Car accidents cause all sorts of inconveniences, from missed work to car damage. While these inconveniences are unfortunate, they don’t compare to being injured in an accident. If you’ve sustained personal injuries in a car accident, especially at the fault of another person, the pain can be debilitating and encompassing.
In order to get compensation for your injury losses and medical expenses, consider this legal advice for going through the insurance claims process from the personal injury lawyers at Rumph Childers, LLC.
How to File a Claim
In order to receive compensation for your personal car accident injury, you must file a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault party. If you are at fault, or there is no one at fault, you should file a first-party claim with your insurance company. For accidents where another person is at fault, you should file a third-party claim with their insurance company.
Once you’ve determined which insurance company to file with, call them and ask to file a claim for an accident involving a personal injury. Generally, in order to start a claim, the insurance company must be contacted within 24 hours of the accident. If you haven’t finished receiving medical care, it’s still a good idea to file a claim early and get the process started.
The Insurance Claims Process
Once a claim has been filed, an insurance adjuster, the insurance employee responsible for handling your claim, will investigate your claim. They’ll ask detailed questions about the accident, the damage each vehicle sustained, any injuries suffered, and any other information that might help them handle your claim, such as photos or witnesses.
The insurance provider may require that you be examined by an independent medical doctor, generally chosen by the insurance company, in order to get a medical record of the injuries sustained.
Once the adjuster has investigated all aspects of the claim, they will either deny compensation or offer a settlement. The settlement will be for all charges they believe you should be compensated for.
As a general rule, you should not accept the first settlement offer that you receive. They might not have calculated in costs or losses such as lost wages, missed work or travel expenses to medical appointments. The best way to be sure you’re receiving a just settlement is to talk to a personal injury lawyer.
How to Build a Strong Personal Injury Insurance Claim
In order to make sure you receive a just settlement for your personal injury claim, make sure and follow these few tips and tricks from Rumph Childers, LLC in Macon.
Take lots of pictures. Take pictures of both the vehicles, the accident scene, and the location if possible. Take several different angled shots of the damage to your vehicle, close up and further away. Also, take pictures of your injuries the day of the accident and on subsequent days.
Keep receipts and bills. In order to accurately file how much compensatory damages were incurred by the accident, keep every receipt from medical visits, travel receipts to and from medical appointments, medical bills, emergency services bills, prescription receipts, co-pay receipts and anything else that might require compensation.
Proof of financial losses. This can include lost wages (missed work, etc.), lost capacity for work (permanent job loss) or other financial opportunities lost.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer. As you file a claim and seek a just settlement, it can be difficult to know if you’re receiving compensation equal to the costs. A personal injury lawyer, like the experts at Rumph Childers, LLC in Macon, Ga, can guide you through the red tape of insurance claims and help find you justice for your injuries.
Contact Personal Injury Attorney Rumph Childers, LLC in Middle Georgia
If you’ve filed a personal injury claim with an insurance company, contact Rumph Childers, LLC in Macon, Georgia, for legal advice. To set up a free consultation, contact our office at (478) 787-4066 or online.
At the very least, accidents are traumatic. So much is happening and there is so much you need to do. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hopes this pamphlet will help you. Keep this pamphlet in your vehicle just in case you find yourself in an accident.
Were You Wearing Seat Belts?
Most drivers, no matter how carefully they drive, will be involved in at least one traffic accident during their lifetime. The chances of being injured or killed are greater than you might think. About one person in three will be injured or killed in a traffic accident. The best thing to increase your chances of surviving is to always use seat belts. Remember, you must wear both your lap and shoulder belt if the vehicle is equipped with both, even if the vehicle is equipped with air bags.
You and any passenger age six or older or who weighs 60 lbs. or more must wear a seat belt while the car is moving. If not, you may be given a traffic ticket. Also, you will be given the ticket if your passenger is younger than 16. A child passenger restraint system is required for any child under the age of six or who weighs under 60 lbs. Either a seat belt or a child passenger restraint system may be used for each person age six or older or who weighs 60 lbs. or more.
Here are some additional tips for using a child safety seat:
The back seat is generally the safest place in the car for children 12 years old or younger.
Babies up to 20 lbs. and about age one should ride in a safety seat secured to the back seat facing the rear of the car. Babies should not be placed facing forward or backward in the front passenger seat if the vehicle has a passenger-side air bag.
Toddlers over 20 lbs. and about age one should ride in an approved safety seat in the back seat.
Common Causes of Accidents
Some of the common causes of accidents are:
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Violation of the right-of-way rules
Violation of stop signals and signs
Numbered Traffic Lanes
When news stations report accidents, they refer to numbered traffic lanes. The left lane is the “No.1 lane.” The lane to the right of the No.1 lane is the No.2 lane, then the No.3 lane, etc. Here is an example.
