There were more than 5.4 million police-reported auto accidents in 2010, and many more went unreported. One in three accidents results in an injury or death, so any time you are on the road, you are at risk of being hurt due to another driver’s negligence. If you wish to file a personal injury claim after an accident, Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Attorney can deal with the other driver and the insurance companies on your behalf.
What should you do after a car accident in San Luis Obispo and Fresno?
If you are involved in a car accident, being diligent and obeying the law greatly improves your chances of securing appropriate compensation. Whether or not the collision is your fault, it is important to follow these steps:
- Stay where you are — If you leave the scene of an automobile accident, you can be charged with a hit and run, regardless of whether you are responsible. It is critical to remain at the scene until the California Highway Patrol arrives.
- Do not admit fault — Even if you think you are responsible for an accident, there may be other circumstances of which you are unaware. If you admit fault, it will be much more difficult to disprove your guilt later on.
- Get pictures — Taking photographs of the vehicles involved in the accident and any other damage captures the scene at the time of the incident and can show what actually happened and who was at fault.
- File a personal injury claim — California has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so it is vital to file your claim promptly.
If you follow these instructions, you can help your attorney convince a judge that you deserve to be paid for your injuries.
Accidents involving other vehicles
Cars aren’t alone on the roads in California. Motorcycles can be difficult to spot, and any collision involving a rider often results in serious injuries. If you’re filing a claim after an accident, it’s important to work with an attorney who will look at all the fact and fight the biases insurance companies exploit in motorcycle accident cases. Distracted train operators are becoming more common in the news lately. Any error in judgment or equipment failure near train tracks puts people at risk of a catastrophic collision, which could be fatal to the driver and passengers. The conductor, the rail company or both can be held accountable in these situations.
Get the compensation you deserve after a car accident in California
Get a free consultation with Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Attorney. You’ll sit down with a lawyer, not a junior lawyer, to discuss your injury, the care you will need in the future and how to get the compensation you require. Contact us online or call us at 805.250.1511 to set up an appointment in downtown San Luis Obispo. We’re conveniently located just off the 101. Alternatively, if you live in Fresno County, we are happy to have you into our new offices there as well.