On average, more than 160,000 motor vehicle accidents causing injuries occur every year in California.
If you’re one of the many people involved in an accident, it’s important that you seek an expert legal opinion as soon as possible. This is especially important if the accident in which you were involved resulted in serious property damage or injury.
It can be difficult to know when to contact a lawyer after an accident. As a leading Costa Mesa auto accident law firm, we deal with hundreds of cases every year, the majority of which involve people who’ve never been involved in an automotive accident before.
As such, we can provide some tips and insights on what you should do after an accident, as well as when you should consider speaking to an attorney. Below, we’ve listed three key situations in which you should speak to an expert attorney as quickly as possible after an auto accident.
Have you suffered injuries as a result of the accident?
If you’ve been injured as a result of an auto accident, it’s extremely important that you speak to a Costa Mesa accident lawyer (assuming you’re located in, and/or the accident occurred in the Costa Mesa area).
As an individual, seeking an adequate level of compensation from an insurance company can be an immensely challenging process. While it is possible to file a personal injury claim without an attorney, doing so often puts you at a significant disadvantage.
A qualified, capable accident attorney understands the legal process and has experience in the challenging, stressful process of dealing with insurance companies and their legal departments.
As such, they’re a valuable asset to have on your side, and speaking to one should be your first action after confirming that you and the other people involved in the accident are safe, uninjured and healthy.
Is the responsible motorist being noncompliant or unfair?
Most automotive accidents are relatively minor, with the vehicular damage the only outcome and motorists usually friendly and willing to help each other.
However, in some cases, the motorist responsible for the accident can be difficult, nasty and non-compliant, refusing to take responsibility for the damage and/or injuries they’ve caused to you and your vehicle.
In the worst cases, drivers responsible for accidents can become hostile and aggressive — a situation in which you should immediately contact the police.
While it’s important to contact an attorney in any serious accident situation, it should be one of your top priorities in the event that the driver responsible for the accident isn’t being compliant, helpful or honest.
An experienced attorney can make sure you’re able to pursue the other motorist’s insurance provider as thoroughly as possible, helping you make progress and seek results rather than dealing with the threats, insults or other unwelcome behavior of a belligerent motorist.
Do you have significant medical bills or lost income?
Car accidents don’t only lead to injuries and difficulties in the short term — they can also lead to major issues in the long term. These can include costly medical bills due to physical injuries that stem from the accident, as well as lost income due to mobility and physical performance issues.
As the victim of an automotive accident, you’re legally entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses. You’re also legally entitled to seek compensation for income that you lose as a result of temporarily or permanently being prevented from working.
An accident/personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal options in the event of an auto accident leaving you injured. They can also help you present an effective case for long-term compensation, potentially through the opinions of medical professionals.
Unfortunately, auto accidents happen relatively often, particularly in busy areas such as Costa Mesa and other Southern California cities. In the event that you’re involved in an accident that was not your fault, it’s extremely important that you have a qualified attorney on your side.
From making a claim to disputing liability, an accident attorney can help you navigate through the complicated legal process of seeking compensation after an accident. As such, the ideal approach is simple: contact an accident lawyer as soon as possible after an auto accident.