If you hear of an accident, try to avoid driving near the accident. Take another route, if you can. If you must drive near an accident scene, do not slow down or stop to look–you may cause another collision. However, drive carefully and watch for people in the road. Always obey any order from a police officer or fire fighter even if you must ignore normal traffic laws or signs.
When You See An Accident
If you are the first person at an accident scene, pull completely off the road, away from the accident. Emergency personnel must be able to see the accident and stop next to it for easy access to injured persons. Check to see if anyone is injured. Also, search the area for victims who may have been thrown from a vehicle. They may be hidden in grass or bushes.
Call 9-1-1. If another person stops to help, ask that person to call 9-1-1. The person calling 9-1-1 must be ready to answer questions and provide information, such as the location of the emergency (cross streets, freeway on/off ramp information) and how many people need help (is anyone bleeding, unconscious, or without a pulse). Don’t hang up! Let the emergency dispatcher hang up first.
If possible, use flares or emergency triangles. However, if there is a gasoline leak or fumes do not use the flares and don’t smoke!
Help anyone who is not already walking and talking. However, do not move an injured person unless he or she is in a burning vehicle or in other danger. Moving someone incorrectly often makes an injury worse.
Move the vehicle(s) involved out of the traffic lane if it is not disabled. Turn off the ignition of wrecked autos. Again, don’t smoke! Fire is a great danger.
Involved In An Accident?
If you are involved in an accident—STOP. If you don’t stop, you may be convicted of “hit and run” and could be severely punished. Also, someone could be injured and need your help. You must show your driver license, registration card, evidence of financial responsibility, and current address to the other driver or persons involved, or to any peace officer. If your evidence of financial responsibility is insurance, you must provide the company name and address as well as the policy number to avoid a citation and $250 fine.
You or your insurance agent, broker, or legal representative must make the following reports:
If someone is killed or injured, report the accident to the police or CHP within 24 hours of the accident.
Also, report the accident to the DMV, if there is more than $750 in damage to the property of any person, or anyone is injured (no matter how slightly) or killed. The accident report form (SR 1) is available at DMV or CHP offices. The SR 1 report is required in addition to any other report made to the police, CHP, or your insurance company.
If you hit a parked vehicle or other property, try to find the owner. Identify yourself before you leave. If you can’t find the owner, leave a note with your name and address (and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle you are driving) in the vehicle or securely attached to it. Report the accident without delay to the city police or, in unincorporated areas, to the CHP.
If you kill or injure an animal, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Try to find the owner. If you can’t find the owner, call the nearest humane society or call the police or CHP. Do not try to move an injured animal and never leave an injured animal to die.
How Much Insurance?
You must be financially responsible for your actions whenever you drive and for all motor vehicles you own. If not, you are driving illegally. Most drivers choose to have an automobile liability insurance policy as proof of financial responsibility. If you have an accident not covered by your insurance, your license will be suspended. If the driver is not identified, the owner of the motor vehicle involved will have his or her license suspended.
The minimum amount your insurance must cover is:
$15,000 for a single death or injury.
$30,000 for death or injury to more than one person.
$5,000 for property damage caused by one accident.
DMV Accident Reporting
Each driver or the driver’s insurance agent, broker, or legal representative must make a report to the DMV if someone is killed or injured (no matter how minor the injury) or property damage is over $750. This report is required whether you caused the accident or not and even if the accident occurred on private property. Report the accident within 10 days on the SR 1. You can get this form from any DMV or CHP office. You can also download it from DMV’s web site (www.dmv.ca.gov).
Using the information you give in the accident report, DMV may ask the insurance company to verify that you had coverage in effect at the time of the accident. If you did not have the proper insurance coverage, your driving privilege will be suspended for one year. To get your license back, you will need to provide proof of financial responsibility and maintain it for the next three years.
Every accident reported to DMV by law enforcement will show on your driving record unless the reporting officer says another person was at fault. Every accident reported by you, or another party in the accident, will show on your record if any vehicle involved has over $750 in damage or if anyone is injured or dies. It does not matter who caused the accident. The law says DMV must keep this record.
The following information will help you complete the SR 1 form. (Keep it in your glove box.) Do not use this information to replace the SR 1 form.
Your insurance company name/policy #
Date & Time of Accident
Location of accident
NOTE: You must give your current address and show these documents to any peace officer or person involved in this accident:
Your driver license
Your registration card
Evidence of financial responsibility
Your insurance company name/policy #
You must give your current address
Other driver information:
Driver’s date of birth
Driver’s DL #/State
Driver’s name & address
Driver’s license plate #/State
Driver’s insurance company name
Policy # and expiration date
Policy holder’s name & address
Vehicle owner’s name & address
Injuries or property damage
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When driving on the highway you are at a serious disadvantage if involved in a crash with a larger vehicle. In crashes involving large trucks, the occupants of a car, usually the driver, sustain 78 percent of fatalities. In order to keep you and your family safe when driving around large trucks and buses, you should be extra cautious. Sharing the road with larger vehicles can be dangerous if you are not aware of their limitations. Here are a few tips to help you drive safer to prevent an accident and minimize injuries and fatalities if one does occur.
