Auto Accident Law
Protecting Car Crash Victims in San Francisco, California
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 40,000 car drivers and passengers are killed on US roads every year. Over two million people are injured in auto accidents annually. When an auto accident and a subsequent injury does happen to you, you need a knowledgeable California auto accident attorney on your side.
At The Law Offices of John E. Cowan, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of auto accident victims and families who have tragically lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents. Contact our San Francisco law office to schedule an initial consultation. If you or members of your family were injured in a car accident, trust John Cowan, San Francisco car accident attorney. Our firm takes great pride in providing aggressive and compassionate representation to all our clients. We manage every aspect of your case from property damage issues to medical treatment for your injuries. We will always provide you with an honest and experienced appraisal of your legal situation.
Aggressive Representation for All Types of Auto Accidents
California roads and interstate highways are among the most dangerous in the United States. Traffic backups, drunk drivers, untrained truck drivers, uninsured motorists, and poor road conditions can all lead to serious truck wrecks and car crashes, which can change your life and the lives of your family members instantaneously. Accident victims may also be entitled to punitive damages, in addition to compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
Insurance companies do not play fair and they will not offer you a fair settlement amount if you are not being represented by a California auto accident attorney. Their job is to avoid paying claims. Do not let them take advantage of you. Contact a competent auto accident attorney at The Law Offices of John E. Cowan to protect your rights as soon as you are able. Do not give any type of statement to any insurance company before you have acquired official legal representation. Do not let them prey on your pride or you fair intentions. You absolutely need representation in your auto accident case, regardless of what the insurance company may suggest.
Here’s What You Should Do If You Are Involved in an Auto Accident
While some steps may seem obvious, you might be surprised how many people make errors in judgment after an accident. Auto accidents are often traumatizing events and as such you may not be thinking clearly. With that in mind, let’s consider what you should do in case you’re involved in an accident. Being prepared before an accident happens will help increase your chances of making the right moves afterward. As your auto accident attorney in San Francisco, CA, the Law Offices of John E. Cowan is here to serve you in your time of need.
Stop Your Vehicle and Deal with It
Again, it may seem obvious, but we cannot underscore the importance of stopping and dealing with the accident, calling the police, etc. If you drive away from an accident, even a minor one, you could possibly be charged with a hit and run—a serious offense.
Seek Medical Attention
If you are injured, or even if you feel fine, get a medical professional’s opinion. And be sure to check if other parties are injured, in your vehicle, or other vehicles, etc. There is nothing more important than our health, so don’t take a risk. But in addition to safeguarding health, official medical reports are essential for making your case or claim.
Protect Other Passing Motorists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians
One accident can easily lead to another. Poorly lit areas, streets, etc. can create a dangerous situation if vehicles are sitting on the edge of, or in the road, etc. after an accident. You can do your part to help stop additional accidents from occurring by leaving your car’s flashers on, setting up flares, or at the very least providing everyone with a flashlight if the accident has occurred at night.
Call the Police: What to Do and What to Say, When They Arrive On the Scene
Whether it’s a police, highway patrol, or sheriff matter, call the proper authorities and ask for assistance, even if no one is injured. An official report will be made by the responding proper authority, and this report will be necessary when you file your claim with the insurance company. Be sure to inform the police or other official authority about how the accident occurred, providing details and specifics. And when the officer asks if you are okay/have sustained any injuries, etc., never reply ‘no’ if you are unsure. What you say can be recorded in the report and this could impact your insurance settlement. Remember, it is common for auto accident injuries to present well after an accident is over, so you might go home and find that you have incredible pain, or an internal injury after all, even though you felt fine at the scene of the accident. This is why it is always best to be examined by a medical professional after an accident, and to get their diagnosis and comments on record; this will be useful down the road, when you are pursuing your claim or going to court. When you speak to your auto accident attorney in San Francisco, CA, he or she will advise you about the information you should gather during and after your accident.
Take Many Photos
Photos can be one of your greatest tools to help prove your account of the accident to an insurance adjuster, but also to a jury if you go to court. Take a wide assortment of photos at the scene of your accident. Photographs of the scene, the vehicles, the obstacles, and your injuries… all can prove to be very valuable to your claim and case. If you are injured to the point you cannot take any photos, have a trusted family member or friend go to the scene and take photos, or take them yourself after you are released from the hospital or clinic. The point is, photos must be taken, and the sooner the better.
Always Exchange Information
Regardless of whether there is an official police report or not, always take it upon yourself to gather important information. Get the names and contact numbers, emails, everything and anything you can get from all parties involved, as well as witnesses. Your attorney will need to talk to every witness, because credible witness testimony can make or break a case, so don’t miss an opportunity—talk to witnesses before they leave the scene if you are not incapacitated.
Report It to Your Insurance Company
Always report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. You may have a policy that requires immediate reporting, but even if you don’t it’s best to report the accident to your insurer as soon as you are physically able to do so. Ask your insurer about your benefits, and make sure you are taking advantage of all the coverage you are paying for, including any medical coverage that may be afforded you through your policy. If you have questions, never hesitate to contact an experienced auto accident attorney, and he or she will be glad to walk you through the process and answer all your questions.
John Cowan is an experienced auto accident attorney in San Francisco, CA, who has earned the respect of accident victims and insurance defense lawyers alike, throughout the state of California. For this reason, the majority of cases settle without the necessity of going to trial. However, if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement, we are always prepared to passionately try your case before a jury in court. Attorney Cowan knows how to aggressively protect auto accident victims’ rights in and out of the courtroom and he knows how to win for you. Call the San Francisco auto accident attorney who cares about your pain and suffering today.
Contact an Attorney
As soon as possible after your accident, contact your attorney. If you don’t have an attorney, get recommendations from a friend or family member and bring a personal injury attorney on board immediately. Your attorney will be essential in helping you build your case and ensuring you get the maximum compensation you deserve from the insurance company, either out of court, or awarded by a jury’s findings in court. A personal injury attorney will typically work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no legal fee to you unless the attorney recovers compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Don’t take a risk; work with an auto accident attorney in San Francisco, CA and let them guide you with their years of experience handling cases.
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