If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Riverside, then read on to learn more about what to do before giving us a call.
Frequently Asked Questions
Given how stressful a car accident can be, adding questions about legality can make the whole process seem even more overwhelming. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions, but give us a call if you have specific questions about your case. We want to hear from you.
What are some of the most common types of car accident injuries?
Injuries can range from minor, such as cuts and bruises, to severe, such as paralysis and brain trauma. Drivers and passengers can be knocked against doors, seats, other passengers, and consoles which can cause bruising or bleeding. In some cases, the seatbelt has caused internal bleeding in the abdomen of people who have been involved in car accidents.
Whiplash is often reported as the most common car accident injury. Whiplash occurs due to the sudden jolting back of the head from the impact of an accident. This sudden, forceful movement strains the muscles in the neck and can even damage the spine or spinal cord.
Unfortunately, Riverside is a city that is quite dangerous for drivers, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In the year 2017, there were 2,119 victims killed or injured in Riverside. Over 1,000 of them were caused by a composite of factors including alcohol, speeding, driving at night, or simply not paying attention. 220 of those crashes involve alcohol, and there were 581 DUI arrests made in that year.
Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you want to get the most compensation possible to help you cover all of your expenses and bills. An experienced and successful attorney is far more likely to win for you in court that if you were to represent yourself. Even if you think that your case is very obvious and that the judge should have no problem ruling in your favor, you still want to get legal advice before going to court. Give us a call today.
What To Do After A Car Accident
There are some steps that you absolutely must take when you have been involved in a car accident. If you do not take the steps then you risk not only being arrested but having your claim denied, or getting less in your settlement. First of all, in most states there is a law regarding hit-and-run drivers, so even if you don’t think the accident was a big deal, it’s better for you to pull over than to be accused of leaving the scene of an accident.
Immediately move your car to the shoulder or out of the way of traffic or danger. Check on the other passengers in your vehicle and if you’re capable of it, then go check the other vehicle to see the condition of the driver and other passengers. Then immediately call 911 and tell the dispatcher the condition of everyone involved. You may not see any severe injuries or think you don’t need an ambulance, but if you see bumps or bruises on your body or on anyone who was affected by the accident then you will definitely want to ask for an ambulance.
When the police arrive you want to be sure to give them an accurate recitation of all the events that led up to the accident exactly as you remember them. Do not give speculation or how you think the accident happened — if there’s a need for an investigation, then leave that up to the experts. What you say to the police will be put in the police report, and you don’t want anything in there that your attorney wouldn’t approve of. If you were offered medical help then do not deny it — instead, accept it and then call the Injury Trial Lawyers to find out more about how to have your medical bills paid.