CUTTING IN FRONT CAN CUT YOUR LIFE SHORT
If you cut in front of another vehicle, you may create an emergency-braking situation for the vehicles around you, especially in heavy traffic. Trucks and buses take much longer to stop in comparison to cars. If you force a larger vehicle to stop quickly this could cause a serious, even fatal accident. When passing, look for the front of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front and avoid braking situations!
BUCKLE YOUR BELTS
Always buckle your seat belt. Seat belts are your best protection in case of a crash, especially if you get into an accident with a large vehicle such as a truck. Trucks require a greater stopping distance and can seriously hurt you if your car is struck from behind. However, your seat belt will keep you from striking the steering wheel or windshield, being thrown around, and from being ejected from the car. Wearing a seat belt is the single most important thing you can do to save your life, especially in a crash with a large truck.
WATCH YOUR BLIND SPOTS – THE “NO-ZONES”
Large trucks have blind spots, or No-Zones, around the front, back and sides of the truck. Watch out! A truck could even turn into you, because these No-Zones make it difficult for the driver to see. So, don’t hang out in the No-Zones, and remember, if you can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the truck driver can’t see you.
Inattentive drivers do not pay attention to driving or what is going on around them. They can be just as dangerous as aggressive drivers when they drive slowly in the passing lane, ignore trucks brake lights or signals, and create an emergency-braking situation. They also create dangerous situations when they attempt to do other things while driving, such as using cell phones. When you are driving, please focus only on the road. If you need to attend to another matter while driving, safely pull over in a parking lot or rest stop.
Aggressive drivers can be dangerous drivers. They put themselves and others at risk with their unsafe driving. Speeding, running red lights and stop signs, pulling in front of trucks too quickly when passing, and making frequent lane changes, especially in the blind spots of trucks, can create dangerous and potentially fatal situations on the road. These situations can lead to road rage not only for the aggressive driver, but also for others sharing the road.
AVOID SQUEEZE PLAY
Be careful of trucks making wide right turns. If you try to get in between the truck and the curb, you’ll be caught in a “squeeze” and can suffer a serious accident. Truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn especially in urban areas. They can’t see cars directly behind or beside them. Cutting in between the truck and the curb increases the possibility of a crash. So pay attention to truck signals, and give them lots of room to maneuver.
NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE
Drinking and driving don’t mix. Alcohol affects a person’s ability to make crucial driving decisions, such as braking, steering, or changing lanes. Remember, you are not the only one in danger when you decide to drink and then drive. You are sharing the road with everyone including large vehicles and your chances of getting into an accident are greatly increased. If you get into an accident with a truck, you’re out of luck. The odds of surviving a serious accident with a large truck are too low. However, if you do live through it without serious injury, think of your higher insurance rates, your large legal fees, and other social and professional setbacks it will cause you. So think before you drink.
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Superintendent Neil D. Levin, Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Barry W.Mawn, Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York, and Jay Skidmore, Inspector in Charge, U.S.Postal Inspector Service (New York), today announced the filing of criminal charges against 53 defendants for their participation in a large-scaled insurance fraud ring that purposely caused at least 27 automobile accidents since 1996 in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Hempstead, long Island in order to file bogus bodily injury and medical treatment under no-fault insurance policies. More than 200 agents of the FBI, U.S. postal Inspection Service and the New York State Insurance Fraud Bureau were dispatched this morning at 6:00 a.m. to execute the arrests.
The charges are the result of a 10-month multi-agency investigation into no-fault insurance fraud in the New York City area. The Department’s Frauds Bureau estimates that fraudulent no-fault insurance claims resulting from staged accidents amounts to tens of millions of dollars a year in New York State, and hundreds of millions of dollars nationwide. Based on the evidence reviewed to date, the loss in this case exceeds $1 million.
The scheme described in the criminal complaint unsealed today operated as follows.1 Owner and managers of medical clinics paid “runners,” or recruiters, to arrange automobile accidents and send individuals supposedly injured in the accident to the clinics for treatment. The runners recruited drivers to cause the accident and passengers to ride in the cars. Usually, two to four passengers were recruited to maximize the profit per accident. After the drivers picked up the passengers, they went in search of their victims. According to the complaint, the drivers often targeted vulnerable drivers such as women riding alone, women with small children, and elderly people. These innocent victims were chosen in order to minimize the risk of confrontation at the scene of the accident. Of the 27 accidents described in the complaint, 21 involved accidents in which cars occupied by innocent victims were hit by defendants participating in the scheme. The other six accidents involved cars owned or insured by members of the ring hitting each other. In fact, one of the ring members who acted as a passenger in an accident, JEAN MAXON LUCIEN, actually sued himself under an alias as the owner of the vehicle used to cause the accident.
