Your safety following a Car Accident is your Primary Concern
Due to the shock of the collision, many victims exit the vehicle with haste prior to securing their safety on the roadway. This becomes especially important following an automobile accident on a highway, as the surrounding traffic is moving at fatal speeds. The worst thing that could happen to a car accident victim is further injury following the initial collision. Besides increasing injury and furthering recovery time, this adds an additional layer of fault and causality for both accidents.
Contact Medical Attention for Injuries from the Car Accident
Contacting emergency services as soon as possible is crucial to reducing further injury and expediting the treatment process. Paramedics and EMT's are trained to keep car accident victims secure at all times during extrication and transportation, so following their instructions is an absolute must. Further spinal cord and neck injuries can occur from small but sudden movements. Communicating any pain or loss of sensation to the Emergency Medical Service team is important as it may change the treatment procedure. If you are in pain at any time during transportation to the receiving medical facility, make sure the treating Paramedics or EMT's are aware so they may document it.
Take Detailed and Organized Notes of the Motor Vehicle Accident Scene
What were the road conditions? Was there heavy traffic? Taking detailed notes of the Car Accident scene can make a big difference in the value of a motor vehicle accident claim. Often, the negligent party will attempt to shift the blame of the accident to reduce liability. Witness statements, accident diagrams and other notes can greatly support a car accident claim and maximize the recovery settlement.
Do Not Communicate with the Opposing Insurance Company
Speaking with an insurance adjuster without proper representation can lead to dramatically reduced settlement. Insurance adjusters will look for any sign of fault, even in clearly strict liability situations. In claims which the injured victim brings the suit against his or her own insurance carrier, i.e in the case of an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim, the car accident victim should not attempt to resolve the case with the adjuster without legal representation. In both cases, what is said to the insurance adjuster can be used against the victim in determining the final settlement offer.
Follow Treatment Plans According to Treating Clinicians Following A Car Accident
Following treatment plans and maintaining clear communication with any and all treating clinicians is crucial to success of a healthy recovery and a maximum value claim settlement. Insurance carriers look for gaps in treatment to shift fault and liability for injuries clearly sustained in car accidents. It is the responsibility of the motor vehicle accident victim to continue and follow treatment. An experienced attorney can negotiate medical liens down on a case to give the motor vehicle victim a larger percentage of the recovery.
Hire an Experienced California Car Accident Attorney
As with most complicated legal issues, hiring an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer is the best option. Potential clients should look for positive client reviews, recognition for outstanding work in their area of practice and long track record of excellent results. With Motor Vehicle Accident Claims, potential clients must be able to trust their lawyer to defend their rights and fight for a fair compensation for their injuries.
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