Auto accidents are probably the most common type of personal injury case. In California, we practically live in our cars, so it stands to reason that accidents are going to happen. Usually, car accidents involve at least two vehicles, and at least one of the drivers (sometimes both) may be responsible for the occurrence of an accident. Common reasons for car accidents are “inattention” or “distracted driving” on the part of the at fault driver.
In a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency whose mission is to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities while ensuring safety standards on the nation’s roadways, over 1,700,000 people were injured in an auto accidents in a one-year period, with more than 39,000 individuals fatally wounded. Unfortunately, cell phone use and “texting” while driving have contributed to these scary statistics. While injuries have declined steadily due to higher safety standards in today’s vehicles, there is no doubt that injuries from road accidents remain significant, and large numbers of people are still being hurt or killed on our roadways.
If you do have an auto crash, by law you are required to exchange insurance information with the other drivers. It is important to do this for other reasons as well, for example, to be able to accurately show what happened to cause the accident. It is also important to seek appropriate medical attention following the accident. Often, after initial emergency or non-emergent medical care, the person who has been in the accident will require ongoing treatment for his or her injuries. It is very important for your recovery as well as for your legal case to closely follow your health care provider’s instructions. In many instances, insurance carriers seek to penalize claimants who frequently disregard their doctor’s instructions by missing their medical appointments.
To maximize your prospects of a fair and reasonable monetary recovery from your accident case, it is important to keep track of your physical, emotional, and mental condition and limitations during your rehabilitation following the accident. The best way to accomplish this is to keep a diary of your condition, by including the date, the types of activities you are not able to take part in due to your injuries, your feelings about these things, etc. This is also important because it is easy to forget your past pain and suffering, and unless you are able to accurately recall and describe what you were going through during your recovery, you are unlikely to be able to convince the other side about the merits of your injury claims.
The Law Firm of Martin P. Weniz has extensive experience in handling automobile accident cases and will tenaciously fight to enforce your legal rights and pursue fair and adequate compensation for your injuries and damages. Call us toll free for a free consultation at 1-866-441-4446. We also handle other types of negligence cases, including wrongful death cases, medical malpractice cases, premises liability cases, spinal injury cases, etc. All our cases are taken on a contingency basis, and we don’t get paid unless we successfully resolve your case, whether by settlement or trial. We give you the personal attention you deserve for your car accident case.