Hurt in a Car Accident in the Bay Area?
San Jose Auto Accident Attorneys Offer Free Legal Advice
After a car accident, you may have many concerns on your mind. You will likely try to remember the details of the accident itself and if there are any witnesses. You may also start to wonder if you even have a case or what it is worth if you do. Worse, before you have time to piece everything together, insurance companies usually start contacting you asking for details and information you may not have yet. In the stressful and complicated process of recovering from a car crash, the most thing important to remember is that you have the right to recovery. However, asserting this right can be difficult to do alone. A qualified team of San Jose auto accident attorneys can help you file a claim and recover the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have a record of success in helping car accident victims and their families throughout California’s Bay Area. We have particular experience handling serious accidents that cause catastrophic injuries or death. By performing a meticulous investigation, our San Jose auto accident attorneys identify all causes of the accident, which can include motorist error, defective parts and/or dangerous road conditions. We then apply our extensive trial experience and negotiation skills to deal with insurance companies and fight for rightful compensation.
How Can I Recover Car Accident Compensation?
In the immediate aftermath of a car wreck, your primary concern is typically any harm to you or those around you. Financially recovering from a car accident is similar. You want to make sure that you will stay afloat in the near future while you are recovering and possibly unable to work. Our lawyers immediately get to work to identify any financial assistance from all possible sources.
Usually, you may file a car insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to recover compensation. You may be able to claim your medical expenses, property damage, wage loss, pain and suffering and other damages. However, insurance companies are private businesses that prioritize profits. Therefore, insurance adjusters may try to downplay your injuries and minimize the settlement you receive. As a result, insurance negotiations often make the stressful experience of an accident even worse. Therefore, to ensure that you get the full compensation you deserve, you should always work with an experienced car accident attorney.
In some cases, the at-fault driver may not have car insurance. Alternatively, he or she may have a minimum policy that does not cover the full extent of your damages. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover from that driver directly. Otherwise, if you have health insurance, then it may cover at least some of your medical treatment. However, you also might be able to collect from the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in your own car insurance policy. The key to determining what recovery is possible is to call an attorney immediately. When you need to know what to do after a car accident, our lawyers can guide you. Our attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience in helping our clients receive timely and satisfactory settlements.
What Do I Do When the Insurance Company Calls Me About My Car Crash?
Insurance companies are corporations with a simple goal: profits. Therefore, adjusters collect as much as possible in premiums and pay out as little as possible on claims. One way that insurance companies keep their rates low is by quickly contacting the parties involved in an accident before they have time to seek counsel. Adjusters then pressure accident victims into fast settlements. The problem is that these fast settlements are often far lower than the victim’s actual damages.
Therefore, when you get into a car accident you should expect that you will almost immediately be contacted by an insurance provider. This includes your own insurance and the insurance of any other party that may be involved. You should tell your insurance provider that you were involved in an accident to properly document the event. However, you should not say any more than is necessary. Even though you pay your insurer, that company is still a business and may not act in your best interests. Additionally, it is very risky to talk to another party’s insurance company without an experienced lawyer. Instead, if the other party’s insurance company calls you, politely decline to make a statement until you call a lawyer.
In most auto accident cases, your attorney negotiates directly with the insurance company on your behalf. This is the case whether you make a claim with your own insurer or that of the other driver. Car accident attorneys with a record of favorable trial verdicts can dramatically increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement. Frequently, the insurer is more likely to offer fair compensation if it is clear that your lawyers have the ability to win if the case goes to trial.
Need Help After a Car Accident? We Proudly Serve San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco
Car accidents are a frightening, life changing and unfortunately common. In a brief moment, every day errands can turn into a catastrophe that causes permanent disability or even death. Luckily, you do not have to face the insurance companies, legal system and uncertainty alone.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car crash, then consult our San Jose auto accident attorneys as soon as possible. We also handle motorcycle, scooter, bicycle and truck accident cases throughout the Bay Area. To schedule a free consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP online or call (408) 956-6949. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.