Traffic accidents remain a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. About 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents every year, and about two million are seriously injured. Many of the serious injuries result in permanent disability. Distracted and negligent driving play some kind of role in almost every traffic collision, but if you are injured in an accident because of another driver’s negligence, you have the right to be reimbursed for all of your medical costs and related expenses. After any traffic accident that results in your injury, discuss the case at once with an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury attorney.
Drivers often must make split-second decisions, so it is absolutely imperative to be entirely focused on the driving task. Common distractions that every driver needs to avoid include:
• texting or talking on a cell phone
• applying makeup
• reading a book, newspaper, or a map
• reaching for something under your seat or in your back seat
After an accident, first seek medical attention and determine if others need medical attention. Call the police, and make sure that you will receive a copy of the accident report. Get as much information as you can from the other driver: name, address, contact information, driver’s license and license tag numbers, and complete insurance information. If it’s at all possible, take photographs – in abundance – of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and your own injuries. Don’t admit any fault, sign any documents, or even speak with an insurance company before consulting an attorney. The insurance company is probably going to offer you a settlement amount that is far less than your case is actually worth, so let your lawyer do all of the talking and negotiating. As soon as you’ve been examined by a physician, make the call to an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury attorney who can fight for compensation – and for justice – on your behalf.