Get Answers From A San Diego Car Accident Attorney
In 2019, nearly 40,000 Americans died in car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Among those were approximately 3,600 Californians. The more that we educate ourselves about car accidents, the safer we can make our roadways.
As an auto accident attorney, I, Brian L. Burchett, am committed to helping San Diego drivers and passengers stay safe and hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. At my law firm, The Burchett Law Firm, PC, I welcome all questions about car accidents of all varieties. On this page, I have taken the time to answer some of the questions I hear most frequently.
What does a car accident attorney do?
Car accident lawyers protect the rights of people who have experienced accidents. I connect my clients with medical care to help them heal physically. When it comes to the insurance claims process, I file the correct paperwork and communicate with your insurance provider. I also make sure that your insurance company does not take advantage of you by offering a lower settlement than you deserve. When necessary, an auto accident attorney like me can also file a lawsuit against your insurer, the insurer of the driver who harmed you or the driver themself.
Do I need a lawyer if I’m involved in a car accident?
Some people try to manage by themselves after a crash, but this is not always wise. First, you already have so much on your plate – repairing your car, scheduling medical appointments and getting back to your job. An attorney can lift the burden of handling insurance claims and cut through the legal jargon to help you understand the procedures to follow.
Second, a lawyer knows how to help you maximize the compensation you receive for your damages. Insurance companies do not want to pay the full amount that you need. Having a lawyer on your side proves that you are serious about receiving maximum compensation. If litigation becomes necessary, your lawyer can take your personal injury claim to court.
What should I do after a car accident?
It is normal to feel overwhelmed after a crash. However, try to follow these steps:
- Call the police to have them file a detailed report.
- Take photos of the crash scene.
- Get the name, contact information and insurance details of the other driver(s).
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Seek medical treatment.
- Contact a lawyer and do not speak with any insurance representatives.
Do not be hard on yourself if you did not follow these steps. I may still be able to help you recover fair compensation for your damages.
What are some of the top causes of car accidents?
The frightening thing about automobile accidents is that they can happen to anyone, even if you are a safe driver. By learning about the common causes, you can remain alert to potential dangers. Some of the most common causes of crashes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Dangerous weather conditions
- Improperly maintained vehicles
- Reckless driving
- Drowsy driving
Any one of these can pose a serious danger to motorists. No matter what factors contributed to your accident, I can sit down with you to explore your legal options.
What compensation is available after a car accident?
As an accident lawyer, I know that most motor vehicle accident survivors have stacks of bills that pile up quickly. You may need to seek compensation for damages such as:
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medications
- Physical rehabilitation
- Ongoing medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Automobile repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological trauma
You deserve the highest amount of compensation available to you. Without it, you may struggle to pay your bills. You can rely on me to stand up for your rights and guide you through the entire process.
Ask More Questions – Get More Help
Still have questions? Do not hesitate to reach out to me at my San Diego office. I can offer the knowledge and experience you need when coping with the aftermath of a car accident. To schedule a completely complimentary, risk-free consultation, please call me at 619-450-2436 or send me an email.