Bakersfield Car Accident Lawyers
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Can Make a Major Difference in the Outcome of Your Car Wreck Case
Car Accident Attorney |The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that nearly 3 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Chances are that at some point in your life you will be involved in a car accident. More than likely, you will make a claim either for damage to your vehicle or for medical claims related to the accident. Personal injuries can seem minor at first, but develop into complicated health issues.
If you were injured in a car accident, experienced personal injury attorneys can help you recover damages. Young Wooldridge, LLP represents accident victims in Bakersfield and the surrounding area.
Common Injuries to Victims of a Car Wreck
Some injuries sustained in a car crash can be minor and resolve themselves in a matter of days with no medical treatment. Others can be quite severe and require long-term care, even disabling the victim to some extent. In the most severe car accidents, even death can occur.
Car injuries are separated into two broad categories, impact injuries and penetrating injuries. The below can usually fall into either category:
- Soft Tissue Injury – Whiplash and other muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
- Scrapes and Cuts
- Head Injury
- Chest Injury
- Arm and Leg Injuries
If you are in an auto accident, you and any passengers should get a physical examination to make sure you don’t have any unseen injuries. If you have any injuries it is imperative that you speak with an attorney who can determine whether you are entitled to compensation for medical costs.
The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accident fault is categorized in one of two ways: driver error or something else.
Some examples of driver error are:
- Distracted driving and multi-tasking
- Alcohol Impairment
Other causes could be:
- Hazardous Road Conditions
- Dangerous Weather Impairments
- Mechanical Malfunctions
The cause of the accident will be stated in the initial police report but a competent attorney can determine if there may be other factors that should be considered in your auto wreck case.
What To Do If You Are Involved In a Car Wreck
As soon as a car wreck happens, your first priority should be to seek any necessary medical attention. After that, if you are able, it is important to protect your rights throughout the impending claims process and potential lawsuit ahead. The best way to do this is to follow these guidelines about what to do when an accident occurs:
Document the scene immediately.
Good evidence is the key to winning your claim. By documenting as much as possible, you will be helping your case immeasurably. Get the information of anyone on the scene including the other drivers and any witnesses. Always call the police and remember to get a copy of the official accident report. Take photos of all vehicles involved, any environmental damage and any visible injuries.
Seek immediate medical attention.
As soon as possible, see a professional for injuries you received as a result of the car accident. Keep all records of treatment, receipts and medical bills. Be sure to always follow your doctor’s orders explicitly. Any variation from the prescribed treatment can hurt your case and even make certain issues null and void.
Obtain repair estimates for vehicle damage.
If the at-fault driver’s insurance is assessing the damage, it might be a good idea to get your own estimate. You always have the right to get a second estimate if you disagree with the insurance provider’s assessment.
Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Experienced personal injury attorneys at Young Wooldridge, LLP can advise you about rights and options that you may not know you have.
Contact a Highly Experienced Law Firm for a Free Initial Consultation Regarding Your Car Accident Case
Young Wooldridge, LLP represents Californians involved in motorcycle accidents in Bakersfield and the surrounding areas. Contact the firm at 661.327.9661 or online to schedule a free initial consultation about your situation.
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