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Serving Car Accident Clients in Los Angeles & Throughout the San Fernando Valley

Proper Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is vital that you know your rights before you speak with the insurance company. If you are able to collect information, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your rights. Make sure that you write down the contact information for all parties involved, including anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

It is also important to do the following:

  • Obtain a copy of the police report
  • Take photos of the site of the incident and your injuries
  • Immediately seek medical attention

It is in your best interest to discuss your situation with a Glendale auto accident lawyer before calling an insurance provider or accepting a settlement.

At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale accident attorneys have the necessary knowledge, experience, and work ethic to advise you of your rights and help you fight for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

Contact us online or by phone at (818) 507-4311 today for a free consultation.

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Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Cases We Handle

With over 40 years of combined experience, our firm is well-equipped to handle all types of automobile and motor vehicle accident claims.

Our legal team can assist you if you were injured in a:

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Our attorneys have helped individuals who suffered catastrophic injuries recover financial compensation for all of the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

We have also helped those who lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident navigate the legal system and secure justice on behalf of their family member. We understand that the process can seem daunting; that’s why our Glendale auto accident lawyers are prepared to handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing.

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Financial Responsibility in an Auto Accident

Vehicles that are registered in California must be covered to demonstrate financial responsibility. The most common method of satisfying these requirements is by paying premiums on a car insurance policy. California Insurance Code Section 11580.1b covers all the rules and requirements for the minimum coverage amounts related to an accident, injuries, and property damage.

Every car insurance provider is required to offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. The purpose of this is to cover your property damage and injuries when you are the victim of an accident caused by a driver without valid insurance. If you have any questions or need assistance with an insurance claim after your accident, speak with our firm for guidance.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

What to do when you get in a car accident in California?

Your immediate priority is to ensure the safety of yourself and any passengers in your vehicle. If it is safe to do so and you are physically able to, step to the side of the road and collect yourself. If you are too injured or the accident occurs in the middle lanes of a freeway, stay within your vehicle.

Once you have collected yourself and ensured you are not in an immediate danger, contact emergency services at 9-1-1. Explain that you have been in a car accident, whether or not your have any immediate injuries, and where you are located.

At this point, you should begin collecting evidence. Take photos and videos with your phone, and write down any information you can recall about the accident (road conditions, flow and speed of traffic, etc.). You will also want take photos of any traffic signs, including the location of stop signs, speed limits, yield or one-way signs, and no-turn on red signs. Make sure to collect any and all evidence that you can before the police arrive. Tow-trucks and cleanup crews may move evidence from the scene of the accident, and this may negatively impact your case if you do not have any physical evidence afterwards. If there are any witnesses, ask them to speak to the police and provide a report from their perspective.

After speaking to the police and exchanging insurance information with the other driver(s) involved, your next priority is to seek medical attention. Even if you do not have any obvious injuries, you should have yourself accessed by a medical profession. Some injuries may not appear for days after an accident, while others might need to be treated immediately.

Following the accident, report the incident to your insurance company and contact an experienced car accident attorney. A lawyer can help you determine what is a fair settlement for your case and help you negotiate with the other party’s insurance company.

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What not to do after a car accident in California?

When speaking to the police, focus on providing only the facts surrounding the accident and avoid discussing liability, especially with regards to your own actions. The police can and will put it in their report and this could affect your claim.

Do not speak directly with the other’s driver’s insurance company; instead, let your lawyer handle all communication. They will know how to evaluate the insurance company’s offers for settlement and negotiate on your behalf. Insurance companies may also request information that you do not have to give out, such as medical information or accident statements, and these matters should be handled by your attorney.

When discussing settlement, never accept the first offer. It will likely be lower than what you deserve, and your lawyer will help you push for a fair deal that encompasses all damages that you have suffered from your accident, both economic and non-economic.

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Why you need a car accident lawyer?

An experienced car accident lawyer will fight solely for your interests after an accident and focus on ensuring that your needs are met. Aghabegian & Associates, PC understands the language and methodology that insurance companies use, allowing us to properly access when you are getting a fair deal or not. We will help you collect and review evidence, prepare your claim, and negotiate with insurance companies, so you can focus on recovering from the accident.

We offer free consultations, meaning there is not cost to speaking to us about your case and discussing how we can help you move forward with your claim.

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How long can a case take after a car accident?

Cases can either be very short or drawn out, depending on whether the opposing party accepts liability, the amount of money involved, legal issues related to each case, medical injuries, or if a settlement is reached early on. The earlier you speak to a car accident attorney, the faster we can start your claim and move through the legal process.

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How long do I have to file a claim in California?

You have up to 2 years to file a claim for a personal injury in California. For cases involving property damage, you have up to 3 years to file a claim.

If the accident involved a government vehicle, you have up to 6 months from the date of the accident to file the claim. However, if your claim is denied, you have another 6 months to file a claim with a personal injury attorney.

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What if the other driver is uninsured?

If you are in a car accident with an uninsured driver or involved in a hit-and-run, you will need to turn to your own insurance company to handle medical costs and damage to your vehicle. You do retain the option to sue the at-fault driver if they are uninsured, but it is likely that if they do not have insurance, they do not have the funds to pay for the damages.

Most insurance companies provide the option of adding on Uninsured Motorist Coverage to your auto insurance policy. If the other driver is uninsured, you may make an uninsured motorist claim and your insurance policy will cover the medical costs and damages to your vehicle.

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Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, reach out to our team of dedicated and experienced auto accident attorneys. Over the course of our 40+ combined years in practice, we have successfully secured $125 million for clients in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and we only get paid if we win your case.

Call us at (818) 507-4311 today to learn more about how our attorneys can fight for you.

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Recent Auto Accident Case Results

  • $2.6 Million Judgment - Auto Accident
  • $1.6 Million Judgment - Auto Accident
  • $725,000 Settlement - Auto Accident

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