Although the accidents were intended to cause no real injury to the defendant drivers or passenger, the accident were reported to the police so that a record could be created to support the fraudulent insurance claims. The runners then directed the defendant passenger to clinics for bogus medical treatment, often driving the passenger there themselves. The clinics then submitted claims under the insurance policy of the runner so another ring member who had insured the car. The medical bills, which often reached $10,000-$20,000 per passenger, could go as high as $50,000 per passenger under New York law. The medical service for which the ring members sought payment from insurers were not necessary, and many such service were not actual provided at all. In addition, the claims for insurance were routinely inflated. Typically, the defendant passenger falsely claimed multiple injuries to various parts of their bodies in order to maximize their fraudulent claims. In addition, according to the complaint, the defendant passenger filed fraudulent lawsuit against insurance companies alleging bodily injury. Settlement of these lawsuits ranged from $3,500 to $22,000 per passenger.
Today’s arrest s included defendants at all levels of the scheme, specifically, 4 runners/ recruiters who staged the accidents (3 of whom also acted as drivers who caused the accidents), 6 additional drivers who caused the accidents, 7 owners of vehicles used in the accidents (including the 4 runners/recruiters), and 38 passengers who collected thousands of dollars on bogus bodily injury claims. The runners/recruiters are: FRANTZ MEVS,ROODY MOISE, BINSONN GUILLAUME and WALDON DESIR; MEVS, MOISE and GUILLAUME also acted as drivers in eight of the accidents. The other drivers charged in the scheme are: MASON ALEXANDRE, WILFRANTZ, ALIX ALTENOR, FRANTZ LAFLEUR, PIERRE SALTEMA, and VINCENT VIRGILE. The seven vehicles owners are: FRANTZ HILAIRE, MARTINE ROMAN and DANIEL RICHARD, as well as runner/ recruiters JEAN MAXON LUCIEN, GUILLAUME, DESIR and MOISE. JEAN MAXON LUCIEN, a runner/recruiter and leader of the scheme who participated in 11 staged accidents, was arrested previously on similar fraud charges.
Those arrested today also included RUSLAN ERLIKH and ALEXANDER LAKHTER, owner/managers of a medical clinic, formerly known as Medical Arts Rehabilitation and located at 26 Court Street in downtown Brooklyn, where several of the defendant passengers were treated, and SOFIYA NAZAROVA, a billing clerk at that clinic. During a search of the clinic on August 23, 2000, agents discovered evidence of kickback payments to runner/recruiters as well as fraudulent bills to insurance companies in which the unauthorized signature of doctors has been cut out from other documents and pasted onto the fake bills.
The defendants arrested today are scheduled to have preliminary appearances this afternoon before United States magistrate Judge A. Simon Chrein at the United States Courthouse in Brooklyn. If convicted, the defendants each face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the health care fraud charge, and up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the mail fraud charge. In addition, the defendants, RUSLAN ERLIKH, ALEXANDER LAKHTER and SOFIYA NAZAROVA each face up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the false statements charge. The government’s investigation into this scheme is continuing.
In announcing the arrests, United States Attorney LORRETTA E. LYNCH state: “The economic harm of this fraud is substantial, and it impacts all of us who pay for automobile insurance by raising our insurance rates. But there is another concern here which cannot be measured in dollars, and that is public safety. These defendants were willing to risk serious if not fatal injury to innocent victims for their illicit personal gain by causing automobile accidents on city streets. The arrests today should send the message that this conduct will not be tolerated.” Ms. Lynch commended the FBI, Postal Inspection Service and New York State Insurance Fraud Bureau for their outstanding efforts in this joint investigation. She also thanked the National Insurance Crime Bureau (“NICB”) for its invaluable assistance in the investigation.
Assistant Director in Charge (FBI) BARRY W. MAWN stated: “These defendants used the streets of New York as their own amusement park – playing a game of “bumper cars” – not for fun, but for profit. They formed a profitable business enterprise based entirely upon deceit. The accidents were no accident- the injuries were faked – the medical tests were phony – and the insurance claims were fraudulent. What is real is the effect these staged car accidents have had on everyone’s insurance rates.”
Postal Inspector in Charge JAY SKIDMORE, stated: “This particular scheme is especially outrageous, as it literally placed the lives of innocent citizens at risk to line the pockets of the unscrupulous promoters. In this case, the combined resources of law enforcement were marshaled to quickly identify and arrest the perpetrators, thus directly safeguarding the public from this heinous scheme to defraud.”
