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Responding After An Accident On The Road
No matter how careful you are on the road, you are always vulnerable to the mistakes of other drivers — not to mention unexpected mechanical failures as well as potholes and other unpredictable obstructions. For all these reasons, traffic accidents are practically inevitable. There are more than 10 million auto accidents every year in the United States, or 1,000 accidents every hour.
The results of a car accident can run from scrapes and bruises to a catastrophic injury. After an accident, you should speak with a lawyer to see if you are eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. Even if your injuries seem minor at the moment, it is important to consider your legal options because symptoms like neck and back pain may take days or months to manifest.
At Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP, we assess your case and design a legal strategy that meets your unique needs.
What To Do After A Car Accident In California
If you have been injured in a car accident, there are several steps you should take. But remember that no matter what steps you have taken immediately after an accident, we stand ready to help in your case.
Document the situation. Write down all relevant information about the collision, the scene, and the other driver. Be sure to get details from the driver, including contact information and insurance provider. Take photos of the scene if possible.
Be cautious with insurance companies. Avoid speaking to the other driver's insurance provider, as they will use what you say against you. Even your own provider could have you sign away your right to fair compensation. If our attorneys handle your case, we will deal with the hassle of insurance companies while you focus on your recovery.
Get proper medical attention. Not all injuries are obvious when they occur. Serious problems, such as back and neck injuries, might not be apparent for several weeks or months. It's a good idea to see a doctor.
Defective Road Design and Product - $18.7M - Trial: This case involved a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl who was rendered a quadriplegic in a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff was injured when a large rock beside the road posed a danger to vehicles that had lost control in the "recovery zone," causing a car to go airborne and land upside-down on its roof.
Double Amputee - $9M: This case involved a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl that collided with a previously damaged guardrail on I-10 in Los Angeles County. The guardrail speared the vehicle by penetrating the driver-side door, resulting in the amputation of both of the driver's lower legs. Obtained a $9 million settlement against the California Department of Transportation.
Experienced Attorneys For Your Car Accident Injury Claim
The attorneys at Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP, have handled many auto accident cases in California, and our attorneys are experienced in the laws surrounding the responsibility of drivers.
If you've experienced injury or the death of a loved one at the hands of another driver, contact us online or call 916-442-2777 to obtain the justice you deserve. Consultations are free.
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