Increase of Car Accidents in Riverside, California. Be Prepared.
In the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of car accidents in Riverside, California, including many resulting in injuries to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. With this increase in car accidents, it is vital to be prepared.
What do you do after a car accident?
After a car accident, there are several steps that you need to take to protect your rights. Obtain the information of all drivers and witnesses to the accident (this includes the name, address, and telephone number of everyone; and driver’s license number and insurance information of all drivers). Report the accident immediately to the police and your insurance company. Photograph the vehicles from all angles, damage areas, and license plates.
If you are injured, or are experiencing pain from an auto accident, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Do not delay. Although it is not appropriate nor accurate, insurance companies often view a claimant who does not seek immediate medical attention as a claimant who is not seriously injured. All too often, many people injured in auto accidents do not experience symptoms until the next day. If that is the case, seek medical treatment as soon as symptoms arise. A delay in seeking medical treatment may have a negative impact on the compensation available.
Seek legal advice by contacting Heiting & Irwin APLC. You have the right to speak with an attorney before meeting with any insurance company representative or filling out insurance documents. If an insurance company representative contacts you prior to seeking legal advice or being prepared to discuss your claim(s), politely explain that you do not wish to discuss the claim(s) at this time, and you will contact them soon to discuss your claim(s).
Medical bills are piling up, what do you do?
If you were injured in a car accident, you may be worried about medical bills, demands for payment, and threats of collection. You may be concerned about your credit score or how you will pay for the medical bills. At Heiting & Irwin we want you to focus on your recovery and leave the rest to us. We will deal with the healthcare providers and may be able to get those medical bills reduced after negotiating a settlement on your behalf.
Is there a statute of limitations to make claims for car accidents?
Yes. If you are injured due to the fault of another, it is important that you do not delay in consulting with an attorney. Time is of the essence. Depending on the type of accident and the parties involved, in California, you may have even shorter time to make a claim or you may be barred from any recovery. This means that you need to act immediately, or you could lose your rights forever.
Where can you go for help?
The lawyers at Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law have been successfully fighting for car accident and other injured clients for nearly 40 years, providing legal advice and support throughout the process. We work hard to ensure your legal rights are protected and to get you the compensation you deserve.
We offer free consultations to evaluate your claim(s) and help you learn more about how we can assist you. From day one through the successful conclusion of your claim, and through future claim(s) for you, your family, and your friends and acquaintances we want to be your attorney.