know Your Rights

It’s Crucial That you Know your Rights before settling a case

  • Full treatment of your injuries. Untreated or incompletely-treated injuries can affect your long-term quality of life. Unfortunately, many people settle their cases with insurance companies before realizing the full extent of their injuries. If the accident is the other party’s fault, you are entitled to get complete care in order to return to the way you felt and functioned before the accident.
  • Proper repair of – or compensation for – your damaged vehicle. The party at fault is obligated to have your damaged vehicle fixed, or – if it’s beyond repair – compensate you fairly for its value.
  • An interim rental car. If the accident is the other party’s fault, you can be reimbursed for the reasonable expense of a rental car while yours is being repaired. Remember that your insurance company will only cover this if you have rental coverage with them.
  • Compensation for missed work. You have the right to be compensated for work you miss because of the accident. Keep your doctors and attorneys informed of the situation at your workplace.
  • A full and fair settlement. Be wary of insurance companies offering you a quick settlement. Consult a lawyer before agreeing to any offers or signing any documents.
  • Insurance rates & ratings. A property damage claim can have consequences on your insurance rating on a “frequency of claims” basis. Remember that insurance companies allocate blame as a business decision and not on the basis of fairness, and it’s nearly impossible for an individual to dispute the assessment of fault once it’s made. A good attorney would be a strong ally for you at this point.

Document Your Case

& Keep proper records of the incident

Proper documentation is the first step towards recovering from your injuries and getting full and fair compensation for them. San Diego Injury Network provides you with this handy form to help you keep good records of your case.

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