When you have been injured by someone else's negligence in a traffic crime-related incident, it is important to take some initial steps toward making sure your California injury claim can be settled fairly and as quickly as possible. Here are some steps you should consider taking when facing a Long Beach area traffic crime:
- Write down everything you can remember about how the injury occurred, including names, addresses and phone numbers of potential witnesses, police officers, insurance company representatives.
- Talk to a traffic crime lawyer before making any statements, written or verbal, to insurance company adjusters or representatives. The consultation should be free (like with our firm). In addition, many injury attorneys work on contingency. That is, the fee is the percentage of the recovery. So, financial responsibilities can be discussed and negotiated.
- Take steps to protect any evidence you may need to prove your injury, such as your totaled car, photographs of an accident or injury scene, clothing you were wearing, damaged personal belongings, and so forth.
In most cases, in order to collect on an injury claim in California, you must have some proof that the person who caused the injury was NEGLIGENT, which is a failure to exercise ordinary care. Some things you must be able to prove:
A. The existence of a duty owed to you by the person who caused your injury
B. The other person failed to carry out the duty that they owed you
C. You suffered damages
D. The other person's failure caused you to have the injury
If you were careless, and your carelessness was a substantial factor that contributed to your injury, you may not be able to recover fees without a good attorney. This is when you have not exercised an amount of ordinary care for your own safety and, when combined with the carelessness of the other person, you were injured.
Under most state law, the person who injured you is responsible for items such as:
- Past, current, and future estimated medical expenses
- Lost wages.
- Any property that was damaged, such as your vehicle
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability
- Your emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and any interference with your family relationships
- A change in your future earning ability due to the injury
- Any other costs that were a direct result of your injury
Be sure to act swiftly, and with the aide of proper legal representation. Our expert traffic crime attorneys are standing by for your call at (562) 606-5117.