Car accidents can take a terrible toll on a victim’s physical and emotional health. Often people involved in car crashes have similar questions about how to proceed following a car accident or when they should contact an attorney. The questions listed here are general questions, designed to help you find important information, quickly.
Contact an experienced Sacramento or Oakland car accident lawyer at Cutter Law if you have specific questions about your car accident or if you would like to discuss your case.
1. What should I do after a car accident?
If you do not require urgent medical attention, take photographs of the accident scene, write notes about the accident, and report it to the police. You must also let your insurance company know about the accident. Here are more steps for you to take following a car crash.
2. Can I sue for a car accident?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your crash, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Our attorneys will help determine if you have a basis for filing a car accident lawsuit.
3. Do I have rights if I was a passenger in a car involved in an accident?
Yes. If you were a passenger involved in a car crash you may also be eligible to file a claim if you were harmed. A Sacramento car accident attorney or Oakland car accident attorney can determine if you have a claim.
4. Should I seek medical attention?
Yes. Even if you don’t initially feel signs of injury or haven’t suffered serious injuries, it’s a good idea to see a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms of whiplash, brain injury, and other internal injuries could take a few days to appear.
5. Should I call a lawyer after a car accident?
If you suffered injuries that you reasonably believe will affect your ability to work or your quality of life, you should contact a car accident lawyer following your car accident. If you’re not sure, contact a lawyer, who can advise you as to whether or not you have a case.
6. When should I contact a lawyer?
It’s important you contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible in the claim process. An experienced car accident lawyer understands the toll car accident injuries can take on your physical and emotional health. We can also help you deal with the insurance company and gather evidence to help you with your claim.
7. What if I wait to hire a car accident lawyer?
It’s still possible to hire an attorney after you’re part-way through the claims process, but this makes gathering evidence, speaking with attorneys, and obtaining necessary reports more difficult. The sooner you contact an experienced car accident attorney, the better.
8. How do I deal with my insurance company?
The best method for dealing with an insurance company is to speak with a lawyer who can help you determine what to say so you can protect your rights. Please read our article regarding claims adjusters for general guidelines on dealing with insurance companies.
9. What can I receive compensation for?
Among the damages you can seek are compensation for lost wages, for medical bills, for rehabilitation, for pain and suffering, and for wrongful death.
10. What are my options for filing a claim after a car crash?
Your options for filing a claim to receive compensation include:
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident;
- Filing an insurance claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance company; and/or
- Filing an insurance claim through your own insurance company.
11. Is California a no-fault car insurance state?
No, California is an at-fault insurance state. This means a person must be found to be at fault before the insurance company covers damages. This also means the person at fault can be sued for damages.
12. How long after a car accident will my case settle?
That depends on the specific facts of your case. Some cases settle quickly while others can take years. The important thing is ensuring a settlement isn’t rushed, so you can obtain the full compensation you’re entitled to. Our car accident attorneys will sit down with you, examine the facts surrounding your case and let you know a reasonable timeline.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in a car accident, contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today. Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and explain your rights. If your injuries make it difficult to travel, we will make arrangements to meet with you. We’re committed to ensuring you receive the financial compensation you’re entitled to.
Call us at 888-285-3333 or request a free consultation.