What Rights Do You Have In A Car Accident?

auto_accidentIn California, every person is responsible for injuries caused by his or her failure to act reasonably. This is called negligence. In a car accident, a person is responsible for the accident if he or she failed to act reasonably. For example, if a driver is going too fast for the traffic and rear ends the car in front of him, that is negligence. If a driver is distracted by his cell phone and runs a red light, that is negligence.

Car accidents may also be caused by automobile defects, road defects, poorly designed streets, and more. Car manufacturers are liable for injuries caused by their defective products, and government entities may be liable for injuries caused by hazards on the road.

Do You Need A Car Accident Lawyer?

It is crucial that you retain a car accident lawyer as soon as possible so that your rights are protected, and your case is handled properly. If you were hurt in a car accident that was caused by another driver, that driver’s insurance company may rush in to try to minimize your recovery. Do not give a statement. Do not sign anything. Do not settle your bodily injury claim without a car accident lawyer. The at fault driver’s insurance company is not trying to settle with you for a fair amount. It is trying to limit the amount you receive.

Are David, Joan and Aaron Brown The Right Car Accident Lawyers For You?

We handle all types of serious injuries, including burns, amputation, paralysis, brain damage, wrongful death, fractures, herniated disks, and much more. We have achieved several multi-million dollar recoveries through settlement and at trial.

David Brown began his personal injury law practice in 1980, and he has been devoted exclusively to the representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases since 1986. Joan Brown, his wife, joined his practice in 1989, and Aaron Brown, his son, joined in 2011. We are experienced, compassionate, intelligent car accident lawyers who will work tirelessly to get you the recovery you deserve.

What Should You Do at the Scene of a Car Accident?

If anyone is injured in a car accident, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so. Tell all of your injuries to the first responders, and do as your medical professionals advise at all times.

If possible, drive your car to the side of road. Do not leave your car unless it is safe to do so.

Exchange names, driver’s license numbers, addresses, insurance policy information, and license plate numbers with the other drivers. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses.

Do not admit fault, and be careful when talking to other drivers involved in the accident. Do not make statements like “I’m sorry” or “I’m okay.” These seemingly harmless statements may be viewed as admissions that you caused the accident, or you were not injured in the accident.

Take photos of the damage to the cars involved in the accident, and take photos of the accident scene.

Should You Go To The Doctor?

Yes. If you have any pain or discomfort, go to your doctor. Often, complaints don’t begin until 12 to 24 hours after the accident. Don’t just hope your pain will go away. Go to your doctor and tell him or her you were in a car accident. Report all your symptoms to ensure you get the right medical treatment.

Do exactly as your doctor says. Follow all medical instructions.

If your condition required immediate care and you were taken to an emergency room, make sure you follow-up with your own physician and any appropriate specialist.

Contact Brown, Brown & Brown as soon as you can do so without it interfering with your medical treatment. It is crucial to consult with us early, so that your rights are protected, and your case is handled properly.

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