Laguna Niguel Injury Lawyers
What you do following a personal injury accident can affect your ability to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered. Her are a few suggestions that can help you in case you are ever injured in a Laguna Niguel car accident.
Most Dangerous Intersection in Laguna Niguel**
Last 5 Years:
- 56 Accidents
- 40 Injuries
- 0 Deaths
City of Laguna Niguel
- Population: 64652
- Avg Annual Auto Injuries per 1,000: 3
- Laguna Niguel Crime Index* 73.2
Nearby Cities Crime Indices*:
- San Juan Capistrano: 107.5
- Aliso Viejo: 47.5
- Laguna Beach: 144.6
- Dana Point: 145.4
More Unsafe Intersections in Laguna Niguel**
- Accidents: 48
- Injuries: 35
- Deaths: 0
- Accidents: 40
- Injuries: 28
- Deaths: 1
- Accidents: 37
- Injuries: 23
- Deaths: 0
Was there an Injury?
Check yourself and your passengers. Have you been injured? Is your neck, head, back or stomach sore? You dont have to be bleeding to have suffered a serious injury. If you have been jerked back and forth during the collision, you may have suffered whiplash. If you struck your head, you may have suffered a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. Have you suffered laceration injuries from glass or metal? If you are sore or worried that you may be injured, you should immediately call 911 and go to an emergency room for a proper examination.
Contacting the Authorities
Under California law, law enforcement officials must be notified of all injury accidents. Police officers in Laguna Niguel typically travel to accidents involving an injury but if they do not arrive, it may be in your best interest to file a police report within 24 hours at the police station closest to where the incident occurred. Having your side of the story regarding how the accident occurred in the police report can help during the claims process. Police investigators often collect information that you may have missed in the chaos following the collision.
You will want the phone number, drivers license number, license plate and insurance information from any other car drivers involved. If someone other than a friend of yours witnessed the accident you may want his or her contact information as well.
Does your phone have the ability to take high-resolution photos? If not, you should keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment. You will want to get photos of:
- The damage to the cars
- The positioning of the vehicles
- Tire marks / skid marks
- License plates
- Injuries you or your loved ones have suffered
It may seem odd to take a photo of your injuries, but this is tangible evidence of your injuries that may prove useful. Another way to prove the extent of your injuries is to seek out immediate medical attention.
Putting off seeing a doctor can be a mistake at a number of different levels. First and foremost, injured victims have a greater chance of making a full and quick recovery if they receive an early diagnosis and treatment. Your medical records will also serve as evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries. Last, but not the least, failing to go to the hospital right away may lessen the value of your claim by raising the question as to how injured you really were as a result of the collision.
The Importance of Journaling
Determining how your life was affected by the accident is an important part of a personal injury claim. You should write down not only your financial losses and the expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries, but also how your daily life has changed. Has your quality of life lessened? Are you stressed, fatigued or depressed since the accident? Are daily tasks more difficult? Are you unable to do certain things that you used to do before the accident such as biking, hiking, playing with your children or doing household tasks. Write out your thoughts in a detailed and cohesive manner.
Protect your Rights
If you have been seriously injured, the experienced Laguna Niguel personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase can help you better understand your legal rights and options. It is common for insurance companies to try and deny or lower the value of claims. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help ensure that you receive fair compensation for all your losses.