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San Diego Car Accident Lawyers

If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for your losses.

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The skilled San Diego personal injury attorneys at Bisnar | Chase have a long and successful track record of negotiating skillfully with insurance companies and helping our clients achieve positive results.

The outcome of a personal injury claim can have long-term financial repercussions for our clients. Please do not take a chance with your auto injury claim. Contact us today to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.

San Diego Car Accident Injuries A Significant Challenge

Thousands of people are injured in San Diego car accidents each year. Victims of vehicle accidents often face significant challenges when it comes to recovering fair compensation for the injuries and damages they have sustained.

Dealing with insurance companies or defense attorneys, paperwork and court procedures on your own can be extremely challenging, especially at a time when your focus should be on recovery and return to normalcy. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights and options.

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San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 174 people were killed and 12,637 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in San Diego County in the year 2010.

During that same year, 64 fatalities and 5,525 injuries were reported due to car accidents in the city of San Diego.

Actions to Take After an Automobile Accident

The steps you take after being involved in a San Diego traffic accident could affect your ability to receive compensation for the crash. First and foremost, you must determine if you or anyone else has been injured. If someone has sustained an injury, you must remain at the crash site and notify the authorities. It is also helpful to:

  • Collect contact and insurance information from the other driver or drivers involved.
  • Write down the name and phone number of anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
  • Take photos of the vehicles, the crash site and of your injuries.
  • Write down exactly when and where the crash took place.
  • Get your side of the story into the police report. Later, you can request a copy of the report from the traffic division.
  • Seek out immediate medical attention to document your injuries and increase your chances of making a full recovery.

Dealing with Insurance Companies After An Vehicle Crash

One of the most frustrating aspects of pursuing compensation for a car crash is dealing with insurance companies. Insurance adjusters are trained to look for reasons to deny your claim. Refuse to have your conversations recorded and make sure that you are prepared before making the phone call. Have notes available about the crash in front of you and remain concise and succinct with your answers.

If it is clear that the other driver was responsible for the accident, the insurance company may offer you a small settlement to make the case go away. It is important that you do not sign any paperwork without first having your attorney look at the offer.

Once you accept a settlement, you will no longer be able to receive compensation for the crash. Rushing into a quick settlement is one of the most common mistakes car accident victims make during the claims process.

Filing an Auto Accident Claim in San Diego

If you are not offered an adequate settlement that covers all of your losses, you may have it in your best interest to file an injury claim against the at-fault driver. Filing a lawsuit is sometimes the only way to get fair compensation for your considerable losses.

For your claim to be successful, you will have to show that the at-fault driver was negligent in some way. Did he or she run a red light? Was the driver speeding? Did alcohol or fatigue contribute to the crash? Was he or she using a phone at the time of the collision? These are all forms of negligence that can be used to prove your case. If you are successful in showing that negligence was a contributing factor in the collision, then, financial support should be available for your financial, emotional and physical losses.

The Value of your Accident Injury Claim

Since every claim is different, there is no magic formula to determine how much your claim is worth without reviewing the specifics of your case. Did you need medical attention after the crash? Did you require hospitalization or surgery? All accident-related medical expenses should be included in your claim. Will you have a greater chance of fully recovering if you receive physical therapy? Therapy is not always included in health insurance policies, but they can be factored into your claim as future medical bills and treatments required for your complete recovery.

If you had to miss work, your lost wages should be included amongst your losses. Victims of San Diego crashes may never return to work or earn what they once were capable of earning. In such cases, support may be available for future lost income as well. It is also possible to receive compensation for non-economic losses. Pain and suffering should be included in claims involving serious injuries. Keep a journal of your daily struggles since the crash.

Because there are so many variables when dealing with an accident injury, we recommend you contact one of our highly experienced San Diego car accident lawyers for a Free case evaluation to review your legal options.


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