Aggressively pursuing full and fair compensation for Californians injured in car accidents exclusively since 2008.
Car Accident Areas of Practice
Car accidents are frequent in California, and they can have serious impacts on those involved.
An experienced firm like Cohn & Swartzon can help you secure compensation and entitlements even if the other driver left the scene or wasn’t insured. Click below to learn more about how we can help in your specific circumstances.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Get To Safety
If your vehicle is operational and in active traffic, move to a safe location like the shoulder or a nearby parking lot. That said, DO NOT leave the scene.
Contact Emergency Services
Call 911 and ask for law enforcement and medical services. Be sure to get the officer’s information to secure a report after the immediate situation is resolved.
Collect & Exchange Information
Secure the other driver’s personal and insurance information. Document the accident with photographs and get witness statements if possible.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Cohn & Swartzon Gets Results in Car Insurance Claims
How to Handle Insurance After a Car Accident
Frequently Asked Questions
If your attorneys believe that they can prove negligence after investigating your case, they will file a claim against the driver who was at fault and the insurance company. If you and your attorneys agree that the initial settlement offer is not sufficient for your present and future needs, your lawyers can negotiate with the other side to work out an acceptable settlement. If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement, litigation will follow.
According to data reported by Forbes, the average car accident claim between 2015 and 2020 was settled for about $23,000, and most claimants received less than $10,000.
That said, in Cohn & Swartzon’s 75 years of combined legal experience, we can say definitively that there is no true “average” for settling these cases. It’s impossible to promise an exact settlement amount at the outset of a car accident case because every car accident is different.
To file an auto accident lawsuit in California, you’ll need evidence and documentation to make your case in court. This can include the police report of the incident, pictures from the scene, witness statements, and more. To obtain compensation for damages, you’ll also need access to medical records, medical bills, pay stubs, and other documentation.
Collecting this information, verifying it, and presenting it in court is extremely difficult for anyone without legal experience. To take on the insurance companies and at-fault parties effectively, you will need a trusted legal advocate by your side.
Even if you were partially responsible for an accident, you can still file a claim against the at-fault party for their role in the incident. Your attorney can evaluate the merits of your potential case and provide the knowledge you need to make an informed decision as you move forward.
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Cohn & Swartzon take cases on a contingency basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do.
Contact us anytime for a free consultation to discuss your case. We treat every client and prospect with the care, respect, and dignity you deserve.