Anaheim residents are killed or seriously injured in car accidents every day (we can read it even in the latest news today). And in 2016, traffic deaths in California had increased by seven percent from the previous year, according the California Office of Traffic Safety. Road safety is extremely important, and unfortunately not everyone is being responsible on Anaheim roads. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, you need to speak with a professional who can help who navigate the painful and expensive aftermath. It’s time to call an Anaheim car accident lawyer.
At Simmrin Law Group, we help car accident victims ensure their claims are taken seriously. It’s easy for car insurance companies and other drivers to take advantage of injury victims, so we provide a powerful legal force that’s on your side. We do the necessary investigation to support your case, and we listen to your needs. For a FREE consultation to discuss your case with one of our experienced lawyers, call us today at 310-997-4688 or fill out the quick form to the right of this page.
What should I do after a car accident in Anaheim, CA?
The moments following a car accident accident aren’t easy. You might feel confused, in pain, and disoriented. However, there are some important steps to take, if you can, that will help in the long run. Here’s what you should do after a car accident occurs:
1. Get any emergency medical treatment.
If you or someone else sustained a serious or life-threatening injury in the car accident, medical attention should be your FIRST priority. Call 911 so you can get treatment as soon as possible. Your safety matters first. If you don’t have injuries that require treatment right away, move to the following steps.
2. Call Anaheim police.
Local police will need to know about the accident, so call them right away. Sometimes the other driver may be hesitant to call police, especially if they have something to hide like being uninsured or having an expired license. But always call police anyway. This is the best way to protect yourself because it will create a police record as proof the accident occurred. Tell police everything you know and remember about the accident, including how it occurred and any injuries you have. If you suspect anything fishy about the other driver, like drunk driving, mention this to police.
3. Exchange information with the other driver.
Get their first and last name, phone number, and insurance information, and give them yours. You’ll need this to file a claim with their insurance company.
4. Take pictures.
Use your phone to take pictures of the scene while you wait for police. Capture all injuries sustained and damages that resulted from the accident. Your lawyer will use this evidence of the accident when building your case.
5. Talk with any witnesses.
Get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of anyone who witnessed the car crash happen. Ask them to detail what happened, and see if they can stick around long enough to recount it to police. Their testimony can be helpful for your case, as well.
6. Call a car accident lawyer.
Before you speak with ANY insurance company or admit to anything regarding the car accident, get on the phone with a lawyer who understands car accident cases. Insurance companies are skilled at using anything you say against you, and they’ll likely try to offer you money quickly—but don’t accept anything yet. Your lawyer can look at the hard facts, your damages, and the whole accident to fight for a fair settlement.
What are the most common injuries in a car accident?
Car accident injuries can range from minor to extremely serious, even death. They can include:
- Whiplash (one of the most common car accident injuries, especially in rear-end collisions)
- Head injuries, including concussions
- Scrapes, cuts, and bruises
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Broken bones, including the ribs, collarbone, pelvis, wrists, or arms
- Herniated discs
- Internal bleeding
- Emotional injuries like PTSD, anxiety, or depression
- Wrongful death
Car accidents are very hard on the body. When a car is struck abruptly and then forced in any direction, body parts can collide with windshields, windows, and other areas or items inside the car. This can cause painful injuries and trauma that often need ongoing treatment. A car accident isn’t cheap, which is why pursuing a fair settlement for your costs is so important.
What if I can’t work due to injury?
Time missed from work because of the accident, or treatment for your injuries, is one of the many damages you can claim. You can pursue financial recovery to offset:
- Missed wages from days off work
- Sick days or vacation time you had to take to avoid unpaid time off
- Missed overtime opportunities
- Money you would have received from special projects or business meetings you missed
To recover for lost wages, you’ll need documentation to prove:
- You missed work due to the injuries from the accident
- The amount of money you would have earned if you hadn’t been injured
Your lawyer can help you compile this information.
But what if your car accident injuries prevent or severely limit you from working at all? Examples could be losing a limb, having chronic pain from the accident, or being permanently disable. You may be able to recover more, in addition to the damage listed above, as permanent injuries significantly impact your quality of life and ability to support yourself and your family.
Talk to an Anaheim Car Accident Attorney for Free
At Simmrin Law Group, our lawyers understand how painful it is recovering from a car accident. We also know the at-fault party should be held responsible for the damages they’ve caused you—and we want to help. For a FREE consultation with one of our car accident attorneys, contact us today. Call 310-997-4688 or fill out the form to the right to get started.