Superintendent NEIL D. LEVIN stated: “The message is clear – New York State will stop at nothing to dismantle these crime rings and protect consumers from insurance fraud which increases auto insurance costs for New York’s honest premium paying consumers. I would like to applaud the hard work done by the US Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Postal Inspection Service, and our investigators. These arrests are the latest example of the Insurance Department’s tough anti-fraud effort. Under Governor Pataki’s leadership we have devoted new resources to weed out insurance fraud and our efforts to protect New York State consumers from insurance fraud and higher rates are working – arrests are up 178% and convictions are up 145% since 1995.”
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Buses roll all over San Diego’s streets and well up into the northern section of the county, either as part of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) or the North County Transit District (NCTD). Many of San Diego’s 1 million+ people hop on a bus through one of these systems to get to where they need to be, whether catching a Breeze bus north or Route 7 to the famed zoo.
The MTS lines average a quarter-million riders per week, and NCTD buses haul another tens of thousands of other riders every day, which makes the possibility of being in a bus accident rather high in San Diego. If you do happen to get into a bus accident, don’t hesitate to contact a good San Diego bus accident lawyer.
You are going to need a solid San Diego personal injury lawyer for several reasons:
Bus accidents differ greatly from regular motor vehicle collisions because passengers collide with people, seats and other objects, complicating the circumstances of any collision and sometimes leading to serious injury.
Liability issues become very complicated because buses are municipally owned and operated. Immunity can often be granted to the driver, meaning that the bus itself must be found liable if you are to receive compensation. You will face a strong legal team representing the city and county that is accustomed to such cases.
Tourist buses pour into San Diego every day, too. They also have high-powered legal teams that will vigorously defend their lines in court.
The best course of action if you are in a bus accident is to allow a San Diego bus accident attorney to examine the details of your case and then make a decision on legal action. Once the decision is made to proceed, your San Diego personal injury attorney can work hard to get you the compensation you will need for your medical bills, lost work time, and pain and suffering.
Obviously, any collision with a bus will have more of an impact on your vehicle and body than one with a compact car, for instance. That’s why you should never assume that you’re okay after a bus accident, even if you are trying to soldier on and ignore pain symptoms.
After a wreck involving a bus, visit a doctor. Many injuries do not manifest themselves until days after the initial collision. This holds especially true for neck, back and concussion injuries. You don’t want to walk around with a back injury for the rest of your life because you let the statute of limitations (six months when a municipality is involved) expire on filing a lawsuit against the bus line.
Internal injuries also can take awhile to reveal themselves. These can occur when you are thrown against your vehicle, or if you were the passenger in a bus that hit another vehicle. Keep careful track of your medical records and submit them all to your San Diego personal injury attorney.
One step you don’t want to take is to accept a quick settlement from the bus company before interacting with your lawyer. It will be a fraction, in most cases, of what your attorney can secure for you to recover well from your trauma and injuries.
For all of the above reasons, you will need a dedicated and skillful San Diego bus accident lawyer on your side after a collision with any type of bus, or in any bus. Contact an attorney today for a free consultation.
San Diego has a reputation as being a city that is fairly spread out, so when the millions of tourists that go there every year come into town, they will probably need a taxi to get from one popular site to the next. That’s why there’s no shortage of taxis rambling around the streets of San Diego, with the corresponding number of accidents each year.
A taxi driver is delighted to take a tourist from the USS Midway Museum all the way up to the world-famous zoo, from Old Town to the Maritime Museum, or from Shoreline Park to Balboa Park. Those trips will bring hefty fares, but at least the visitor won’t have to sit in city traffic.
To maximize their fares, all taxi drivers operate their vehicles in a way that borders on dangerous—swerving in and out of lanes, pushing through intersections on yellow lights, merging when there seems to be no room to merge. Sometimes these maneuvers result in banged-up vehicles on the other end of the collision.
If you have been involved in a vehicle accident involving a taxi, contact a skilled San Diego taxi accident attorney immediately. You are going to need an ally to face the large and powerful legal teams that taxi companies keep at the ready.
During your free consultation, your San Diego taxi accident lawyer will talk about your case and help you devise a strategy to get the compensation that you deserve. Just because a taxi driver has a large legal team backing him doesn’t mean that you should be responsible for all of your medical bills, lost work time, and pain and suffering. That’s especially true if that taxi driver’s in-a-hurry driving wrecked your car and your body.
In addition to taxi drivers being responsible for many accidents in which they are involved, some taxi companies also have a spotty record of maintenance. The vehicle that hit your car might have had faulty steering or worn brakes. A San Diego personal injury lawyer will know how to prove that by accessing the company’s maintenance records.
You should never accept the initial settlement offered by the taxi company’s insurance carrier; it rarely will be enough to cover your future medical expenses and lost work time as you go to rehab sessions and other doctor’s appointments. You need a San Diego taxi accident attorney to fight for every dollar that you need, so that your accident will not bankrupt you as well.
