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La Mirada Car Accident Lawyer Says: Insurance Adjusters Can Be Tricky

Seasoned La Mirada car accident lawyers often advise those trying to recover damages suffered in a car accident to use caution when dealing with the "friendly" insurance adjuster. But before exposing this wolf in sheep's clothing, a quick overview of car accidents in La Mirada, California may help.

Car Accidents in La Mirada Have Tragic Consequences

The California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) reported that in 2006, five people lost their lives and 182 people were injured in La Mirada car crashes. Drunk driver crashes resulted in one death and 29 injuries. Pedestrian accidents killed two and injured 13, and bicycle accidents injured eight. In 2007, five car accidents resulted in five fatalities. In 2008, one car crash ended in one fatality.

When Working With Insurance Adjusters, Be Very Careful What You Say

A savvy La Mirada car accident lawyer will warn his or her clients that dealing with insurance adjusters after a car accident injury is not for the inexperienced. "Insurance adjusters are carefully selected and highly trained professionals," notes John Bisnar. "Their nice-guy demeanor conceals a hidden agenda-- to compensate you for the least amount possible for your losses and to increase insurance company profits. Their goal is to earn your trust, then extract as much information from you as possible."

Adjusters Will Leverage Their Experience to Their Advantage

Insurance adjusters will bend over backwards to get you to "open up" and be your pal. But if you really listen to them and think about the questions they expect you to answer, you'll come to the realization that they're not really explaining the parts of the insurance policy that can help you. All the experience and knowledge they've amassed over the years could really help you get the most out of your claim. Instead, adjusters will use their skills, training and experience to settle your claim for the lowest amount possible.

Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer Prior to Working With Insurance Adjusters

A trustworthy La Mirada car crash lawyer knows the best way to deal with insurance adjusters. Talking to an experienced lawyer can keep you from making costly mistakes. They can guide you to ensure you reach a fairly compensation settlement for your losses. Some of the finest car accident lawyers offer no charge, no pressure consultations. And most will work on a contingency basis.

For more legal advice, read "The Seven Fatal Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Personal Injury Claim" by California personal injury attorney John Bisnar. The book ($14.99 value) is free to accident victims--just go to www.BestAttorneyBooks.com to get a copy sent to you, or you can buy one at www.Amazon.com. Be sure to check out other Los Angeles County car accident lawyers who practice with Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP.

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