Posted in Car Accident on Saturday, Dec 29, 2018.
We know that you do not spend your time thinking about what you will do if you get into an accident, but when it does happen, there are many things going on at once. If you or a loved one are injured, we know your focus is on getting better and getting your life back to normal.
But what happens if you cannot cover all of your accident-related expenses?
At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, we know that insurance companies can be overwhelming right after an accident, especially if the other person is at fault. Today, we want to talk about the importance of understanding your rights in the aftermath of an accident and how to protect yourself and your family.
When you need a Ventura car accident attorney, call us today.
The Numbers First
The latest reporting year in California saw over 3,435 deaths and 254,561 injuries as a result of vehicle accidents. We know that many of these injuries were severe and included:
- Whiplash Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations and amputations
Consider those injuries for a moment. How much money do you think they will cost to care for? The medical expenses alone could rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if long-term care is going to be needed.
But also consider the hidden costs associated with an accident: lost wages of the victim and a family caregiver who leaves their job, home and vehicle accommodations, and more.
Will your insurance company cover those as well?
After An Accident
Once the dust has settled and the initial emergency is over, here are some steps you need to take:
- Ensure you have all police reports relating to the accidents, including a determination of who was at fault.
- Make sure you gather all medical records, even if the injuries seem minor.
- DO NOT speak with insurance companies until you have sought advice from a legal professional first.
Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interest. They do not want to actually pay out a settlement, even though this is the reason people have insurance in the first place. Insurance companies will take your recorded statements and use them against you to lower how much they have to pay.
What Are Your Options?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as you can. At the Law Offices of J. Jeffery Herman, our qualified and experienced personal injury team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We know that insurance companies are hard to deal with, so let us handle that.
We will work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages if you miss work
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- And more