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Car Accidents Still Happen during a Pandemic

May 26, 2020

Yes, many people are sheltering in place as a result of the national emergency created by COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that car accidents have ceased to happen. In fact, we’re all on edge, and that additional stress behind the wheel could make accidents even more likely. If you’ve been injured by another motorist’s negligence during the current pandemic, you don’t have to suffer in silence or go it alone, as legal recourse remains available to you. Consult with an experienced Bay Area car accident attorney today. 

Sheltering in Place

The rules of sheltering in place limit travel to essential travel only, but that certainly doesn’t mean no travel whatsoever. Those working in positions deemed essential must continue to get to and from work (medical professionals, grocery store employees, and more), those with custody orders in place must pick up and drop off their children as prescribed by the court, and we all have to purchase food, prescriptions, and other essentials from time to time. In other words, while there are fewer vehicles on our roads, traffic is not going to disappear anytime soon, and this means that car accidents can and do happen. 

If You’re Injured in a Car Accident during the Pandemic

If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident during the current COVID-19 crisis, there are some basic steps you should follow that always pertain after such an accident and some steps you should follow that are altered somewhat in response to the current national emergency. These include:

  • Seek the medical attention you need. Early diagnosis is closely associated with improved prognosis, and your health is simply too important to ignore. 
  • Consult with an experienced Bay Area car accident attorney as quickly as possible. Such consultations can be conducted solely via video and/or phone conferencing and with electronic document transfers.
  • While many courts are closed and many others have very limited dockets that are only scheduling emergencies, your attorney can still file your claim electronically with the insurance company and can negotiate on your behalf via remote conferencing. Further, if your case ultimately proceeds to court, everything that cannot be taken care of electronically and remotely during the current shelter-in-place orders can be put off until the courts reopen.
  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations carefully – it’s not only good for your health but also demonstrates to the insurance company that you take your injuries as seriously as they should.

While we are, indeed, living through unprecedented times, there are still mechanisms in place to help you with your car accident claim.  

An Experienced Bay Area Car Accident Attorney Can Help During the Time of COVID-19

If another motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident, the dedicated Bay Area car accident attorneys at Bogaards Law are committed to helping you receive the full scope of legal recourse to which you are entitled. Our formidable legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.


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