LANCASTER, CA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
California Auto Accident Lawyer Assisting Clients in Lancaster
More than 3,000 traffic fatalities occur every year in California, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that traffic deaths declined between 2008-2011, but that the total number of fatal collisions began rising again soon afterward. By 2016, California reported more than 3,600 traffic deaths. That number is the highest since 2007. Serious and fatal traffic collisions occur almost equally in rural and urban areas in the state, with only a slightly higher percentage of crashes happening in urban regions of California. While residents of Lancaster may not realize it, they could be at risk of a deadly collision when traveling on neighborhood roads near their homes or while commuting on the I-5.
If you or someone you love recently sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision in or around Lancaster, California, you should discuss your case with an experienced car accident lawyer in Lancaster, CA as soon as possible. The personal injury team at Fisher & Talwar can begin working on your case today.
Steps to Take After a Lancaster Car Accident
Car crashes in Lancaster can be extremely severe, resulting in debilitating and life-threatening injuries. In these cases, it may be impossible to gather evidence at the scene of the accident or to even think about anything but your own physical well-being. When you are able to take steps to gather evidence and to support your case after the accident, however, it is important to do so. If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should take the following steps after the crash:
- Take photographs at the scene: If you are able to access your smartphone, take as many photos as you can. You should take pictures of your vehicle and the vehicles belonging to any other drivers involved in the crash. In addition, you should take photos that depict the entire area where the accident occurred. Be certain that you take close-up photos of any property damage, as well as pictures of anything else at the scene could be helpful to an accident reconstruction expert who is working to prove your version of the events that led to the crash.
- Collect names and contact information: You should collect the names and contact information of anyone at the scene of the crash—including other drivers as well as possible witnesses. You should also obtain contact information from any other drivers involved in the collision.
- Seek medical attention: You might think that you can wait to seek medical attention after being involved in a car crash in Lancaster, but there are many types of injuries that do not have immediate signs and symptoms. By waiting to seek medical attention, those injuries can worsen significantly, and the defense can attempt to argue that you are partially responsible for the severity of your own injuries. You do not want to put yourself in this situation. As soon as you are able to do so, you should get checked out by a medical professional.
- Contact your insurance company: You will need to contact your insurer as soon as possible after the collision to let them know that you have been involved in an accident. When you speak to your insurance company, it is important to remember that the insurance company is not on your side. As such, you should give the factual information that is required, but do not offer your opinion, and do not agree to give a recorded statement until you have spoken with a Lancaster car accident attorney.
- Hire an auto accident lawyer: Filing a car accident claim can be frustrating and complicated. You deserve to have an aggressive advocate on your side throughout this process. Your lawyer can negotiate with insurers on your behalf, and can take your case to court if necessary.