Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
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Individuals involved in a
car accident may have many questions in the aftermath. Although some of these questions
may frequently appear in a variety of circumstances, it is important to
remember that every situation is unique. If you have been involved in
an accident, it is very likely you will have questions that may not be
answered by a general FAQ page about car accidents.
Review the common questions and concerns we have compiled below. To get
a clearer understanding of your unique situation, it is imperative that
you discuss the incident with a skilled car accident attorney. Our Orange
County personal injury team at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. offers
free consultations to help our clients get informed about their legal options for filing a claim to recover compensation.
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What is the first thing I should do after a car accident?
Call the police. Even if the damage appears minor, you need to obtain a police report.
Police reports can indicate who the officer felt was at fault, and this
can play a vital role in your injury claim. Insist that the police be
called and always wait for them to arrive. This is essential for protecting
After calling the police, seek medical attention. At any sign of pain or injury, you must get it checked out by a qualified
physician. This will help you on the road to a full recovery, and when
you get in touch with an Orange County car accident attorney, it will
help you determine the full amount of compensation to file for.
What should I do if I am the victim of a hit and run?
It is a serious criminal offense to leave the scene of a traffic accident
without first lending aid to individuals in need. If you are the victim
of a hit and run,
stay calm and remain focused. Take in as much information as possible and retain as many details about
the situation as you are able to.
Consider the following factors, and then contact the police:
- Was a man or woman driving the vehicle?
- Can you identify the car's license plate number?
- What was the color, make, and model of the car?
- Were any witnesses present to see the accident?
What kind of compensation am I eligible to receive?
Usually, accident victims may receive compensation for:
- Costs of medical treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, etc.
- Loss of wages in the present and future from work disability
- Loss of ability to earn a wage or seek gainful employment
- Damages to property and out-of-pocket expenses
As a general rule, injury claims are able to compensate for any and all
losses and expenses incurred in an accident caused by a negligent individual.
However, every accident is a unique situation.
You should not assume what you are entitled to, and you should not file a claim without reviewing your case with an attorney
who can help you protect your entitlements.
What are economic and noneconomic damages?
Economic and noneconomic damages are two separate categories of financial
compensation in an injury claim. Economic damages deal with injuries and property damage.
Noneconomic damages, also known as punitive damages, deal with secondary
effects, such as pain and suffering.
Economic damages include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Damage to car and property
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Noneconomic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain/anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
How do I figure out who is responsible for my damages?
Several parties may be responsible, such as:
- The negligent driver that caused the accident
- The insurance company who covers the damage
- The car manufacturer of a defective or faulty part
- A third party that contributed to the circumstances
Establishing negligence is one of the most important aspects of an injury claim. If another driver's
reckless or careless behavior caused the accident, they may be held responsible
for your compensation. Negligence is a vital element of figuring out how
to proceed in a personal injury claim.
How can an auto accident lawyer help me?
A skilled accident attorney can do the following:
- Help you assess the cost of your injuries and damages
- Assist you in identifying who is at fault in the accident
- Determine an effective course of action to claim compensation
- Protect your rights and entitlements throughout the legal process
A legal professional can guide you through the legal procedures and help
you ensure that you make a strong claim for financial compensation that
not only offers a strong chance of success, but also awards the amount
of compensation you deserve and will need to make a full recovery.
File a Strong Claim & Secure the Compensation You Deserve
At Cohn & Swartzon, P.C., our team is prepared to help our clients
obtain financial recompense after suffering serious injury. With
more than 40 years of combined legal experience, our Orange County car accident lawyers have handled many complex cases
and tackled all kinds of accident situations.
We do not charge our clients up-front attorney fees for our legal services
and representation. We only collect a fee when you are awarded compensation. If you are looking
for answers or to learn more about the dedicated services we offer,
discuss your case with us in a free consultation.