Very few events will change your life as quickly and dramatically as an auto accident. Even if your injuries appear to be minor, you could be facing a legal battle that will negatively impact your family for years to come. The legal team here at El Dabe Law Firm is ready to invest time and energy into your case so that you receive the compensation you deserve. From minor fender benders to multi-vehicle pileups, an auto collision is one legal situation that Irvine residents should never leave up to chance.
The Long-Term Consequences of an Auto Accident
One of the biggest mistakes a driver or passenger can make is taking their accident lightly. What appears to be a minor accident with a clear victim might not be as straightforward as you think. After all of the expenses have been accounted for, a single collision can cost a driver thousands of dollars. More severe accidents with multiple injured parties can easily move into the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The average Californian driver only has the minimum amount of coverage that is required by law, and it is rarely enough to pay for medical bills, ongoing physical therapy, medication, emergency services, and damaged property.
In addition to the physical toll of an auto accident, these events could drastically alter your quality of life for years to come. Victims often find themselves unable to work or struggling with ongoing injuries that require them to change jobs altogether. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, but the results could haunt you for the rest of your life.
Your Options After an Accident
The steps you take immediately after an accident could mean the difference between a quick settlement and a lengthy legal battle. Drivers who are able to do so should immediately begin collecting as much information about the situation as possible. That includes pictures of the street, pictures of the damage, and the contact information of everyone involved including witnesses. If a law enforcement officer shows up at the scene, then you must ask for their badge number and contact information as well. Once you have received medical care, you should make a list of any treatments and medications you receive. This information will be invaluable to our team as we help you reach a fair settlement.
Do I Need an Attorney?
You will most likely benefit from having an attorney by your side unless the accident was nothing more than a minor fender bender with absolutely no injuries. Insurance companies are for-profit organizations, and they save money by paying victims as little as possible. Many offer a quick settlement to the victims as long as they sign paperwork that states they will not take them to court, but accepting that money could be a major mistake. As a general rule, drivers and passengers should speak with a law firm if the accident involved multiple cars, injuries, or any deaths. You should also consider speaking with an attorney if you feel as if you are being treated unfairly.
Professional Legal Help
A personal injury lawyer from El Dabe Law Firm can guide you through every step of this complex process. Many drivers do not realize just how complicated an accident can be until they have been thrown into the legal system. You could find yourself dealing with teams of experienced lawyers and claims adjusters who want to pay out as little as possible. With one of our legal representatives by your side, you can begin the process of creating an airtight case. We will fight by your side to ensure that you receive a fair settlement so you can move on with your life.
Protecting Your Future
No one deserves to struggle with hospital bills and missing wages after an auto collision. Our team is only a phone call away, and we are ready to help you deal with insurance providers, claims adjusters, and the other party’s legal team. We are committed to providing world-class legal services so that our clients can focus on recovering.