San Jose Car Accident Attorney
Even if you're careful, car accidents can still happen. Speeding drivers, drunk, drugged, texting or sleepy drivers present a real hazard on the roadway. Even though you following the rules, everyone else might not do the same.
How many times has someone swerved into your lane, apparently more concerned with their cell phone than with the safety of others? One minute, you're going from point A to point B. The next second, your life can suddenly get turned upside down because your car is crashed, you're injured and you need help.
What are the two most important things to do after a car accident?
A police report is important because it will have essential details of the car accident. Be sure to get a card from the police officer - it will have their name, badge number, date of the report, time, and a report number. Take a cell phone picture of it, email it to yourself, and save the original card.
Seek medical attention
By seeing a doctor right away, you create a record of how you look, what you say about how you feel, what the doctor observes, and whether or not you're injured. No one else except a doctor can do this for you.
Seeking medical attention right away creates a medical record that connects your injuries to the car accident you just had. A thorough medical exam, x-rays, blood work, and other tests will all be documented in your permanent medical record. This record can be priceless to prove to the insurance company that you really got hurt in the accident just like you say you did.
What car accidents does Gardner Law handle?
Here are just some of the causes of car accidents that I can help you with:
- Dangerous road condition accidents
- Defective vehicle accidents
- Distracted driver accidents
- Drugged driver accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
- Following too close accidents
- Head-on accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Left-hand turn accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Reckless driving accidents
- Red-light accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents (solo crashes)
- Sleepy driver accidents
- Speeding accidents
- T-bone accidents (broadside collisions)
- Truck driver error accidents (big trucks - tractor-trailers)
- Unsafe lane change accidents
Which car accident injuries do you take?
Here are just some injuries that can result from the above accidents. I also take other injuries besides the ones on this list:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Infection after an accident
- Internal injuries (organ damage)
- Knee injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Neck injuries
- Senses: accident-related loss of smell or taste
- Silent injuries
- Wrongful Death
How does the insurance process accident claims?
After being in a car accident and getting injured, the only thing you should be focusing on is your healing. The last thing you should have to worry about is learning the insurance claims process to make sure you follow it correctly. To get their job, insurance company adjusters are trained. After they start the job, they receive ongoing training. They handle claims every day of the week - yet you may only have one claim in your entire lifetime.
Insurance adjusters are paid by the insurance company. What you need is a car accident attorney to fight your case. I can handle the claims process for you. It's in my best interest to make sure you get top dollar for your claim, because I receive a percentage of what I recover for you.
How should you talk to the insurance adjuster after a car accident?
When the insurance talks with you, they're acting on behalf of the insurance company that pays their paycheck? This means that they are looking out for the insurance company's bottom line. When the insurance calls you, it's best not to talk to them at all. They may try to turn things around on you and act like the accident was your fault. They work for the insurance company - - not for you.
Instead of worrying about how to talk with the insurance adjuster, you'd be better off hiring a good attorney to do the talking for you. The only exception is if you have a very minor case.
How long do I have to file a car accident claim?
You have to file a police report within 24 hours. You have to file a DMV Form SR-1 within 10 days if anyone got hurt, or if there is $1,000 or more of property damage. When it comes to filing a car accident claim, the sooner the better. You generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit but sometimes special, shorter, time limits apply. Like, if one of the parties was the government or someone acting on behalf of the government, you only have 6 short months to file a claim with them.
I'm Renee Yvonne Gardner, a car accident attorney. I fight for people injured in car accidents throughout California. If you hire me, I will work on your behalf and fight for maximum payment. Protect your rights - - talk to an attorney before you do anything besides: calling 911 and seek medical care.
I'm experienced with personal injury and wrongful death accident. If were hurt in a car crash, contact me for a free consultation here: message me here. If your loved one passed away after a car accident, please call me about your wrongful death case.