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Felix P. Montero, Attorney
About | Auto Accidents
Traffic collisions often result in injury, death, and property damage. If you were involved in a car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver.
When you’ve been in a car accident, you have a lot on your mind. Aside from any emotional turmoil and stress, you have to deal with your injuries, damage to your vehicle, handling your claim, and any other issues.
An experience personal injury Attorney in the field can help you deal with the process of your claim and reduce your stress in the process. The following information will help you determine whether hiring an attorney is the right choice for you.
As you seek reimbursement, remember that it’s extremely common to get pushback on these expenses. Insurance companies try to avoid paying more than they need to and will check to make sure all the expenses are valid. Keep all of your documentation and receipts. If you continue to have trouble getting your medical bills paid, seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney.
We have the experience working with insurance providers to get the highest possible settlement amounts for clients, also have experience getting compensation for general damages that are difficult to determine, such as:
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
For example, if you’ve lost your vision due to an accident resulting from another driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you get general damages in addition to the actual costs of your medical bills.
Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured or you have lost any type of personal or business property due to an accident, don’t wait to get the help you need and deserve.
You have only a short amount of time under local, state, and federal law to file your claim and protect your rights. This time limit is called the statute of limitations, and varies by state. In the state of California is 2 years after the date of the accident.
If you feel you need an attorney to navigate your claim, contact our offices without delay.
Having the help of an experienced attorney can leave you free to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life.
One of the biggest losses after an accident is the loss of property. Your vehicle may be heavily damaged and, in some cases, be considered a total loss.
It’s typically the car insurance company’s prerogative to either:
- Deem your car a total loss.
- Pay for repairs.
First, you’ll need to determine whether your coverage will pay or whether the other company will pay. For instance:
- If you are at fault, you’ll seek reimbursement through your own policy.
- If you are not at fault, you’ll generally seek payment through the other insurer.
Regardless of the company from which you’re seeking payment, you might find their initial claim offer is insufficient to fully cover your repair or replacement costs.
If you don’t have the energy or knowledge to pursue a more substantial claim, you need the services of an attorney to ensure you get what you deserve.
A number of factors contribute to the risk of collisions, including vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, and driving skills, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and behavior, notably distracted driving, speeding and street racing. Worldwide, motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.
If you’re involved in an accident, will you know what to do following the collision?
First question will come to your head is, who will pay for the damages? How can you prove fault in an auto accident? The other driver may agree to pay for your car repair on the day of the accident, but may change his mind after seeing the repair cost estimate or bills. It is one reason collecting evidence at the accident scene is crucial should you later need to file a claim or lawsuit.
You also don’t know if another driver will report the accident to his insurance company. He may claim injuries that weren’t apparent at the accident scene. It could mean that your insurance company ends up paying him a sizable settlement, or worse, you could be sued. Make sure that you collect evidence, and the insurance company has your detailed version of what happened.