Ontario, California Car Accident Attorney FAQs Part 1
Being in a car accident can be a scary and confusing experience, and oftentimes, car accidents can result in serious injuries and other damages. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages, particularly if the accident was the result of another’s negligent or reckless actions. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, having an experienced Ontario, CA auto accident attorney by your side will only increase your chances for a successful outcome in your case. Call us as soon as possible at (909) 457-4270 to determine whether you have a viable claim for damages.
In handling countless car accident cases, we understand that you may have questions about your potential legal rights and options. Accordingly, the following are some of the frequently asked questions regarding car accidents:
Q: I’ve been involved in a car accident, what do I do?
A: If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you remain at the scene. Otherwise, you might face criminal hit-and-run charges, where, depending on the damages or injuries, you can face jail time and fines, and you can also lose your driving privileges. If someone has been injured, be sure to call 911. It is also important to collect the names, phone numbers, addresses, the car makes and models, drivers’ license and license plate numbers, and any insurance information from those involved in the accident, and from any witnesses to the accident. Take pictures at the scene with your phone or camera to document any evidence such as vehicle damage, skid marks, or road obstructions. You also may want to draw a diagram of the accident while still at the scene so that you can better remember the facts and circumstances that led to the accident.
Q: If and when law enforcement arrives at the scene, should I talk to them?
A: Yes, you probably should speak with them. Talk to them about the accident and what you recall, but be sure to avoid taking the blame for the accident and avoid making any accusations.
Q: Should I report the car accident?
A: Yes. You may need to call the local police or California Highway Patrol if someone is injured or dies in the accident, but you should also report the accident to your insurance company. You may also have to report the accident to the California Department of Motor Vehicles within ten days of the accident if the damage to either car is more than $750, or anyone was injured or died in the accident.
Q: When should I consult with a lawyer after the accident?
A: The sooner, the better, especially if you or someone involved was severely injured or death occurred as a result of the accident. When you speak with an attorney soon after the accident, the details of the accident are fresher in your mind, and more evidence is likely to be preserved. Moreover, an attorney can provide guidance regarding your medical care and medical expenses if you’re still being treated by a physician. An attorney can also provide guidance when it comes to dealing with insurance claims.
Q: When should I notify my insurance company that I’ve been in an accident?
A: You must let the insurance company know about the accident as soon as possible. If you fail to provide information to your insurance company in a timely manner, you risk the loss of coverage for your accident. However, refrain from speaking to the other persons’ insurance company. Again, be sure to avoid making statements or accusations about who was at fault for the accident and simply relay the facts of the accident. Schwartzberg | Luther, APC can provide you guidance when dealing with the insurance company.
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Contact a Seasoned and Knowledgeable Ontario, CA Car Accident Attorney Today!
If you have been injured, or you have sustained other damages in a car accident, and the car accident was the result of the negligent, reckless, or even intentional actions of another, you should consult with an experienced Ontario, CA accident lawyer right away. Your time to file a claim for compensation and other damages is limited, so it is imperative that you contact an attorney today in order to protect your legal rights. The experienced attorneys at Schwartzberg & Luther, APC have the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain the best possible results in your case. Contact Schwartzberg & Luther, APC today at (909) 457-4270 and schedule your free and confidential consultation.