Head and neck sprains that occur after vehicles collide can linger for months and might be far more serious than mere sprains. Concussions, similarly, often require long-term care, as do spinal injuries and broken bones. These bills add up, especially when scans and tests are part of your treatment.
We all appreciate taxis when we are in a city that we don’t know and we don’t have a vehicle. But taxis can also be a menace in our home cities. Make sure that liability for your collision with a taxi is properly assigned through the services of a strong San Diego personal injury lawyer.
As a city with a growing population, San Diego has burgeoning commercial and restaurant sectors, both of which require goods that are often delivered by truck. It’s not unusual to see large trucks stopped in the right lane while processing a delivery throughout the Gaslamp Quarter and up and down Market Street.
With the numerous delivery trucks rumbling down city streets added to the many 18-wheelers barreling up I-5 north and I-8 east, it’s no wonder that driving carefully around these larger vehicles has become more of a preoccupation for San Diegans.
However, even when drivers give these huge vehicles plenty of room, accidents still occur, and the truck usually “wins.”
If you have been involved in a truck accident in San Diego County and the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to contact a good San Diego truck accident attorney. S/he will make sure that the only “win” the truck got was in most damage done to a vehicle. After your incident, you need to be defended well in negotiations and possible courtroom proceedings, with blame appropriately placed.
You also need a San Diego truck accident lawyer because the vast majority of truck accidents will end up with you in a courtroom directly across from a high-powered team of lawyers that has long represented a trucking firm. You do not want to be on your own at a time like that.
Call a San Diego personal injury lawyer today and obtain a free consultation about your case. You will learn what the next, best step is, and what you need to do to secure the greatest compensation possible to meet your needs.
Those needs will include not only medical bills from the past, but possible bills in the future as your injuries are treated. You also need to be compensated for lost work time and possible pain and suffering. A strong San Diego truck accident attorney will be happy to work for you to make sure that your accident will not bankrupt you.
As you know, truck accidents are usually far more serious than mere fender-benders. They often result in totaled vehicles, serious injuries, and even death, far more often than when two cars collide.
Yet, insurance companies don’t dole out a higher settlement just because you were the little guy in the wreck. That’s why you need to refuse that initial settlement; it probably won’t take into account all of your future costs. Let a qualified San Diego truck accident lawyer negotiate a settlement for you and take the proper parties to court if necessary.
Truck drivers and firms can be held liable for accidents not only due to driver negligence, but also due to mechanical failures. Many trucks suffer from spotty maintenance and defects such as brake failure. Driver fatigue can also play a huge role in many truck accidents, as drivers push through on their routes despite being tired, in an effort to meet their strict deadlines.
If you have a wreck involving a truck, obtain a copy of the police report and get the truck driver’s contact information. Enlist any help from witnesses, too, and get their contact information. Once you gather all of the evidence that you are able to (photos, testimony, doctor’s bills), you can meet with your San Diego personal injury lawyer and begin to plan your case.
Don’t let a huge truck run over your life as well as your vehicle. Get the help you need from a qualified San Diego truck accident attorney.
Hit-and-run accidents are no fun. You often feel angry and violated when your car is hit and the guilty party drives off without leaving any information. It’s even worse when you are injured in such an accident and have no way to track down the other driver.
There is hope, however. Contact a San Diego hit-and-run attorney immediately after you’ve been victimized in a hit-and-run accident and get a free consultation regarding the merits of your case.
In California, hit-and-run offenses can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony. When property damage alone has resulted, the misdemeanor charge fits; when someone has been injured, the charge rises to felony. Hit-and-run accidents are defined legally as those accidents that occur when one party involved (at fault or not) drives away from the scene without providing insurance information.
That definition covers even these scenarios, to the surprise of many:
Either party driving away from a fender-bender
The guilty party driving away from hitting and damaging property, such as a fence
A party driving away from an accident that may have been caused by his/her driving conduct, even without a collision occurring
The misdemeanor hit-and-run charge can lead to fines of up to $10,000 and sentences of up to one year in jail. If charged as a felony, the hit-and-run crime could result in 16-36 months in prison. If someone happened to be killed or suffered a permanent, serious injury in the accident, the prison sentence can grow to four years.
If you have been charged with this crime, you will need a good San Diego hit-and-run attorney to prove that either:
You weren’t the person driving your car when the accident occurred, or
You didn’t know that the accident had occurred or that someone has been injured, or
You didn’t “willfully” flee the scene or fail to identify yourself, or
You were the only person injured
In hit-and-run accidents, civil lawsuits can also be filed by the victim after the court has issued a sentence and fine, so your costs could grow far beyond your initial fine if you are found guilty.
