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Auto Accidents Attorney Near Me

If you are driving in the Bay Area, you try to stay safe by being alert, using your phone with hands-free devices, and generally obeying the rules of the road. In spite of your efforts to stay safe, at one time or another, you may become one of the three million people who are injured in a car accident in the U.S. every year. If you are injured in an auto accident, talking to an attorney may determine the extent of damages you will recover for your injuries. 

What You Should Do Immediately After an Auto Accident

Taking certain steps, when possible, can help your prognosis and your future claim:

  • Call 911.
  • Take pictures from a safe location to preserve the evidence.
  • Collect contact information of potential witnesses. 
  • Exchange insurance information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident.
  • Never admit you caused the accident, even if you rear-ended a car. 
  • Answer any questions the police may have when they arrive.
  • Seek medical help.
  • Call an auto accident lawyer near you.

Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney

The amount of damages recoverable after an auto accident depends on several factors, including policy limits, causation, and damages suffered. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always willing to pay the full extent of damages victims suffer in auto accidents. An auto accident lawyer may help you recover the full extent of your damages in the following five ways:

Determining If There Are Other Parties That Are Liable For Your Damages

While the apparent liable party in an auto crash may be the party who caused the accident, your lawyer can determine if there are other third parties, like the other driver’s employer if the driver was driving in the course of employment, that may be liable. It’s beneficial to file claims against all possible liable parties.

Securing Evidence Necessary To Prove Your Case

Insurance companies generally do not make a reasonable settlement offer until you show them what you can prove in court. An auto accident lawyer knows what evidence you need to prove your case, including damages like medical bills, loss earnings, pain and suffering, property damage etc. Bogaards Law has a network of other professionals like doctors and accident reconstruction experts who can put together your evidence in a manner that will compel insurance companies of the merit of your claim. 

Guiding You Through the Court System

If a lawsuit becomes necessary in your accident claim, you would need an attorney versed in the court system to advocate for you. While you may be able to represent yourself in small claims court if your damage is less than $10,000, for more serious claims that need to be filed at the Superior Court, you are better off having an attorney who knows the court deadlines, the rules of court, and in what form evidence must be presented to the court.  

Negotiating a Settlement Offer

Generally, insurance companies only want to pay the least amount possible for each claim. If you pursue an auto accident claim without the assistance of an experienced attorney who is prepared to take the case all the way to trial, insurance companies will offer you a minimum settlement. If, however, they know you have an attorney who has won litigated cases advocating for you, they are more likely to consider the cost of taking the case all the way to trial and make a reasonable offer to you. 

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney Near You Today

If you are in the San Francisco area and you have been involved in an auto accident, contact Bogaards Law for a free consultation today. Our auto accident attorneys are ready to evaluate and protect your rights. 

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