It happens time and time again – the victim of a car accident is shaken and scared. He or she is in pain and facing an uncertain future. They then make a decision in the aftermath of the accident that severely hurts their ability to pursue legal action in the future.
This is a deeply unfortunate scenario, but it's quite common. Few people's minds are at their clearest in the immediate aftermath of an accident.
But our Long Beach car accident lawyers want you to know that the decisions you make after an accident can prove important in the future. That's why we urge you to take a few simple steps to protect your legal rights.
If you've been hurt in a car accident in the Long Beach, California area and need an experienced lawyer to help with your case, please call Kirtland & Packard LLP today at 855-711-4933 for a free consultation.
How to Protect Yourself
There are no guarantees in personal injury law. But during our decades of experience in car accident litigation, we've seen how taking certain steps after an accident can greatly increase your chances of success.
Here's what you should do after an accident:
- Seek medical attention: Your first priority has to be your health. That's why it's important that you get yourself checked out after an accident, even if you feel fine. If emergency personnel were called to the scene, let them examine you. If they weren't, see your doctor as soon as possible.
- Document everything: The law is all about what you can prove – it's impossible to have too much paperwork or documentation on your side. As such, you should document everything related to the accident. Take photos of the scene – don't interfere with any police work, of course, but make sure you get clear photos of the cars and the surrounding environment. And request copies of any paperwork generated after your accident: This includes police reports, medical records and insurance documents.
- Don't sign anything from the insurance company: When dealing with insurance companies, remember that they're looking out for themselves, not you. They want to clear your claim as soon as possible, as cheaply as possible. They might offer you a settlement, and it might even be a fair one. But don't sign or accept anything before you...
- Speak with our experienced car accident attorneys: Many accident victims put off speaking to an attorney or even convince themselves they don't have a case. This is a critical mistake. Your consultation with our attorneys is completely free, and it's your chance to learn if you might have a viable legal claim on your hands.
It's important you arrange your consultation as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in accident cases, as evidence disappears and memories fade. Let our experienced lawyers listen to your story and advise you on the best course of action for you.
If you live in or around Long Beach, Los Angeles or any of the nearby Orange County communities and need an experienced car accident lawyer, please call Kirtland & Packard LLP today at 855-711-4933 for a free consultation.