If you have been victimized in a hit-and-run accident, take photos of the fleeing driver if possible, and get the vehicle’s license plate number. If you are able to note the make and model of the vehicle, this information will also be helpful. If you can’t get photos, write down as many details as you can while they are still fresh in your mind.
After this, call the police and file an accident report, so that the police can be on the lookout for the vehicle that you describe. Then, contact your insurance company, but don’t settle for its initial offer. A San Diego personal injury lawyer can usually dig into the evidence and look for clues regarding the guilty party.
Don’t suffer after a hit-and-run accident, thinking that your failure to stop the other driver is somehow your fault. Interact with a San Diego personal injury attorney and let him/her give a good effort to achieve justice in your case. You will probably need funds beyond your insurance settlement to pay your medical costs and make up for lost work time, so hire a San Diego hit-and-run lawyer to make sure that you do not suffer any longer as a result of the other party fleeing the scene.
If you are filing a personal injury case, there is also a huge chance that you will be dealing with an insurance company. It is given that once you got involved in a car or auto accident, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip fall, or even any verbal or physical abuse, anyone who is involved in one of these kinds of negligence or irresponsibility towards you will be asked to provide you with compensation, often issued by their own insurance company. Thus, since you will be dealing related factors on charges, compensation, and insurance company, it is crucial that you fully understand how to properly negotiate and handle insurance liability claims.
Insurance adjusters are frequently assigned to personal injury cases and they are in charge to investigate facts, determining how much a specific case is worth. However, they do not work for you nor are interested in making sure you get the fair and just compensation, rather, they work for the insurance company in order to keep the payouts as low as possible (to gain more profits).
Even though insurance adjusters’ goal is to pay the lowest amount possible, they have an ultimate goal of avoiding any lawsuit, making a settlement offer any injured party will accept. If, however, no settlement is agreed upon before the court, the injured party has the right to file a lawsuit, and if the defendant has been proven guilty, the judge or jury shall make the right decision as well as appropriate charges for the damage done.
You also have to remember that filing a personal injury case against the defendant also means that the insurance company can end up paying a very high fee if the jury feels sympathy for you. In addition, some legal fees as well as miscellaneous costs can also add to the expense of the insurance company.
The demand letter is a written statement, enumerating what you will accept in order to settle the case. If you will be sending the demand letter, you also start negotiating with the insurance adjuster instead of the insurance adjuster being the first one writing down what is fair payment for you. Starting a demand letter can possibly result in a more favourable final outcome for you.
Know the policy limits of the insurance company in order for you to also determine the maximum payout. While you could technically get a judgement for a much larger amount as compared to the maximum payment from the insurer, you should also try to collect the excess from the defendant personally.
Make sure that you do not accept any settlement offer not until you have known of the full extent of the damage and injuries, which, you have suffered and until you are confident that the settlement is just and fair. Once you have accepted the offer and signed a release of all claims, you should know that you cannot change your mind nor sue the defendant after.
The above factors are just a few of the most important things you have to do when dealing with the insurance company. However, one strongest way in claiming what is just and right for you is to use your evidence to prove the fault of the defendant and also the injuries you have gained. Presenting evidence is necessary for you to be able to get a desirable settlement and also avoiding further discussion by going to court.
If you happen to live in Dallas, chances are that vehicular accidents are not uncommon for the reason that there are plenty of motor vehicles that are always moving now and then. On situations like these, how do car accident attorneys in Dallas fit into the mess? You could argue that in every vehicular tragedy, car accident attorneys in Dallas are always needed on both ends of the face off. Yes it can be logical though it can also be impractical.
Actually, car accidents do not always result to be devastating for the people and the vehicles that are involved. A car may be damaged without any injury to the person; which can be solely be discussed between insurance firms of both parties who are affected. “Property damage cases” as they are called, they usually do not require car accident attorneys in Dallas to negotiate.
But when human injuries do happen, it is either trivial or serious injury cases. Minor cases include injuries with complete recovery in less than a week. By now, you must be listing names of car accident attorneys in Dallas for legal compensation. However minor injuries tend to be not as expensive compared to the expense of getting car accident attorneys in Dallas. Therefore there is no point in hiring one unless it is a very serious case.
When looking for legal counsel, what you should know is that car accident attorneys in Dallas are quite expensive. While that may be true but the point here is to get the most of the damage done from the car accident. And what you want to get out of it is to get expert advice from car accident attorneys in Dallas so that you will get a lot of money out of the mess; and that is where car accident attorneys in Dallas can work their magic. You might be able to pull this off on your own, but it is doubtful that one could get the sweetest deal out of the accident without legal assistance.
Another thing is that you do not have to deal with the problem of doing the dirty work that car accident attorneys in Dallas are paid to do. You could spend time on healing yourself, enjoying the company of your family, doing the things you like and focusing on activities that produce revenue or you could insist on doing things that you are not even sure of the results? In the end, it is more rewarding to delegate the problem to car accident attorneys in Dallas because you avoid wasting precious time on things that can be stressful for you.
