Pleasanton Car Accident Attorneys

It's no secret that California streets and highways are the most dangerous in the nation. Traffic accident attorneys, like those at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, help the victims of traffic accidents every day and see firsthand the physical and financial injuries these victims suffer. Our car accident attorneys believe very strongly in client education. To that end, here are some frequently asked questions about car accidents to help you if you are involved in an auto accident:

What information should I gather at the accident scene?

After contacting the police and making sure that you are okay and checking on the conditions of everyone involved in the accident, write down:

  • The names, addresses, contact information, driver's license numbers and insurance information from drivers
  • The names and contact information of any passengers and witnesses
  • The time, place, road conditions and other pertinent accident information, which includes weather conditions and anything that may have contributed to the accident, such as no brake lights, failing to signal a turn, etc.

Do I have to call the police?

Absolutely. Even if the accident is a minor "fender bender," you should call the police to make a report. You may need the police report later for insurance and other purposes.

Do I need to go to the emergency room if I feel okay?

Yes, you should always let medical personnel examine you, whether you feel fine or not. Some injuries take time to discover, and adrenaline and shock can mask the symptoms. Let the ER doctor decide whether you're injured. Besides, if litigation is necessary, opposing counsel might use your refusal to seek medical treatment against you.

Do I need to contact a traffic accident attorney?

The choice is yours, but insurance companies are for-profit enterprises. These companies don't make money by paying out claims. Even though you faithfully pay your premiums month after month and year after year, don't be surprised to learn that even your own insurance company balks when you submit a claim. If they do pay out a claim to you or on your behalf, you might find that the company raises your rates or drops you completely. If the insurance industry in general paid legitimate claims, legal intervention would be unnecessary. However, the reality is that with an experienced personal injury attorney representing you, you have a better chance of receiving fair and just compensation.

Should I give a statement to the other driver's insurance company?

No. Insurance companies protect their own interests and are skilled at getting people to answer questions in a way that supports their position, not yours. If an insurance company calls asking for a statement, politely decline the invitation and refer them to your car accident lawyer. Under the terms of your policy, you must cooperate with your carrier. However, you have a right to request that your insurance carrier communicate through your legal counsel.

If you sustained injury or damage in a car accident in the Northern California area and would like to speak with an experienced car accident attorney, call the personal injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP for effective legal representation.

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