Have you been involved in a car accident? Do you need a National City car accident attorney? If so, then the following information can help you. After reading, give us a call at Injury Trial Lawyers to tell us about your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s very common for people to have questions about car accidents. Here are just a few to help you understand more.
What is a statute of limitations?
Every state has laws regarding how long you have after an accident to report it in order to claim damages. In California, you have two years from the date of the collision to settle your claim or file a lawsuit or your claim could be time-barred. In certain circumstances, however, these legal time limits can be shortened significantly. This is why it is important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your legal rights.
What do I do while waiting for the police?
Tensions can be high after car accidents and you don’t want to get into an argument over who was at fault. Stay in your car, if possible, and do not engage the other driver. In fact, instead of talking to the other driver, give us a call. We can advise you on what to do.
What happens if the other driver was under the influence?
If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, then you may be entitled to punitive damages. If you have suffered from pain, physical limitations, or if a loved one was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver, then you need an aggressive and compassionate attorney fighting for you.
National City is one of the safest cities in California for motorcyclists when compared to the fatalities in other cities. In the year 2017, the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that there were 296 victims of fatal or severe car crashes. 34 of those victims were involved in accidents that involve alcohol. And of those 296, 36 were pedestrians and 20 were bicyclists. There were a lot of arrests for driving under the influence: a total of 185 for the year.
Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer
There are many reasons why you should hire an attorney. First, an experienced and successful attorney knows about all the different types of damages that you can collect, which can increase how much you receive. They can also fight for fair compensation since claims adjusters are notorious for trying to save insurance companies money by not paying out what they should to victims of accidents. Lastly, they can advise you on what to say and not say. The insurance companies attorneys will try to talk to you but you should always have your own attorney present.
What To Do After A Car Accident
When you’ve been involved in an accident there are some important steps that you need to take in order to ensure that your health is prioritized, that other people get the help they need, and that you do everything to help your case later on.
- Move to the side of the road: If possible you should move your car if you are blocking traffic or are in a dangerous location.
- Exchange information: You want to get out of your car and check on the other driver as well as passengers in their vehicle. You will also want to exchange information such as name, address, phone number, email address, car insurance company, and policy number. If there were any bystanders, then you want to get contact information from them so they can be a witness later on.
- Dial 911: An important part of any personal injury case is the police report. You need to call the police and report the accident and get a copy of that report before you leave.
- Accept any medical help: You may not think that you’re seriously injured, but hours or days later you might be in a lot of pain. Some injuries, such as internal bleeding, are serious and can be detected by a doctor early before several critical hours have gone by.