Although car accidents are a very common type of personal injury claim, many are still unaware of what to do in the aftermath of an accident. At the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, our Los Angeles car accident attorneys have handled countless car accident claims successfully, recovering millions on behalf of our clients to get them on the road to recovery.
The following are some common questions asked about car accidents and the law. For more answers, reach out to our firm for a free consultation.
What information should I obtain from the other parties after an accident?
Assuming you are not in immediate need of medical attention, you need personal and insurance information from the driver and passenger of any other vehicles involved. This includes their names and contact information, drivers’ license number, name of insurer, policy number, and expiration date of their insurance.
When should I speak with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer?
Right away. Evan while you are still at the accident scene, once the danger has passed, speaking with an attorney can help you ensure you have gathered all important data and your rights are protected, as well on what steps you should take moving forward.
What should I do if an insurance adjuster reaches out to me?
Insurance adjusters’ objective is to pay as little for your injuries as possible. Thus, they often try to minimize the extent and severity of your injuries. You should NOT speak to the other parties insurance company of any legal representatives they may have obtained. These professionals can twist anything you say and use it against you in negotiating a settlement. You are not legally obligated to speak to them. If they have questions for you, politely let them know their questions can be directed to your attorney.
If I was rear-ended, whose fault is it?
In general, a person who runs into the back of another vehicle is deemed to be liable for compensation. Even if you braked suddenly, the driver behind you must keep a safe distance at all times.
Does it help my case to take pictures of the accident scene?
Very much so. Use your cell phone to take as many pictures as you can of the scene where the accident happened, the injuries you sustained, and damage to any of the vehicles involved. Pictures are strong pieces of evidence if anyone else contradicts your statements regarding the accident.
How much can I recover if my car is totaled in the accident?
Typically, insurance companies determine what can be recovered for you car by estimating its fair market value at the time of the accident. However, trying to negotiate with insurance companies by yourself is a mistake. Speak with the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani to increase your odds of getting a better settlement.