If you were recently in a car accident, you may have serious injuries that keep you from returning to work and other aspects of your life. Car accident injuries can often weigh heavily on an individual and their livelihood. At Flahavan Law Offices, we pride ourselves in our ability to help clients obtain the compensation they need to recover. Santa Rosa car accident attorney Brian Flahavan has a proven track record of successful verdicts and settlements, and has helped thousands of clients in the Sonoma County area.
Were you seriously injured due to the negligence of another person or entity? Contact our law firm to speak with our experienced lawyer. We offer a free initial consultation.
At Flahavan Law Offices, we understand the stress that our clients are under after a car accident. Our lawyer has decades of experience handling serious injury and auto accident cases. We navigate the legal process for our clients so that they can focus on their recovery. Our attorney may be able to help you in many ways, including:
- Explain your rights and responsibilities under California car accident laws
- Gather important evidence for your claim
- Determine fault in an auto accident
- Guide you through the claims process to best protect your claim
- Fight for a fair settlement against the insurance company
- Pursue a lawsuit if necessary
Below, we share more information for individuals recently injured in a car accident. If you have questions about your unique situation, please contact our Sonoma County injury attorney for a free consultation.
What to Do After a Car Accident
You were in a car accident. What do you do now? Immediately after an accident, you must take the right steps to protect your health, safety and potential claim. Here are six steps to take after a car accident:
- Check for injuries and get to a safe location
- Call the police to report the car accident
- Seek medical attention
- Take note of insurance information and any factors from the scene that may relate to the accident.
- Contact your insurance company
- Speak with an attorney before speaking with your insurance adjuster
Additionally, if anyone was killed, injured, or if the accident resulted in more than $1,000 in property damage, you must notify the California DMV. For more information, see our blog regarding what to do after a car accident.
What Is the California Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents?
If you were seriously injured in a car accident in California, you have the right to file a claim to seek damages. According to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340, the statute of limitations, or the deadline, for filing a claim is two years from the date of your accident.
While you have two years, do not wait to file a car accident claim. If you delay, you risk compromising the strength of your case. Gathering evidence and witness testimony may be more difficult the longer you wait.
When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
You were injured in a car accident and want to seek compensation for those injuries. Do you need an attorney? It is normal to question whether hiring a lawyer is worthwhile after a car accident. Technically, you do not need an attorney for a car accident claim. However, if you suffered serious injuries and property damage due to the accident, you will want a great lawyer fighting for the compensation you need to cover those damages.
Often, the insurance company will try to offer you a settlement that does not fully cover all of your damages. That is when having an attorney on your side will benefit your claim. Your lawyer will fight for the compensation you deserve.
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With over 20 years of experience and a track record of outstanding results, you can count on our firm to help you get the best possible outcome for you and your family. We will take a tailored approach to your case, keeping you informed along the way while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve.
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At Flahavan Law Offices, we are confident that we can help you determine the best legal strategy for your situation. If you need to speak with Santa Rosa car accident attorney Brian Flahavan about a car accident claim, schedule a consultation today. Our law firm serves Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and the surrounding areas.