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What to Do After a Car Accident

Figure It Out with Orange County Car Accident Lawyer’s Help

A car accident is going to shake you up, even if no one is injured and the damage is minimal. You could be frightened by the impact, angered at the other drivers, and confused by the situation as a whole. All of those emotions are normal, but it remains important to stay focused and collect as much information about the incident as you possibly can. Every little bit might help you win any claims in the future.

If you have been in a car accident and aren’t sure what to do next, or if you know you need legal representation, get the professional injury attorneys at Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. on your side. We have been serving clients in Orange County, Santa Ana, and even Palm Desert for years and have collected millions on their behalf.

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Important Steps You Can’t Overlook

The moment a car accident occurs, you need to start thinking about how you can prove that you are not liable. Insurance companies will have their own best interests in mind and it could come down to you and your attorney to show that you’re not to blame. Your own company might only give you a portion of the costs required for recovery and repair if you are found partially liable, and the providers of other drivers will certainly be trying to peg the blame entirely on you.

By taking these important steps, you can help ensure you are building the best case possible for your own insurance claims:

  • Seek medical attention: If you are injured in any way from the accident, you should, of course, first seek medical attention. Not only does this help protect you from serious or lingering bodily harm, but it also provides you with documentation of your injuries. Hold onto a physical copy for your own records.
  • Collect all information: After a collision, more people than you might expect actually forget to get important information that seems obvious, such as license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and even the make and model of all the cars involved.
  • Take photographs: Camera phones are in just about everyone’s pockets these days, and they come in handy after a crash. Take close and numerous pictures of any damage or injuries. If you don’t have a camera phone, keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment.
  • Remember the passengers: The drivers of vehicles are not the only ones you need to talk to – speak to any passengers as well. They may reveal important case information, such as revealing that the other driver was on their phone at the time of the accident.
  • Contact the proper authorities: If anyone has been injured, or if the other driver is uninsured, you need to call the police. They can help you sort out the initial troubles at the scene and also provide you with a useful police report of the incident.
  • Never admit fault: Even if you think you are wholly responsible for a car accident, you should never admit fault. There could be circumstances you are unaware of that take some or all of the blame off you. Never say, "I'm sorry", and simply make sure that the others involved in the accident are OK.

Take Action Now – Build Your Case with an Experienced Attorney

Whether you’ve considered it or not, everyone else involved in your car accident is already trying to dodge responsibility, perhaps even trying to put the blame on you. You can’t afford to wait a day longer. Retain professional legal counsel from Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. now to start the process of seeking financial compensation for your personal injuries or damages in an auto collision. We can help you piece together the necessary information to help prove your side of the story, and, if necessary, we can represent you in court. We will provide you with personal and dedicated service and, best of all, we don’t get paid until we get you a fair settlement. You have nothing to lose.

If you live in Orange County, Santa Ana, or Palm Desert, Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. can help you with your car accident claims. Contact our Orange County car accident attorney now for a free case evaluation.

Recent Reviews From Previous Clients

  • Cohn & Swartzon took care of everything

    “I am very happy to recommend Cohn & Swartzon. My two young daughters and I were hit by a teenage driver whose vehicle flipped over our SUV. Cohn & Swartzon took care of everything, from dealing with my own insurance to educating me on the importance of getting top notch medical care. We ended up obtaining much more compensation than we ever thought possible. Thank you so much!”

    Lori G.

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    “Let me begin by saying that I would recommend Cohn & Swartzon to anyone in need of legal advice. Both Jason and Saar are very personable and they provided a high level of service to me as their client. In addition to Jason and Saar, the entire staff always provided the utmost in service. One of the things that I liked was the fact that they stayed true to their word. They told me that they personally would take calls, if necessary. It was not very often that I needed to speak directly to them; but when I did, they were accessible. I appreciate the great lengths that they went to in working with an uncooperative doctor, who took a very long time getting a key report to them. They worked with the insurance companies and the adjusters, which took all of the unnecessary stress off of me. The Firm went to bat for me and we were successful in settling my personal injury case without going to trial. Saar was able to negotiate and reduce my medical bills, thus putting more cash into my hands. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome, and the timing of the settlement couldn't have come at a better time.”

    V.O.

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    “I cannot recommend the offices of Cohn & Swartzon highly enough. I was referred to them after being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. I was in pain and after 6 weeks was still trying to be seen by a physical therapist. I met with Jason the first day and he couldn't have been nicer. He seemed to really care about me and my case and within 24 hours I was being seen at a great facility for physical therapy. My case was taken over by Elva who was always on top of things. She kept me in the loop and pretty much took over everything so that I didn't have to deal with it. She was able to get the highest amount possible and I walked away with more than I could have hoped for. I am so thankful for her and the entire office of Cohn & Swartzon.”

    Kathy B.

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    “I was involved in an auto accident earlier this year. A friend of mine referred me to attorney Saar Swartzon at Cohn & Swartzon, a Professional Law Corporation. I met with Mr. Swartzon and his senior paralegal Linda Chapman to discuss my accident. We discussed the accident, the pain I was in and how my doctor was going to submit a request for physical therapy to my insurance company, which could take up to two weeks to obtain approval I was told. I informed Mr. Swartzon that I had previously had cervical surgery in 2012 and how it took almost a month to receive approval for physical therapy from my insurance company and make my first appointment with the physical therapist they approved me for. With the pain I suffered from the whiplash caused by the accident, I could not wait that long. Mr. Swartzon referred me to a physician that he knew so I could be evaluated and obtain written approval immediately for physical therapy. Mr. Swartzon also referred me to a physical therapy location near my work, which took me in immediately. During my treatments, I did not have to worry about anything. Linda Chapman handled all of the incoming bills that I received incurred by the accident as well as all of the correspondence from the insurance companies requesting updates. Their legal assistant Renee Bushman did a great job following up on the information requested by Linda about the other party to help with my case. I was always kept informed on the status of my case and always received quick responses to my emails. Due to the outstanding work that Saar, Linda and Renee had done, my case settled quickly and I am once again pain free. Now I know why my friend referred me to Saar Swartzon at Cohn & Swartzon and I can honestly say from my personal experience that I can refer them to anybody reading my review as well as anybody I know who is involved in an auto accident.”

    Tom M.

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    “When I first met with Cohn & Swartzon, they explained to me that I had a difficult case; but because of my severe injuries, they were willing to help. Initially, the insurance did not offer much; but after Cohn & Swartzon fought hard for me in court, I received over a 6 figure settlement and also had my surgery paid for.”

    Deborah V.