Friendly advice on hiring car accident attorneys in Dallas
The fee might be the only thing you are concerned about when it comes to getting car accident attorneys in Dallas. Their rate is based on a contingency fee contract. This explains that they are to get what is due to them only if you get what is due to you, which gives them more than enough good reason to squeeze in more money for you from the accident so they may also get more on the resolved monetary compensation.
If you decide to hire car accident attorneys in Dallas, you also need to know specifically how soon they can file your case. Most car crash dilemmas are put on hold because clients do not give their car accident attorneys in Dallas a timetable to meet.
You are usually confronted by an affiliate of a certain law firm when looking for legal aid. You have to recognize the actual lawyer who would handle your case along with representing you at court. By doing this, you avoid confusion as to who you must consistently ask for updates and who to send the check in a pool of car accident attorneys in Dallas representing one particular firm.
Why Should I Hire Bisnar|Chase as my attorneys?
Because we believe in what we do and what we do makes a difference in the lives of our clients and in the world in general.
We are concerned for our client’s well being — this is why we have chosen to work for plaintiffs (the injured parties) and plaintiffs only. We don’t and never have represented insurance companies or corporations. We only represent people who have been injured or taken advantage of by insurance companies or both. We are concerned that our clients receive the medical care they deserve and recover physically from their injuries, as well as recover emotionally and economically. We care enough to tell our clients the truth about what we can and cannot do to help them. We care enough to devote ourselves fully to each client’s case. We know the law and know how to use it for our clients’ best interests.
We understand what the law should be. Our advocacy before California’s Appeals Court and Supreme Court has resulted in the California’s Supreme Court adopting our views in procedural matters in personal injury lawsuits and making our opinions the law of the land. In the same way that we convinced the California Supreme Court to adopt our views, we know how to convince a claims adjuster about the benefits to the insurance company of the settlement we propose. We obtain meaningful and sometimes unimaginable monetary recoveries for our clients, with a minimum of wasted time, effort, stress and worry.
What our staff members say:
“I recommend people to hire us because we are responsible, work as a team, we care about people and most important of all we know what we are doing.” – Marta I. De la Torre
“We are a very dependable and professional law firm. We know how to handle business.” – Nora Zamarripa
“We give the advice clients need for their lives, not their case and fight hard to carry out the decisions our clients make about the matters we are hired to accomplish.” – Edward Spilsbury
“I recommend that injured people hire us to represent them because we are committed to providing them with the best outcome of their case.” – Colleen Cadogan
If you are looking for a committed, resourceful and compassionate law firm to advise and representatives to help you hold a responsible person accountable for your injuries, you should choose Bisnar|Chase as your personal injury attorneys.
What should I expect a personal injury attorney to do for me?
You should expect your personal injury attorney to be an educator, an advisor, a communicator, a representative, an advocate, he/she should be your “Champion”.
Your attorney should educate you about your rights, the legal basis of your claim and the damages you are able to recover.
Your attorney should advise you throughout the process of recovery (physically, emotionally and economically) as to what to expect and how to best care for yourself throughout the recovery process.
Your attorney should be an effective and honest representative for you. After all, he is your voice in your dealings with the defendants and their representatives.
Your attorney should be an effective advocate in the pursuit of your rights.
Your attorney should be your “Champion”, your “David”, your “Robin Hood”, educating, advising, advocating and fighting for you. Someone you are proud of.
Why should I hire an attorney to assist me in resolving my personal injury claim?
Higher net recovery to you, an experienced guide on your side, relief from worry. An insurance industry research institution studied personal injury claims processed by the injured person alone, verses personal injury claims handled by attorneys. They determined that those represented by attorneys had a higher net recovery to themselves (more money in their pocket after attorney’s fees and costs) than those without attorneys.
An experienced personal injury attorney provides you the advantage of a skilled professional who will provide you the benefit of his experience and insight to equal the playing field when dealing with insurance companies and the major corporations of the world. Hiring a personal injury attorney allows you to focus on your recovery from your injuries while your attorney focuses on holding the responsible person accountable for your injuries.
How does your law firm charge attorneys fees?
We only work on a contingency fee, meaning that if we do not win, we do not get paid. Injury victims cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour. Our contingency fee is in line with other top-quality lawyers who handle serious personal injury matters. There are no up front costs or fees with us.
Who is going to pay up front for all of the costs and expenses of my case?
Costs must be advanced during the case to hire experts, conduct discovery and prepare for trial. We advance all costs and we say so in our retainer agreement. The client is responsible for reimbursing the costs when the case settles. If we don’t recover money for you, you will owe nothing.
What happens if we lose the case?
You are not responsible for any fees or costs.
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