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When To Call An Attorney After A Car Accident

Auto Accident Checklist

You’ve collided with another vehicle. No matter who is at fault, there are several steps you should take immediately after the crash. They are:

 

  1. Do not admit fault. Let an experienced accident investigator look at the conditions and impact and determine if you, the other driver, the conditions, or a mix of issues led to the crash.
  2. Take photos of your vehicle, other vehicles that were involved, the road conditions, and the area around you. If there is a busy intersection, take photos of the design, lights, and signage.
  3. Call police to have them complete an accident report.
  4. Ask to be seen by paramedics.
  5. Get the other driver’s insurance information.

Once you’ve done these five important steps, it’s time to consider calling an attorney. If you were responsible for the crash, an attorney can help you understand any charges and penalties. If you were the victim, an attorney can ensure you get a fair settlement. In either situation, you should call the attorney as soon as you’re physically able.

 

What if You Feel Fine at the Scene?

 

You might feel fine at the scene. A few hours later, you have a headache. You go to the doctor and learn you have a mild concussion. It’s not unheard of for adrenaline at the accident scene to keep you from feeling your injuries.

 

Is there a reason why you’re avoiding a trip to the hospital emergency room? If it’s fear of the medical bills, automobile insurance covers that expense. Don’t let fear of the medical bills keep you from seeing a doctor. If the other driver is at fault, that driver’s insurance has to pay for your medical care. If you were at fault, your insurance will pay.

 

What If There’s No Damage?

 

If there was no damage to any of the vehicles and no one was injured, you’ve heard you may not need an attorney. Don’t walk away without thinking about these two things.

 

You need to be absolutely sure your vehicle isn’t damaged in any way. While there may be no visible damage, are you sure there was no damage that you can’t see? A tiny crack or chip on the rear bumper may not seem like much, but the foam that absorbs the impact or the sacrificial mounting bar could be damaged.

 

Always File a Report and Get Information From the Driver

 

It’s always best to file a report and get the driver’s information, even if the damage looks minimal. You’d be surprised how much it costs to fix what looks like minimal damage. For example, you have a cracked bumper. It doesn’t look like much. According to Western Auto Body, the actual cost ranges from approximately $900 to $1,600. What impacts the actual cost?

 

  • The labor involved removing the old bumper
  • Inspection of the inner components
  • Replacement of any damaged mounts
  • Wiring of lights that may be inside the bumper
  • Replacement or handling of the airbag sensors that are sometimes in a bumper
  • Installation of the replacement bumper
  • Materials needed to match the current paint color

 

In addition to the cost of the repairs, there’s also the cost of a rental car. It can take a few days for a bumper replacement. If you’ll be without a car for that time frame, you may need to rent one, which drives up the cost.

 

If you walked away without filing a police report or getting the other driver’s insurance details, you may regret your decision. Make sure you document everything about the accident with reports, photos, repair invoices, and medical bills. You might not ever need this paperwork, but if you do, you’ll be glad you took the time.

 

You Don’t Have to Fight Insurance Companies on Your Own

 

Are you tempted to take the first settlement the insurance company offers? Are you doing it because you don’t want to invest a lot of time and energy into negotiations with them? You don’t have to. KJT Law Group will negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.

 

KJT Law Group is here to help you. Even if you’re not sure you really need to talk to a lawyer, the free consultation offer makes it a worthwhile conversation to have. Let an experienced attorney tell you if you should take the insurance company’s offer or negotiate a settlement that will cover all of your vehicle’s damages and your medical expenses. Complete the free consultation form or call (818) 507-8525.

Sources:

http://westernautobody.com/auto-body/car-bumper-repair-costs-explained/

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The Importance Of Going To The Hospital After A Car Accident

Every day in the U.S., approximately 6,438 drivers and passengers are injured in car crashes. Another 102 or so are killed in car crashes. Car accidents occur all the time, but when you’re in one, panic takes over and often keeps you from rationally thinking about what you need to do.

Should I Always Go To The Hospital After A Car Accident?

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What is the Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents in California?

Between 2015 and 2016, many statistics for car accidents in California saw increases. The number of fatalities related to accidents went up by 7 percent. Fatalities involving impaired drivers, motorcyclists, and passengers not using seat belts all increased. Even fatalities involving cars vs. bicycles, cars vs. pedestrians, and teen drivers increased.

The 5 Most Dangerous Intersections in California

Any number of situations can lead to an auto accident. Distracted driving, speeding, and equipment failure are just a few of the reasons car crashes occur. Sometimes, the design of an intersection also plays a part in auto accidents.

I Was Injured by a Drunk Driver. What Should I Do?

Drunk driving is still a leading cause of death in vehicle crashes. Per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, every 48 minutes a person dies as a result of a crash involving a drunk driver. If you’re involved in a crash with a drunk driver, call the police and seek medical care. You might feel fine, but adrenaline can mask the pain and discomfort for a few hours.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Black’s Law Dictionary estimates that only four to five percent of personal injury cases ever make it to trial. Very few cases ever do make it into a courtroom. Most reach an out-of-court settlement. This is due to two things. First, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), about half of all civil cases lead to a positive outcome for the plaintiff. Second, it’s time-consuming. It can take months or even years to battle a personal injury case in the courts.

What Should I Do After a Bicycle Accident?

When you’re in an accident on your bicycle, call the police. Of course, if you’re badly injured, you’ll have to rely on a witness to do this for you. If you feel fine, you still must call the police. You might find more damage to your bicycle than you first thought. You don’t want the driver to leave without having a way to get hold of that driver down the road.

Motorcycle Accidents – 5 Statistics That Will Leave You Shocked

In 2015, approximately 8.6 million motorcycles were registered in the U.S. That same year, motorcycle riders suffered 88,000 reported injuries, and 5,029 fatalities were reported. When you’re on a motorcycle, there is very little protecting you from serious injury during a crash. Cars have a harder time seeing you. If there’s a crash, the clothing and helmet you wear are the only protection you have between the ground and other solid surfaces. Here are five shocking statistics about motorcycles and motorcycle accidents.

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