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Auto Accident Lawyer Menlo Park

Being injured by someone else’s negligence in a car accident can leave you with serious financial, physical, and emotional losses that are difficult to overcome. An experienced auto accident lawyer in Menlo Park will fight for your legal rights – in pursuit of the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to reach your fullest recovery. 

The At-Fault Driver’s Negligence

Car accidents are often the result of driver negligence, and such negligence can come in any of the following forms:

  • Failure to follow the rules of the road
  • Excess speed
  • Distraction
  • Impairment by alcohol and/or drugs
  • Exhaustion

When we get behind the wheel, we owe one another a significant duty of care, and driver negligence breaches that duty. 

Your Damages

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your legal damages (or those losses that are addressed by the law) can be considerable, including:

  • Your medical expenses, which – if your injuries are serious – may be ongoing
  • Your lost earnings, which can include lost earning potential into your future
  • Your physical and emotional pain and suffering

An essential element of your auto accident claim is clearly identifying and addressing your complete range of damages.

The Insurance Company

While it is true that the insurance company covering your claim is paid to compensate you for your losses, it is also a for-profit company that is fully invested in keeping those profits as high as possible. In other words, obtaining a just settlement is unlikely to be as straightforward as you might expect (or hope). Common ploys insurance companies often turn to in their profit-bolstering efforts include:

  • Making early settlement offers that are far too low to cover claimants’ complete losses but that many are tempted to accept out of financial desperation.
  • Prolonging and complicating the claims process to the point that claimants give up out of sheer frustration.
  • Attempting to push the blame off of their policyholders and toward the claimants themselves
  • Calling the extent of claimants’ damages into question

Protecting Your Claim

Your car accident claim will be unique to the circumstances involved, but the basic building blocks of these claims remain the same, and there are some primary steps you can take to help protect your claim from the outset. These include:

  • Seek the medical attention you need as soon after the accident as possible and commit to carefully following your doctor’s instructions and advice 
  • Consult with a dedicated auto accident lawyer as soon as you are able to do so
  • Allow your attorney to communicate with the insurance company on your behalf (you aren’t required to make a statement to the insurance company and shouldn’t do so)
  • Take a social media break (the insurance company will be paying close attention, and they are skilled at turning innocent posts into claim-damaging evidence)

Seek the Professional Legal Guidance of an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer in Menlo Park

The seasoned auto accident lawyers at Bogaards Law dedicate their impressive practice to guiding car accident claims like yours toward advantageous outcomes. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation today.

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