Involved in an Automobile Accident?

Understanding what comes next

Car Accidents

Our personal injury and car accident attorneys handle cases involving all types of car accidents, including those caused by errant or erratic driving, road rage, vehicle malfunction, and intoxication. We handle major and minor collisions. If you’ve been in an accident, call us immediately at 1-877-Torero-1 for a free consultation. We can evaluate your case, explain your options to you and answer all of your questions, and determine whether you are entitled to compensation. If you’ve been injured, we’ll act swiftly and decisively to get you the money you deserve.   Determining responsibility in an automobile accident can sometimes prove complicated, particularly when multiple parties and insurance companies are involved. But that’s never a concern for us, because at Torero Law, we excel at handling all types of disputes—especially complicated or hotly contested ones.

We know how important it is for our clients to resolve their cases quickly, so right at the outset, we exert maximum pressure on the insurance companies to pay you what you’re owed. If they refuse to pay you, we’ll take them to court. It’s that simple.   If a car accident results in serious bodily injury, hospitalization, or death, the police may conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Often, there is substantial evidence to prove that one of the drivers caused the accident due to his or her negligence or reckless behavior. In some instances, an automobile defect or some other external factor, like malfunctioning traffic lights or a hazardous condition on the road, may be the culprit.  

At Torero Law, we’re experts in determining liability following an accident. But it’s critical that you not delay in contacting us. Even if your injuries aren’t immediately apparently, you may begin experiencing symptoms several days or weeks after the accident. At that point, the insurance company may claim that your symptoms have nothing to do with accident and deny you coverage. For this reason, it’s crucial that you call us immediately after an accident. Let us do the legwork in proving your case. We’ll independently investigate the cause of your accident, gather all available evidence to pursue your claim, and seek compensation for you from the party that’s at fault and their insurance company.  

The Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Thousands of car accidents occur daily throughout the country. It’s imperative that you be prepared. If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, follow these important steps to protect your right to compensation for any injuries or property damage that you sustain:

  1. It’s important to remain at the scene and always call the police. If you or any of your passengers are injured, be sure to call 911 and request an ambulance. Be sure to report the accident to the police right away to obtain a record of the incident.
  2. If you can find any witnesses to the accident, collect their information, including their name and phone number, as you may need this information later. It’s important to collect information from the other driver (or drivers) involved in the crash, including their name, address, vehicle registration number, license plate number, and the make and model of their vehicle. In fact, section 16025 of the Vehicle Code requires every driver involved in an accident to exchange this information with all other drivers involved.
  3. Be sure to take photos of your vehicle (including the specific parts of your car that sustained damage), the other driver’s vehicle, and the intersection or area in which the accident occurred, so as to corroborate the nature of the accident. These photos may be integral to proving your case. For instance, if the front bumper of the other driver’s vehicle struck your vehicle’s back bumper, a picture of your rear-bumper and the other vehicle’s front bumper will help demonstrate that the other vehicle collided into you.
  4. Call us immediately after your accident so that we can assert a claim for damages and seek compensation for you.

The Statute of Limitations | The Cutoff Date on When You Can Bring Your Claim

The cutoff date set by the statute of limitations—i.e., the last date on which you can file a lawsuit in court based upon your injuries—may vary depending on facts of your case, although in California, an injured party typically has two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury case. The statute of limitations is exceedingly important because if you do not take action within the period of time prescribed by the statute to file your personal injury claim, you may be barred thereafter from enforcing your rights and litigating your case.   There are other limitations that may apply depending on the circumstances of your case. For example, accidents involving government entities are often subject to shorter cutoff periods, which may make it necessary for you to file your case earlier than you would if your case involved only private defendants. But we can evaluate your case and help you make that determination. If you’re involved in an accident, call the attorneys at Torero Law immediately so that we can pursue a monetary claim on your behalf, without delay, for any and all injuries you may have sustained.

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